We had a brilliant day thanks to the hard work of all who made it happen and kept it going on the day.
Which do you prefer?
|Oily Hand's Life with MGs||
What an amazing difference from the first time last year at this superb venue. Many more cars and much more going on. There seemed to be many more spectators too.
We had a brilliant day thanks to the hard work of all who made it happen and kept it going on the day.
I made a short video of the day and posted it on another website asking for a critique. A professional cameraman and teacher gave me some great advice so I made a second video.
Which do you prefer?
With The TA still not finished we took the BGT to meet up with six other cars at Middlesbrough Motor Club car park for a run to Gennel Farm for some fun and good food.
We set off ahead of everybody else so I could find somewhere to get some video of the other cars and found the ideal spot at the top of Carlton Bank. Then it was catch up time as we headed towards Helmesley and onward to Beadnall Farm Shop where we stopped for refreshments. Well we had been driving for almost an hour.
From there it was on past Castle Howard and along some lovely lanes to our destination. It was quite warm in the GT, even with the sunroof fully open and the windows down so it was a relief to see a gazebo in the field for a bit of shade. There was also a bit of breeze to keep the temperature down.
We had time to wander around the barn to see the various cars stored there. One that stood out was a Frogeye Sprite with a V8 squeezed in. Unsurprisingly it was reported to be a bit of a handful to drive.
The barbeque was fired up and superb food was quickly demolished and entertainment followed in the form of TVMGOC's resident ukelele trio.
All too soon it was time for us to go and we had a pleasant drive home.
A great day out. Thanks to all who made it possible.
TYO, our MG3 was the transport of choice for this trip west to the Lake District Classic & Targa Rally.
It was another great day marshalling on this well subscribed event. 60 great cars started but there was a high rate of retirements, mainly of the classic cars. From speaking to others at the end meal, most had a good time. We had a blast. We were on the same tests as last year, Bridge & Quarry.
I got some photos at Bridge but the light was so bright I couldn't see the video camera screen to see what I was shooting so I stuck to stills.
Once the closing car arrived it was a case of clearing the course and taking a quick blast down the M6 to set up Quarry. We soon got set up and had time for a quick drink before the contestants arrived. I decided to position myself at the top of the course where I could see any driver errors as well as get some good action shots.
It was dry & dusty as the photos show and the downwind grass looked distinctly grey by the time we were finished. There were a few sheep around too but thankfully they didn't cause any bother.
There were a few cars that didn't make the afternoon sections which was a shame. Most of the Targa cars seemed to be there so it was the classics that had a high retirement rate.
Sadly I had a camera malfunction partway through the tests and missed some cars so if you aren't featured blame the camera.
From there it was back to Penrith to the truck stop where a welcome hearty meal awaited. Well fed we chatted to folks we only see once a year before heading for home.
We found the A66 was closed so we took an alternate route and rejoined the A66 further on. That was no good as we soon ended up in a queue that wasn't going anywhere fast. We turned round and found a back road to Brough where we managed to pick up the A66 again. It was plain sailing from there and we eventually arrived home just before 8pm. A long but very enjoyable day.
It was a dry but cool morning as we set off in Numbum our old TA, heading for Stokesley for the start of this annual run to Durham Cathedral.
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 signed on and enjoyed a cuppa before heading back to the car to attach the rally plate.
The usual chinwagging and telling of tall tales ensued until the drivers briefing which was closely followed by the start.
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.
From here it was a smooth run to the lunch stop in Richmond where once again there was much good conversation. Once fed & watered we were on our way again, heading north towards Durham. The roads were excellent and we had a great time apart from a near miss. See it at 8.25 on the video below.
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.
We decided to limp home with what little power we had, but sadly didn't get very far. About half a mile into the journey it died and wouldn't restart. We were in a pretty dodgy situation with fast moving traffic so Pam tried to call the police on 101 but couldn't get through so she tried 999 and within a few minutes the police came to the rescue.
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.
Once home we unloaded the car and rolled it into the garage where it will sit until I can muster the enthusiasm to sort it out.
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.
We love all you can eat breakfasts and we made the most of one this morning before setting off on the short run to meet our fellow travellers. When we arrived many were tucking in to bacon butties. We were tempted but managed to resist.
Today was an in your own time start so we eventually set off on the planned route to Loch Katrine where we had some time to kill before our sailing on the Sir Walter Scott steamboat.
Although our drive was short were some interesting roads and the views would have been super if it hadn't been raining.
The guys from the Caledonian Centre are masters at packing many MGs into small places.
We had time for a coffee and a look round before our sailing time and as is usual there was much great chatter.
