Joined Jan 25 2010
Bowling Green, KY
How the club started: I have always been passionate about cars. When I was a wee lad growing up I was heavily influenced by the car antics of uncles, friends of my Pop, and older brothers of my friends. My 1st car was a 72 Monte Carlo with bucket seats, 350 cu in, and shifter console on the floor. I loved that car and drove it into the ground.
My roomate in college, Bret Barrett, had a beautifully restored 1969 primrose yellow E-type. He calmed my fears of one day owning an E-type. His mom had a silver one and the family worked together to restore them beautifully. Unfortuately Bret was killing by a drunk driver in FL and his distraut family eventually sold his E-type. He was a great friend and a huge influence in getting me into "the car club" idea.
I got my first Euro car around 1990 when Stephen Humphrey told me about a frustrated MGB owner selling his car cheap because the hood flew up and hit the guy on his head when he was going about 40mph. Now the clutch was out and you have to pull the engine to replace the clutch on a B. I remember the seller asking, "You want that piece of crap? Five hundred bucks and it is yours!" I gladly handed over the $500 for that cool little black 73 MGB. It needed quite a bit of work but I was lucky enough to get some help from people around town. Stephen had a TR6 and he was a big help in building my confidence in ownership of this new money pit. I replaced the clutch so it would move. I found out the head was cracked so I bought a lovely (sarcasm) old Austin Marina from Bill Richey to pull the MGB 1800 head for replacement. I drove that car for many years until I bought the MGA. Now I know I am in the car club for life.
Even though I grew up around Cuda's, Mustangs, Chargers, etc I have always really desired British cars. I look back and I realize this attraction to British cars is probably due several factors. One was that I have British relatives. I loved it when they would come to the states and stay with our family in Louisville. Their accents, clothes, and stories took me to a classy world of hand made beautifully details goods and sofistication I did not think I could find in KY.
Another huge factor and probably the biggest influence to go British was Ms. DeMoss my super hot 1st grade school teacher. On days I had to stay after shool for extra help she would drive me home in her white MGB which in my mind was the coolest car I had ever been in. Thanks to Ms. DeMoss I could not pay attention in class. I was completely in love with her. I can still remember the smell of that car. All MGs smell the same but I am sure hers actually smelled better than most! I was hooked.
Current Euro collection:
1959 MGA 1500
1960 Austin Healey 3000 BN7
1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC Right Hand Drive
2003 BMW 525ti
If you are on this website you are obviously a member of "the car club". That's the club of car nuts.
Cheers and welcome.