May 19, 2009 update to the MG Midget project car

Thoroughly Modern Midget

Our uprated Midget is an absolute blast on the twisties.

Our Modern Midget project really is a modern, drivable car. Don’t believe us? We have proof.

The scenario? We had been displaying the car in Carlisle, Penn., but it was time to get it home. The catch? Home was 1200 miles away in Florida. We decided that rather than tow the Midget, we would drive it home to test its mettle.

Our first day took us from Carlisle to Reading, where we enjoyed the Reading Ferrari Concours. We then went to Lancaster and stayed the night. The next day, after a visit to Eastwood in Pottstown, we headed south.

The Midget cruises well at 75 to 80 mph, and except for being a little tight to get in and out of, the car goes well and is stable at speed.

After a nice lunch at local tavern on the Delaware border, we traveled through the Baltimore/Washington area on I-95. From there, we took I-495 around Washington, D.C., and headed out to the Skyline Drive. On this beautiful stretch of road, we remembered why we wanted this car. Our uprated Midget is an absolute blast on the twisties.

We were stopped by a very nice park ranger during the stretch of the trip. Fortunately, she just gave us a warning and told us that 52 mph on the 35 mph posted parkway was not acceptable.

We then headed down into Harrisonburg, Va., where we stopped for the night. So far, other than a few little sorting issues, the car was great. We averaged 55 mph overall and hit a top speed of 84 mph, just wrestling with traffic.

Our miles-per-gallon rating was in the low-30 range, and spending ten hours in this car on all kinds of roads did not beat us up. The ride was comfortable, and the Miata seats supported us well over the long distances.

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RodRy None
7/4/09 5:33 p.m.

Sweet! I've watched the build from the beginning, and I'd love to check this car out some time. Any chance you'll be bringing it to a car show in Michigan? We have a wonderful show called Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Gilmore Car Museum each July. Would make a good article! Question: what tires are you running? My current tires are 155/80-13 and generate almost no grip.

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