Win a Copy of Philosophy and Psychology of British Car Restoration

Congratulations to our winner! We would like to congratulate Bruce Cunha on his win of the book. Bruce, and you can read his comment below, drives an MG BGT as his everyday ride, which is great! Says his wife drives an SUV, and he has an MG TD under restoration. Sounds like a pretty good way to go. Look for our next contest coming soon.


We haven’t had a competition for a while, and it is time to change that. What’s more, we would like to give some lucky ready out there a chance to own a copy of Robert Morey’s Philosophy and Psychology of British Car Restoration. You have heard us talk about the book, and you may have even read Bob Seidler’s excellent review, so now it is time for us to part with a copy and send it on to you.

The Philosophy and Psychology of British Car Restoration by Robert Morey- Header

The way to win this contest is quite easy – leave a comment below telling us what your daily driver is. That’s it! And yes, we know full well that your daily driver, or Grocery Getter as Mr Morey would call it, may not be British. Some of us drive our MGs and Triumphs a lot, but even for those of us who have those cars, our drives may be more modern. For instance while my daily driver is British and is old to most folk I meet, a 2002 Land Rover Discovery doesn’t really fit into the category of restoration projects we normally think about. No biggie. We have readers with daily drivers of Ford, Chevys, Mercedes, BMWs, and all sorts of other iron.

The Philosophy and Psychology of British Car RestorationMakes no matter though, we want to know what you are driving. This is how we cleverly hide a survey within a contest. We are gonna make this a short contest. So we will be collecting responses for only one week. We will collect responses up until the time we assemble the next newsletter – so sometime on Friday morning, July 21. Nice thing about that is that your chance of winning will turn around to you sooner than with our monthly contest. Plus, I have it on good authority that we will probably be starting another contest as soon as this one ends.

As always, decisions of the judges are final, one entry per subscriber, by entering you are agreeing to be a subscriber if you aren’t already (what?!), no quarreling about the outcome, and employees of Just British and Robert Morey are ineligible to win. And you must answer the question and use a real email address!

The prize will be shipped out to the winner as soon as they confirm our message to them at the end of the contest. No country limits or any of that foolishness – we will ship the book to the winner wherever they may be.

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British
Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car fan, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100, a 1977 MGB, a 1978 Triumph Spitfire, and a 2002 Land Rover Discovery.

67 Comments

  1. Michael, my daily driver is a green 2008 Jee p Liberty, with 147893 miles,, going to keep it as it came with a life time drive train warentee !

  2. My daily driver is a 2002 Chevy Camaro Convertable, v6, auto with 78,000 miles. Looks and runs good.

  3. I go polar opposite from my LBC’s with my 2005 (British?) Ford F-250. It has been used to haul countless loads of LBC bits as well as trailering LBC’s I’ve purchased from far away places.

  4. My Daily driver is a 2007 Mini Cooper S which I have driven from coast to coast to coast and no plans to take it to the Artic. (My fun car is a 1970 Jaguar E-Type FHC, RHD).

  5. My daily driver is either my 1970 Rover 3500S or my 1980 TR8, but I am often forced to drive Jaguar e-types, Lotus Elans, MG-TC’s Healey 100-6’s and all manner of fine British Sports Cars.

  6. My current daily “fun” is a Bugeye Sprite. Soon to be replaced by a 1960 Morris Minor Tourer. After racing Minis for too many years will I ever learn?

  7. summer daily driver is a ’90 Miata that I bought new in ’89 or ’64 MiniCooperS, in the winter it’s a ’96 Bronco with 450,000 miles on it so far.

  8. My daily driver is a ’14 Subaru Outback, but my favorites are my ’64 Morgan +4 and my 2013 Morgan 3 Wheeler.

  9. My daily driver is a 2011 Dodge Durango when my 1974 RWA MG Midget is not down, while my husband bounces between our 1971 right-hand drive Morris 1100 MKII and his 1977 MG Midget.

  10. Daily driver is a Ford F350 Turbo Diesel, 117k miles. Used to pull my 18 foot open car trailer when I buy British cars Rileys (RMD, RMF & 1.5), Triumphs (TR3 & Mayflower) Jensen (Healey)

  11. My daily driver is a 2011 Miata Retractable Hardtop Grand Tourer Special edition. I have a 1969 MGC and MGCGT, couple of MGB parts cars and several Sprites and Midgets. The book would probably do me a world of good Since I’m 71 years old and need all the help I can get.

