Just after Christmas I stumbled across an TED Talk by an American fella called Matt Cutts about the 30 Day Challenge, a little motivational trick to overcome that soul-sapping inertia you sometimes get when big projects feel … well, just too bloomin’ big. As a deluded serial saver of pretty much every forlorn British classics that’s ever popped up within a ten-mile radius on eBay, I knew this feeling all too well – maybe this was the kick up the arse I needed to get some projects shifted?

It was also about this time that my long-suffering spouse, tired of living in an overstuffed mausoleum to British Leyland shitheaps – with Mini and Midget spares spilling out of every cubby hole and a trio of rotting rolling restos on the driveway – gave me an ultimatum. In the kindest way she could muster she decreed that I needed to get that ‘oily crap’ out the house or she would take the kids and leave me penniless in the decaying remnants of the family home with only my collection of dead Lucas whatnots, charred wiring looms and piles of rusty Rostyles for company. Bless her.

To be fair, I frustrate myself. I bought this 1971 MG Midget nearly eight years ago and made pretty swift progress to begin with. Welding all done, panels all fitted and aligned, engine in and exhaust on. But then thing just stalled … for nearly three years. Essentially, all that’s left to do is nail it back together in just 30 days. How hard can it be? Watch this space.


Day 1: This was where we started on the 19th February 2018. We have been uploading pics daily to Facebook to show how things are progressing, and we’ll soon be bringing the whole photostory onto here too. Stand by MotorPunks.



About The Author

Darryl can usually be found up to his elbows in some unloved piece of BL detritus when he isn’t snapping and scribbling for various print magazines or producing the book on road tripping or tally-ho adventurers. As an occasional presenter on CBS's Carfection YouTube channel, his other hobbies include vintage Scalextrics, ‘60s Bang & Olufsen and dabbling in grassroots motorsport.

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