Daily Archives: September 1, 2000

Jaguar: A Lasting Marque

When it is all said and done, and the final historians write the chapters on personal ground transportation, certain nameplates will be honored while others are forgotten. Among the elite will be Jaguar. Although there are many British nameplates that stand out within the top 10% of the world’s automakers, a vast majority of enthusiasts…

Abingdon in the 1930s, Part I

In these days of mass produced automobiles, using more and more robots, and fewer and fewer human beings, have you ever thought what it was like in the early days of sports car production? What sort of people put your dinosaur of a British car together? Well, come with us back to the 1930s (when…

Buttonwillow 2000

Under a beautiful, blue May sky, the fifth annual Moss Motors British Extravaganza attracted record numbers of competition and show cars to Buttonwillow Raceway in the San Joaquin Valley of central California. Organized by VARA, and sponsored by Moss Motors in association with Chrysler Corporation and Title West Mortgage, the event has continually proved to…

MGA: The One That Got Away

It’s confession time again…I have never owned an MGA. No, it wasn’t due to an oversight; the car just didn’t turn me on at the time. Possibly, my loyalty to the traditional, angular T Series roadsters was the basis for my antipathy towards the streamlined, envelope-bodied A. Like many others, I think that I felt somehow…

Steering Wheel

Embedded deep within my psyche is an affinity for a performance car from across the pond. Growing up in a time and place when American muscle and hot rods were the thing dreams were made of, I found a place in my heart and soul for a British invader. From an early age, the name…

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A Very Special Day

The Triumph monument and its history By Bill Piggott April 16, 2000 will go down in the history of the Standard Triumph Motor Co. as a very special day, the day that may prove to be the final act in the history of the old company on its principal site in Coventry. On that Sunday,…

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Tech Tips: Fall 2000

Speedometer and Tachometer Quick Check When picking through the instrument box at a swapmeet or looking at a British used car parts store, bring along a battery-powered portable drill. Set it to the highest speed setting and install a large Robinson screwdriver (or similar) bit in the chuck. Insert the bit into the cable input…

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Mud, Guts, and Glory

By John Sprinzel Rallying great Donald Morley and his wife Val (Domleo) visited our little island of Molokai recently. Don and his twin brother Erie were probably the fastest of the Healey works drivers of the ’60s. Valerie successfully co-drove for several of the top ladies, including Pat Moss and Rosemary Smith. In 1961, the…

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