We breezed through Yarm High Street which is chaos during the week and had an easy drive to an equally deserted Stokesley where we met the other entrants in the showfield car park.
We were the second car away and had a great run through some lovely countryside. We stopped in Nothallerton for a comfort break and by chance met I guy I'd spoken to but never met. Adam has an Inca Yellow MGB GT which was his Grandfather's car and it means a lot to him. He has a website which chronicles his time with the car and the work needed to bring it back to life after a 17 year sleep. It was good to meet you, Adam. I'm sorry we didn't have more time to chat.
As we were leaving Adam got a couple of quick photos which he emailed to me and graciously allowed me to use them.
A couple of miles from the finish we developed a misfire which steadily worsened until the car wouldn't idle and I had to keep throttle on every time we stopped. This was a tad inconvenient as we were heading into town with more traffic and plenty of traffic lights.
Despite that we slowly managed the steep climb up to the Palace Green and parked up.
Refreshments were the first order of the afternoon so we hit the cafe for our cream scone and coffee before investigating Numbum's problem.
I checked the basics, spark, fuel etc. There didn't seem to be much fuel flow so I quickly fitted my spare pump but that made no difference. The fuel filter looked a bit grubby so I changed that as well but still no difference. A mad man called Ian decided to pull plug leads barehanded and it turned out that pulling 1 & 2 made little difference. The consensus was that the head gasket had failed between 1 & 2 cylinders. There was no chance of fixing that where we were so I closed the bonnet.
While all this was going on I missed the presentations and didn't get any photos. Thankfully, Pam had been snapping away.
In the meantime a couple of kind gents stopped to render what help they could. I was on the phone to the RAC and when I'd finished there was a plan in place to get us away from the dangerous place we were in. A short distance up the hill was a bus layby and old Numbum was pushed in there out of danger. A big thank you to the guys who stopped for us and the police officer who stopped traffic for us.
Eventually the recovery truck arrived and we were soon loaded and on our way.
Despite the ending, it was a super day and thanks go to all who made it possible. There is a tremendous amount of work in organising an event like this and it's much appreciated.