Donated roadster fetches funds to help tech school outfit students with tools

Maria Simons drew the winning ticket in a raffle for a 1977 MGB. British Car Club of Charleston sponsored the event, with proceeds benefiting Gordon H. Garrett Academy of Technology.

Call this the poignant story of a local car buff’s prized 1977 roadster and the uplifting events that would follow in the past year.

Eugene D. Foxworth III, a Marine veteran and a stockbroker for 25 years, died in December 2013 at age 58. Known as Foxy, his possessions included a Damask Red MGB considered in good condition and running well after an HS4 carb conversion.

His wife, Cantey Foxworth, at one point last year advertised the soft-top for sale before agreeing to donate the MGB for a British Car Club of Charleston fundraiser. A drawing raised $5,000 for new tools for students at a Charleston County technical high school’s automotive classes.

“It’s nice to do something like this, that makes a difference,” said Wray Lemke, a British Car Club member who was instrumental in coordinating the raffle and channeling proceeds to Garrett Academy of Technology’s auto classes.

Fundraising began in fall 2014 when the British Car Club started offering tickets for a chance to win the 38-year-old MGB. The club sold 100 stubs at its annual British Car Day show last Oct. 25 in Mount Pleasant. Lemke also posted the raffle opportunity on MG’s online bulletin board. In all, 200 tickets were sold. A woman from the Czech Republic bought 10 tickets, and an interested party in France bought one, he said.

“We had the drawing up at Garrett (earlier in the spring),” Lemke said. Local British auto fan Maria Simons won the car.

Not only did the raffle bring enough funds to outfit automotive students with proper tools, at least one student at the school, situated in a lower income neighborhood in North Charleston, was able to take part in a statewide automotive-related competition, Lemke said.

The MGB’s owner until 2013, Foxworth rebuilt the motor in the classic roadster and otherwise took good care of it. Lemke said the MGB had a “really good” interior. “He loved that car.”

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