FALL 2007

Welcome to the Fall 2007 issue of Moss Motoring. Immerse yourself in a vast range of stories that range from personal profiles, to technical advice, and more. We promise it’s a ride worth your while. Browse the articles below.

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Triumph Spitfire

By Les Bidrawn; photography by Jim Funkhouser Put a college-aged male in a Spitfire 1500, make him wear a sweater, dark sunglasses and place a white Labrador (put a red bandanna round the dog’s neck for added effect) in the passenger seat. Now send him driving through a local campus. I did the very thing…

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Customer Loyalty Program Restorations

Introduction by Rob Mullner; stories and photography by Tony Tiffin, Pete Hylton and Bob Cutting. Restoring a British car can be a daunting task; we have all heard stories of projects that dragged on and on, draining owners’ enthusiasm and bank account simultaneously. To make the restoration process easier and more economical Moss Motors launched the Customer Loyalty…

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Robbins are Tops!

By Ken Smith Recently we had the opportunity to drive down Hwy. 101 alongside the Pacific Ocean from Santa Barbara to visit Robbins Auto Top Co. in their 50,000 sq./ft. facility in Oxnard, California. Established in 1943, and spanning three generations of the Robbins family, the company is one of the world’s leading specialists in…


MGB Triplex Windshield

New product report: Original Tooling Located MGB Triplex Windshield By Pat Fewell, Moss Motors Corporate Purchasing Manager Photography by the author When customers began to complain about fitment issues on our MGB windscreens, Michael Grant, our Product Quality Manager, alerted me to the issues our customers were struggling with. As we reviewed the reported issues he test fit Moss…


The Insider’s Perspective: TR7 and 8s

By Kelvin Dodd As seen in May 2007 Hemmings Motor News. One of the best kept secrets of British cars is how wonderful the TR7 and TR8 are to drive and what a value they are. When introduced, the modern McPherson strut based front and compliant trailing arm rear suspension was lost on many die…

MINI parade

30th Annual Mitty Challenge

By Rob Mullner It’s not common to start a new job and immediately get to do cool stuff. But just three weeks into my tenure here I was sent to the Classic Motorsports Mitty Challenge presented by Mazda and sponsored by Moss Motors. As the newest member of the Moss British Marketing team I was…


1962-1976 MGB Air Conditioning Kit

By Shawn Carlberg; photography by Moss Motors Staff Owning and enjoying an old British classic requires certain pragmatism. There are aspects of the driving experience that will not measure up to modern motoring. Cabin comfort in the summer will be different in your MGB versus your minivan. While your minivan can haul a passel of…


9th Annual No Frills Iron Bottom Motoring Tour

By Rob Mullner, logo by Mike Andrews, photography by the author. The phrase “Iron Bottom” doesn’t conjure good things, to some it’s an insult and to others it’s just offensive. As a TR6 owner and driving enthusiast I proudly wear the Iron Bottom mantle, let me explain why you should too. Nearly 10 years ago…

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Loud Pedal: Fall 2007

It’s driving season. To keep your car in top shape, get out and go. By Robert Goldman On an unassuming street, in a nondescript building, in a suburb of Philadelphia, lurks an incredible private car collection. At the recent Vintage Triumph Register convention at Valley Forge, PA, I happened to be in the right place at…

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How to Turn an MG into a Jaguar

By Pete Hylton At the age of 45, I decided on a career change. Leaving a job as an engineer in the aerospace industry, I took a position as a professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology for Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, home of the IUPUI Jaguars. One thing I did not leave behind was a…


Heroes: Racer Girl

By Kelvin Dodd; photography by the author Welcome to a new British Motoring feature called Heroes. In each issue we will introduce you to a person who promotes or fosters interest in British cars. The personalities will come from all over the hobby and have at least one common thread, a passion for enjoying British…

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2007

By Rob Mullner; photography by the author and Andy Tyacke If you are a car fanatic there are a handful of major events at the pinnacle of motorsports ecstasy. The Indy 500, Pikes Peak, Monterey Historics and Pebble Beach Concourse, Sebring 12 Hour, Le Mans 24 Hour, Monaco Grand Prix, Daytona 500, Detroit Auto Show,…

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Fun is in the Details

By Tony Tiffin September 1972. I was in a small North Georgia MG dealership. Standing on the tiny showroom floor were two brand new MGB-GTs: One a mallard green sweetie with autumn leaf interior, rostyles and rubber mats. The sticker read $3,600 drive-out! But right next to it was a wire-wheeled English red heartbreaker. It…

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England Tour 2007

By Rob Mullner; photography by Tim Suddard, Andy Tyacke and the author I just lived the car adventure of a lifetime. Via Moss Motors, Classic Motorsports Magazine and a fine tour company called England Specials, I just experienced the ultimate summer vacation; part classic British road trip, part world-whirlwind and all new and strange. From California,…


Buttonwillow Raceway Park

12th Annual British Extravaganza Presented by Moss Motors By Mike Chaput; photography by Moss Motors staff It was a fine central California weekend, perfect for racing and showing British cars at Buttonwillow Raceway. The usually sweltering weather of early May had given way to a kinder, gentler weekend, the cars were plentiful and the crowd…


Britfest 2007

By Ken Smith; photography by Moss Motors staff Britfest 2007, sponsored by Moss Motors and Castrol and hosted by the MG Car Club Central Jersey Centre, was held Saturday May 5 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, New Jersey. As the first all British car show of the season, this show is the annual wake-up…


Triumph TR6 Brake Tech

By Jan Dawson; photography by Moss Motors staff It’s funny sometimes what your friends tease you about. And, it seems, the longer the friendship, the more teasing.  Certainly, that is the case with my friend Robert and me.  Our friendship has endured 22 years now and is bonded by the love of Triumphs, or something like…

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