The sail on Sir Walter Scott was a great experience that even the rain and cold wind couldn't dampen.
After the sail we were a bit peckish so went in search of a sandwich. Getting served took some time and when we headed back to the car, where there had been some 25 MGs, there was only one. I should have taken a photo.
A lovely run took us to the finish where we had a cuppa and a lovely scone before saying our goodbyes and heading for home.
Because of the roadworks at the M73/M74 junction we decided to head for Edinburgh, round the southern bypass and pick up the A68 home.
This was an easy trip with no real problems and we made good time. On the A68 I thought we were going to be held up by a continental 6 wheeler pulling a trailer but that wasn't the case. He was going well and most of the time making the 60mph speed limit. We followed him down to Corbridge where we stopped for fuel. It was an easy run, keeping a reasonable distance behind him. I didn't have to worry about the next bend. If he could get round it, I'm sure I could.
South of Corbridge there was little traffic and we made good time. There was even some sunshine to boost our spirits.
The journey home took four hours and we soon unloaded what we had in the car and settled in front of the TV with a welcome cuppa.
Despite the Friday problems, we had a great time. Thanks to all who made it possible and for the warm welcome.
We set off in the MGB GT just before 1pm heading to Stirling for an overnight stay before meeting the Caledonian Centre of the MG Car Club for their Sail & Drive event tomorrow.
The planned route was A66 - A1M - A66 - M6 -M74 - M73. Just before Scotch Corner I saw a sign saying A66 closed. Not a good omen. Sure enough when we arrived at Scotch Corner it was closed. There was no indication of where it was closed.
We took a chance and headed for Richmond and Gilling West to join the A66 there. That was a no go as there was a police car closing the westbound lane of the A66. Plan B. Head for Piercebridge and join the A67 to Barnard Castle and hope we could rejoin the A66 there.
This must have been the main diversion route as the traffic was heavy. Getting through Barnard Castle was a nightmare. The only bright spot was that judging by the amount of traffic coming towards us the A66 must be open.
We eventually joined the A66 just outside Barnard Castle 2 1/2 hours after we set off. We'd covered 44 miles. The direct route from home to Barnard Castle is 25 miles with a 40 minute travel time.
Pam rang the hotel to tell them we would be late and to ask them to reschedule our 6pm meal booking. They would do this but couldn't guarantee a time as the restaurant was busy on Friday nights.
Once on the A66 it was pretty easy going until we came to the M74/M73 junction where there were delays due to roadworks. We found out at this point that this junction would be closed for the weekend from 8pm so we would have to find a different route home.
Eventually we arrived at the hotel at about ten to seven, six hours after we set off. According to the route planner it should have been a 3 1/2 hour journey.
Our meal had been re-booked for 7pm so we just had time to have a quick freshen up before heading to the restaurant for a hearty meal.
After another hearty breakfast it was time to tackle the 3D jigsaw puzzle, also known as loading the car. This requires some precision as there isn't much room. It was more difficult because we had a very full goody bag and a raffle prize to squeeze in as well. A bit of pushing and shoving eventually got it all in. Having a baggy tonneau cover helped quite a bit.
We decide to take the long route, about 78 miles, to the lunch stop and we set off in high spirits waving goodbye to the Cardrona Hotel as we drove off.
The high spirits didn't last long as just after passing through Ettrick Bridge, about 20 miles into the run, we lost all drive. Luckily there was a safe place to stop just ahead and we coasted into it. While Pam was calling the organisers to tell them we wouldn't be there for lunch I called the RAC and eventually we pinpointed our location and help was on the way. All we had to do was wait. While we were waiting I set up a video camera to capture some of the other cars.
Thanks to all who checked that we were OK and offered help. It was greatly appreciated.
I eventually got a call from the RAC patrolman who was in Berwick, a good distance away. Usually the patrolman arrives, decides it can't be fixed and calls for recovery. This means a long wait. This guy was good though and after explaining the situation he saw little point in coming out to us and booked a recovery truck.
The recovery truck duly arrived and we were soon loaded.
We were pretty sad not to have made it to the end and missed the chance to say goodbye to folks personally, but looking on the bright side, we saved a few gallons of petrol.
Despite the ending we had a brilliant weekend. It was very well organised, had some great roads, a good hotel with lovely food and most of all, great company. The Caledonian Centre certainly know how to run an event. Thanks to everybody involved in making it happen
After a hearty all you can eat breakfast we set off on the long run of about 106 miles.
The route took us through some beautiful scenery.
