An MG Takes Flight

If you’re a regular read4er of this blog,  you know that I’m a bit of an Anglophile. And while I’m currently driving a German car my previous two vehicles were British. And for a long, long time I was in love with the classic MG TC.

The TC was the first postwar MG launched in 1945. It was similar to the pre-war TB, sharing the same 1,250 cc pushrod-OHV engine with a slightly higher compression ratio of 7.4:1 giving 54.5hp at 5200 rpm. Even though only ever built in right-hand drive, it was exported to the United States with slightly smaller US specification sealed-beam headlights and larger twin rear lights, as well as turn signals and chrome-plated front and rear bumpers. 10,001 TCs were produced, from September 1945 to Nov. 1949 more than any previous MG model.

The closest I came to actually owning an MG was when I was in negotiations with a collector who owned three TC’s: One was a 100-point Concours car in British Racing Green and the other two were  ivory-colored, the so-called “Old English White.” One of them was a high end driver that needed some work but he had the parts and we agreed on a price. I test drove the car and was surprised at it’s performance for a 1948 automobile that only had 50 horsepower. And then he changed his mind about selling it…

And I have since moved one. At this point in my life, (I think) I’m not interested in owning an MC TC but still have an abiding affection for these elegant, stately carriages, There’s something about those tall skinny wheels and elegant grille that appeals to me as does the right-hand drive—All TC’s are right hand drive—that I also admire in JDM classics like the Nissan Skyline, although how that relates to old MG’s I’ll never know.

This particularly MG TC had an amusing radiator cap that harkened back to the days when classic automobiles had distinctive caps. This one made me smile. And was photographed with my Olympus E-M5 Mark I with 14-42mm kit lens (at 42mm) and an exposure of 1/320 sec at f/10 and ISO 250.

car.bookIn How I Photograph Cars, there’s also lots of information on photographing cars including motorsports from sports car racing to drag racing including safety tips when working around fast racecars. You’ll go behind the scenes as I photographs a small car collection for a client and look at not just the challenge of photographing a group of cars but the logistics involved in making the shot happen.