The MG

The MG holds a certain stature in my mind because my Dad once had one and when he an my Mom were driving across the country he insisted that if they drove fast enough when it was raining then they would not need to put the top up because they would not get wet.
I have this “On The Road” romantic image of my parents on some straight two lane road with nothing around but flat empty land racing headlong into a storm.

On my way to the beach last night an MG was in the parking lot, I do not normally draw cars but this one caught my attention before I knew it was an MG. When I saw that it was a dark green MG, my Dad’s MG is always dark green in my memory, I knew I needed to try and draw it.
As I was drawing a couple passed by and we chatted for a moment. When I felt the woman looking over my shoulder, I mentioned that I was not sure how the sketch would turn out since I did not normally draw cars. The women replied, “It will turn out as it turns out.” In a tone suggesting that it would be good regardless of if it was perfect or not. When the owner came back I told him my drawing would not do his car justice. His response was that he was flattered that I was drawing his car, then he went over to a near by bench to give me time to finish up.
This was a great new subject to sketch and has opened a new door for me. The words of encouragement from total strangers, words my Dad certainly would say to me, helped to push the door open even more.

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4 responses to “The MG

  1. Regardless of what your mother says, it’s true that if you go fast enough you will not get wet. And it’s a great representation of the color and the car in which we traveled from the west coast to Michigan twice. And, by the way, it was a straight road but as I recall there were mountains on at least one side.

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  2. It was a beautiful VERY tiny car that we took on my wonderful trips up and down the coast of California as well as from west coast to east coast. You have captured it perfectly! What fun that it caught your eye before you even knew it was an MG.
    The color was called British Racing Green (probably still is). The deal with putting up the top was that you had to stop, unbutton the cover in the back, take out the
    pieces of the top & put it on (no buttons to push to have the top appear as you were driving). We eventually got very adept at this but the “driving to beat the rain day” was before we had mastered it as a team. Actually, when we first met we rarely needed the top. We were afterall living in sunny California.

    As for whether you can beat the rain by going fast, that was the first day that I learned how to put up the top!

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  3. It may be that was the day she learned to put up the top but it was also the day that I learned it is best not to argue with your mother about some things.

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  4. It looks just like your dad’s MG!! So the drawing gods and some others, too, are with you!!

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