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Midland, Peterborough Area news

27 March 2019

March area news

Just a thirteen of us braved the blustery conditions on Club
night and we were faced with a whole load of Matt’s buffet
which unfortunately we were unable to do justice to. We
decided unanimously that we will pull the quantity of food
down for a month or two to save money being taken from
the funds. Quite a convivial evening with various discussions
on future planning of trips, etc..
It’s a warm ‘welcome on board’ to new Member Peter
Barwell - and it was good to see him attend our March meeting.
He is also a ‘proper’ member now as he did come last
month – but on the wrong Monday. We’ve all done that initiation
Peter, welcome to the Club. We look forward to seeing
you in your nice Mk1 Stag when the weather is better.
Steve Abbott had sent his apologies as he was on a diminishing
deadline period to get a job done before the Sky engineer
turned up!!
The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show was
on the 22nd to 24th of March in the NEC, Birmingham. Hope
you managed to visit the TSSC stand and give them your
ticket for which they should get a bonus as proof of Club
Members attending the show. Ken Freeman welcomed
us to AK Sportscars in Peterborough on Sunday
March the 3rd. We were greeted by 2 shining AK
Cobra’s in the showroom – the deep cherry red car
had 525+ bhp and the green monster just
around 650+! We were given an in depth tour by
Ken who started building these cars some 25
years ago having bought a kit and finding
it not reaching the quality he needed – and the
rest as they say, is history. Ken took us
through all the stages of the build and we even
studied Phil Renaults welding on the chassis
which was on the jig. Looked good Phil. Whichever
part you looked at - whether fabricated, moulded
or painted and even to Ken’s own speciality wiring
looms – craftsmanship was foremost. I think Toby
Howson has now changed his dream car from the
Corvette to the Cobra. Keep saving lad!
Ken also keeps himself busy with building an aluminium
bodied Austin 7 Racer and a new longboat. Apparently
they need a fair amount of ballast – sorry, a lot of
ballast! - and paving slabs are heavy!!!! How many
tonnes Ken?
We then retired to the Red Lion at Warmington for lunch
where we were joined by thespian Paul Lumsdon who has
just finished another full season in pantomime. Oh yes he
has!! An aperitif and a super lunch was enjoyed by all and
many thanks for organising it, Tina.
Colin and Jane Saunders Spitfire 1500 has recently been
taken to have some surgery to remove some tinworm from
it’s floor. Colin purchased the car new some 39 years ago
and it has now covered some 325,000 miles and still on the
original engine! May have had it’s tappets adjusted a few
times too!!
This is the time of the year to ensure the Triumph’s battery
is fully charged, the covers off and the car dusted down and
polished up, the fluids and tyre pressures checked - oh, and
them thar’ trunnions oiled – and then get out and enjoy your
pride and joy whenever you can. Hopefully we’ve not had
our summer allocation of good weather already for this year.
Please remember to pop your clocks forward when you go
to bed on Saturday the 30th of March or you will miss a whole
hour of Sunday the 31st.
At the time of writing this report there were still a few spaces
on the spring run out for breakfast at Arbuckles at
Downham Market on Sunday the 7th of April. We will be
meeting at Thorney to travel in convoy. Please contact Doug
Balderson on 07860 415950 for further details.
It looks like a fairly busy start to the TSSC year with an Area
Organisers meeting in the morning and the AGM on Sunday
the 14th of April at the Lubenham HQ. Any matters or questions
you have with regards to Club matters should have
been with our Chairman Chris Gunby by the 1st of March. If
there was something you didn’t get the chance to say or ask
please let Paul or myself know, so that we may be able to
raise it at those meetings – just may be.
A timely reminder for the Federation of British Historic
Vehicles Clubs National Awareness Drive-it-Day on
Sunday the 22nd of April.
I need to move ‘some stuff’ out of my garage that I have
collected (and sometimes duplicated!!) over the years for the
GT6 and also the odd bit that fits the TR4 – like an unused
period Peco rear straight through box for a TR4 to an unused
genuine Triumphtune rear lowering spring for the early GT6’s
(may fit Vitesse, etc.. I do have a list if you would like it emailed
before they go on sale on a web auction site.
Our next Club night is on Monday the 8th of April 2019
at the Five Horseshoes at Barholm, Stamford, PE9 4RA
around 8.00pm and we look forward to welcoming TSSC
Members – old, new and prospective alike. No matter what
the weather the car is always the star. Come and join in with
the raffle to fund Matt’s superb buffet and a natter and of
course that regular friendly exchange of experiences – and
now and again some pretty good advice in the bargain too!
Thanks to those who bring prizes for the raffle.
Hope to see you all at a meeting or event soon.

Doug
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