Category Archives: Members’ Cars and Photos

’69 B-GT of John Briggs from Fayetteville, North Carolina

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’69 B-GT of John Briggs from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here is his story:

When I graduated from medical school in 1969, I wanted a sports car. My first choice was an XKE, but alas I could not afford it so I bought an MGB instead. I picked the GT because I needed the cargo space. The car was black with wire wheels. I drove that car as a daily driver for next five years until it was damaged beyond repair in a wreck. After losing the MG, I had a series of Z cars, vintage Mustangs and Corvettes over the years. In February 2014 while looking at classic cars online, I found a MGB-GT exactly like the one I bought in 1969 with only 34,500 miles on the odometer. The photos of the car were fantastic.

The car was located only 150 miles away so I hopped in my Corvette for a trip. When I first saw the car, I thought it looked as if it had just rolled off the assembly line in Abingdon. I had not driven an MGB since I lost my first one but it did not take me long to get back in the groove. A few hours later, I had my new old MGB.

In addition to the excellent condition of the car, one of the things that attracted me to the car was the extensive historical record that came with it. The car was manufactured in Abingdon between April 17th and April 22nd in 1969 and exported to San Francisco, California on May 7, 1969. The first owner bought the car on June11, 1969 in San Francisco for $3731.00. He kept the car for the next 36 years, He kept all sales documents, titles, registrations for 36 years. He even kept the business card of the salesman. The second owner acquired the car in 2006 in California. The third owner bought the car in 2011 and transported it to Virginia where I purchased it in March of 2015.

The car is in amazing condition. Every owner has taken extraordinary good care of it. It has been protected from both rain and sun its entire life. Over its life span of 47 years, the past three owners have put only on an average of 750 miles per year on the car. The car numbers and equipment all match the BMIHT factory records. I am exceedingly happy to have an MG back in the garage. It is great fun to cruise around town in my new old MGB-GT. I plan to attend many MG events. My first was be the American MGB Association Meet 2015 in Myrtle Beach which is 90 miles from home, but I was unable to make it.

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’74 B of Edmund Schultz

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’74 B of Edmund Schultz. Here is his story:

Here are photos of my recently acquired 1974 MGB. This is my third B. My wife’s brother clued me into this car a few weeks ago and it looks and runs well considering it has been garaged for two years prior to my acquiring it. As an aside my brother-in -law told me that his other brother painted this car. He passed away 5 years ago so my wife was glad to see that we have something in the family that he worked on. I am getting ready to store it for the winter. Fortunately I have a garage large enough to accommodate this car and the two other family cars. Winter can be tough up here in Maine. I already have a list of projects for the spring so I can spend the winter looking through the Moss and Victoria British catalogs and copies of the “Octagon”.

Regards,
Edmund Schultz
Newcastle, ME

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’71 B of Marshall Moore from Roanoke, Virginia

An Ameican MGB Associaton Queen B is the ’71 B of Marshall Moore of Roanoke, Virginia. Here is his story:

In early October, much of the Middle Atlantic and Southeast United States were hit by almost a week of heavy rains, resulting in some car shows getting cancelled and others being rescheduled. That also meant that my 1971 MGB spent a lot of time in the garage, looking outside whenever I opened the garage door, wishing the rain would stop so it could be taken out and exercised.

Finally, late this past week, nice weather returned in the form of a pleasant Indian Summer so it was time to bring the B out for some “road work”. A couple of weeks ago, I had taken it in for servicing in preparation for the drive to Myrtle Beach, SC for the AMGBA Meet 2015/Britfest gathering, but had gotten very little seat time since to drive the car.

On Sunday, I drove to the monthly meeting of the British Automobile Club of Southwest Virginia where a couple of other Bs were on hand. Then, Monday brought beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the seventies so I fired up the B and headed from the Roanoke Valley of Virginia up onto the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and then up to the top of Roanoke Mountain which gives some excellent views of the valley.

The early morning fog had since burned off leaving a beautiful fall day with views for miles from up on the mountain. The view from atop Roanoke Mountain provided a nice backdrop for the MGB, as proof that days like this are what having such a car is all about. I’ll continue to take advantage of weather like this to take the ‘B’ out for drives on some of the back roads around western Virginia until Winter decides to move in. Hopefully, that will not be too soon.

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’72 B of Glen Maxwell

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’72 B roadster of Glen Maxwell from Athens, Illinois. Here is his story:

I purchased this car in March 2014 from Country Classic Cars in Staunton, Illinois after looking at several others, all of which were either priced too high (for my budget) or in immediate need of major mechanical repair and/or body work. This on looked decent, ran well and was moderately priced.

The major mechanicals seemed to be in good order and he engine externals and all of the hydraulics looked to be in either new or recently rebuilt. There was some bondo on one front corner (fender bender repair) but the body was straight and rust free. The paint was an old respray from the original dark green to the current red. It was reasonably well done and still looked presentable. The interior was original show some wear and fading., but still serviceable with no cuts, tears, or broken seams. The top was an old replacement in pretty good condition. The only things needing immediate attention were some spotty lighting and the tires, which looked nearly new but had major flat spots. In the glove box were several old repair receipts from shops in Columbus, Ohio. The most recent was dated June 2001 at 105,707 miles and the current odometer reading was 05,875.

