My First Drive in an MGB

It was a gorgeous fall day in November, 2013. Perfect weather around 50 degrees. I was getting ready to help my parents ‘winterize’ their deck when I received a call that my best friend was close by in his 1975 MG Midget. I asked him to stop over to chit-chat for a short while and…

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Video: MGB at Point Reyes

We would like to take a moment and thank you for all you do for the British motoring enthusiast community. Your level of customer service, product knowledge and online technical support have proven invaluable in completing our MGB restoration project. I wanted to support my 19-year old son’s desire to pursue a career in the…

Lily Mitchell

Kids Drawing Cars

Some kids draw horses or dinosaurs. Other kids, those whose parents drive the most beloved, smile-inducing vehicles on the planet—they draw cars. It gives us great pleasure to display the work of these young artists and future motoring enthusiasts. The future of the hobby is in the hands of kids just like these. Will our…

Removing Grille

MGA: Easy Grille Removal

During the years I spent restoring my 1960 MGA, I heard many frightening and cautionary tales about the importance of the hood latch mechanism and the alignment of the hood. Specifically, I was told to make sure the latch was working perfectly before installing the grille; if the hood ever jammed closed, the only way…

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Recapturing Youth

Earlier this year I bought myself a 1975 MGB for my 65th birthday.  I have pleasant memories of owning a well-worn 1962 MG Midget and then a rusty 1954 Austin Healy 100 while I was in college.  But why buy a 39 year old British sports car now? I had trouble articulating my reasons.  I…

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A Wedding Triumph

One fall day in my early childhood my father was readying his cars for an event. Usually, he would tinker on one or two at a time, but never all four at once. It turned out that my uncle requested the use of all the families’ classic cars in a brilliant and bold procession from…

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TR4A gearbox installation

After installing the new clutch that I purchased from Moss Motors it was time to slide the gearbox back in.  While trying to line up the nose of the gearbox to go into the clutch it became apparent that the rear of the gearbox would not drop down due to the front of the drive shaft. …


The Issigonis Effect

Without Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis, there’d be no Mini. The car’s chief engineer and designer—raised a subject of the Ottoman Empire by his Greek father and Bavarian mother—was widely known for penciling freehand engineering sketches. The stubborn eccentric designed the original Mini by eye and despised mathematics. “You must not mix function with fashion in…

Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars on the lot of Dodi's Auto Sales

Shop Profile – Dodi’s Auto Sales

Rarely do the words nothing like it in the world have any real meaning since they are most often used in hyperbole. When used to describe Dodi’s Auto Sales in Monterey, California, these words are merely a statement of fact. Most purveyors of classic cars have pristine showrooms with classic rock playing softly in the background. Most often, the cars…

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