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Jay Leno's Garage is all about hot rods, but this isn't the usual '57 Chevrolet or '32 Ford. Instead, Jay has a pan-Atlantic speedster with a 1952 MG TD body mated with a stroked, fuel-injected V8. As he describes it, this droptop makes in the neighborhood of 48 horsepower when stock, but the new mill takes that to around 340 horsepower at the rear wheels, according to the dyno sheets - that's a healthy upgrade by any measure. Also, the looks could almost pass for stock until someone notices the massive rear tires sticking out past the fenders.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Vintage racing provides fans with the opportunity to watch some of the greatest cars from yesteryear still competing on track against some of their contemporaries. Unfortunately, like any form of motorsports, racing in classics can never be completely safe, a reality sadly illustrated during this weekend's Lime Rock Park Historic Festival on Saturday, August 30.
Lee Duran, a 73-year-old racer from Lyme, CT, was in a single-vehicle accident in his 1934 MG PA Special on the final corner of the track. According to The Hartford Courant, his car spun, crashed and Duran was fatally injured. Track officials believe that this was the event's first fatality since it began 32 years ago. State police are also still investigating.
The crash came on the third day of the Lime Rock festival celebrating vintage cars and racing. According to the track schedule, the event was split among nine groups of various categories with over 30 races scheduled for the weekend.
Our condolences go out to Duran's friends and family.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Jerry Seinfeld and his web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, has released its latest installment, showcasing a gorgeous, red 1966 MG MGB Roadster and starring comedian Todd Barry. As Seinfeld prefaces at the start of the clip, Barry is a dry comedian, so don't expect the kind of laugh-out-loud moments of some other episodes of CICGC. That said, there's a lot of subtle humor in here, including the evils of oranges.
The car, meanwhile, is a beauty, and it represents Barry's first experience with a sports car, with Seinfeld explaining the merits of the little red two-seater. By the end, despite Barry being described as both mellow and tense, he does admit the he's having a great time with the little MG.
Have a look below for the latest episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.Permalink | Email this | Comments
As the story goes, it was United States GIs, stationed in Great Britain during World War II, who first fell in love with the MG marque. There they saw, drove and were smitten by the MG T-Series roadsters. After the war, thousands of enthusiasts drove and raced cars like this 1948 MG TC here in the US - no less than Formula One's Phil Hill and the late Dean of Automotive Journalism, David E. Davis, Jr., found the cars to be willing companions.
So you can rest assured, at least, that if you were to pick up this very excellent MG example from eBay Motors, you'll be in excellent company.
By the looks of things, you'll have an excellent little British sports car, too. This particular TC has been fortified with a "Mirage Garage" supercharger, likely bumping up the very modest original output of the 1.3-liter four-cylinder from 45 horsepower to close to 70 hp. The current owner has also installed a five-speed Ford gearbox, likely making this TC quiet drivable by modern standards. The tan paint stripe down the side of the body, along with the non-stock internals will likely exclude the '48 from the love of concours judges, but driving is more fun than parking on grass, anyway.
An ambious asking price of $79,999 (or best offer) will scare away the faint of heart, but for those well-heeled and looking for a classic weekend diversion, you could do far worse.Permalink | Email this | Comments