10/9/18 1:43 p.m.

Classic design never fades. It may take some time for that truth to sink in, ’specially if you’re a 14-year-old kid searching for his first set of wheels. But scoring your dream and getting it right the first time is something that stays with you forever, because there’s no room f…

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frenchyd
frenchyd UltraDork
10/10/18 6:33 a.m.

I wish I could write as well as Peter Brock.  His clarity and brevity really sum up my life.  I feel sorry for today’s youth  who won’t be able to enjoy  the simple pleasures of open air motoring like MG T-Series provide.  

Stuffed into the highly protected and electronically numbing cacoons that modern cars are. Absolutely they are more efficient and safer.  A feeling so highly prized children seek out safe, smooth, and efficient rides at amusement parks.  

russellsifers
russellsifers New Reader
3/7/19 9:22 p.m.

I saw my first MG, a TD,  around 1960 at age 12 or so.  It was black with red interior and was setting in our driveway!   No, it was not my dad's but a friend of his.  I thought it was the coolest car - until I saw a TC.  It was love at first sight.  I saved up my National Guard money and bought my TC in 1971.  It had been rode hard and put away wet but it ran.  I drove it for two years and then did an amateaur restoration on the body, wood and paint.  I still have it.  The TC needs another  restoration, a complete one,  but all the mechanicals have been rebuilt and I run it at the Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival each year.  I drive it year round but sometimes I just stand there at look at my first love and smile.

   

Panamericano
Panamericano New Reader
9/7/22 12:11 p.m.

My first was a hot rod 32 or 33 Ford roadster.  Next a Dinalpin (Mexico City).  Some people start down a path that just does not end, as Peter said.  56 years later I have a Birkin S3.  

mhoumard
mhoumard None
9/7/22 7:52 p.m.

"the handsome TF"  Indeed! 

I bought mine in 1962 for $750 from a graduating Senior at the U of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana when I transferred my Freshman year from my home school in Lafayette, Indiana (Go Purdue).

My circularlua was Industrial (product) Design.  As a Junior in 1963, my protfolio was one of the 7 out of more than 600 selected throughout the US to particapate in the 10 week Orientation Studio Program at the GM "styling" center in Warren, Michigan.

Imagine the looks on the faces of the Security Guards at the Tech Center when a TF with 3 kids piled  into it were allowed into the underground Exec Lot filled with concept Corvets & european exotica.

Mark

DneprDave
DneprDave Reader
9/10/22 12:39 p.m.

My first car is a MG TD, I bought it in 1972 for $700. I still have it. I had to move in the middle of a restoration that I'm not fnished with yet. Maybe Classic Motorsports will feature a restoration of a T series MG one day. That would certainly light a fire under my butt to get mine finished.

lhoboken
lhoboken New Reader
9/10/22 1:05 p.m.

Peter,

 

You once again took us back to the time when we as youth dreamed and sketched and could not wait 

to get the feel of a moving automobile in our hands. Like you many of us had friends, relatives or neighbors 

with these wonderful cars. Mine was a neighbor with a white Jag, can't remember if it was a 120 or a 140, but 

I yearned to drive it in the breeze. Thanks for the memories and another great column.

Larry Hoboken 

Coupe 57

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/15/22 9:17 a.m.

I too have been looking for this classic, open air, wind in the face type of motoring. After looking at a bunch of early MGs I stumbled on a 1952 Morgan that I plan on restoring.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/15/22 9:34 a.m.

First car was an '82 Accord.

And can anyone ID where this photo was taken? (Yes, there is a motorsports connection.)

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