It's been an ambition of mine for some time to drive Numbum, our 1937 MG TA round the coast of mainland UK, using roads as close to the coast as possible. 2016 is going to be the year it happens.
The trip is just over 4000 miles and if we include Anglesey and Skye (as they are connected by a bridge) it will be around 4500 miles. The aim is for around 150 miles per day. Nothing is planned apart from the route. Overnight stops will be whatever we can find on the day. There are many options ranging from hotels down to a small tent by the roadside. We won't be stuck.
The plan is to start at the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough and travel clockwise round the coast and finish back at where we started. The start date is 22 July 2016.
We are going to try to raise some money for charity in the process and we contacted a previous owner of Numbum and asked them for their favourite charity. They chose Harrison's Fund, which is raising funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A Just Giving page has been set up. Contributors will be listed on the Contributors page unless they request otherwise but amounts will not be shown. Corporate contributors may have their logo displayed on Numbum. Logos will probably never be removed.
Numbum is almost ready to go.
Towards the end of last year's driving season, old Numbum suffered a broken crankshaft. Over the winter it was treated to a new steel billet crank (ouch!), a lightened flywheel and the whole assembly balanced. A close inspection of the rest of the car revealed a dodgy rear wheel bearing which was replaced and all four corners got new brake linings.
The charging system has been iffy for years but we could cope with day trips and the odd extended weekend but this trip meant that it had to be sorted. I elected to fit a dynamo lookalike alternator which should have been simple, but wasn't because I didn't follow the instructions. Doh. That is now sorted and the charging system now works well.
A couple of short shakedown trips went well with the only issue being that the throttle needs some adjustment.
Now it's time to get some gentle miles on the new crank. I wish the weather would cooperate.
The old girl is running well but still needs a good few more miles on the new crank. Lists are being made of what we need to take with us and the next job is trying to fit it all in the car. Could be a tough job. Fund raising is going well considering it's early days yet. I'm getting the word out on all the forums I frequent and should have a short write up in Classic Car Weekly which will help raise awareness of the cause. I'm having a board made up for the back of the car which will be on throughout the journey which will have a link to the Just Giving page. Please share the link so we can raise some serious cash. Harrison's Fund are arranging some PR for us, but as yet I don't know exactly what it will be.
I finally got the board for the back of the car. Hopefully it will attract attention wherever we go.
Thanks to Classic Car Weekly
David Simister kindly put this in this weeks Classic Car Weekly, on page two no less. Great exposure for the cause.
Can we get everything in?
We spent a couple of hours this morning trying to work out how to get all the stuff we need for 30 days on the road into the very limited space in the TA.
I've removed the hood to create a bit more space but it is only a bit. We planned to use a small holdall for the clothes but it was way too small. We crammed everything into a slightly larger holdall and it looks like there's enough space left in the car for the other things we need to have to hand. The camping gear will have to go on the luggage rack.
It looks like one more possible problem is crossed off the list, unless of course we've forgotten something in which case all bets are off.