  12. In our case, when it comes to daily drivers, we have no choice but to go British, the wife normally drives the 97 XJ6L and I the 89 XJS drophead, on which I am currently doing a rolling, cosmetic restoration. Like Michael Palin’s character in Holy Grail: “Theytold me I shouldn’t build a castle in the swamp…” Our other cars are even older Jags and a TR6

  13. My daily driver is a 2006 Nissan X-Trail Bonavista addition, purchased new in 2007. Other than a couple of recalls, nothing has gone wrong since purchase. It’s a shame that vehicle hasn’t been available in Canada since the 2006 release. It was replaced be the Rogue.
    Fun car is a restored 1960 TR3A.

  14. My daily driver is a 94 Jag XJS 4.0 L. I’ve had it since 2006 and it has 156,000 miles on it. I’ve redone it in bright red and white and it turns a few heads. It’s driven daily including winter here in the Salt Lake City snow (I put the narrowest tires that work on the factory rims to help in the slush). The Jag has been on many runs with the British Motor Club of Utah as well.

  15. My daily driver is my 1967 MGB GT. Wife has a big SUV, but the fun of driving the B us just too good to pass up. ThGT will be sharing my driving time shortly when I get done re restoring my 1950 MGTD that I have owned for 43 years.

  16. My daily driver is a 2004 Mini Cooper, which we bought new in Milwaukee, WI. AN EXCELLENT CAR, that has over 225,000 trouble free miles.

  17. My daily driver is a Ford Flex. It’s red with a white roof, and looks kind of like a giant Mini in traditional Monte Carlo Rally colors. We pull a small fiberglass camper, and at one fuel stop the manager of the convenience store rushed out to see — with his own eyes — a Mini pulling an RV!

  18. A very dependable daily driver was what I needed. The search was long and hard. There were many candidates but no clear choice. I finally found a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 PU. Low miles. 4X4. V6, auto, AC and a “not bad” stereo. It didn’t hurt that it was a green that was “almost” as pretty as my MG! GOOOOAL!!!

    • Hey! A fellow “Duff”! With the mutual taste (be it good or bad!?) of owning an MG. Good to see / hear ya …

  19. As a retiree, my daily driver has become our 1973 MGB, which we have owned since 1974. It has 130,000 miles and the engine was rebuilt at 125,000. It has not been fully restored, just kept clean and shiny.

  20. Mine is a BMW430GC. While a big contrast to my Sunbeam Alpine and my 1930s Armstrong Siddeley restoration project, little things make me wonder why some things haven’t changed in 80 years. One example: sun visors. Just like the Siddeley, in the BMW you tilt down a little rectangle to attempt to block out light. It’s simple, but it’s not perfect. It’s cheap to make, but so are many other things on the classics that have been re-engineered on the modern.

  21. My daily driver is a GMC Sierra pickup with 6117 miles on it. My Wednesday driver is a 1964 MGB I purchased new in Dec 1963

  22. Daily driver is a Ford F-150. (All the better to haul TRs and their various bits and bobs around!) Currently own my 3rd, 4th, and 5th TR7 — two of which are Spiders, one of which needs a ground-up restoration!

  23. Michael, my daily driver is a 1960 AH Sprite. 1275, disks, factory hardtop, etc. there’s a Datsun 5-speed in the garage going in in November. Love to have the book to give me som tips on finishing the restoration

  24. My daily driver is a 2007 Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas. It was originally owned by Kjell Qvale, legendary owner of numerous British Motorcar dealerships and the initial importer of Jaguar cars to Northern California in the early 1950’s. The car was licensed in California as a taxi presumably as a means for Mr. Q to transport important clients in luxury.

  25. My driver is a 2011 Ford XLT Super Crew pick up which does a great job of towing my 1972 MGB when it breaks down.

  26. Entirely too dependent on the seasons here in N. Illinois (USA) my much preferred daily driver is the 1976 MGB roadster I’ve owned for 35 plus years. Yes, my upkeep has been economically sporadic – and some restoration is certainly to be desired! I’ve rolled-her-over once and am showing a further 7500 miles.

  27. I drive daily a 1996 Nissan Patrol 4.2L turbocharged diesel, it is a great vehicle,dependable comfortable and very economic when depreseation is included, it also returns around 7.5kms per litre around Perth.

  28. Arrived at work today in my daily, the ’90 Range Rover, Beater Edition. My only other registered and in top nick cars these days are my ’66 109″ full-canvas Land Rover for camping and such expeditions, and my ’03 Jag S-Type 3.0, mostly for winter (as neither Rover has much to offer in the heat department), and road trips when 30+ mpg is a nice touch. Really good to see someone has a 3500S still out there daily. Rover Madness!

