I was explaining how marvelous my diminutive, relatively new sports car was handling through the curves on Route 519 in northern Morgan County. My passenger seemed distracted. It could have been because he was thinking “uh-oh”.
We were driving to school on a Sunday afternoon on our way back to Morehead State University in 1977. My passenger was a good friend and he was in the right seat of my 1970 MG Midget. It was his maiden voyage in my British Racing Green classic two-seater. His mother told him earlier, “I’m glad you are riding back to school with someone respectable.” These words were spinning around in my thoughts as we were spinning around on the narrow two lane road.
Figure skaters and dancers are taught to keep their eyes moving ahead of the spin so as not to get the “swimmy head”. As we were pirouetting across the pavement, my eyes saw trees…fence…trees…fence…trees…fence.
Inertia was finally overpowered with the help of the barbed-wire fence we broke through and the fence post we nestled up to.
We extracted ourselves from this small capsule, staggering like survivors at Roswell. The swimmy head trick didn’t work. We retraced the crash path and saw that we narrowly missed a large crevice that would have completely swallowed up the tiny car and left us on missing persons lists to this day.
This is a photo of War Creek Road taken in the spring. This small winding road is in the southeastern region of Morgan County in eastern Kentucky. It is similar to the way Route 519 looked at the time of this story before it was rebuilt. It is typical of the many scenic drives along small country roads in Morgan County. The views can be memorable… when you are in control of your automobile.
Incidentally, the British Motor Corporation stopped production of the MG Midget in 1979 due to the age of political correctness. They tried to change the name to MG “Little Automobile” but the body wasn’t big enough to display that many letters.
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