Get Caught in the Rain in an East-coast MGB
MGB’s are one of the all-time classic sports cars, a quintessential British roadster, and one of those “must-drive” experiences. Bob Rippey, an enthusiastic and friendly guy from Pennsylvania, owns a particularly nice example with an interesting history. Recently, he very graciously cleared a few hours from his schedule to allow us to photograph it and ask him a few questions about what it’s like to own the lovely old girl.
Q: Tell us a bit about your car.
A: Well, it’s a ’71 MGB with an 1800 motor and overdrive four-speed, which I installed. It’s fun because it gives you a total of six gear ratios, and I like to flick back between high and low while in third or fourth—it’s great while driving the twisties and gives you all the range you need for most corners.
I got the car from a coworker in 2005. She was just divorced and didn’t know how to drive stick, so one day she was bragging to me that the was going to the wreckers the next morning, and that it wasn’t going to cost her a dime! I knew the car had been well taken care of, as her ex was an airplane mechanic, and I thought it’d be a shame for it to end in a junkyard, so I offered her $100 and told her it’d be gone the next day—she jumped on the deal.