ROY LOCOCK 1977 MG MIDGET 1500
I was passing a little country garage and I just decided to go and have a look inside, whereupon I found my Midget. I wanted a sports car as a teenager and it was an impulse purchase. Having said that, it’s probably fortuitous it was an MG, purely because of the runs I do. I find MG owners all over the world so you’re never very far away from someone prepared to help if you need it. You don’t have problems in getting spares, either.
The round the world challenge followed a European trip. I headed to the South of France and from there I went around Spain, then followed the Italian coastline. It took four months and I thought ‘this is nice’, so I decided to do something even more ambitious. I couldn’t understand why people thought you couldn’t take these cars around the world, purely on the basis that if you can take it 50 miles on a Sunday afternoon, then around the world is just a series of 50 miles one after the other. So I just decided to go for it – that was back in 2008 and yes, I did make it all the way around!