At the regularly
scheduled Chicagoland MG Club Meeting of 21 June, 1999 a survey
sheet was passed out to all present. Once again no count was made
of the number of members present or of the number of survey sheets
passed out but, 52 sheets were returned. Of those returned one was
obviously counterfeit and was discarded, driver's licenses were
not required until the late 1920's, and none of our members are
over 100 years old.
were again very interesting, two of those present could not get
drivers licenses until next year but already had cars, and both
of them MGs. Two people could get a license in 1949, one did and
got a car. Most of us could get our license in 1966 and 1967,4 each
year, while 1963, 1966 and 1973 were tied with 4 respondents getting
their license. More first cars were purchased 1967 and 1968, 4 each
year and in 1968 5 respondents got their first sports car. The year
that more MGs were acquired was 1997, 4 again.
I didn't remember
that at one time cars came in colors like pink and white, or in
metal colors like copper, silver; gold, bronze, or in euphemistic
descriptions like citron yellow, sandglow, black tulip, blaze, butterscotch,
or harvest gold. (One survey described Butterscotch as baby poop
brown.) Yet most of us got a blue first car, a red first sports
car, and most first MGs were / are red, with red as the second most
popular color on our first cars, and green on our first sports cars
as well as our first MGs. I thought that BRG (British racing green)
would be the most popular first MG color but I was wrong.
concerning motorcycles was a throw away, one that I had not planned
to tabulate or even read but the responses were strange enough to
be of interest. 8 of us, or maybe of them, own motorcycles all of
which have manual transmissions. Honda in the 70's made their inline
750-4 with an automatic transmission, making the question of manual
or automatic valid. The fierce individualism of the motorcyclists
showed, in the asides placed next to the question, one of which
likened me to a certain body orifice. Further tabulation and examination
of these results will be left to a cycle club somewhere.
respondent of "Survey Two" could get their driver's license
on 16 May, 1965 but waited until 28 January, 1967. Their need to
have a car did not manifest itself until 17 March, 1970. It is at
this time that in 21.5 % of our driveways / garages a blue car appeared,
19.6%were red, 13.7% were green, 13.7% were white, brown, black,
and other were each 7.8%, and 3.9% were yellow. Almost a year later
(14 March, 1971), 33.3% of us added or replaced that first car with
a red sports car, 13.7% made it a green one, 11.7% chose white,
9.8% got some other color, for 7.8% it was yellow and 7.8% chose
blue, 5.80% got brown and 5.8% got black.
We were satisfied
with that sports car until the 29th of August 1983 at which time
27.4% of us got red MGs, 15.6% got green ones, 9.8% got white and
another 9.8% got yellow, 7.8% got blue and 7.8% got black, 5.8%
got other colors, and 3.9% got brown. (Note: The frequent references
to "rust" AND some color were treated as that color only.
No one referred to "rust" as the primary MG color and
only one person gave the color of their first sports car as primer,
which was treated as red.
can we draw from this survey?
have no sense of humor?
B) The surveyist
is a weird person? (This is probably not a question but a statement
C) Car Club
members who respond to surveys favor red cars?
D) An MG was
most likely not our first car and not our first sports car?
I don't know
what else these numbers lead to but the raw data will be held until
next month and will gladly be given to anyone who wishes to crunch
and warp them differently. The above results are accurate to plus
/ minus 100 years.