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    New Member Blainet99

    I got interested in cars by being born a male in America in the 1940s. I think it came as part of the Y chromosome. Seems boys of that era were all fascinated by anything with wheels and a motor.

    When I was in high school having your own car was not a birth right as it is today. We were allowed to borrow our parent’s car on occasion. The summer after my sophomore year in college (1964) my Dad surprised me with my first TR-3 (repainted 1957 Buick silver). I don’t recall the year of the car but 1st gear was not synchromeshed so my guess is a 1959. The demise of that TR-3 is an entire story unto itself but suffice it to say I skidded on ice and had a head-on encounter with a concrete bridge abutment.

    Insurance replaced that car with a powder blue TR-3 which I’d guess was a TR-3B – it was synchromeshed in 1st. Sometime in my last year in college I turned that car on its side totaling it. My Dad thought it would be better for me to replace it with a beat up 1960 Chevy we called “Patches”.

    In 1970 while in the Air Force in Colorado Springs I had a ‘54 Jeep wagon (the “Cracker Box”) that I rebuilt in my apartment parking lot (engine, transmission, transfer case, seats, headliner, interior panels, carpet. It would top out at 55 mph on I-25 in 3 gear!). About 1984 I had an MGB but I didn’t restore it. But, I never got over my love for the TR-3. For 50+ years I’ve been telling myself that I would have another one but there was always something else that kept it on the back burner. Recently, I’d pretty much given up on the idea.

    Then, on August 26th my daughter Olivia had dropped by and I was talking with her and looking out the kitchen window when her twin brother, Aaron, drove down the driveway in a TR-3! The two of them had secretly got together and gifted me a 1959 TR-3 (titled as 1960)! Needless to say I am still overwhelmed by it. My 50 year dream is being fulfilled by my fantastic kids!

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    Re: New Member Blainet99

    Lucky guy!!!
    - Mark

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    Present 1959 Austin Healey "Bugeye" Sprite (with 1275, 5 speed, discs, etc)

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    Re: New Member Blainet99

    That's a great story, Dad! Welcome to the BCF!
    “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Re: New Member Blainet99

    Great story- Great kids!
    Welcome to the British Car Forum.
    Elliot
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    1976 TR6 White/Biscuit interior SOLD
    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

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