The tone was set at the Concours d’lemons by a Jaguar XK120 on slot-mags – and lacking paint, glass and even a dashboard – rolling into the venue in a cloud of steam. This was a ringer (in the sporting sense) borrowed from local legend Dodi Khalil of Dodi Auto Sales, but more genuine was the daily driver MGB GT of Drew Barker.
“My friend rescued it from the crusher in Santa Cruz for $45,” explains Barker, “then I saved it from a second death for $79 and have since added 14,000 miles to the clock. It’s dirty on the outside, but with help from friends, forums, social media – and Moss Motors! – I’ve managed to keep it running. Not letting it fester away in the garage keeps it alive. It has what my friend would describe as ‘an acceptable level of sketch.’”
Despite its down-at-heel appearance, a great deal of attention has been lavished on the car and a respray is on the cards, along with further improvements to the suspension and running gear: “Something along the lines of a works-style fast-road build is the ultimate goal.”
“The Concours d’lemons is one of the gems of Monterey Car Week,” says Barker. “It’s classy and trashy at the same time. Not all of the cars are garbage, but it’s great to come together and celebrate the rustier side of the classic world.”