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Photo for Damaged Car Back on the RoadDamaged Car Back on the Road

As many of you already know, I had an unexpected and unfortunate meeting with a big dog in Arkansas on the Ocean-2-Ocean trip to GT-42 in Solvang. When…  Read more

Photo for A Family Restoration Story – Part 2A Family Restoration Story – Part 2

The 1960 Alamo Beige MGA roadster became mobile again on September 30th, 2017. It had not been driven since 1973. Graham and his mother, Carol, drove in the…  Read more

Photo for Alamo Beige MGA – A Family Restoration StoryAlamo Beige MGA – A Family Restoration Story

This 1960 1600 MGA roadster was purchased new by Arnold in 1961, when he was 22 years old. He drove it, modified it, and raced it for 12…  Read more

Photo for NAMGAR Member, Bill Shamonsky, PassesNAMGAR Member, Bill Shamonsky, Passes

NAMGAR is sad to announce the passing at the end of March of well-known member, Bill Shamonsky, husband of NAMGAR Chairman, Carol Shamonsky. Our condolences to Carol and…  Read more

Photo for New Supplier of Grilles for MGANew Supplier of Grilles for MGA

Cecelia Bruce of Scarborough Faire in Rhode Island, announced a new MGA grille at GT-41 in Louisville in June 2016. They produced this new grille using the original…  Read more

Photo for Treasurer’s PleaTreasurer’s Plea

The major expense last year was the cost of printing and mailing the NAMGAR membership directory. This will be replaced by an online directory in 2017. I have…  Read more

Photo for University Motors Announces John Twist RetirementUniversity Motors Announces John Twist Retirement

The End of an Era Announced in University Motors Newsletter "Grand Rapids, MI (November 7, 2016) After nearly 42 years in full time business at three locations, I…  Read more

Photo for History Repeats Itself, So Let’s Do It Again!History Repeats Itself, So Let’s Do It Again!

This article is about my thoughts on long distance driving in an MGA, or any of the other amazing MGs I have encountered. Some people have little faith…  Read more

Photo for Cars Make Me SmileCars Make Me Smile

It’s different for most of us, maybe the same for a few of us, but there’s that one thing that takes us all back to a better time,…  Read more

Photo for Ladies in MGsLadies in MGs

In this exclusive article, Laurel Godwin (wife of NAMGAR member and world traveler, Dave Godwin) provides the NAMGAR ladies with a female’s perspective on traveling long distance in an MGA. The Godwins, together with other Aussie Adventurers, have just completed a journey across the North American continent from West to East.  Read more

Photo for My More Than Fifty Years Involvement with MGAsMy More Than Fifty Years Involvement with MGAs

I have been involved with MGs since I was in high school in the late 60’s. From an early age, I was always tinkering around - taking things…  Read more

Photo for Classic Cars of Cuba – ObservationsClassic Cars of Cuba – Observations

I went to Cuba for a two week vacation in February of 2015. I went because it is warm there and it is very cold in Pittsburgh at…  Read more

Photo for Every Car Has a Story: A Happy EndingEvery Car Has a Story: A Happy Ending

In the first article about this car, George Kress described the fascinating discovery of an unrestored MGA which had been stored outside under a tarp and hadn't been…  Read more

Photo for PerseverancePerseverance

An unfortunate turn of events presents a challenge to a NAMGAR member, as written by John Hays.  Read more

Photo for Every Car Has a StoryEvery Car Has a Story

NAMGAR Treasurer, George Kress, relates the fascinating story of his recent find, and the ongoing restoration.  Read more

Photo for Making a Difference - A Big Heart, a Small Boy, and an MGA Come Together to Form a Perfect TrioMaking a Difference - A Big Heart, a Small Boy, and an MGA Come Together to Form a Perfect Trio

I don't share this with most people but I am a therapeutic foster parent. I take in kids and help them with emotional and behavioral issues so that…  Read more

Photo for The Call of the Open Road: Tales of Our Summer MG Tour in the UKThe Call of the Open Road: Tales of Our Summer MG Tour in the UK

A long-standing bucket list item I’ve had for a while has been to take an MG driving adventure in the United Kingdom. In June of this past summer…  Read more

Photo for Not Your Average NAMGAR MemberNot Your Average NAMGAR Member

New NAMGAR member, Erik Huyer, is an Australian, who lives in the Philippines and works in Saudi Arabia. He recently submitted photos of his beautifully restored 1959 MGA…  Read more

Photo for A Girl, A Car and a DreamA Girl, A Car and a Dream

This article features the Kallapos Family Trilogy - points of view from Dad, Mum and daughter, Kelsey, who had a long-time dream of owning an MGA.  Read more

