25 YEARS OF PRIDE OWNERSHIP
In 1992 I saw an advert in a local paper: MGB 1971, needs some TLC, 1.300,-DM. It sounds cheap, but no, the snow white MG was a wreck. However, I was young, just sold my BMW motorcycle combination and my everyday car was a Volvo 544 and there´s some spare room in my garage, just the right size for a little roadster. I bought the MGB and started work. Two years later, exactly March 3 1995, the now black car was back on the road with fresh TÜV and better than new. During the first drive on March 5 it began to snow, but my wife Ulrike and I loved it. This was the start of my life with an MGB. It only let me down once, in front of my drive with a broken timing chain and gears. No problem, replaced it including new big ends and that’s it. The MGB is very reliable and comfortable.
First holiday was in the summer of 1995 for four weeks to the south of England. Loaded with an exchange gearbox, which I brought back to the Owners Club, and full camping equipment with tent, chairs and table. It was a hot summer and we loved it touring round. More holidays in the UK, Austrian Alps and Germany followed. After I sold the Volvo, the MGB was my everyday transport to work for some years, with no problems. For winter I fitted a works hardtop and snow tyres. In 2005 I bought a Rover Mini Cooper and the MGB was mostly used for holiday tours and in summer with the hood down. In 2012 we went for a long trip around Orkney, the Lake District, Blenheim Palace (MGB 50) and then on to Dover. In 2015 the MGB clocked over 60k miles near Newcastle and in 2018 got new paint and a two-litre balanced engine. Ready for the next 25 years.
Thomas is a welcome sight at so many Register gatherings over the years. He is usually the one who has travelled the furthest to get there.