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Ian first tinkered with a kart in Scouts, then a friend’s Dad’s Austin 3-litre. His own Dad had a couple of memorable Minis and then a red auto ADO16. Motorcycles then took over and he now owns a Zero electric motorcycle as a daily 70-mile commute (quick is an understatement) and a Moto Guzzi 750. His working life began at Land Rover (long story) and moved to Longbridge in 1995 until 2005, then back in 2009 and finally leaving in 2015. His ‘personal’ building whilst latterly working for SAIC was what had been Issigonis’ drawing office and workshop! Shanghai Automotive made him the last Chief Engineer for the MGTF and he still owns a Shanghai-built MG3. He now runs hs own Company, contracted to Jaguar Land Rover, so he lives the dream on a daily basis. So many stories to tell… Ian is humbled to be asked to be your Honorary President.
David purchased his MG 1300 in 1992 rapidly becoming a self-taught home mechanic, since then he has only ever owned classic cars; that MG 1300, now with a fast road/rally spec 1380cc engine continues in everyday use, a wolf in sheep’s clothing winning along the way the odd award and sharing garage space with a Triumph 2.5 PI Estate, a Lada 21047 and a classic Carlight Caravan.
Whilst growing up in the late 70’s and 80’s the ADO16 range were a common sight on Britain’s roads, at the time Chris’ Taid (Grandfather) and Uncle were both mechanics either fixing the then current range of Rootes group or British Leyland cars as well as the continental cars that were in Britain also. In 1994 Chris bought his first ADO16, and his “collection” has grown to include a 2x Austin 1100 Countryman’s, a Wolseley 1300 Auto, and a Vanden Plas 1100.
Michael’s interest in cars started from an early age, when he would spend time in his Dad’s garage observing many a job being undertaken. Naturally as Michael grew up, cars were firmly a part of his DNA, and as such the interest has gone from strength to strength. Having always had a keen interest in all things British, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that his portfolio of cars have always been British made.
Despite having no mechanical ability whatsoever David’s main interest has always been cars, although this has not always been reflected in his choice of car, having owned quite a few dubious vehicles in the past.
Some of the better ones include a Morris 1100 MkII, a Riley Kestrel 1300 MkII and a number of Dolomite Sprints. A couple of years ago he acquired (via eBay) an Austin Victoria, that is in regular use, which joined a Triumph TR7 Drophead and a rather dilapidated Mini Van which is in desperate need of restoration.
Kelly was raised with his parents’ 1960 Morris Minor 1000 and as a youngster would regularly visit the local British car dealer in Boise, Idaho to sit in Jaguar’s, MG’s and even Marina’s; often bothering the sales reps into starting the cars up! From the age of six Kelly started working on cars with his older brother and in due course gained a degree in auto mechanics in 1981. A 1958 Morris Minor 1000 was transport for high school but was followed by a succession of mainly US cars resulting in a list approaching nearly two hundred! 2015 saw the first ADO16, a 1967 MG 1100 due to become a daily driver; the distinctive A-series note and cheeky exhaust rasp creating love at first sight – the MG joins other current British cars in the stable, a 1958 Morris Minor 1000 2-door saloon, a 1998 Land Rover Discovery and a 2000 Jaguar Vanden Plas.
Simon’s love of the 1100 range came at a very early age. His dad bought a 1966 MG 1100 that was previously registered HMF 1 when Simon was 6. He bought a VDP to use as spares but decided to restore that one first. Both cars were in a terrible way and not having much money he salvaged what he could from other scrap 1100s. It was from those spares cars Simon learnt how to take 1100s apart. However, it wasn’t until many years later he learnt how to put them back together again! Simon’s involvement with 1100s has now spanned 24 years and around 40+ cars of every model and age….but never a Riley as they have always alluded him. Currently Simon’s family own 5 1100s (2 GTs, 2 MG 1300 two door and an Austin 1100 mk1) along with 4 minis and a metro.
Alan was born into a BMC family; his great-grandfather bought a new Austin 1100 in 1969, his grandfather was the BMC Austin Distribution Manager at Longbridge and his father owned and rallied an ex-works London to Sydney Landcrab (SMO 223G)! There have always been classic cars in Alan’s life but his first ADO16 didn’t arrive until 2012 – actually a mate looking at another car told Alan about the 1964 Austin 1100 that required saving from scrap; Alan bought the car and soon his father also joined in with the restoration. Now in fine fettle it shares garage space with a Triumph Spitfire 1500, a Triumph Herald Convertible, A Rover SD3 216SE, an MG Metro and a Mini Cooper MPI.
Kevin lives in NZ and his interest in ADO16 began as a schoolboy in 1965. In 1973 he managed to buy second hand MKII Morris 1100 followed by an Austin 1300. He currently owns a 1974 Austin 1300 (assembled in NZ) which has had 1 previous owner, and a 1972 Morris 1300 GT registered new in NZ but assembled in the UK. Both have had gearbox professionally reconditioned and are kept to original specification.
There is something about the 1100 and 1300 that just gets under one’s skin. If you have to ask you won’t understand. You’re probably thinking of that awful first car you got if you are a certain age. You probably remember one in every scrapyard, although those of you a little older will remember one on every street before they started rusting away. Since getting his first 1300 (an Austin Apache) as a 21st gift from his folks Martin was hooked into a love/hate relationship with these little sods. Having had another, more recent flirtation with a 1968 MkII two door, white MG 1300 that was in the best tradition of 60s boy racer by virtue of a “phat zorst” in today’s parlance and sans bumpers, you’d have thought Martin was cured. No… Since he sold his Apache in 2002, he has owned: a 1968 MG 1300 MkII, a “1968” MG 1300 MkII 4-door, a 1968 MG 1300 MkII and currently has a 1967 MG 1100 Mk1 in his garage.
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Dawn’s partner Ian has been interested in Classic Cars since he used to play in his families 1959 Austin 7 (Mini) when he was 4, he bought his first Austin 1100 Mk2 before he was old enough to drive it! Dawn met Ian in 2007 and up until this point had never even seen a Classic Car. It was only a matter of time before Dawn was bitten by the bug, and the pair went from owning 3 Classic Cars to expanding their collection to 8 (there isn’t a modern car in sight in the Kennedy household!). In 2014 someone Dawn & Ian knew had trouble with their Hydrolastic unit so they replaced the damaged hose on the displacer, having done this they discovered there was a demand for this so started their own business. Details are available on the link below.
Ed’s first car was a 1974 ‘Far away blue’ Austin 1300. With plenty of adventures that one has with their first car, he sold it after a year. His next car was Japanese and soon after he begun to appreciate the finer points of the ADO16 design: Fun to drive, good handling, ride, interior room, solid construction, etc. A couple of years later he was able to buy a MG 1100 from a work colleague. It was a car that needed restoration, so he set about learning the skills required and proudly still owns this car.
A few years back he started a project to record each model of the ADO16 range including overseas variants. Still a work in progress, with any information discovered shared with ado16.info.