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South West, North Devon Area news

02 May 2019

N.Devon May News

Club Night: April’s meeting was reasonably busy affair with a healthy turnout of 16 people, but just the 2 Triumphs in the car park. My own Herald is pretty much an ever present at the meetings and was kept company by Colin’s TR7 who travelled up from the Cornwall area with Carol Coventry. Always nice to welcome a fellow AO and member from a neighbouring area. Not sure what they made of us Devon types, especially when Malcolm Huxtable (who came along with his wife Mandy) entertained us with another of his show & tell presentations. 
This month we were suitably amazed with Malcolm’s demonstration on how to re-use cable ties and how to trim the excess without leaving a little sharp ends, which is often the case when you use side cutters or scissors. Instead he introduced us all to the wonders of ‘Flush Cutters’, if you’re not sure what these are, head off to eBay and you can get a pair for around £3.00.
Was good to see Mick and his wife in attendance, especially as Mick has recently had a new knee and was on crutches. Geoff and Dawn Wheeler came along despite both still suffering from heavy colds, but thankfully they were on the mend.
Devon AO Nigel Kenneison was up from the south, kindly making the journey so he could carry out a valuation on my Herald, as my insurance is almost due. This is an invaluable service, so do make sure your valuation certificate is up to date with your insurers, for the sake of £15.00 every two years there really is no excuse for not doing it. Somehow though he did manage to make me give him £20.00, the extra £5.00 as payment for the 2020 Calendar, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a calendar so early in the year. On the plus side he provided another donation to my Spitfire project, this time some new washer jets.
Completing a quartet of AO’s, my North Devon partner in crime Andy Luckhurst was also there, is 4 AO’s from 3 different areas a first?...Who knows. Andy’s TR4 restoration has slowed a bit due to family commitments and needing to do some work at home. He has managed to replace the sun visors, which involves modifying the screen surround as only TR6 ones are available and they mount differently.
Looks as if Andy’s deadline of having it ready by Drive it Day won’t happen, which makes me feel slightly better as my own self imposed deadline of the Laon Historique in early June for my MK4 Spitfire is now as likely the current Brexit situation being resolved. A setback of having to fit a new boot floor, rear valance and inner rear wings over the last couple of weeks was the final nail in the coffin.  Not to worry, I have my trusty Herald to take instead.
Malcolm still has his Spitfire up on axle stands even though his winter projects of rebuilding the diff and having his wheels shotblasted and painted are all complete, hopefully we’ll see it on the road for Drive it Day. He just now needs to find somewhere to store his hard top so he can use his Spitfire as it was intended.....with the top down.
Mike and Irene Hadley made the trip up from Brixham, no prizes for guessing what Mike had to eat....it begins with P if you need a clue. Alan & Janet Brace made a surprising late arrival for them; Alan and his son are currently undertaking a rather extensive classic Mini rebuild, but with the aid of a vehicle spit they have made short work of the job and it’s already had some paint applied to it. Making up the numbers with later arrivals were Lee Williams and Simon Whenmouth. Simon now has his Magenta Stag back home and with the odd visit from myself is getting the car refitted.
By the time you read this we would have taken part in Drive it Day, so those members planning to attend were looking forward to a day at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre.
News for next month’s meeting is that we will be holding it at The Bickford Arms, Brandis Corner, Holsworthy. EX22 7XY, rather than the Crealock Arms.
That’s it for this month.
Next meeting:  Thursday 2nd May
Harry
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