Category Archives: Members’ Cars and Photos

’69 B-GT of Bob and Anita Dortenzo

An American MGB Assocation Queen B is the ’69 Primrose yellow B-GT of Bob and Anita Dortenzo from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Here is the story:

Looking for the Next Valuable Classic

I have been buying, fixing and selling classic imports as a hobby for many years. A ’67 Volvo 122S, ’67 Volvo 1800S, ’74 Triumph TR-6, ’80 Fiat Spider, ’80 Mercedes 450SL just to name a few. The TR6 was an anniversary gift to my wife and remains in our possession. The others, especially the 1800S, sadly to say were all sold. After the Mercedes went at auction, I began looking for the next up and coming classic import and my attention soon went to the MGB-GT. This unique little GT with its flowing design and very useful configuration was designated as our next project. And the search began.

After looking on Craigslist, Hemmings, and other classic car sites I was fortunate to find one listed on the MG Experience website. This 1969 Primrose yellow MGB-GT looked interesting and the price was in our budget so I started conversations with the owner. The car was in New Jersey and had a documented history which the owner was very willing to share. He also kindly listed all the things that the car may need. I live in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and the drive to Jersey was worth the traffic and the tolls once I saw and drove this car. It didn’t take long for me to make an offer that the owner accepted and the shipping arrangements were made before I departed for home.

In a few days the GT was delivered and the work started with the intention of entering it in to the Spring Carlisle Auction. This car has many interesting options: wire wheels, overdrive, wood steering wheel and air conditioning. The AC was removed long ago but the switch and vents still exist as installed by the dealer in 1969. Cleaning, polishing, new tires, fuel pump, heater valve, water pump, minor paint refinishing and a few other odds and ends brought this sports car classic to local show quality and ready for auction.

Well as we all know the Coronavirus hit and the shows and auctions were postponed. All I could do was drive the GT and enjoy the ride. My wife kept saying that she really loved the car and was happy it didn’t go to auction. I also became more attached to it as time went by and decided to keep it from the auctioneer’s gavel. More improvements are made each day as the GT shares the garage with its cousin the TR6.

I believe that the MGB-GT will continue to increase in value and become a valuable classic import in the future. Its style, function, dependability, and fun to drive spirit will all contribute to future collector desirability.

This one is not for sale.

’77 B of Myron Wood from Warwick, Rhode Island

This was my dad’s car. He bought it new in 1977. He parked it in 1983 on blocks in the back yard. I have been restoring it for 20 years and just finished it this past year. I wanted it to look just like it was the day he bought it. Lots of blood sweat and tears on this little car, but it was worth it.

'77 B of Myron Wood from Warwick, Rhode Island

’78 B of Barry Barnes


An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’78 B of Barry Barnes. Here is his story with photos:

Someone recently asked me about my “journey” on my 1978 MGB. I answered: Long. Slow. Perfectionistic. Expensive. LOTS of fun! I love working on my MG daily drivers as much as driving them… and I’ve been doing both for 50 years.

Then I added that a more serious reply would be:

▪ Design your project for your car to be DRIVEN – these are tough little cars that are way too much fun to be trailered around

▪ Set a budget… realizing you’ll go 2x or 3x over it before you’re done

▪ Do it in phases, getting it drivable between each sub-project so you can reward yourself

▪ Match your project to your style – if you’re easily bored or impatient, do a simple project; if you’re perfectionistic and love form equally as function, take on something more like mine

▪ Focus on benefits to YOU – I like driving hard, tight handling on steep & winding mountain roads, loud music while I drive, a feeling of automotive excellence, and reliability

▪ Be a member of lots of groups on Facebook and the internet (I’m a member of about 20); ask lots of questions on them and on MG Experience (MGExp.com)

▪ You’ll learn by how others answer whether they know what they’re talking about

▪ When people say “I think” or “I would think” or “it makes sense that” ignore the post

▪ When people write “IMHO” (webspeak for “in my humble opinion), you’re about to read a highly opinionated post that’s anything but humble

▪ Most importantly, don’t listen to anybody else’s opinions about what you’re planning on doing – there are way too many people who will tell you what you should and shouldn’t do with YOUR car!

'78 B of Barry Barnes
'78 B of Barry Barnes
'78 B of Barry Barnes
'78 B of Barry Barnes

’65 Midget of Steve Strublic from Peoria, Arizona

I have had my Midget Mk II since I was three years old (well, my dad owned her) in 1975. He bought the car on a trailer and in boxes. After some mild threats to “get that thing out of the garage,” he put her together and my parents drove round trip from Milwaukee to Atlanta. At one point, it was our only running vehicle and we used it to make grocery runs in the middle of the Wisconsin winter in the Midget.

My dad and I restored her for the first time in 1990 after sitting for almost 10 years due to rust and a cracked head, and I got the keys for my 18th birthday. My wife and I moved to Arizona in 2000, and I drove her until 2004 when she was literally coming apart. I started what became a 14 year bare metal restoration then and finished in October 2018. I did all the work myself aside from engine machine work and some on-car painting lessons, since this is a great car, if you’re interested in this model you can find useful the information found here.

 '65 Midget MK II of Steve Strublic from Peoria, Arizona '65 Midget MK II of Steve Strublic from Peoria, Arizona

1976 MGB of Gregory Risse from Frankfort, Indiana

I purchased the car on October 9, 2019, 2 days after my 61st birthday. My Dad had an MGB when I was a teen in the mid-70’s. I remember it being great fun to drive. I loved to listen to the engine back-fire and pop when down shifting. My car is a restoration project. Pulled from a garage where it has been sitting for the last 7-8 years. 97,xxx miles, but with documentation the engine was redone around 65,000 miles.

The engine turns, so I’ll change the oil, oil filter, fuel filter and get clean gas in it. Then, we’ll see what happens. Needs tires and either new rims or I will restore the Rostyle rims that came with it. So, it’s a work in progress project.

Gregory Risse

'76 B of Gregory Risse from Franklin, Indiana

1977 B of Craig VanHevelingen of Southmont, North Carolina.

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’77 B of Craig VanHevelingen of Southmont, North Carolina. Here is his story:

I’m a new member and just received your letter in today’s mail. Thought I’d send you a couple of pics of my MGB it’s a 1977 pretty much all original, I enjoy driving it as well as working on it.

My name is Craig VanHevelingen and my membership # is 19-16306 . I don’t have any real interesting stories about the car , I bought it because I like modern antique vehicles. In the past I was very involved with air head BMW motor cycles and an active member in the Air Heads Beemer Club . I restored a number of them and always rode a lot . However old age and deteriorating riding skill’s have caused me to stop riding and sell my last bike, also a 1977 model. Anyway I bought the MG to fill the gap, and it has done so. Anyway here’s a couple of pictures of it as well as my last