The ‘B’east


The ‘B’east

This project started off innocently enough. I had just sold my Cobra replica and was looking to build up something new. I looked at Lotus Seven kits, the Porsche Speedster kits from Thunder Ranch, even the Factory five Daytona Coupe that eventually led to the Cobra roadster project. When I was looking to sell the Cobra, a local guy, an acquaintance of a friend,  came over several times to take a look at it. In the end he decided to build one himself (his build came out very nice). During one of his visits, he mentioned a racer friend of his over in New Hampshire that had an old MGB languishing away outside under a cover.

Early in our relationship, Paula had owned an MGB. I often joked that her whole reason for taking up with me was because I could keep it running. The more I thought about the ‘B’, the more I thought it would be kind of cool to own another one. As you can read here, the first ‘B’ came to a bad end (no fault of Paula) so maybe this would be a sort of redemption.

As I said, I was very well intended and can’t really say when the whole business morphed into what I’m near completing today but, suffice to say, it’s a million miles away from what was discussed.

The last four years have been filled with adventure, disappointment, elation, frustration…the whole gamut of emotions. I have challenged my thinking, my fabrication skills, learned aspects of engineering I never thought I’d need to know, done things on this car that I had never attempted before, and sharpened skills that resurfaced on the Cobra build. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about myself, made some great friends, and been able to share my enthusiasm and passion with a whole group of people I never would have otherwise never had any relationship with.