Capturing AND Sharing Memories of a Unique Classic Car
4th Owner – James Davis
14th August 2018 –
When Bonnie told me that she’d sold Dad’s MG I thought I’d never see it again. I loved being driven by my Dad in it. His intention all along was that the car would come to me; therefore I regretted never having driven it.
I tracked the car down online via its chassis number after its sale. I reached out to Ricky but the sale price was too steep for me. Having resigned myself to the fact it was gone I wanted the new owner to have the documented history that I had compiled, along with all the period racing pictures, restoration pictures and logbooks. I sold them to Ricky for $700. I then set about selling the considerable collection of memorabilia and spare parts including 3 original wheels, the original bootlid, the damaged head and other items.
I remember the moment I saw the car again. It was the day after I delivered my last item of memorabilia, an MGCC limited edition print of the Dick Jacobs MTW1 and MTW2 Twin Cams. I had met a number of Twin Cam owners through the selling off process. The day before I saw Dad’s Twin Cam I met father and son Roger and Mark Daniell – who turned out to be the ACTUAL owners of the cars in the print as well as the buyers of my print! We shared an amazing couple of hours talking all things Twin Cam, my Dad would have absolutely loved it and “had a ball” in his words.
Having shared the car’s story both Roger and Mark told me that I must track down and buy the car; Mark even offering some shipping contacts he used. So, the VERY next day, on Sunday 5th August 2018, I randomly typed ‘classic cars’ into eBay. 4 pages down. My heart skipped a beat, the colour, the registration number ‘2 CMG’ – WOW – Dad’s MG was back in the UK, with a dealer, on a timed auction. I messaged the dealer and told him my story. I drove up the next day. A deal was struck, the auction was ended and the car was finally mine.
Car’s Legacy: @MGAlzheimers
Whilst I am blessed to
be the current custodian of his car I will be making new memories with family
and friends alike. I do this in honour of my Dad and his lost memories. I’ll be
raising awareness of Alzheimers. One person is diagnosed every 3 minutes and
it’s set to become the largest killer in the UK. To create a lasting legacy,
when I pass away, the MG will be sold and ALL proceeds donated to the
Alzheimers Society. Hopefully they will have found a cure by that point and I
hope the money can be used to support sufferers and their families alike. Why
not join me in this exciting chapter of this special car’s journey?
As the car was not officially exported with DVLA, the 1980’s computerised V5 I had sold to Ricky May as part of the paperwork had come back to the UK. Despite being an old version, DVLA accepted it and the car bore its 2 CMG plates once more. Unbeknownst to me I had to apply to have the car’s taxation class changed to ‘Historic’. Despite it being exempt for age, the tax class was incorrect in the V5 as that legislation came in after the car was last taxed. I also took the opportunity to change the colour on the V5 – from maroon to green.
My plan was to assign ‘JJJ 888’ onto the MG as this was the number it bore on the racing circuit and for most of Dad’s time in the UK. But it wasn’t that straightforward. When I applied to retain ‘2 CMG’ the car had to be inspected by the DVLA as it not been taxed since the 1980s! This is understandable as it aims to prevent valuable number plates being stripped from total wrecks.
I subsequently, after 2 months, successfully retained ‘2 CMG’ and an age related number was assigned to the MG: ‘203 XVD’. One final detail was to ensure that the car’s original 1959 period plate ‘XLW 198’ was permanently re-assigned to the chassis. As DVLA had no record of the original number (it was only on the buff logbook) and the onus of proof is on the owner to build a case for DVLA consideration. I filled out all the necessary forms and involved the MG Car Club to support the application.
Happily, with the car inspected (for a second time by a different DVLA department as well as a member of the MGCC MGA Register) the original buff log book and application form was validated by the MGCC and sent off, the DVLA re-assigned ‘XLW 198’ a mere 55 years after it was taken off! That said I immediately noticed the number had not been marked as “non transferable” so after my flagging it, DVLA sent the new amended V5 to me. Final job was to apply to put ‘JJJ 888’ back on the car, a mere 46 years after it was taken off! That is the convoluted but detailed activity behind the plate changes.
Now, if ‘JJJ 888’ is ever removed by a subsequent owner, the DVLA will assign the car’s original number – XLW 198 – back onto it.