This is really, really sad, I think. A Jalopnik reader and Illinois resident named Cory is now the proud owner of an MG Midget he’s restoring, and wanted to get it titled and all the paperwork in order with the Illinois Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Unfortunately he ran into a little complication: the Illinois BMV seems to have no idea what an MG Midget, a known motor vehicle, is. Cory received this letter from the BMV: Just so we’re clear, the highlighted line reads: “Other: need more information on what kind of vehicle this is what does mg stand for and midget stand for” What do “MG” and “midget” stand for? I don’t know? Basic motoring fun? Old-school British charm? “Morris Garages” and an outdated term for a little person? What more do you need here, exactly? Can’t one of you just Google it? Now, I know that MG Midgets aren’t as common as they once were here in America. But it’s not like they’re all that exotic. Many people have at least heard of MG Midgets, even people who aren’t gearheads. It’s a reasonably well-known car, distinctive and memorable. It’s not like the dude was trying to register a 1915 Alldays & Onions Midget or something really crazy. It’s an MG! Everyone’s uncle had one in the 1970s. Plus, it’s worth remembering that the organization Cory was attempting to deal with was the Illinois Bureau of Motor Vehicles. It’s very literally their job to know what cars exist. And… [Read full story]
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