After John Butler parted with the car, it enjoyed three further owners before being bought by another MG enthusiast, Geoff Pearson, in September 1986. Geoff knew none of the history of the car when he purchased it, but from the look of the car and the graphics, he knew he’d purchased something special. After contacting the MG Clubs and not having much joy, he decided to take the car to the MG Car Club’s annual Silverstone event, getting there early and parking it by the MGB Register marquee. It just so happened that John Butler was attending that event in his TF and passed by the MGB leaving a note on the windscreen that read: “I was the original owner of this car and it has a special history, contact me on….” Subsequently Geoff Pearson met John Butler, who gave him all the MG correspondence and photographs of the car being collected from Abingdon. Geoff used the MGB on a regular basis,keeping it to John’s original specification, apart from an engine rebuild to stage two by MG Motorsport, before selling it to a lady owner in 2000. Subsequently she advertised it through Bonhams auction house in 2011, but it failed to sell so she decided to advertise it in the Classic Car press.