Love the Loti (plural for Lotus). My life regrets include the sale of my Elan. I knew I would die if I kept it. My tastes are for more moderate British cars. 5 in all, 4 MGs and a TR4. My current project is my 1952 MG TDC. Sometimes called a Mk2. It’s the competition version of the common TD. Dual fuel pumps, bigger carbs, larger valves and higher compression. Taller rear gearing and double shocks. Still a slug by today’s standards but compared to Detroit’s products in those years it’s quick and offers incredible handling and rack and pinion steering. This car has a Hollywood history being once owned by Darren Mc Gavin. Best known as the dad in Christmas Story, “you’ll shoot your eye out kid”
MG produced only about 1500 of the Mk 2s. Some of the improvements found there way to the TF.
Front suspension by Alec Issigonis best known as the designer of the Mini. The unusual Andrex friction shocks utilize wooden discs.
Those blue ty wraps got to go.
I’ll have back on the road this week.
My second Sprite. My first was bought in 1974 in Wisconsin, a dark blue 1968 MkIV 1275. Now I'm almost 65 years old, and enjoying this 1966, which has a transplanted 1275 and lots of sorting out done. A bit rusty around the edges, but lots of fun every time I take it out!
Kevin O'Connell South Orange www.kevinoconnell.info
I have a '79 Triumph Spitfire purchased in 2016 on Craigslist. My wife picked it and we drove across Michigan to pick it up on a Friday Afternoon. On the drive home, the interstate was shut down due to an accident and turned our 3.5 hour return trip into a 6 hour trip getting home at 3am. The Spitfire handled the journey well and so did I with a new to me car. That was the beginning of our road trips in the Spitfire. We have also journeyed from Detroit area to Blackhawk Farms Raceway going along back roads only, 12 hours with stops to cool off in 95 degree heat.
Here are a few pictures from Put in Bay Road Race Reunion last year.
Here are two pics of my 1953 MG TD near my home in Mountain City, TN and a picture of my 1960 Metropolitan, its sort of British since they were built by BMC in England for Nash/AMC.
This is my 1977 MGB, or as we call her Emma G. Bee. I bought her in 2016 knowing nothing about British cars, only that a convertible 4-speed would be cool. With a lot of help from club members, I learned how to take care of her and keep her running. I have taken the car from Newport to Boston for shows and even drove in the local Fourth of July parade in my town, Cumberland, RI.
This car has been a blast and it's been fun for the whole family.