A LABOUR OF LOVE

Autocar - - Road Test -

Stephen Cross­ley owns a low-mileage Smart Road­ster and a clas­sic MG Midget. He pur­chased the lat­ter af­ter com­plet­ing his A lev­els in late 2014.

The Midget had pre­vi­ously been owned by a den­tist who re­stored some of the car’s me­chan­i­cal bits back in the 1990s, al­though as Stephen puts it, “he wasn’t very good with the electrics”.

It’s back to points-based ig­ni­tion be­cause the mag­net­based elec­tronic sys­tem was giv­ing Stephen prob­lems. Like any well-pre­pared engineer, es­pe­cially those fa­mil­iar with the foibles of old English sports cars, he car­ries around a num­ber of spares in the boot.

De­spite it “run­ning quite nicely at the mo­ment”, Stephen isn’t shy of the idea of tin­ker­ing with the car. “I’d like to fit We­ber kit, maybe a sportier cam and pos­si­bly an over­drive to it,” he says.

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