Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
12/1/11 3:24 p.m.

Everybody has a favorite car, and for many, many Americans who came of age in the ’60s and ’70s that machine is the ubiquitous MGB. This honest, simple roadster introduced a generation of Americans to the sports car world. One of these enthusiasts is Bill Hiland.

In the mid-’90s, Bill returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after a stint designing and racing sailboats in Australia. He needed some wheels and was taken in by the MGB’s style, rugged simplicity and promise of top-down fun. He picked up a 1978 model for use as a daily driver.

As far as MGBs go, Bill’s particular car wasn’t anything too special. It wasn’t an early chrome-bumper example, and it wasn’t one of the illustrious cars produced in the model’s final year. It was a somewhat tired MGB that sported wire wheels and faded paint. Plus, one of its chrome headlight rings had been jettisoned. But Bill, like so many other owners of these later cars, saw its true beauty. His car looked good, offered open-air motoring, and got him from Point A to Point B. It served him well while he grew his new Silicon Valley semiconductor business.

While the MGB wasn’t always trouble-free, Bill held onto it. And when he sold his computer business in 2007, he did the logical thing—at least from our perspective. Instead of trading the B for a Boxster or a Miata, Bill opened On the Road Again Classics, a company located in Morgan Hill, California, that’s dedicated to servicing, restoring and modifying MGs and other British cars.

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Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
9/5/19 8:15 a.m.

Yes, please. 

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
9/5/19 7:16 p.m.

A British car shop in Morgan Hill, eh?  The town couldn't be more aptly named unless it was in Oildale.

jr02518
jr02518 Reader
9/5/19 8:05 p.m.

I would also vote "yes" for the enhanced B.  The moment you change or update anything from the "as delivered" from the factory,  enjoy the improvements.

Not long ago I had the pleasure of helping a friend move some of his collection of almost 100 point cars.  The MGA roadster was quant, like a page from the early sixties.  Very nice to look at, with a wooden almost dead feel at the wheel.  I had a twenty mile drive that had me running through the "if it was mine what would I change".  To enhance the driving.

If you get the change to drive an early car like this, that is stock, you might start down the road of "what if".   Embrace it.

 

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