November 2010 – 1967 MGB Roadster
The car was originally purchased new by Squadron Leader John Duncan Griffiths, stationed at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay, Cornwall on 24th August 1967. I have been unable to establish if Squadron Leader Griffiths has a local Abingdon connection but the car was next purchased by Frank Rodney Bitmead from Steventon (later moved to Cholsey) on 24th April 1973.
It was then sold to Michael Hoskins-Jones from Harwell on 18th August 1977, and finally to Stephen Boddy on 3rd October 1978. I worked with his mother at AERE Harwell and purchased the car from him in November 1979. I believe his father worked at the MG Factory at the time.
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I drove the car for a couple of years, doing some mechanical and body repairs but unreliability and lack of funds forced me to take the car off the road. It remained in my parents’ garden for a number of years before my younger brother practiced his mechanical skills on it and managed to start it. From then on it was stored at my house, first in Grove, Wantage and later Abingdon.
I had the engine rebuilt in 1985 but never returned it to the car. I began a serious restoration attempt on it in 1995 but the amount of work and cost involved (even though I did all the work) meant that the body was not ready for paint until the end of 2005. The bare shell was sprayed all over by Kennington Motors who did a brilliant job. Due to time and money contraints it took me another five years to assemble the car. I fnally completed the restoration in April this year and have now taken it to two MGCC events.
The car is completely original exept of course for new repair panels such as sills and wings. I would very much like to contact the original owner – Squadron Leader Griffiths so if anyone knows his whereabouts please let me know.
Owner: Graham Dix
Make/model: MGB Roadster
Month/year of manufacture: May/June 1967
Colour: Mineral Blue
Engine size/type: 1798cc
Top speed: 100mph
Gearbox type: 3-syncro non-overdrive
Area: Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Date purchased: November 1979