It's no secret that MG is the brand of sports cars that America loved first. But how did it happen?
The often repeated story is that American military personnel stationed in England in World War II fell in love with the spindly two-seat roadsters.
In war-time England, there was no automobile production, gasoline was rationed, and there were very few MGs or other private cars on British roads.
MG became popular in the United States after the war largely because of the efforts of one man, Kjell Qvale (pronounced Shell kah-VOLLEY).
Though he wasn't the first or the only importer to bring English cars to the United States in the late 1940s, Qvale was the most imaginative and probably the hardest working.
Finally, Qvale, now 86 and still going strong, has slowed down long enough to write his autobiography, I Never Look Back.
The 219-page book isn't packed with specific details of the 36 brands of cars Qvale has been involved with since 1946. It is a reminiscence that reads like an intimate conversation with the man over lunch. Also, the book is filled with rarely seen photos of vintage imported cars.
I Never Look Back is easy to read and moves quickly through the phases of Qvale's life, offering just enough detail to convey what the imported automobile business was like in the late 1940s.