Restore an MGB Roadster From The Comfort of Your Armchair

This fascinating Is Born series sees Mark, Pete Mate and Les transform a rusty, tired 1973 MGB roadster to a better than new condition.

Mark Evans with the MGB
Mark Evans with his MGB. A long way still to go!

Auto-fanatic Mark Evans is heading to his workshop once more as the eighth 'Is Born' series gets underway. In this ten part series - first aired on the Discovery Real Time channel in July 2005 - Mark and his side-kick Pete reunite to restore the ultimate English sports car, the MGB, as An MG Is Born.

First unveiled at the 1962 London Motor Show, the MGB fast became an icon, proving that a sports car could be both economical and fun and it remains the most successful sports car MG ever made. It ran ten years over the normal production lifespan for a car, notching up 18 years continuous production and totaling over half a million cars. It became a classic in its own right, also becoming the most popular British car ever to be sold in America. The MGB is an ideal car for restorers because almost every spare part is still available including complete, brand-new body shells.

Mark has chosen a 1973 MGB Roadster to be the star of this series - one of the last of the chrome bumper models manufactured. Across just ten episodes Mark will be completely stripping and repairing or replacing every single component on the car. He fully restores and up-rates the original B Series 1800cc engine, cuts out and replaces the sills, the boot, the floor, all four wings and both doors, finally paints the car in 'James Bond Silver' and refurbishes the interior in sumptuous red leather.

The world's largest one-make car club - the MG Owners Club, based in the UK, is testament to the popularity of the MGB. With inserts from MG-club events and classic car track days this will be a series that will appeal not only to classic-car fans but to the hundreds and thousands of men and women who own these classic British sports cars.

The series will also include visits to the British Motor Heritage factory where parts for MG cars are still made, as well as featuring interviews with MGB owners in the regular 'Me and My Car' slot. The series will also feature a brief history of MG - particularly pertinent considering recent events at Longbridge.

An MG is Born is now available on DVD from Mark's online shop. Along with a photo DVD-ROM containing over 1,300 of Mark's workshop photographs covering the restoration from start to finish and two MG related DVDs; MG - The Legend and Wheeler Dealers MGB GT. The DVDs can be bought in money saving bundles.

All of the Is Born series are now available on DVD from Mark's online shop.