Through the Windscreen: Summer 1998


We will soon be setting out on our long-distance travels one more time with the Mossmobile after attending several events here on the West Coast this past spring. It’s amazing traveling around to see how green everything around here has become after the drenching California received from El Niño—quite a change from the brown season we normally experience!

We hope to meet up with many of our customers at events such us the North American MGB Register’s MG ’98 in Hagerstown, Maryland, where the special guest will be Syd Beer, a lifetime MG enthusiast. We will also be there to celebrate 75 years of Triumph at the Vintage Triumph Register Convention in Hudson,Wisconsin, during July, while the Austin-Healeys in Conclave at Boyne Tails, Michigan, will more than acknowledge the 100th Anniversary of the founder, Donald Healey. These and many other great meetings are listed in our comprehensive events calendar. If you see us out there, do come along and say hello!


I am fortunate enough to possess a full set of MG Magazine, which was founded by John Dugdale in the late ’70s, and they are among the most treasured MG publications in my library. If ever you see a set offered for sale, then buy them, as some of the feature articles and the colorful inserts have become real collector’s items. However, there has been a recent change of ownership for the magazine, MG enthusiast Greg Perigo of Fort Wayne, Indiana, having purchased the title. We are confident that the high standard and quality of MG Magazine will be maintained under the new regime, and we wish them every success. Call (800)706-4636 for further information.


During early February, Moss Motors hosted their Second Annual Technical Seminar, where the subject was the replacement of MG T-series rear oil seals, wheel bearings, and seals, expertly demonstrated by Nick O’Donohoe. Apart from the information gained, attendees were also able to partake of coffee and donuts. Members of the Eastern New York MGA Club, New Jersey Triumphs, MG Car Club Long Island, MGT Club of New York, and the New Jersey MG T Register were present in a very well-attended event. One more way in which Moss helps the clubs who support us!


Reader Jim Cubbison from Germantown, Maryland (who says we have kept his 1952 TD running for decades—he bought it new!), kindly wrote to add to our list of things to carry on long trips (spring, ’98 Moss Motoring). Jim rightly claims that since the advent of tubeless tires, patches have become almost extinct, and most tire places don’t even know what a patch is, let alone how to fit one! If you have an older car, say a T-Series MG, carry an extra inner tube on your journeys. Also, Jim claims an extra set of car keys proved a blessing some years ago near the Grand Canyon. We wonder why.


Our congratulations go to the San Diego MG Club, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. Also Lotus celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a big do at Rood Atlanta in September. Details in our calendar! Other anniversaries include Land Rover (50) and Austin-Healey Sprite (40).


Should you be lucky enough to win a pair of the five roundtrip tickets to London kindly provided by British Airways at our Moss Sports Car Festival in July, you might just wish to stay at the Victoria Lodge Guest House near Gatwick in Surrey, where Nikki and Paul Robson will attend to your every need! Further details by calling 011-44-1293-432-040.

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