How is the ‘2020 Lockdown’ going for you?
For some the enforced time at home is allowing us to tackle those restoration tasks or small jobs on the cars. Maybe you are using the time to pursue the other hobbies you have?
Some of us will be getting to the point where boredom / frustration / loneliness is rearing its head and we will be looking for something else to do.
We thought we’d put together a short post with some words on what everyone is up to and some online resources that you might be interested in to help pass the time till we can get together again.
What our Members are doing
Reg tells us that he’s been in his current house for the last 40 years and has always promised himself he’d get round to doing the garage.
It’s finally done!
He’s painted it, had a fancy new German door installed and treated the cars to a new floor.
It’s one of these gorgeous resin jobs and as I’m sure you’ll agree, it looks fabulous!
It should be nice and easy to clean should one of the cars decide to ‘mark its territory’ 😉
Francis Fisher has spent his time enjoying the rather nice weather we have had and exploring the nearby outdoors during the prescribed exercise periods.
The Chairman took the opportunity to not only reconnect with the outdoors and ‘stop and smell the flowers’ as we should all do from time to time, but also to reconnect with another hobby of his – photography.
Above are a couple of pictures that confirm this is indeed time well spent and that his eye for a shot remains undiminished.
“The bee really is as big as it looks, I think that it was saying nah nah nah and sticking out its tongue. Did you know that there are 19 types of bees to be seen in UK gardens?
I counted 5 brands here. They are quite difficult to photograph though.
Keep safe folks”
The effervescent Paul Meechan wanted to take the opportunity to do a little work in the community whilst he was ‘stuck on the ground’
“Rather than just hide away, I wanted to try and do my tiny wee bit and help those less fortunate in these incredibly difficult times.
Liz and Rusty
Stay Safe x”
Ken Gordon has a great line up of classics to show us (and he’s done all the bodywork himself!)
“Here is a selection of the cut-out model cars I downloaded from our virtual “Cars on the Campus” show. They have kept me busy on the rainy days.
Great idea Tony.
6 of the best Ken ! – Don’t take them out in the rain though….
Tony Penman has a little update that sums up what our Club is all about.
“As you may have noticed from the email, I had a little success with the MGB…
I’ve been working throughout ‘Lockdown’, initially from home but recently back out in the big bad world, so what time I’ve had spare I’ve spent attempting to solve the rough running of the MGB – It seems that I’m the problem!
I assumed the issue would be related to the Carb I rebuilt and it turned out to be related to the one I didn’t…..
Maybe I should learn to trust my work 😉
I now have most of the parts I need to do the Overdrive conversion and have had some great help from fellow Club Members – I had a very welcome ‘Socially Distanced’ visit from Dave Lodge who also owns a 1966 MGB Roadster and was a great help in working out the layout of the vacuum switches for the overdrive. We even managed to talk through some of the issues he was experiencing with his ‘B’ – hopefully we’ll both be back on the road soon!
Club Treasurer John McSpadyen was also in touch with me, asking how the rebuild of the Spitfire engine was going (‘very slowly John’ was the answer) and incredibly kindly, offering the use of some tools to get the task moving. Very much appreciated and both Gents epitomising the spirit of ACCC for me.
Adam got one of these from Santa last year and I liked it so much, I treated myself to one as well (I got a different finish so it’s not exactly the same as his).
It’s a bit of a change for me as I’m very much a Fender guy but I was incredibly surprised to see just how versatile these instruments are.
The original was built by Brian May and his Father before Queen existed and the story of it is a great example of British ingenuity and engineering.
For my part, I just need to convince my hands to do what they could do 30 years ago now…..”
We’ll have ‘Part Two’ of this update tomorrow and bring you, as promised, some web resources to help while away the hours till we can take to the roads again!