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MG TD TF 1500 - Al Moss

Gentlemen, it is great regret that I tell you that Al Moss passed away last night. I will forward more information as it become available.

- Godspeed my friend -

Terry Peddicord
A Peddicord

An Era has ended. Sigh.

Bob Jeffers

Sorry to hear that. My condolences to the family. George
George Butz

Yes, if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be enjoying the wind or smile on our face.
A great man.

C B Ryley

I met Al at the British Car Show in Phoenix early this Spring and was sitting having lunch with him...A wonderful man full of anecdotal stories. He was there with an old Austin that he had trailered down from red rock country.Hi will be missed by all!
Rod Murray
Rod Murray 54TF 3006

We can all be grateful for Al's foresight to see the need for support for these 'funny little foreign cars'. True to his nature, he acted upon it. RIP, Al. Bud
Bud Krueger

R.I.P Mr. Moss, & thanks for your foresight to help us with our LBC.
You were a true LBC car nut!
We all give thanks to you!
May you drive the wheels off of your MG in peace.
We thank you.
Len Fanelli

Al; Thanks for all you have done - you helped make life with our old LBCs so much better. Roll on friend.
Dan Craig

I met Al at GOF West in 1980. I remember he came there in what I believe was a MG 4 door Salon. I also remember it got filled with Styrofoam peanuts.

He also received a personalized license plate that said BAKORDR

Al will be missed. While a businessman, he saw a need and with out his vision, we would have a much harder time enjoying our vehicles.

Bruce Cunha

Many, many, years ago I remember seeing Al's "cookies and cream" TC on a cover of a Moss catalog. That was when I got the "bug" to someday have a British sports car of my own. So in the past years I have had two triumphs an MGB two MGA's a TD and currently a TF.
Thank you Al you have helped make my past time a wonderful hobby.
Rest in peace.

Dan H.
Dan Hanson

> > E. Alan Moss > > Alan (Al) Moss, 85, a former long-time resident of Santa Barbara, > CA and founder of Moss Motors, passed away peacefully at his home > in Sedona, AZ on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012, with his life- > partner Lynda at his side. > Al was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on January 6th, 1927 to Hortense > and Edward A. Moss. He was their only child. During the depression > the family moved to California, and he graduated from Los Angeles > High School in 1946. In 1948, Al purchased a new MGTC, which was > the start of his lifelong love of British cars and, in 1949, the > founding of Moss Motors with his new wife Joan Fetterman. They had > two girls, Juli and Cindy. In 1963 the family moved to Santa > Barbara, CA, and Al and Joan moved Moss Motors to adjacent Goleta. > Joan and Al divorced in 1970, but continued as business partners. > From 1971 to 1985, Al was married to Nancy Brown Moss. In 1986, Al > began his life partnership with Lynda McEvoy. > Al was very active in equine organizations in Santa Barbara, > including competing in and organizing competitive trail rides and > helping at Juli and Cindy's horse shows. He also put on and > competed in many car events in California and was instrumental in > starting the first GOF West in 1973 (a gathering of the faithful > for MGs), which has been an annual event ever since. But Al loved > many things besides cars and horses. He was an accomplished > woodworker, a folk music fan, an avid photographer, and he > collected carousel horses, as did Lynda. He also competed in > Observed Trials, a motorcycle sport. In 1976, Al portrayed Juan de > Anza for part of the historic reenactment of that trek, and then, > in costume, he met Queen Elizabeth during her 1983 visit to Santa > Barbara. > In 1977, Moss Motors was sold and Al semi-retired in Santa > Barbara. He continued to restore vintage cars and to be involved in > vintage racing, competing for years in the Monterey Historics with > his TC and his three-wheeled Morgan, as well as with several other > well-known MG race cars. His last race there was in 2009. In 1997, > Al moved to Sedona, AZ. He joined the local car club, becoming very > involved, and soon joined a group of members who played pool twice > a week. This camaraderie became a source of great joy for all. > Al was a unique individual who enlivened the lives of an > incredible number of people due to his incessant zest for life and > humor. With a twinkle in his eye, he was always ready to tell a > joke, devise a funny scheme, or just be comical. Stories abound > about his escapades, and it is these stories, his many interests, > and his vast knowledge of British sports cars, which define his > well-lived life. In his final days, Al mentioned to everyone he saw > that he'd had a wonderful life, that he had done everything he > wanted to do and that he was at peace and ready for the next phase. > May this knowledge give all his friends and loved ones peace ... > for all of us who had the privilege of knowing him, admired him and > will miss him forever. > Al is survived by Lynda McEvoy in Sedona, his daughters, Juli > Welby Moss and Cindy Moss, and four grandchildren: Karyn > Wortendyke; LeAnn Milian; Trevor Alan Carralejo; Sara Rose Welby. > His three great-grandchildren are Joseph Henry Wortendyke, and > Aleena and Sophia Milian, though he said all of his grandchildren > were great. Lynda's children, who became family, are Kevin and > Colleen McEvoy. All but Lynda live in California. > Al wanted no formal services, but two celebrations of his life > will be held, one in Sedona, AZ (10/27/12, 3-5 p.m. at the Sedona > Elks club. Go up (East) on airport using airport transfers sevenoaks Rd., turn right 1 block from > 89A), and one in Santa Ynez, CA (11/3/12, at the Presbyterian > church, time not set). Please prepare a favorite memory on an index > card to be placed on cork boards for all to read. A website > memorial is being considered. In lieu of flowers, donations may be > made to one of Al's favorite charities, CARA Charities (http:// > and Best Friends Animal Society > (, or a charity dear to your heart. > >
gblawson(gordon- TD27667)

GodSpeed Al.
Tom Maine (TD8105)

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