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Re: Hobby in decline?

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Subject: Re: Hobby in decline?
From: David Councill <>
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 19:20:37 -0600
I bought my first MGB in college not because of a local following or for 
friendship but because I thought it was a a pretty neat and unique car. 
Granted, I was introduced to the world of LBCs by a friend and after a 
while, all my friends seemed to have either  a MG or a Triumph.

My son has developed an interest too and has a 65 MGB which stands out at 
school and is well received. But there is a general decline in the car 
hobby to be sure - it is a rare sight to see any car at his school that has 
chrome on it (95% of the kids drive these new plastic cars that all look 
alike). During my day, kids drove old cars as a rule and made them stand out.

His school does have an automotive section which is quite popular. Much to 
my surprise, his one class is going to concentrate on manual transmissions 
rather than automatics first.

I see the interest is there and could easily one day explode should the 
right fad come along, much like the British fads of the 60s (like the 
British car invasion, the British blues invasion, etc). Had the Austin 
Powers movies series been done right, the British car fad might have 
started all over again.

I was on my British kick just a few weeks ago when we had the first of an 
annual blues festival in town, this one headlined by John Mayall and the 
Bluesbreakers, an unknown in these parts but a giant from the 60s British 
music scene. I just think it could all easily happen again some day.

David Councill
67 BGT
72 B

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