|Oily Hand's Life with MGs
One of those Oh $%&£$ moments. I got the rear of the car up on jackstands to adjust the rear brakes and to replace the two axle check straps in preparation for the MOT. The brake side went fine and the replacement of the nearside broken strap was a breeze. The offside strap was still intact but looking a bit on the raggy side so I decided to replace that while the car was still up in the air. The top nut and bolt came out easily enough but the bottom one (yes the worst one to have trouble with) started to turn but then snapped clean off. What's that saying? Oh yes, if it aint broke, don't fix it!
We set off in the grey dawn of a Sunday morning and pointed the BGT westwards to join the Christmas Cracker Run which should have been run before Christmas but the snow put a stop to it. Organised by The Wigton Motor Club the run started at the Reghed Discovery Centre near Penrith. We signed on and were presented with our pack, which included a quiz. Coffee was provided but it didn't help with answering any questions and we didn't do very well.
There were 46 cars entered, and it was quite a varied selection.
The 75 mile run over some delightfully tricky roads was broken by two checkpoints with yet more, mostly unanswered, questions. As it wasn't a timed event, we took an impromptu coffee break and the GT did duty as a coffee table. What the best dressed waitress wears on a chilly January day.
We ended up near Braithwaite where a welcome hot meal awaited us. Our thanks go to Graeme Forrester for all his hard work in organising the day.
We also did some experimenting with a new cheapo bullet video camera. The lack of an on camera review meant that we didn't know what we'd got till we got home. Thankfully it wasn't too bad, but there is room for improvement methinks.
Also on the run were friends Eileen and Don Dalton in their smart 72 BGT. We saw them at the start & finish but nowhere else. We travelled most of the way home together. It must have been a rare sight to see two B GTs of similar age blasting along the A66 together at legal speeds, honest Officer!
Brrrr, it's a bit on the chilly side up here. Yesterday wasn't too bad and I managed to get some work done on the GT's brakes outside. Today it was a coat colder and even in the garage I didn't get all the work done on the TA. I managed to change one rear wheel bearing before I lost all sensation in my fingers. The other side will have to wait until it gets a bit warmer, probably around June time.
Hi, I'm Owen and I've been having fun with MGs since 1970, starting with my 1937 MGTA. Since then I've had three Y types and a couple of Z Magnettes. I now have a 1971 MGB GT along with the TA and my wife and I are still having fun