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Classic car magic of the season captured in Christmas film from Hagerty


Tis the season for heartfelt Christmas videos, so here’s a feel-good film from Hagerty featuring a British chap, his dad and a certain blue MGA sports car.

The short film, entitled The One that Almost Got Away, tells the story of a young man who quests for his father’s long-lost MG coupe, then goes about trying to recapture the magic for Christmas. 

The video is beautifully filmed, with the musical soundtrack punctuated by the lusty roar of the 1.6-liter inline-4 engine under the MGA’s long, shapely bonnet (or hood, as we Yanks would say). 

The film even comes with a seasonal slogan: “Don’t forget your loved ones this Christmas… especially those in the garage.”

The MGA when first delivered in the film | Hagerty

“Classic car owners are hugely passionate about their vehicles and mourn the loss of a great car in the same way as they might a lost love,” Hagerty’s UK managing director Marcus Atkinson says in a news release.  “This Christmas we urge everyone to love the cars you own, and to seek out the ones you may have lost along the way.”

Hagerty International, the overseas division of the collector car insurance and valuation company, says the film is based on a similar true story of a family reunion with an MGA, though with some dramatic differences. 

According to Hagerty’s YouTube posting, the film was produced by Petroleum and Co., along with David Cox, from Robert Glover Ltd., who stars in the film and provided support with cars and locations.

But enough said.  Just sit back and enjoy this piece of Christmas family warmth. And turn up the sound for the lovely mechanical music of the MGA being driven with gusto on British country roads.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


    • Come on Speck, anything bigger than an MGA wouldn’t have fitted on the trailer – and the film was shot in England.
      Some English people believe that anything from outside England is rubbish. Weird atitude, eh?


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