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Her Classic British Roadster Stands Out on Rocky Mountain Roads
Kelsey Weatherford wanted a car that’s all about ‘the joy of driving.’ She found it in a 1980 MG MGB.
Kelsey Weatherford, 23, of Woodland Park, Colo., a customer-care associate at BombBomb, on her 1980 MG MGB, as told to A.J. Baime.

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When I was born, my father owned a racetrack in Aspen, Colorado. My brother is involved with operations at the Pikes Peak International Raceway, close to where we live. So the love of cars has always been in my family. When I was growing up, I was never verbal about it. So when I found a vintage car that I really loved, my father and brother were surprised.

The story starts with my brother’s old Saab. When I got my driver’s license, he let me drive it, and this was the first time I got to experience the freedom that your license gives you. I could drive and see my friends, or around the neighborhood. That Saab crapped out at one point and it sat by our barn for some time. One day I walked by it and thought, “It would be so fun to have an old car like that.” I was driving a Jeep at the time, which got me where I needed to go. But I wanted something that was more about the joy of driving.

I started poking around online. I googled “inexpensive convertible.” I remember finding this MGB and thinking it was unique and fancy enough, but moderately affordable. One day I mentioned it to my dad and he was, like, “Wait a minute. Really? You’re thinking about what?”

We went to see the car. An older couple in a Denver suburb was selling it for $5,500. This was February of 2021. I had graduated college the previous spring, but this being mid-pandemic, I was having trouble finding a job. I told my dad, “You know I don’t have that full amount.” He said, “This car is in too good condition to pass up.” So we went halfsies.

The 1980 MGB is an affordable classic British roadster, which is a specific kind of car with a big following. I saw other British roadsters while I was searching—Triumphs, for example. But this MGB really spoke to me, and the year 1980 was the last year this roadster was built. When I got mine home, it was still winter so it sat in storage for a while. Then, spring came.

I had driven a manual before, but I spent some time during the pandemic getting used to the manual transmission. Where we live, there are places where it’s just you and the road. I found in this car exactly what I had hoped for—the joy of driving.

There’s not a lot of convertible motoring to be done in winter in Colorado. So soon I will be putting this car away for the season. For me, the wire rims are a bit old-fashioned. So with the help of my grandfather in Phoenix, we bought used wheels that we found on Craigslist. These were the kind used on a limited edition of the MGB in 1980. That is this winter’s project—refinishing them and getting them on there. Then, spring will come and it will be driving season again.




 

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Well… isn’t that cool? :)

They’re notorious for needing to fiddle with them. A lot. It sounds like she has a winter driver, which means she has options and probably understands that. That makes it even more cool.

She’s absolutely right. They’re a joy to drive. ❤
 

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I like that she's young. That will hopefully keep the hobby going for at least a while longer. I have my doubts about how many classic cars will be on the road in 20 years, never mind 40. :(
really?
are we watching the same BaT results? i guess it depends on what you consider "classic" but...

good for her, the rubber bumper Bs arent the best looking MGs but theyre hilariously cheap to keep running and a really low cost of entry into classics
 
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