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Northern, Cheshire Area news

26 March 2019

March area news

Paul and I travelled to Stoneleigh in Paul’s car, and two other
members (plus a son and two Snagfordshire people) were
spotted at the show. We didn’t spend very much but had an
enjoyable day talking to numerous people about things
(mainly cars). There was a slight navigational error on the
way back!
Just had an email to say that Woodsmoor Classic Car Rally
is now a biennial event, so the next one will be in 2020.
The unseasonably warm weather has meant it’s possible
to go out in a Triumph convertible in shirtsleeves and not feel
cold, so Hark the Herald has been around and about. I’ve
had two people come up and say ‘I passed my driving test
in one of those’! Now the weather has almost reverted to the
‘seasonal average’ so the Triumphs are tucked up in their
nice dry garages.
I have had two enquiries about cars with saggy bottoms in
the last week or two. One is a Herald, one a late Spitfire.
Both cars have had recent new back springs. The cost of a
new Herald or Vitesse spring took me a little by surprise.
We had a cosy meeting this time round. Steve presented
me with a large (and heavy) carboard box full of bits for identification.
It’s strange how things are easy to identify when
you have another one next to it for comparison, and next to
impossible when the item is on its own. Once back at Branch
Office, there are several examples for comparison. We also
talked about soundproofing the inside of a GT6 roof (I did
hear words like ‘carpet tile’ and ‘glue’ in the same sentence
at one point). And a similar conversation about the soundproofing
on the inside of gearbox tunnels, but this time fibreglass
and rubble sacks. Hmm. The Herald Estate in Crewe
is providing entertainment, the wheel trims not having a good
time with balance weights, and the spare wheel not wanting
to fit in its orifice. The letter from the DOT about ‘Vehicle of
Historic Interest’ (who came up with this euphemism for ‘vehicle
not needing an MOT?’) was discussed, it seems that ‘doublespeak’
had a serious influence on the writer.
After discussion of alternative proposals for Drive It Day
(28th April), we have settled on a re-run of the 2015 run to
Carsington Water (lunch) then the Crich Tramway Museum.
The starting point is Sainsburys car park in Leek, 10 for a
10:30 start. From there it’s a bit less than 40 miles to Crich.
We will discuss the venue for a meal afterwards, it’s likely to
be the Sutton Arms.
This Sunday I’m off to Lubenham to give another gearbox
tutorial. That’s too late to put in this report, so we’ll wait for
next month.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 4th April at the Cock
and Pheasant.

Henry
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