MGB GT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - DAVID SIMIS­TER EDITOR

The one thing I’ve learned about MGB own­er­ship – mostly through painful ex­pe­ri­ence – is that they re­ally don’t like pro­longed naps between out­ings.

If I take it out for daily walkies, it yelps ex­cit­edly and wags its tail ev­ery time, but if I keep it cooped up for too long it dis­plays all the get-up-andgo of a hun­gover stu­dent. Which is why its grad­ual restora­tion is be­ing pep­pered with all sorts of mis­sions I’d never nor­mally en­trust the MGB with. In my dad’s hands it’s en­joy­ing the sort of pam­per­ing you’d ex­pect from an ex­pen­sive spa week­end – but it’s work­ing ruddy hard for the priv­i­lege.

Open­ing an email at the CCW of­fices re­vealed that rather than the gen­tle trips to car shows and oc­ca­sional su­per­mar­ket out­ings CKE 303K is used to, it’s been moon­light­ing as a builder’s van. A visit to a tim­ber merchant saw the ‘B loaded up with var­i­ous length of de­ceased tree, then I opened an­other photo of it loaded up with blocks. This felt cruel – the au­to­mo­tive equiv­a­lent of a Vic­to­rian urchin hav­ing to work six days a week heav­ing heavy things around a York­shire pit – but my dad reck­ons a bit of hard work never did any­one a bit of harm. ‘It weighs the back end down – that’s not a bad thing!’, he joked.

It’s also been ex­plor­ing some of Mersey­side’s mar­itime her­itage, head­ing into Liver­pool for a spot of af­ter­noon tea at the city’s Ti­tanic Ho­tel. The ‘B’s be­haved im­pec­ca­bly through­out – proof pos­i­tive that old cars like to be used.

In re­turn for 53 miles of ster­ling ser­vice the Bum­ble­bee’s been treated to an oil change and a fresh fil­ter. It might need a small for­tune in body re­pairs, but there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing wrong with the way it runs. In fact, it’s prob­a­bly ready to face up to the MoT testers for its an­nual in­spec­tion. Here’s hop­ing it’ll be in ex­citable puppy mode that morn­ing too…

The ‘B has been out in all weath­ers – some­thing that seems to im­prov­ing its run­ning.

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