MG

MGB GT Reborn: LE50

Posted in auto industry, Best of, MG, News by Dustin Driver | March 21st, 2012 | 1 Response |

The MGB-GT is the prettiest shooting brake ever made. But its engineering is more than 50 years old. And it wasn’t cutting edge to begin with. Now Frontline Developments in the UK are giving the MGB GT the engineering it always deserved: A 215-horsepower Miata mill, six-speed gearbox, limited-slip diff and advanced suspension components. Oh, and did I mention all those goodies are attached to a brand-new reproduction body?

Frontline Developments have been making advanced suspension bits and performance parts for British sports cars since 1992. After restoring and driving dozens of the things, they decided to build a brand-new car with the latest tech.

Read More…

Classic Review: MGB GT

Posted in Car Reviews, Collector Cars, MG by Dustin Driver | December 19th, 2011 | 2 Responses |
MGB GT by Dustin Driver

Dan Wood's MGB GT

We all dream of owning vintage iron, of rumbling along in a piece of automotive history, of being the envy of car nuts everywhere we go. Well, we can. There are truly affordable classics out there. And I’m going to find them. Welcome to Classic Review.

Don’t fear the MGB GT. It is not a finicky piece of questionable British engineering possessed by the Prince of Darkness, Joseph Lucas. It is a beautiful little beast, a punchy and snarling sports car with the refined manners of a grand tourer.

Read More…

Depth of Speed: British Mania

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, Compact Cars, European Rides, General, MG, Other Rides, Racing, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | August 20th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

British Cars

My Grandmother used to have this green carpet in her house that was perfect for rolling my Matchbox and Hotwheels cars around on. It was low cut and green and for some reason it left imprints of the wheel marks in it when I would run them through it. That was over 35 years ago and believe it or not but that carpet helped cement me as a die-hard car enthusiast. It’s funny what gets us into cars. Perhaps a particular event in time sparks our interest. Or maybe it was a person or situation. Other times though it could simply be the sound of a well tuned engine. The following video is the story of Roger Gisseman and his love of British cars. Gisseman is the type of enthusiast who not only keeps the hobby going strong, but thanks to his eclectic taste, makes it a bit more enjoyable for everyone by throwing in a little variety.
Read More…

Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!

 

Read More…

1975 MG BGT: Hemmings Find Of The Week

Posted in car modifications, Cars, Classic, Corner Carvers, General, MG, Reasonable RideLust, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | August 3rd, 2010 | 2 Responses |
1975 MG BGT

Hey, those exhausts aren't stock! Photo: Hemmings Motor News

At first glance, this looks like just another recently restored MG BGT, wearing mid-70s U.S. spec rubber bumpers and a set of Minilite wheels. The car seems to be lowered a bit, and it’s not until you take in the rear 3/4 view that your mind starts screaming, “Danger, Will Robinson. Danger!” Are those dual exhausts poking out from under the GT’s rear bumper? Why would anyone in their right mind do a dual exhaust conversion on a car that left the factory with a smog-equipment-choked, 1.8 liter inline four that made about 94 horsepower in U.S trim? And that’s when it hits you: there’s more to this car than meets the eye.

Read More…

RideLust is Going to Pebble Beach!

pebble use

Come live vicariously through us as we, the most prestigious automotive blog in the world, grace the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with our stately presences. We’re sure to be the star attractions – forget the live unveiling of several never-before-seen new cars, and the endless rows of priceless works of automotive art sprawled out on the golf course greens like so many unobtanium sandtraps. Surely Jay Leno and the other celebrities will probably manage to jostle themselves into the photos of our expert appraisals of the class frontrunners, but we won’t be too upset. We’ll take a break from being the life of the Concours every so often to update you, our faithful readers. So check back often, and follow us at http://twitter.com/ridelust and in our Pebble Beach live coverage to catch all of the latest updates.

Email Hoax – 35 Million Dollar Car Collection Found in Abondoned Barn – True or False?

Posted in Bizarre, Car Photography, Cars, Classic, Expensive Cars, Fiat, Foreign Cars, History, Jaguar, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, MG, Mini, Parking, Peugeot, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen by Vito Rispo | September 30th, 2008 | 2 Responses |

Remember that old email about the New York man who bought land in Portugal and found a mysterious barn full of old cars on it? Well that story is bunk, although with a delicious nugget of truth in the center, as usual. Instead of being a magical mystery barn that some lucky fool found on his newly purchased land, it actually just belongs to an old man who owned a car dealership in the 70s and 80s. He decided to save the more interesting cars that he came across during his life.

The pictures came about on the internet because the owner hadn’t seen his collection for a while and asked a man to go take pictures of the barn and the cars for him, and he did. According to that guy, there are 180 cars in the barn.

Check out the actual pictures:
Read More…

MG Kills TF Roadster’s American Debut, Correctly Assumes U.S. Market Already Saturated With Fruity Little Cars

Posted in auto industry, Fast Cars, MG, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | August 26th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |
MG TF Roadster

MG TF Roadster

After China’s Nanjing Automobile Corporation bought the ailing MG Rover back in 2005, all traces of new production had virtually disappeared. Three years later, MG’s ghost town of a plant in Longbridge, England has begun to churn out cars again, though in a very small capacity. According to NAC MG’s Sales & Marketing Director, Gary Hagen, the small number of TF Roadsters currently being assembled are meant to serve as the comeback kids for the MG line. Originally, a slightly over-ambitious NAC MG had plans to introduce the MG TF Roadster to the United States, but Sales & Marketing Director Gary Hagen reportedly told UK’s Austin Rover that the U.S. “just isn’t on the short-term radar as an anticipated market for us.” Read More…

Movie Cars: The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Posted in Ferrari, MG by Vito Rispo | August 5th, 2008 | 7 Responses |

Cameron: “The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, less than 100 were made. My father spent 3 years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion…”
Ferris: “It is his fault he didn’t lock the garage.”

Cameron was right, less than 100 of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyders were made. In fact, a car like Cameron’s dad’s is so rare, it’d sell for somewhere in the $2.5 million range, if it were real. Unfortunately, since the car was/is so insanely expensive, the makers of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off couldn’t even afford to rent one. So they hired an outside design company called Modena Design and Research to fabricate the Ferrari body out of fiberglass.
Read More…

2007 HHI Concours d’Elegance: 1939 MG TB takes numerous Honors

Posted in Auto Show, MG by will bee | November 5th, 2007 | 2 Responses |

1939MGTD-DSC_0039.jpg picture by willfusion

This stunning blue 1939 MG TB was the recipient of numerous honors at this years Hilton Head Island (HHI) Concours d’Elegance on Honey Horn Plantation. Already with in possession of a Best of Class award from the 2006 Amelia Island Concours and a Best of Show award out of a field of 380 MG’s in Gatlinburg, the HHI judges bestowed just a few more on this exquisite exhibitor. For 2007 this Historic survivor from a pre-war era was awarded a Palmetto ribbon for excellence, a Driving Tour award and at the end of the day it received Best of Class honors yet again.

The 1939 MG TB on display at Honey Horn Plantation has had quite a journey before reaching the hands of Leonard and Suzie Star of Hudson, Ohio. Read More…