Readers Letters August 2017
LETTER FROM WIGAN
Just a line to say Garstang Autojumble went well on Sunday.
The cloudy skies were a bit worrying, as we didn’t bring the gazebo, but it was a good turn out of ‘jumblers and traders.
There was an excellent turn out of bikes, many I remember from the ‘50s & ‘60s. Norton Triumph, BSA Royal Enfield, etc. etc. and a good stock of parts and equipment for bikes and cars.
I once wrote in this magazine “do all the nutters gravitate to my stall?”
Well there was no shortage on Sunday. One chap didn’t know why his radio ran hot but had colour co-ordinated the speaker wires rather than wire them correctly.
One had burned out several radios due to duff wiring and wanted one off me.
I showed it to him working. In my most technical language, rather than be didactic, I said “don’t b*** it up” to howls of laughter from John’s stall.
One guy wanted me to repair his radio. I put it on the bench and plugged an aerial in it, and it worked.
But a lot of people make that mistake.
All in all the day went well.
We all survived!
All the best,
TWO LUCKY STORIES
Had to write in with, what I consider, two lucky stories to share.
Firstly, I managed to get to Race Retro (after some heavy negotiations with the other ‘arf) which apart from the dreadful traffic getting in (Saturday, 1 hour 10 minutes from the A46 slip road!) was a truly wonderful day surrounded by so many wonderful cars and like-minded enthusiasts. On entering, bumped into touring car father and son Mike and Andy Jordan who smiled and said hello, fawned over the Group B rally cars, listened in to Ari Vatanen and gathered a library’s worth of reading material including of course CMM. Throw in a Silverstone Real Ale and more beautiful rally cars to watch outside on the greasy rally course and I was a very happy bunny. On return to my car, the fellow parked at my side enquired if I’d enjoyed my day to which my answer was a big Northern “Aye!” Turns out this local fellow had too, neither of us enjoying the traffic chaos or the go-karts, but also both headed Essen way in April (another even heavier negotiating) to see how the Germans do classic cars, fantastic!
Then just this last Saturday, found out the VSCC were hill climbing in Derbyshire. After the previous days heavy rains, the sun shone, the vintage cars slipped and slithered and the mud fair flew and more smiles were seen than on any normal day. Folk were friendly, open and so enthusiastic at watching 70 year old plus vehicles attempting to drive up a what was practically impossible to walk on surface; and whilst no-one managed to fully navigate either of the two hills of Clough Wood and Mill Close Mine in the John Harris Trial, the sheer fun had by everyone more than made up for this. And where else can you go and watch a 1923 Bugatti, a Bullnose Morris from 1925, Austin Ulster and many more old ‘un’s doing what they were built for all those years ago, for free?
Stirling work too from the marshals and the extremely enthusiastic brigade of mudsplattered helpers who helped virtually every single car get out/through/escape from the Sommelike conditions, the only casualty being, no doubt, a very muddy wash load.
Right, now to pay forrit all.
Current costs are a few bob on petrol, a handbag, a British holiday and no doubt a bit more earache. She’s not that bad really, but she just doesn’t understand the passion for the car that I have in whatever shape or form that transpires.
Roll on the next issue of CMM to delve into!
THAT QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Re: the MGA Twin Cam.
On page 10 of ‘Classic Motor Monthly’, under the heading ‘Quote of the Month’ (Klaxon; Issue 340, July 2017) mention is made of the MGA Twin Cam’s considerable oil consumption.
The engine of the MGA Twin Cam suffered from many problems when the car was in service, as outlined on the Service Information Memo (No. MGA/4/11) which was issued by Nuffield Exports Ltd. to their Service Engineers c1959.
After two years of production, and with only 2111 examples built, the MGA Twin Cam was discontinued.
I understand that MG’s Competition Manager, Marcus Chambers, returned from a visit to the USA in 1960, having attended a race meeting at Sebring, and reported that the MGA Twin Cam was earning MG a poor reputation throughout North America which prompted the car’s demise.
It is evident that the ‘Twin Cam’ engine was not properly proved before it was put into production, which turned out to be an expensive mistake.
Please let me know if you want more information about the MGA Twin Cam’s service problems as I still have a file containing personal notes etc, about the car.
(Ex BMC/BLMC Employee)