A couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary are also celebrating 50 years with the same car.


Tom Eaves, 80, and his wife Christine, 71, based in Devon, got married on 22nd March 1968 in Cornwall.


50 years later, they still also have the MG TF roadster, which also played a big part of their special day.


Mr Eaves bought the car when the couple started dating, and it has brought them many adventures of the last half a century, including their honeymoon – a fortnight trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats.


Speaking to the BBC, Mr Eaves said: “If you put that car on to relatively traffic-free country roads, with the hairline steering it’s got, it’s absolutely super. You couldn’t get anything better,” Mr Eaves said.


On their golden anniversary earlier this year, the couple returned to Land’s End in the MG to mark the occasion.


“He swept me off my feet then and during the following 50 years, an awful lot of ladies think I’m very lucky,” said Christine.


“And I know I’ve been very lucky because we have had a very eventful 50 years – a lot of adventures.”


The honeymoon was the first time Mrs Eaves had been out of Devon and Cornwall.


“When we got to Scotland, to our surprise, when we woke up in the morning, everything was white – it had snowed – and we’re in a sports car,” she said.


The couple needed to get away from the hotel quickly before their sports car got stuck, but because it was a sunday, the staff were not awake.


“We didn’t have time to wait for breakfast. So we left them a note to say here’s our name and address, send us the bill and we’ll pay it,” Mrs Eaves said.


Fortunately, the couple had some bread and cheese in the car.


She added: “We were going down this road and I’m making cheese sandwiches for breakfast at 60 mph because we just had to get away from the snow while we could!”


Fifty years on, the couple have no plans to get rid of the car, although Mrs Eaves accepts a time will come when they “can’t really get in and out of it”.


But for now, their adventures will continue with the same sports car.


About the MG TF roadster

  • The Eaveses’ car was built on 13th and 14th April and delivered to a garage in Plymouth on 30th April
  • Mr Eaves bought it in 1967 for £350 (about £8,000 today)
  • Only 1,242 of these cars were sold on the home market
  • Max speed 86 mph
  • Tank capacity 13 gallons (59 litres)


Image credit to: BBC

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