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A Long Time Coming

Prior to the much anticipated millennium, this my 15-year chronicle started to unfurl. It began innocently enough with a brisk drive here in North Idaho at an excursion with Northwest British Classics. The next day, I heard a knocking sound emanating from under the bonnet of my 1971 Triumph TR6 when I first fired it…

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The MGB Clutch Experience

After languishing through the long and especially cold winter of  ’14, we were ready for spring and the stimulating thought of summertime cruises through the beautiful Maryland countryside. The ‘78 MGB barn find had more than a few issues, and many winter days were spent lovingly restoring our little red convertible in our somewhat heated…

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Odd Duck – The Demola Healey

The Demola Healey was constructed by Carosserie Demola in Belgium for a minor noble named Barron Van Assche. The body was attached to BN1 chassis number 150649 and reportedly took four months to build. The car was presumably sold later on to an individual that fitted a blower to the engine and installed Alfin brake…

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An MG Supercar – MG EX-E

The last MG left the Abingdon factory in 1980 and the withdrawal of the classic marque from the North American market was a blow from which many motoring enthusiasts would never recover. Despite the demise of the MGB and Midget, the staff at the newly reorganized Austin Rover group spent much of the decade attempting…

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1960 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite

Widely considered to be the most successful Sprite ever built, WJB 707 was constructed as a Works Rally Car by the BMC Competitions Department for use in the upcoming Tour de Corse with Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom behind the wheel. Upgrades included disc brakes, wire wheels and an improved suspension but a gearbox failure…

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Car Profile – Jensen GT

Jensen introduced the Jensen GT Shooting Brake in 1975 hoping to see the same success that MG realized with the BGT. With more luxurious trim and more gentrified image, the car was to sell at a higher price and generate more profits to keep the struggling company afloat. Jensen was – reportedly – losing money…

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There & Back…Again

I stood on the wooden floor of the barn and stared at the carcass. It was a tub, a driveline, frame rails, and suspension. The engine was painted, carburetors rebuilt, water pump and cooling lines replaced. If you looked closely you could see the shiny new brake lines that were tucked along the frame to…

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