<------ Bicycling Magazine 03-1979 ------> A Truly All-Weather Brake
1972 MGB Convertible
What’s this, an MGB dump truck? Actually, this oddball creation has a bit of a story behind it. At the dawn of the 1980’s, only a couple of years past his graduation from the University of Oregon, my younger brother opted to take a job up in Anchorage, Alaska and found himself confronted with the challenge of just how to haul his belongings northward. Given the limited capacity afforded by his then daily driver, we concocted the idea of building a "storage unit" out of marine plywood which would attach at points onto the trunk mounted luggage rack and the removable hardtop of his 1972 MGB (...a.k.a. the "Bumble Bee", given its loud yellow paint scheme with contrasting black stripes).
My brother Greg is seen here embarking upon his great adventure - loaded down with all of his worldly possessions stuffed inside the passenger compartment of this vehicle in addition to every square inch of the newly crafted cargo carrier as well as the trunk (...which necessitated relocating the spare tire in order to afford yet more usable space). In retrospect, one might think it daft to drive an over burdened, under powered, British sports car with minimal ground clearance some two thousand plus miles along the remote ALCAN highway without even so much as a cell phone with which to use should one find themselves in need of assistance (...but such is youth). Fortunately, however, he made it without much incident other than to say that he tore out his entire exhaust system from the header on back, and the first really good pot hole he hit left something of a permanent impression in the sheet metal of his trunk lid given the inordinate amount of extra weight that it was supporting.