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7/28/14 10:48 a.m.

Story by Alan Cesar.

In the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast,” a handsome prince is cursed to live inside a monstrous body. With Andrew Nelson’s latest creation, an MGB roadster motivated by a bloodcurdling V8, it’s the other way around: The beast is under the hood, while the body gets the royal treatment.

Andrew has competed in GRM’s $2K Challenge since 2004, each year creating an incredibly well-sorted drag racer topped with impeccable bodywork. If there’s a blemish on that record, it’s his lack of prowess at the autocross portion of the event.

For last fall’s Kumho Tires presents the Grassroots Motorsports $2010 Challenge powered by, however, he planned to make his beautiful beast a bit more princely in the corners. Andrew zeroed in on the MGB for a simple reason: For nearly half a century, it’s been a favorite among sports car enthusiasts.

The timing of the project was nothing short of perfect. When Andrew asked a friend for any leads on an MGB, the friend replied that he was about to scrap one—that same day.

That MGB shell was no beauty to begin with, though; it was going to scrap for a reason. There was no engine, no transmission, a displaced front suspension and almost no interior.

On the upside, Andrew would have easy access to the rusted-through rocker panels and floorboards. The downside? Those aforementioned rocker panels and floorboards, plus other rust holes and imperfections, weren’t going to fix themselves. With just 120 build days until the Challenge, the task before him was monstrous.

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