Category Archives: Members’ Cars and Photos

’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

’70 B of Dean Zywicki

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’70 B of Dean Zywicki. Here is his story:

I bought my ’70 B a few months ago with just under 65,000 miles on it. It was last titled in 1991 with 63,000 miles. It took a few weeks to get through everything to make it road ready again (suspension rebuild, fluids, brake hoses, etc.). I just love seeing photos of it and other Bs everyday.