John is legendary for his rolling tech sessions at numerous national MG events throughout the country over the years. John “sets up camp” in the hotel’s car park and an endless line of owner cars ensues with John fixing, tweaking and adjusting which is something to behold.
John Twist has been in the MG trade for over 45 years. He worked at an MG dealership in the US; he worked in England at the largest MG dealer in the world, the original University Motors; and he has operated his own University Motors since 1975. John’s University Motors has worked on MGs from nearly all the states, including Alaska and Hawaii. They perform bench, line, and restoration services.
John is an MG author, writing technical articles since 1979. His articles have been published in all the national club magazines as well as Abingdon Classics, Classic MG Magazine, MG Magazine, MG Enthusiast Magazine and Moss Motoring. He is the former tech chairman of the American MGB Association and now tech coordinator for the North American MGB Register (NAMGBR).
John is an MG organizer. He is the founding chairman of the NAMGBR; a co-founder of the local West Michigan “Old Speckled Hen” MG Car Club; and co-founder of the British Motor Trade Association. John is an event manager. The University Motors MG summer parties were some of the largest MG events in the world outside of England. Three of those events boasted over 550 MGs on the field. He was the chairman of the first all-Register MG meet, MG International-Indy 96 which drew 1200 MGs.
John is a seasoned MG tutor. Since 1983, he has held 30 technical seminars at his shop plus numerous off-site seminars. Over 2000 MG enthusiasts have attended his sessions. His rolling technical sessions are a recurring hit at MG and British car shows throughout the country. He now has nearly 300 YouTube videos on line, with nearly 5,000,000 views.
John is a mechanic. He began working on his own MG in 1968 and still works in the shop today. John is the father of four children, grandfather of three. He is a Vietnam vet. John runs a red 1962 MGA 1600 Mark II Deluxe and a Harvest Gold 1973 MGB-GT. He calls Marshall, Michigan, his hometown but he has lived in Grand Rapids since 1973. He collects coins, is an avid genealogist, and writes historical articles, on occasion, for his hometown newspaper.