Northumbria Social Scene - March 2016
Vic Bygrave writes:
Our Wednesday night gatherings have in general been very well supported over the winter. Mostly the usual suspects but it has been good to see several new members join us. With spring hopefully just round the corner time to get your cars ready for Melton Constable on the 6th of April
A number of people have embarked on major projects over the past few months and the re-appearance of John Scarr's repainted 4A is eagerly awaited. John has kept us entertained with his activities starting with driving the windowless car to Keith Flint's workshop in a snowstorm (nearly succumbing to hypothermia) and the lost hours/days trying to get the door glasses to fit correctly. John is also looking for a new set of knuckle skins having struggled under the dashboard trying to expose access to the windscreen wiper wheelboxes which kept disappearing as he tried to fit the securing nuts. It reminds me of my struggles last year and the oft mentioned statement that TR's are only big boys' Meccano Sets. I have had a quick look under the dust cover and the car looks fantastic. The picture shows Keith Flint and John's car outside his workshop in Annfield Plain, Co Durham. Keith is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic restorer and is attracting a growing clientele of Northumbria members due to his excellent workmanship. Another 4A due to make an appearance is being restored by new member David Fern. Like many of us who like to do things properly he has had a few quality problems with reproduction spares.
The sky's the limit for a growing number of our group, well more correctly the height of their garage roof. Four, possibly five, have installed lifts recently to make life easier for their creaking bodies to carry out maintenance and improvements. Rumour has it that we will shortly be holding a competition for the best kept underbody and chassis. so don't forget your telescopic mirrors !
Finally a reminder for your diaries, the AGM will take place at the Waggon near Ponteland on Wednesday 4th of May. Please make a big effort to come along and have your say in how the group is run and organised.