News that MG is set to hit the road in America again would have delighted the world's bestselling children's author-illustrator.
The late Richard Scarry loved nothing better than to potter about the United States in his MG TC.
Twelve years after his death, at the age of 74, his passion for all forms of transport lives on in his son Huck Scarry, who is funding a donkey-drawn mobile library to help illiterate African children discover the magic of reading.
Richard and Patsy Scarry enjoyed riding in their beloved MG at Conklin Farm, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Scarry's self-portrait of the scene appeared on the cover of his 1951 publication, The Great Big Car and Truck Book, which he drew prior to bestsellers like The Best Word Book Ever and What Do People Do All Day?
After enjoying a European skiing trip in 1967, the family later moved to the town of Gstaad in Switzerland.
Now based in Vienna, Huck said: "When I was born in 1953, that was that for the two-seater MG which my father loved.
"A practical and ugly pale blue Ford station wagon then arrived on the scene instead, and was known in the family as the 'Downtown Case'."
Working with the Rural Libraries and Resources Development Programme (1990), the Richard Scarry Foundation for Children's Literacy helped to sponsor the construction of the donkey cart in rural Zimbabwe by donating £10,000 towards its £18,000 cost.
Huck said: "My father once wrote: 'Everyone has to learn to read, to write, to know the alphabet, to count and to learn good manners. It's a precious thing helping children to discover the gift of language and thought'.
"Alas, the reality is that millions of children around the world today have little, if any, contact with books and many do not attend school.
"Every child should have books - not just to lean to read, but to stimulate their curiosity, fire their imagination, and to become treasured friends.
"We send books to hospitals and orphanages and try to get books to children caught up in armed conflicts," he said.
For more information on the Richard Scarry Foundation for Children's Literacy and Education, write to Chalet Schwyzerhus, PO Box 332, CH-3780 Gstaad, Switzerland, tel 0041 33 744 11 53.
The Rural Libraries & Resources Development Programme is at PO Box 439, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org