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Barrie's Workshop Woes

Updated: Apr 13

It seems a long time since I did a blurb for our website, Alan's too busy, the workshop is stacked out with competition preps and "lets get out for Easter" cars. I've been in hospital, and Seb, our rather scruffy but beautifully marked apprentice, doesn't do words much, but here it is.

At 80 and a bit, I've stopped racing, handed the business over to Alan and Stella, my faithfull friend and former customer who cares for almost all my aging needs.

I answer the phone and give advice gained after 65 years of this passion (hereinafter called a disease) that we are consumed with.

Years in F1 and it's satellite companies endowed me with lots of hidden information and experience which I try to pass on to my incumbents. .

Enough meandering ,we have just finished Steve Macevoy's MG P Type special for the season )(see pics it's white) and its a very successful triple M race car 1934 XPEG 1500, ally head, bespoke alloy body, very quick with rows of shiny pots and wins. Steve would like to see £60,000, but I can tell you it has cost much more.














We have a lovely MG 1500 time warp MGA that's had a superb restoration. A superior car at a sensible price £25,950. Then our Austin 16. Powerful, with history from new in New Zealand.


We're glad we can't get rid of Roy and John, 2 customers who are so wedded to us that they work here and even supply their own overalls, and on Thursdays, Roy brings the rolls.

Stella types the invoices, and keeps us in check, and at the weekends drives her TF 1500 with great aplomb. Seb has escapades with his Consul, and Alan drives one of his 3 and a half Pre-war Jowetts.


We are XPAG, MGA and B and all classics devotees with a superb service with spares back up for all. We're on the Somerset/Dorset/nr Devon border and can collect anywhere. Masses of XPAG engine bits. Enormous amounts of knowledge on all types, and we also give free double de-clutching lessons.


I've bought some flower seeds and bulbs, a nice garden chair

and a lawn mower, so I can work with Stella at the window box.


And I was arrested last week by the police when they caught me looking at a field of sheep - they accused me of being a Shepherd's Spy...........

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