Of special significance are two of John’s personal vehicles that will be displayed at Sunday’s Concours. To the left of where the neck joins the body is John’s 1959 MGA Twin-Cam Roadster. The award-winning roadster was restored over a three year period in the mid-1980s by former owner Francis "Ron" Neal and marque expert Peter Wood in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, the car was placed in storage for more than 20 years, eventually being "woken up" by Roy Miller of East West Motors in Santa Barbara, California. Oates purchased the Twin-Cam in 2017 and regularly drives the mechanically and cosmetically refreshed roadster on the roads near his home in Tennessee.