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TRAction 293

TRAction 293

Traction 293

Steve Packard reports: "The IWE saw several of us make the trip up to Lincoln for what was very enjoyable weekend. The weather was good and the venue very appealing. A few hardened drivers just made it up for the day and back.

A few members made it along to the National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent at the invitation of Staffordshire MGs. It was a very interesting day with a view back to brewing in the 1800s including a very Impressive working steam engine, heavy dray horses and other artefacts.

A few Stoke members gate crashed Saturday run on the Shropshire weekend The highlight of the afternoon was a visit the to Red Kite Feeding Centre at Rhayader. The evening meal and beer at the Powis Arms was also outstanding. Excellent and our thanks to Roger Critchley

5th August saw the annual RAF Shawbury Families Day with the usual air display, most impressive of which was the awesome Typhoon jet which literally rocketed around the sky. Helen and Joanne Beresford managed to baffle the raffle, winning a high speed ride in the Bentley and Jaguar F Type respectively. A super day for all.

Chris Mountford reports: 'On Sunday 24th July we had an event titled 'How to Service your TR'. This was in response to a number of requests from new or inexperienced members asking if something could be done to help them carry out some routine jobs on their cars. We came up with a concept of involving the Clubs 'novices' and 'old hands', hiring a friendly local garage and MOT testing station for a Sunday complete with a couple ofthe guys who work there. We charged £50 /head for the novices cars and enlisted 4 helpers and 8 owners and their cars. It consisted of: 3 x TR6s, 3 x TR4s, 1 x TR7 and 1 x Vitesse. We had a cracking day with many things being covered and most folks learning a lot.

Most went away having done oil changes, tappets reset, ignition timing set, carbs adjusted. brake fluid changed, pads and discs changed etc. One car was Mot'd on the day and all the cars had a 'pre Mot' style check.

I will not embarrass anyone in particular, but we had valve clearances that were non-existent (permanently open on two cylinders!) worn out track rod ends, an inoperative handbrake, and loads of other stuff.

Thank you to everyone who came along.

Stoke on Trent Group

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