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Default Any old British sports car fans?

I see that jj777746 AKA James has an avatar of what appears to be a Jaguar XKE. Are there any members that have classic British cars? If so lets see a picture!
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I liked the old Jags and the Triumphs. Local short track racers loved the Mini Cooper. If you like Lotus race cars then the place you need to go is the Barber Motor Sports Museum between Leeds and Birmingham (Alabama, not England). He has a fetish for them and has over 50 in his collection. He also has the largest collection of motorcycles in the world. The oldest I saw was a German made one that was at least half oak and you rode it standing up at a blistering speed of 7 mph. It was made in the 1880s. Many of the motorcycles are the only one in existence. Take the virtual tour: https://www.barbermuseum.org/

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I read once that the line of the hood of the XKE mathes the line of the thigh of a beautiful woman. Those brits! A friend of mine had an MGA which he ran at high speed on roads through the hills around Los Angeles. A girlfriend had an MG Sprite, which was great fun to drive.
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Had a MG Midget first time in Germany. Great around the city and all, but rode rough as could be on the Autobahn. Did have one advantage on the Autobahn tho, when there was a traffic jam, it was very easy to push it forward a few feet at a time than to start it, roll forward, stop, shut it off, and wait.

Brit buddy in Thailand ordered a Mini Cooper, paid twice more in taxes than he did for the car. Damn thing was like a motorized roller skate, wasn't fantastically fast, but boy could that thing ever get thru thick traffic.

As for motorcycles, a buddy had a Triumph Bonneville I rode once in awhile. Fast. But the motorcycle I really yearned for was American-made. A Clymer Munch Mammoth. Yes, that is the real name. Now would just settle for a decent Cushman Eagle, converted to electric start.
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AS AN AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEER (NOW RETIRED), I AM VERY FOND OF BRITISH ROADSTERS AND HAVE OWNED A 1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER, AND A 1967 TRIUMPH TR4A. I RESTORED THE TR FROM FRAME UP TWICE, FOLLOWING COLLISIONS. MY JAG WAS CAPABLE OF 150MPH, AS TESTED ON THE EXPRESSWAY FROM CHICAGO TO MILWAUKEE.
I HAVE PHOTOS, BUT LOST THEM ON MY COMPUTER AFTER AN OS RE-LOAD, DUE TO A COMPUTER CRASH. I WOULD NEED TO SCAN THE PHOTOS AGAIN.
I HAVE QUITE A LIBRARY OF RELATED BOOKS.
MY USER NAME IS OFTEN jaguar1201, ONLY BECAUSE SOMEBODY ELSE HAD jaguar120 ALREADY.
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My first car was a 1951 Singer sports.It had a 4 cylinder,chain driven overhead cam shaft engine.No power,but would toddle along at 50 mph all day but the body was part aluminium with a wooden frame under & when the wood rotted away,cracks appeared at various locations in the body & it basically fell to bits.God I had some fun it that little car.One day when a hole appeared in the muffler(caused by a backfire),the wood floor caught fire but I always carried water in case she boiled.So I put out the fire,replaced the floor with marine ply,installed a new muffler & away we went. I finally gave the car to my father who removed the engine & used it to power the last boat he ever built. I was only 19 years old at the time but with what I have learned from this Forum in the past,I now would be able to make that little car like new again. And yes,Singer cars were built in Britain.Best wishes, James jj777746.

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I'm not sure how I got hooked on sports cars but my first one was a 1957 Triumph TR3. I knocked the bottom of the radiator out by hitting a curb in a parking lot and that set into motion my buying and selling for over 50 years. It was usually buy low and sell high but not always. Along the way, I had a lot of TR3's, MGB's. A Jag XK150, and MGA, MGTF and a Singer which I had forgotten about until now. I had that one for less than a week when the clutch went so I traded it for the MGTF plus $150 dollars. The car I had wanted since 1961 was the XKE which I finally achieved. If only I held on to all those cars. Oh well, we all wish we had some of our old cars that we thought we were getting such a good deal when we sold them.
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Located some photos of my 1967 jaguar xke roadster. Hope that i can post them ok.
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