Landing the Big One

Landing the Big One

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Little Red Car

Take a 20 year old son. Add tales of that old MGA his grandfather drove, the MGB his mother and I owned when we were first married and childless and that MG Midget I owned and worked on for awhile when he was 5. Throw in a certain level of - what? - maleness? Mix in a modest budget but the desire to do things with his hands. Factor a short Easter break from college and his weekly scan of Craigslist for old MGB's. Toss in some hard-earned money from his work.

What do you end up with?

Why, this, of course:

And one happy young man.

I know what I'll be helping with this summer.

This "semi-retirement" stuff has a lot of upside.


  1. Had an MGB GT decades ago. Red. Wonderful looking car. But drove it maybe twice on the road thanks to the wonders of British engineering. I must have replaced miles of wiring out of that wench (no offense to anyone, please). sold her and got a Fiat thoroughbred, which was even more of a pain. Great out of the shop after a tune-up, for about two weeks. Finally bought an old Volvo which allowed me to see Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, and wander through Shilo on a cool Spring day. T'was the Swedes that made me appreciate terrible war. Happy Easter to ya'll. But dammit, the NGs had some nice lines...

  2. Nice -- even better without the ugly rubber bumpers...

  3. Anonymous3:28 PM

    caretaker of a '57 MGA twincam for awhile, horribly engineered wonderful cars...wish I still had it.

  4. Chuck Hill7:09 PM

    Why do the Brits drink warm beer--they have Lucas refrigerators.