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My Favorite Car: 1948 Triumph Roadster 2000, Jim Garey, 57, Valrico

'48 Triumph Roadster 2000

My father was career Air Force so we lived in England in the early 1960s where we saw many unusual cars. Dad loved England and always wanted a Triumph Roadster. He finally bought this one in 1999 and did a lot of restoration work. He left it to me in 2008 and I completed the restoration and now drive it regularly. I love my 1948 Triumph Roadster not just because it reminds me of my father and growing up in England, but because it is an unusual, stately looking car and only a few hundred are still on the road. It has two rumble seats in the back where my granddaughter likes to ride. It's best out on the narrow country farm roads like those in Plant City. I enjoy tinkering with it, and it is a constant challenge to find parts and keep it running. Where ever I go, people wave and make nice comments about the car . . . except people behind me when it occasionally stalls at an intersection!

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My Favorite Car: 1948 Triumph Roadster 2000, Jim Garey, 57, Valrico 12/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 10:24pm]
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