I never knew that!
Keith Belcher has a series of items from the past which capture
the times and the interest people have had in an MGB.
Keith Belcher is our Pricewatch volunteer monitoring cars seen
for sale and listed for auction and from that gathering the essential
data we need to maintain our 6 monthly MGV8 market reviews and price
guides. Price guides
Do you remember Valerie Singleton?
Yes that's her, the girl with Christopher Trace
or Peter Purves and John ("Get down Shep") Noaks presenting
BBC TV's Blue Peter. The TV show that made sticky back tape,
tissue paper, toilet roll centres, milk bottle tops and empty
Fairy liquid bottles the important collectors items they are
Fun fact: - did you know that Christopher was Charlton Hestons
body double in the 1959 film epic Ben-Hur? They made things
like Daleks, Planes and Centurion tanks. And who can forget
Lulu the elephant? Ah yes, I remember helping my younger
brother, watching Anthea Turner, making a Tracy Island. Embarrassing
that, he was 30 years old in 1991! But I digress...... back
to our Val.
Valerie Singleton recently recalled that her best ever two
cars were white MGB convertibles. She could still reel off
both their licence numbers. She went on to say "I was presenting
Nationwide at the time. One evening we had the instruction from
the floor manager to find something to talk about, as we were
a bit light on content. There had been some criticism of British
Leyland during the programme, so I piped up saying how pleased
I was with my MGB. Next day British Leylands PR man called,
offering me an upgraded model!
Selling the MGB proved a bad mistake, even though it was necessary
at the time. I had the MGB, my boyfriend (who was the
well known DJ, Pete Murray) had a Mercedes SL and we
were only being allowed one parking permit by the local council,
she explained. So I sold the MGB and then we promptly
split up. He said I could keep the Mercedes, but it turned out
to be a terrible car, very expensive to maintain and always
She went on to say of this was her favourite photograph saying
"This is us with my first lovely MG". But shhhhhhhhhh.
Don't spoil her memory, we can see it is not her MGB but Pete's
Mercedes. Lets not be cruel to a true MGB lover.