Drew Barker

MGB GT

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

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.”

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