Why an MG? Because I always wanted one, and it's one of those rare things where the having lives up to the wanting.
I wanted an MG because nothing else would do. It's not about the 'safe' or 'practical' thing to do, it's about dreams. It has something to do with an image I had of the heroes of the Battle of Britain; I always pictured MG Midgets parked by their airfields. It is about green hedges and country roads; an escape from everyday reality to a romantic unreality that never existed anywhere else outside of my heart. It's because everything looks better through the windscreen.
It's for the quick, light steering, and the simplicity. It's because of the sudden elation I feel after taking a corner a little too fast and getting away with it . It's because I like the way my face hurts from grinning after a spirited drive, and because I like the satisfaction that comes from knowing that I keep it running myself.
It's kind of like, if you ask a New Yorker why they would put up with that impossible city; because it's worth it, because it's like nothing else. If you have to ask...
It's a common man's "something special" in an otherwise ordinary world.
- Phil Vanner
'61 Midget ($2300 and usually in the passing lane)