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Andy’s MGB GT restoration project resumes | ClassicCars.com Journal


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The rear quarter panel repair has been completed | Photos by Andy Reid

Editor’s note: The first sports car driven by our East Coast editor, Andy Reid, was an MGB, back when he was just 14 years old. But it wasn’t until 2019 that he actually owned such a car,  a 1967 MFGB GT. He began to restore the car, hoping to be done in time to drive the car to Monterey. That didn’t happen, but as he reports here, the work continues:

Car looked good when purchased, but there were images beneath the surface

If you have ever restored a car you already know — sadly — that setbacks are a part of the process. 

With my 1967 MGB GT, the biggest setback has been a lack of time. Traveling to various concours and auction events, combined with a full time classic car insurance job, makes free time to work on a car project hard to find.

Happily, after the recent Arizona Auction Week, I have had some time to work on my MG.

Jay Hoyt works on the restoration

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Carlisle’s Auto Mania celebrates 30 years | ClassicCars.com Journal


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Not only was the Argi-Plex Building filled, but there were additional vendors outside | Carlisle Events photos

Auto Mania celebrated 30 years recently with Carlisle Events’ annual indoor (and outdoor) swap meet at the Allentown Fairgrounds and its Agri-Plex Building.

“Thousands” of people turned out for the event, Carlisle Events reported.

“Auto Mania was a great starting point for those looking to pick up automotive pieces and parts, restoration items, collectibles, merchandise, memorabilia and more,” the company said. 

Checking out the merchandise
Badges! Some people actually do need them

“The outdoor vendor footprint, which has grown exponentially in the past few years, continued its expansion for 2020.   Playing perfectly into the weather for the weekend, a few of the outdoor vendors even had heaters, gloves, hats and scarfs for sale.”

But so much for the chilly weather in the Northeast. Carlisle’s next event is its Winter AutoFest, February 21-23 in Lakeland, Florida.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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