Buttonwillow 2000

Under a beautiful, blue May sky, the fifth annual Moss Motors British Extravaganza attracted record numbers of competition and show cars to Buttonwillow Raceway in the San Joaquin Valley of central California. Organized by VARA, and sponsored by Moss Motors in association with Chrysler Corporation and Title West Mortgage, the event has continually proved to…


Paramount Ranch Tour

Coordinating a club event with a National Park site, especially one as busy with filming and other events as Paramount Ranch is, can be challenging, but on April 12th, it all worked out. The weather couldn’t have been more ideal – cool morning temperatures under beautiful sunny skies. Nineteen cars with 30 people met at…

20th Annual Monterey Historic Races

As Steve Earle, mentor of vintage racing’s greatest show, called the 20th Annual Monterey Historic Race prize giving to order (this is difficult because vintage racers are, by and large, an unruly lot) he pointed out, as he does each year, that the philosophy of the event has not changed. To paraphrase, cars are the…


World’s Fastest Midget

On September 7, 2014, Milwaukee Midget Racing established a new Bonneville course record of 122.539 mph for the I/GT class. This was the oldest standing record in the GT category—it stood unbeaten for more than 22 years. The 1971 MG Midget, running a 999cc, 5-port A-series engine, and driven by owner Chris Conrad, ran a…


Vintage Tours and Rallies for Everyone

If you’ve been working on mechanical projects and upgrades on your roadster all winter and are ready to do more with it than drive to the park on Sunday, then perhaps a vintage tour or rally should be on your agenda. These are multi-day events through scenic areas on great sports car roads with fellow…

Austin-Healey 100S Streamliner Replica

The thought of hurling across the salt lakes of Utah at 200 mph is terrifying to most. There was a time when land speed record holders were kings and those speeds were not for people with weak bladders. Heroes like these were living out the dreams of little boys who plowed their toy cars through…


Kas Kastner – The legend and the legacy

Attend any Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) event, and you’ll see many Triumphs signed by R.W. “Kas” Kastner, an icon who is revered by British car racers, owners and enthusiasts. At 83, he’s still attending races and offering advice to guys who are having the same problems he did half a century ago on the…


My First and Last First

The Grand Prix cars racing around Long Beach brings back a memory of about 55 years ago. My husband Jack and I loved cars. He was one of the first to sign up to purchase the new MGs being brought over from England. Ours was a little two-seater with a red and black plaid top….

Mitty Photo Gallery

Here’s some on track action from the Mitty. Don’t see a way to post a gallery within WordPress, so follow the link to a PBase gallery. Fair warning, there’s some non-British vehicles in here.


Number 79

The classified add read: “FOR SALE: ’61 Sprite, partially race-prepared, Engine rebuilt – $300. SW 4-1622 days till 7:00 pm.” We drove to Tom’s ABC Auto Service and there it was, a Cherry Red, H Production Bugeye Sprite with roll-bar, open exhaust, no windshield or front bumper.  Too boot, it was a “Sebring Sprite” with…

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