Lifelong Memory of MGA becomes Reality
Owners and photographer: Phil and Dorothee Auldridge
Year, Make, and Model: 1959 MGA 1500 roadster
Location: near Austin, Texas
A young teenager growing up in a small Texas town in the 60’s, as I did, was generally unaware of the existence of any automobiles other than Fords or Chevys.
That all changed for me when, on a high school class outing to San Angelo (which might as well have been New York City for us country kids), one of the chaperoning teachers wanted to visit a new car dealership in town, and asked if any of us students wanted to go along. Of course, I was the first to volunteer for this excursion, since I seem to have been born with a wrench in my hand.
The dealership turned out to be–guess what?–a British car dealership. I walked through the front door, and right there on that showroom floor was the most beautiful mechanical creation I had ever seen–a brand new MGA roadster in stunning British Racing Green. It was love at first sight for me, and the image of that beautiful little roadster remains burned into the back of my brain to this day.