Young British Dreams
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:28:21 -0700
Subject: Young British dreams
My ears perk up when I hear from teenagers going out on a limb and buying rough (to put it mildly) British cars. Is there a better way to cut your teeth on the responsibilities and joys of motoring than with an LBC you need to work on?
I’ve been talking back and forth with a kid, Chris Seely…16 or 17?…who’s definition of restoring his MGB essentially means keeping it running. I decided to give him an assignment of sorts: to have as much fun as humanly possible with his car, involve his buddies, teach them a thing or two, take gobs of pictures and at the end of summer write all about it. I want a modern, silly fairy tale of high school life with a British sports car. My fingers are crossed.
Chris lives in Franconia, New Hampshire. Small towns don’t get much smaller. Chris never wrote to me looking for any handouts, but simply to share in his excitement. I think he craves to be understood by someone else his age. After his last message, I know he does:
Some exciting news! I have been talking to one of my very close friends, who has ridden in the mgb several times now, and have convinced him to start his own search for a little british car. I am helping him by giving him a list of several Spitfires, sprites, mgbs, and tr6’s I accumulated while I was looking for my own little British car. I also promised to help him with the restoration. He is very excited to start this search, but just like me, wishes he had more money to pursue this dream.
When I read this I decided I had to throw this out there to the clubs. It’s so often said, “Young people don’t want anything to do with these cars.” It’s nice to hear from the other side, isn’t it? I’m not asking anyone to do anything, but I’m not going to stop anyone either.
I’m going to say it one more time: Chris never wrote asking for financial assistance. He’s writing about the financial reality of a teenager. These kids are pursuing dreams they hope they might be able to afford. They’re putting their necks out a bit and I think this is laudable.
Am I inviting a call-to-action? Not if you already know kids like Chris in your community. But, if you don’t know anyone, here’s an eager and motivated kid…
Chris’ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two pictures attached: One of Chris’ MGB stored for the winter under the deck. And one of the results of a prank played by his friends.
I’m hoping to get a few stories like Chris’ to use this fall in our magazine—especially kids in high school. If you know any please pass along my name/email. I’d love to talk to them.
Moss Motoring editor