The long climb of appropriately named Carlovin Hill, caused Numbum to blow a bit of water out but it was nothing serious.
We stopped at The Gordon Arms for coffee as did many others. I think the landlord was a bit surprised by the sudden boost in custom. We spent a while browsing through pictures of the aftermath of a serious fire a couple of years ago. It was hard to believe that where we were sat was a mass of charred rubble such a short time ago.
From there it was an uneventful run to The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel for lunch.
After lunch we found that we were hemmed in and couldn't leave. It wasn't a problem and I decided to use the time to see if the points was the cause of the high revs misfire that we'd suffered for a while. Opening the bonnet soon drew a small crowd around us. One of the guys showed Pam a component which she correctly identified as part of a points set. She also correctly identified what was wrong with it, the contact nub had gone missing. Apparently few who were asked could answer the question. I was initially surprised by this but then I realised that cars haven't had points since probably the early 90s, which is over 25 years ago. Sadly there was no prize for this.
It was an easy afternoon run back to the hotel with a brief stop at Scott's View for a photo.
Back at the hotel there was plenty of time for chilling out and telling of tall tales before the gala dinner. The room was stunningly decorated and the meal was delightful. The evenings entertainment was a five piece jazz band. The theme was the 1930s and many were in period dress. There was a surprise award for the car & passenger combination with the greatest number of years. We came second with 211 years and were beaten by quite a bit as the winners had 225 years, if I remember correctly.
Today proved once again that modern technology and I don't mix well as the car cam gave up recording just after the morning coffee stop. Here's what we did get.
Another super day over, it was time for bed.
With the start of this superb event being a short 75 mile hop away we decided to avoid an overnight stay and have an early start. This meant getting up at daft o clock to be off the drive at six thirty. I'm still not sure that this was the right decision.
The trip to the start at Vallum Garden Centre near Corbridge was uneventful up to the last few miles when we caught up with a slow wide load but thankfully it turned off after a few miles and we soon made up some time
We got signed on and enjoyed the bacon & sausage butty and good conversation. It was great to meet everybody.
I left the camera running in the car to catch some of the other cars arriving.
It was soon time for us to hit the road. There was a choice of routes, one long and one short. Given our early start we chickened out and took the short one. It was a good route with interesting roads and lovely scenery. We stopped for lunch in Kelso where we met up with those who started from the Northern start point. It was a tad crowded in Kelso square but we all managed to squeeze in somehow. Lunch was a chicken bake and a cup of coffee from Greggs. It doesn't sound like a lot but the buns at the start were very filling.
From there it was a lovely run up to The MacDonald Cardrona Hotel in Peebles which was our base for two nights.
Apart from a slight misfire at higher revs, old Numbum ran well and we arrived weary but happy.
After checking out our very full goody bag it was time for a rest and a shower so we felt ready to tackle the evening. We took the long walk, all of 30 feet, to the dining room where a sparkling wine and canape reception was laid on before eating a delicious buffet meal.
We won a prize in the raffle, a set of car cleaning cloths. Anybody who know me will see the funny side of this. Once again it was conversation time and we met new folk and caught up with others we'd met before. All in all a great night and a fitting end to a super day.
Once again, thanks to Pam for most of the photos. I haven't mastered the art of driving and taking pictures at the same time.
It was super day out with old Numbum on this well organised event by the guys and gals of Middlesbrough Motor Club. It was up to their usual high standard.
We thought we were early when we arrived at the clubhouse but there were quite a few cars there already. We signed on and had our free coffee & biscuits before wandering about looking at the cars and chatting. I think there were 29 cars entered and some motorcycles and I managed to get some photos before setting off.
It was good to see three T Types among the more modern cars.
With wall to wall sunshine all the way round but a bit chilly on the hilltops it was a glorious run in some stunning scenery. We had planned to get some pictures of the other cars but after stopping for about 20 minutes and only seeing one go past we thought that most must be in front of us so we moved on again. On our arrival at the finish we were surprised to find that there weren't many back. I don't know where the rest were, probably having coffee & cake somewhere.
The barbeque was going well and we tucked in to burger, sausage, roast potatoes, and coleslaw. It was very welcome and delicious too.
All in all, a great day. The TA ran well apart from a slight misfire at the start which fixed itself as we went along. There was an oil leak from the rocker cover gasket which ran onto the exhaust and created a bit of smoke and tightening it didn't do any good so we lived with it.
The new GPS speedo worked well. It goes through a start up sequence every time it's powered up which is a bit of a pain but we'll get used to that.
There were a couple of comments about it being a tad optimistic showing 200mph. I just smiled.
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