I managed to contact the car dealer who had found it and several other old cars sitting in a barn some miles north of Columbus. They had done all of the recent work to get the car running, cosigned it to auction and it ended up in Staunton. I have been addressing the remaining bits and pieces in need of TLC, all relatively minor in nature.

Over the year I have owned it, the car has accumulated a total of 5000 miles with only two on the road problems: one flat tire and a failure of the ignition switch start position. It has earned several trophies at local car shows: two first and two thirds in class and one top twenty overall. Not bad for an unrestored barn find/daily driver.

Now with much help from my brother-in-law, a retired body man, the car is getting its restoration. The bondo from a couple of old fender benders and rust repairs is being replaced with new metal. Aside from the lower edges of the skin, the only rust damage has been to the inner rocker panels. The rest of the monocoque body has turned out to be straight and rust free. The paint was originally Green Mallard, long ago resprayed to red, and the new paint will be Flame Red. The original interior was faded and starting to come apart in a few places, so it will be replaces with a tan interior. Everything should be completed and the car back on the road by the end of April.

Some of the photos shown are from local show last summer (I am the older guy in the ball cap) except for one from a Halloween night show. It went as a Ferrari 250 and was the only car in costume. The kids there loved it.

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’71 MGB of Jack Wheeler

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’71 B of new member Jack Wheeler. Here is his story.

This is the third MGB I have owned. The first was a 1973, which I bought in 1976 when the car was basically new. Then in the early 2000’s I came across a 1972 ‘barn find’. Literally, it had been stored in a barn for many years. The owner died, and I bought it from the estate, and did a complete, but quite easy restoration.

I have been primarily a Triumph guy since I bought my first TR-3 while I was in college. Then later, I raced a TR-4 in SCCA for 25 years. But, having had 2 MGB’s, this latest one caught my eye a few months ago. It is a 1971, so it is similar to the 2 previous cars I have had. This car came out of Texas, and I believe it spent most of it’s life in the South, so it is very solid. While it does not need any body work, it needs some TLC to get it back to original condition, so I am enjoying searching for the missing and broken parts (mostly electrical and trim). I’m hoping the club can help me with finding some of the rare parts I will need. While I have been driving it quite a bit in the mild North Carolina weather, I look forward to the spring, when I can put the top down and do some ‘top down’ touring.

The person I bought it from had owned it for 20 years, and in that time had only put about 8,000 miles on the car. He finally decided to sell it because he was no longer driving it. It was stored inside all of that time, but I don’t know much about it prior to that, except that the previous owner bough it in Northern Virginia.

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’80 MGB L.E. of Jeffrey Schroeder of Watertown, Wisconsin

An American MGB Association Queen B – the ’80 MGB Limited Edition of Jeffrey Schroeder of Watertown, Wisconsin. Here is his story:

Here are some photos of my 1980 MGB Limited Edition with 54,000 actual miles. It has a rebuilt engine and transmission.

I do all my own work and it has the original interior. Please note I took our the cigarette lighter and installed a voltmeter in that location. Perfect fit.

This is my 5th MG. I have had 3 MGBs and 2 MGB-GTs.

I would love to see this in the Octagon. I think it would be cool!

Editor’s Note: Here are your photos and story in the Octagon. I hope you think it is cool!

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’63 B of Dennis and Nannette Bakko

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’63 B of Dennis and Nannette Bakko.

Here is the story:

As an Air Force pilot in 1972, I was assigned to a flying squadron over in the United Kingdom. My wife and I spent 5 years at RAF Alconbury, a U.S. Air Base about 60 miles north of London. As time went by, I became more and more interested in British motorcars. I decided to look for an MGB and bring it back to the United States.

In July 1975, I purchased this 1963 MGB for 200 British pounds (about 400 dollars) in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, a town on the outskirts of Northeast London.

The car was not in very good shape. It had already been painted twice and the floor boards were rusting. We then brought the car back with us to North Dakota in 1977. I drove the MG two or three times a year for the next 35 years hoping to restore it someday. Finally in 2012, we had it fully restored by an MG shop in Arizona.

We now drive it quite a lot while wintering in Arizona. We didn’t even buy a new top for it because the sun shines almost every day. The reaction we get from people to the red right-hand drive MGB has been amazing. By the way, the red paint we used is actually a Ferrari color.

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’71 B of Bob Noll at Wadkins Glen International

The photo is one of me driving the full course at Watkins Glen International during the opening weekend on April 12 – 13 this year. On both days 3 laps of the full course can be driven for a $20 donation to the Alzheimer’s Fund.

I am entering the “inner loop” or “bus stop”. It was a thrill and even though I visit the track many times a year it is quite different being on the track. Those tight turns, especially going onto the “boot” and around the “toe” of the boot come up in a hurry.

I won’t tell you my fastest speed since the rules are no passing and not to exceed 55 mph.

Bob Noll
Endicott, New York

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