Tahiti Blue 74 1/2 MGB roadster

Ranger posing in Carlene

Ranger, my smooth collie, was my co-pilot at the Colorado Highland Games
August 2006

Carlene is a very special model -- the 74 1/2 was a limited run, with a unique place in MG history. I wanted a 74 1/2 B for several years, but didn't have much hope of ever finding a good candidate for restoration. Then, in December 2000, RJ was driving through a neighborhood in College Station and saw a 74 1/2 MGB sitting in a driveway with a For Sale sign in the window. It was love at first sight for me. Thanks to my wonderful husband, for giving her to me as a Christmas present!

Carlene has a bored-out 4-cylinder racing engine, and she can really move! Her engine is beautiful, and her body is good; she's recently been completely restored and is a gorgeous roadster. Restoration took over two years, but was well worth it (click here for photos).

Our first show, June 1, 2003
Carlene won the British Class at our first show, the 35th Old Car Council of Colorado meet
June 1, 2003
Carlene entered her first show on June 1, 2003, at the 35th Old Car Council of Colorado meet. She was parked between a '60s Impala and a '70s El Camino, so she looked especially tiny! We had a good time, and she was greatly admired. Amid the deluge of rain that ended the show early, we got a trophy for first place in the British class -- which sounds much more impressive if you don't know that she was the only Brit there! It was a nice way to end British Car Week, and it's our first trophy.

We are members of the North American MGB Register (MG# 13-5180), the Brazos Brits (Bryan/College Station, Texas), and the MG Car Club Rocky Mountain Centre (Denver, Colorado).

Before leaving Texas, RJ posed Carlene in the bluebonnets
Before leaving Texas, RJ posed Carlene in the bluebonnets
March 2003

RJ & Nik Rapelje

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