Coolings 2014 and Brake Adjustment

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday was the Coolings Classic Car Show at one of our local garden centers, Coolings.

I went to the show last year and found it to be a nice, friendly event so went again this year. Once again a nice day out with a range of cars on show. It seemed busy again and the weather was excellent, which given that it’s pouring outside as I write this was great. Met up with a couple of people I spoke to last year as well as talking to some new people as well. I really must remember to take a folding chair to these events as it would be nice just to sit and watch the world go by some of the time and sitting in the car is not ideal!

After the show finished I took the car for a short run before heading home.

brake spannerOnce in the garage again, I thought I’d have a look to see if Dad had a special brake adjusting spanner at all, since I need to adjust the near side rear a little as it rubs on the drum sometimes. I had a feeling that he might have one somewhere as he tended to collect tools etc. After a bit of hunting around, lo and behold look what I found. It’s a Melco BK/2 (British Design Application No. 914862) brake adjusting spanner. Looks like the 1/4″ square end has seen some service, probably on the MGB, but hopefully I’ll be able to use it as well.

 

 

Run in the Kent countryside

July 28, 2014 2 comments

Making use of the nice weather again – took the car for a spin up to Ide Hill and back via Crockham Hill and Westerham.

Nice drive along country roads, and several other classic cars out and about as well. It’s really nice seeing old cars out and about and getting a pleasant wave from their drivers.

Might have detected a slight gripping of the near side rear brakes, so I’ll need to have a look next weekend. Need to be ready for the Coolings Classic Car Show in a couple of weeks time.

MG90 @ Silverstone

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Another weekend, another outing.

This time Adam and I took the MGB to Silverstone on Sunday 22nd June for MG90 organized by the MG Car Club. This event takes place every year, usually called MG Live, but this year it was renamed MG90 to celebrate 90 years of the MG marque.

This was the first time I’d been to this event and despite the 2 hour plus drive to Silverstone on the M25 and M1, we had a great day out.

There were lots of different MGs on display, including Old Speckled Hen, a 1927 MG Featherlight Saloon. This car was made from fabric stretched over a wooden frame, and was black speckled with gold. The car has recently been restored and was amongst the 90 cars that were shown in a timeline running from a 1924 14/28 Super Sport 4 seat to a 2013 MG3.

Also on display was Old Number One, which was the first purpose-built competition car made by MG.

As well these cars and many more, there was also racing on the GP circuit. We watched a number of races including MG races and the Ferrari Owners Club races. The racing was great and combined with the commentary was really enjoyable.

Other items that made up an enjoyable day included the arena displays of precision driving by Russ Swift – some great examples of expert driving and how to wear out a set of tyre – and mountain bike tricks by Savage Skills. These combined with an air display with some amazing flying filled our day.

All in all we had a really good time and will certainly go back again, however we might stay over night next time to get more out of the event and avoid driving both ways in one day. I’d also want to take part in the circuit tours – taking the MGB out on the F1 Grand Prix circuit. We did manage to get into the pits and the pit lane this time though.

Some of the photos I took on the day are below:

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