Photo for An MG Legend Passes OnAn MG Legend Passes On

NAMGAR member and founder of Moss Motors, Al Moss, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Former NAMGAR Registrar, Don Holle, recalls how he and Al met and…  Read more

Photo for The NAMGAR Family Loses a True MG EnthusiastThe NAMGAR Family Loses a True MG Enthusiast

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Brown, NAMGAR member, a true MG enthusiast and a great ambassador for our marque. Rick passed away…  Read more

Photo for Me, My MG, and a Trip Back in TimeMe, My MG, and a Trip Back in Time

In this article, NAMGAR Overseas Member, Roger Martin, recalls the 50th anniversary of his MGA and a promise he made to himself.  Read more

Photo for Reunion MGA! Brings Two Old Friends and Their MGAs Together AgainReunion MGA! Brings Two Old Friends and Their MGAs Together Again

NAMGAR member and MGA owner, Ken Palmer, writes about his reunion with a long-time friend who is also an MGA owner.  Read more

Photo for Carroll Shelby and MG’sCarroll Shelby and MG’s

Greg Prehodka, responsible for MGVR publicity and a NAMGAR member, has forwarded an article from Mark Palmer, MGA racer and former editor of the MG Vintage Racers Newsletter which provides a link between Carroll Shelby and MG's.  Read more

Photo for Member Sketch - Dave & Lois Gribler, GT37 Host Committee ChairpersonsMember Sketch - Dave & Lois Gribler, GT37 Host Committee Chairpersons

We are the Host Committee Chairpersons for GT-37 and are looking forward to hosting our NAMGAR family in Dayton this July! Our association with little British cars began…  Read more

Photo for 4NORMY: One Woman’s Saga of Adventure on the Road - Part 24NORMY: One Woman’s Saga of Adventure on the Road - Part 2

When we left Debi Wilson, our fearless traveler, (in Part 1 of this article) she was stranded in Sioux Falls, SD, in need of a regulator for her MGA. As you may recall, Debi is on her way from Texas to Alaska in her recently purchased A, to fulfill a promise in memory of her late husband.  Read more

Photo for 4NORMY: One Woman’s Saga of Adventure on the Road-Part 14NORMY: One Woman’s Saga of Adventure on the Road-Part 1

NAMGAR member, Debi Wilson from Alaska, relates her remarkable story of how her dream to own an MGA came true, and her subsequent incredible solo journey from Texas to Alaska. This article is in 2 parts - the second part will be posted on the website in the near future.  Read more

Photo for MG Vintage Racers - Thirty Years and CountingMG Vintage Racers - Thirty Years and Counting

In this article Greg Prehodka (MG Vintage Racers Original Newsletter Editor) provides some personal reflections on the 30th Anniversary of MGVR.  Read more

Photo for Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car ArticleHemmings Sports & Exotic Car Article

NAMGAR members, Jean and Gerald Wrohan, were approached by photographer, Jeffrey Koch, at the car show at MG2011, in Reno. This article describes the approach and research process that resulted in their 1957 Glacier Blue MGA Roadster becoming the front cover story in the Hemmings magazine.  Read more

Photo for Interview with Barney Gaylord (Surrey, BC, July 2017)Interview with Barney Gaylord (Surrey, BC, July 2017)

Barney Gaylord likes to drive. Since GT-42 in Solvang, CA, in June, he has driven through Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and the Yukon, to be in…  Read more

Photo for NAMGAR Mourns Fred SkompNAMGAR Mourns Fred Skomp

We were saddened to hear from Cindy Skomp that her husband, Fred, passed away at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Fred…  Read more

Photo for FACE to FACE with the FutureFACE to FACE with the Future

Let’s face it. None of us is getting any younger. At some point, we are going to have to pass along our beloved Little British Cars to someone…  Read more

Photo for Mac Spears 1929-2002 - A Tribute to McGehee (Mac) Harrod SpearsMac Spears 1929-2002 - A Tribute to McGehee (Mac) Harrod Spears

This tribute to NAMGAR founder, Mac Spears, was originally published in the September/October 2002 edition of MGA! magazine. The tribute, which was written by long-time NAMGAR member Bob…  Read more

Photo for Celebrating LenCelebrating Len

NAMGAR Pioneer, Len Renkenberger, passed away in late November 2012 as the January/February issue of MGA! magazine was being finalized. There was far more material regarding Len, his…  Read more

Photo for “Driving the Dream” Team is Back Home“Driving the Dream” Team is Back Home

After four months of travel anti-clockwise through the US and Canada, the two cars from the Canadian Classic MG Club in Vancouver, Canada, are back in British Columbia.…  Read more