My wife christened the car Baby Blue; the Dylan song seemed appropriate for one whose time had come to start anew.
‘Baby’ was my daily driver, through Hollywood into the San Fernando Valley, where I taught art and history.
Over the years the luggage rack held the older son’s violin (he drives a Mazda MX-5 now), then a tuba when our younger boy played in symphony orchestra and a trombone when he moved over to jazz.
Arthur and the MGB are retiring in style
Sports bags graced the rack on trips to track-and-field events; at night, the passenger seat and boot were stuffed with art supplies for the classes I taught in Carson.
In 2017 we retired to the San Jacinto Mountains, and I tuned Baby for life at 6000ft.
The 1969 engine finally gave up the ghost and I finished work on the original, balancing the pistons and rods to within a gram of each other; a new head completed the job.
Baby Blue was named after a Bob Dylan song
Latterly I replaced the interior panels and other non-critical parts that made do while the boys were in college.
New wire wheels and tyres have joined them.
The road. No stop lights, twisting, climbing, through glades of black oak and yellow pine, running down through wine country, the Warner Ranch and Anza-Borrego desert, reversing Stephen Kearny’s 1846 march to the sea.
Arthur’s MGB is ready for more adventures
Climbing up from Palm Springs I ride through the Garner Valley hearing the Bonanza theme and return to our forested ridge. Baby runs as smooth as silk.
The still-straight monocoque testifies to little serious damage over the past 54 years, and my paintjob still presents well at 10ft.
I lean into the curving mountain roads, exhaust echoing off cliffs and boulders as my street rescue continues to pound the pavement, starting every day anew.
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