25 MG Mid­get

The Mid­get en­joys its free­dom, fol­low­ing an ex­tended winter lay-up 1977 MG MID­GET 1500

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - MIKE LE CAPLAIN PRO­DUC­TION ED­I­TOR

The Mid­get may not have got its in­au­gu­ral 2017 run in un­til March, but it’s cer­tainly made up for lost time by re­ally pil­ing on the miles in just a cou­ple of out­ings. Most of those – 220, in fact – were amassed on CCW‘ s day trip to sunny Cal­i­for­nia (no, not that one). It coped ad­mirably with what was a fre­quently hec­tic day, es­pe­cially when called upon to keep up with col­leagues’ var­i­ous 1990s ma­chines, all pack­ing fuel-in­jected this and pow­eras­sisted that. While they cruised at the na­tional speed limit, nod­ding along to the ra­dio with the heater tem­per­a­ture set­tings just so, I was freez­ing my ex­trem­i­ties off with the hood down and noth­ing but the blare of the lit­tle four-cylin­der en­gine to lis­ten to all day.

Credit where credit is due, though – not once did PCB fail to pro­ceed. It de­vel­oped a bit of a chesty cough fol­low­ing an im­promptu pub car park stop to let strag­glers catch up, but that soon cleared once we got go­ing again – fuel vapouri­sa­tion, prob­a­bly. Other than that, it coped with ev­ery­thing from stop-start traf­fic and high-speed blasts, to end­less shunt­ing back and forth for the cam­era. Such was its good be­hav­iour, in fact, that I drove home cross-coun­try and stopped en route to snap it against a glo­ri­ous sun­set.

A few weeks later, PCB was drafted in to a two-car photo shoot with news ed Scul­lion’s MX-5. This in­volved it lift­ing its skirts on a va­ri­ety of nadgery cor­ners to prove its han­dling prow­ess for snap­per Gunn’s cam­era – all good fun, and just the limb-stretch­ing ex­er­cise the Mid­get needed to get it match-fit for the spring sea­son.

That said, the com­mute into the of­fice that morn­ing – bat­tling not just Peter­bor­ough’s usu­ally aw­ful rush­hour traf­fic, but thick fog to boot – was rather less pleas­ant, though I was heart­ened to be joined, at one point, by an even more ad­ven­tur­ous chap in an early 1960s Mor­ris Mi­nor.

The MG got me safely into the of­fice and the sun oblig­ingly stayed out long enough for a roof-down blast home in the evening.

Next up was Drive-It Day, and a mi­nor en­try ticked off my per­sonal clas­sic car bucket list.

’It coped ad­mirably with what was a fre­quently hec­tic day in Cal­i­for­nia’

Sus­pected fuel vapouri­sa­tion caused a brief en­gine cough fol­low­ing this brief stop near Cal­i­for­nia, but it soon cleared. Hood down all the way there, you’ll note...

Mur­ray’s MX-5 demon­strates the no­ble art of hooning to a be­mused-look­ing MG.

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