A Mostly British Obsession

New Year’s MGB

[flickr id=”6616863057″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]Happy 2012 from all of us (well, OK, me) at Rusty Heaps! I had to run to the store and as it wasn’t raining, I got out Reg the MGB today. The MG hadn’t been out in a few months and it was a blast to drive it again. It feels faster than the XJ6 (it’s almost certainly not) and is a lot more involving to drive.

[flickr id=”6616862827″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]One of the pleasures of having several cars which are of different types: driving one regularly and then taking another out makes you go “wow, this a great car!” when you finally do get into the latter.
[flickr id=”6616862701″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]It becomes easy to lose track of the fun things about any particular car if you drive it a lot, and only focus on its foibles, whether baked in to the car at the factory, or the result of wear and tear that you haven’t gotten around to fixing yet. (And if your regular car doesn’t have any deficits, well, it’s not very interesting, is it?)
[flickr id=”6616862425″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]”Reg” continues to provide a lot of pleasure at a minimal cost of ownership. Early MGBs may be the “bread and butter” of the classic sports car world, but they’re that for a reason.


  1. Don

    Cool car! I notice you keep that one while you buy and sell others. Early MGBs are wonderful cars- simple, elegant, fun to drive. They are really the best of the breed, far better than other sports cars of the same era, and more pleasant to drive than a Miata when properly sorted.

  2. Jack

    I get on your site periodically to visit my old friend Reggie. So happy that you are taking such good care of him. I enjoy reading your auto repairs, comments, progress—–good site!


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