This issue’s Queen B is the ’80 MGB of Florence Cyr. Here is her story:
I purchased the car in April of 1980. It was brand new. Right now it has 8,800 miles on it. We have taken it to several car shows of the American MGB Association and won first, second and third place trophies so far and now we are working on and aiming for the big Concours competition.
The car is still all original and even the tires are the same tires as when we bought the car. During the first 15 years we took the car to many cars shows but since we had it stored for the last fifteen plus years.
Now we are ready to get back to the car shows. We did put all new hoses in it using all original hoses. It has always been stored in a garage. It still is brand new in my eyes and I believe it even smells new. It is my pride and joy!
The March 2011 issue of the American MGB Association Octagon’s Queen B is the ’80 B of Jim Lynch. Here is his story:
All who own a MGB with it’s infamous electrical system will appreciate this. I own a 1980 MGB that I have slowly brought back from near death. It is now an everyday car and I even drive it from my home in Massachusetts to Fort Lauderdale, Florida each December and return in April.
Last winter (2009), while in Florida, I noticed the left front headlight dimming. Knowing how temperamental the electrical system can be I decided that as long as it worked at all I would leave it along. I don’t drive at night very often anyway.
I arrived home to Massachusetts in mid April and noticed that the left directional signal was a little erratic, sometimes as slow as molasses and sometimes fast. “There has to be a short somewhere”, I thought, but I hate to open Pandora’s Box. Besides as I thought in Florida if it’s working at all leave well enough alone.
Massachusetts requires a safety and emission inspection every year and the MG was due in May. Because of its age, they only do a safety check and forgo the emissions. I pulled into the inspection bay and turned on my lights. The inspector said “right directional”, I turned it on. “Left directional”, he said and I turned it on. I knew something was wrong when he looked at the front end, looked at me, back to the front end and scratched his head. “Why is your left headlight blinking?” he asked. “I have no idea” I said, “but at least something’s blinking”. Amazingly he looked at me and said “yeh, I guess so” and put a sticker on the windshield indicating the MG had passed another test and was good for another year. I went straight to a friend who deals with Lucas electrical systems. He found the short, fixed it and I now have “normal” directionals and a much brighter headlight.
I guess the moral of the story is, if you’re going to drive a unique vehicle, expect it to do unique things and expect unique reactions from those who see it.
This issue’s Queen B is the 1980 MGB L.E. of Thomas Dahlfors. Here is his story:
Just a little about me – thirty years ago I rebuilt my first British car, a ’61 TR3. After selling that car (wish I hadn’t), I bought my first MG, a 1974 British racing green MGB. Then I upgraded to a 1978 British racing green B. Then lastly in 1992, I bought from his 1980 MGB L.E. with 600 miles on it. It still smelled new!
As a retired school administrator, I finally sold my last horse and am converting my barn into a garage as there is less daily clean-up.
I recently acquired a 1953 MG T and have been doing some work on the MGB.
Your publication, the Octagon, is superb – the technical hints and tips are just what I can use.
I am a member of three other MG clubs but from what I have heard, the American MGB Association is really the tops for MG owners.
Editor’s Note: Thanks for the kind words and hope you enjoy your car being featured.