  29. My daily driver is 2011 Subaru Outback with 106,000 miles and still going strong. My MGB only has 45,000 miles. I really do need to drive that car more!

  30. My daily driver is a 2011 Mercedes wagon named “Gee”, but my weekend driver is a 1953 Sunbeam Talbot Alpine named “Amelia”!

  31. My daily was a 1995 Range Rover County LWB up until recently. It’s off the road right now for some repairs to the floors so I’m driving a 2008 Subaru Outback.

  32. 1987 Nissan Stanza, white with blue interior. One of those monocromatic idea from the 80’s, where the entire exterior of the car was white. I have painted the wheel covers silver now, but otherwise, it’s all 1980’s and still going.

  33. 2005 Jag Vanden Plas in the winter, and 2014 Jag F-Type V8S in the summer. The Triumph Stag is my daily for “High Days and Holidays” nowadays. 3 British V8s is just the right number I think!

  34. My daily driver is a 2006 Dodge Caravan. Boring, mundane, prosaic, — use whatever adjective you like, it’s reliable and eminently practical. Ask the dog.

  35. Michael:
    Back in 2009, the VW slogan “Clean Diesel” looked promising to a couple on the verge of retirement. Our Jetta Sportwagen proved to be omnia omnibus- just not as clean as the Gnomes of Wolfsburg claimed. We now exist in a strange, multinational limbo, waiting for our class action claim to be approved, when we will again turn to VW for a 4-motion, gas Sportwagen. No sense holding a grudge when the product is good. Had there been a Jaguar XE Diesel (Tata apparently don’t cheat on emissions) Shooting Brake option, we would be in line for two- because we’ve always coveted a set of bodacious Tatas…
    Ray Whitley (Jensen CV8 II 104/2308)

  36. My DD is a 1988 Dodge Caravan but I do get the XJ S out every other day — just to see if it will start and keep running for a while.

  37. My DD is a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero coupe, that is slowly dissolving due to the salt thrown on the roadways in winter.

  38. My daily driver(s) are in SW Ohio one of two Mercedes ML320s, in SW Florida my Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. During college 60+ years ago it was an MG-TC, then a Ford A coupe.

  39. In college I had a yellow, six-year old 1967 Lotus Europa. Now, in retirement my daily driver is a yellow, 2004 Toyota MR2 Spyder. It was as close as I could find to a Little British Car in this century

  40. Cars should be fun! My summer daily driver is a beautiful Crystal Blue Metallic Miata ((modeled after our beloved MG’s of course) and my big car for winter driving in MI is a 2011 Mini Cooper in a gorgeous Ice Blue. Anything Ice Blue should work well in winter, eh?

  41. Now that I am retired, my daily driver is a 1981 Triumph Fuel Injected TR7, but my back up is my Triumph 1965 TR4A, when the TR7 is in need of repair. They are the only two cars I own, since I live in Sunny Southwest Florida.

  42. My daily driver is my Chile Red 2003 MINI Cooper! I bought it new and still love it. It is almost as much fun to drive as my 1980 Triumph Spitfire.

  43. My daily driver is a 1984 Mazda diesel pickup. My dad bought it new. I inherited it when he passed and both my kids then used it for their first cars. It survived that ( only a few minor wrecks) and now it is back to me. It is a thrifty little 5 speed and at 135 K reliable as anything I have ever had.

  44. My daily driver is a 1980 Chevrolet S 10 pick up. I purchased it brand-new right now it has 108,000 miles and it’s what I drive when I’m not driving my MGB.

  45. My daily is a lifted 2006 Toyota Taco TRD Prerunner. I’ve put 122k on it since new. It’s our go to vehicle for long trips and work. Way more comfortable than the wife’s VW GTI for long distance diving. Our weekend fun car for top down big grin driving is a 1974 TR6. Even when it rains, we have been known to take it out for a quick spin. There’s something about the top up closeness and British car smells that make us young again.

  46. I’ve got a couple of “green” cars as daily drivers, the main one being a 2013 Toyota Prius. It makes up for my Triumphs’ contributions on some of their less desirable effects on the world.

  47. My daily driver has been for the last ten years a voodoo blue 2007 fj cruiser. It been reliable but heavy on the petro.

  48. My daily driver is a 2017 GMC Canyon SLT 4WD pickup which I just purchased to serve as a tow vehicle for the trailer my 1962 Morgan Plus 4 roadster will be on for any trips over 100 miles one way. I’ll drive MOGGIE if the trip is shorter than that.

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