Racy cars in class of their own

MG Car Club of WA captain Iain Trainor with his beloved red sports car. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d406089
MG Car Club of WA captain Iain Trainor with his beloved red sports car. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d406089

Almost 50 years later, the Hocking resident and club captain of the MG Car Club of WA is now the proud owner of a 1969 MGB roadster and 1999 MGF.

‘I got to the age of retirement and thought I’m finally going to get one,’ Mr Trainor said.

It was a long wait for the MG enthusiast, who said the earlier models, which could fit only a toothbrush or two in the trunk, simply weren’t suited to a young family.

‘Unfortunately I didn’t have the finances to spare on a family car and a toy for myself,’ he said.

Four years ago, however, he managed to buy an MGB, the predecessor of the original MGA.

‘I fell in love with it and bought it on the spot. I just get so much enjoyment from driving it. You don’t drive them for speed, but it does take you back to the past where driving was an experience,’ he said.

The old MG was not quite perfect and Mr Trainor spent a year revamping its interior and putting a new engine in it to bring it back to its former glory.

‘Today the MGB provides a relatively low cost entry into the classic car field. They generally are reliable, keep up with modern traffic and with the top down and the wind in your hair ” if you have some left ” the experience is rewarding,’ he said.

When Mr Trainor came into some extra money, naturally he decided to buy another one ” the later MGF model, which is kitted out with most of the modern day comforts.

‘I don’t think I’m going to buy any more. I’ll just focus on keeping my MGB in as good as condition as possible,’ he said..

‘The MG Car Club of WA has provided me with the fellowship of other MG owners and technical expertise of those who have rebuilt or kept the cars ” some which are over 50 years old ” roadworthy and running.’

Mr Trainor will have his MGB and MGF on show at the MG Car Club of WA’s 50th anniversary show and open day.