On Fri, 26 Aug 94 05:04:57 EDT Judith Winter <JWisland@aol.com> wrote:
> Tell me why I should!
Here is what Tom and Ray, a.k.a. Click and Clack, had to say about buying
and owning a British sports car. The names, dates and places have been
changed to protect the innocent ...
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman
DEAR TOM AND RAY:
I'm getting ready to purchase my
first automobile this summer, and I
have my heart set on an old British
sports car. I'd either like an MG or a
Triumph Spitfire. However, my par-
ents aren't exactly thrilled because
they feel old sports cars need too
many repairs and are unsafe. I just
want to drive to and from work, but I
do want to know if cars like MGs and
Spitfires are just a hassle - Judith
Ray: A car like that is not just a
hassle, Judith. It's a complete and
utter hassle, as well as a money pit, a
death trap and source of continual
and painful frustration.
Tom: But you should get one,
Judith. They're wonderful cars!
Ray: In their favor, they are
among the safest cars you can buy.
They're always sitting in the drive-
way with the hood up, and you can't
get much safer than that.
Tom: Don't listen to him, Judith.
He has no sense of the romantic. He
doesn't remember what it is like to
cruise down the road, the roar of the
engine in your ears, the sun on your
face, and the wind tangling knots in
Ray: Very funny. I do remember
what it's like to have hair for the
wind to tangle. But when you painted
this scene, you neglected to mention
the smell of burning oil wafing up
your nostrils, and your AAA card
clutched in your sweaty palm.
Tom: Oh, picky, picky. I've own-
ed both of these cars, and everything
my brother says is true. But despite
that, I have nothing but wonderful
memories of them. Go for it, Judith.
-- Flemming Larsen firstname.lastname@example.org