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TR Action 317 – September 2019

Tuesday 13th of August. Ever had that sense of deja vu? Well I did when I arrived for the August meet of A&S at the Manger. Years ago I began making Airfix type models and one of the first was a TR3 in racing green with tan interior and a black top, and there it was sitting on its own in the car park. This was the car of Mr and Mrs Derek Simmonds and what an immaculate car it is. Hope to see you again at more meetings runs and shows.

Sunday 4th of August saw us join up with other eastern groups at Helmingham show where our stand organised by Dave Solomon boasted 46 cars, a really good focal point for the public and one of the biggest, if not the biggest club stand at the venue. If you have not been to this it is THE show in the area with magnificent cars, the benefit of Brian Page's expert knowledge as he introduces the top cars for their run down the drive and the gardens and stalls with live music during the day. Look out for this in next years diary and come along.

Saturday 31st of August saw a group of us meeting at member Paul Murrell's for a day long coffee, tea and cake day in order to raise money for Macmillan Nurses. This was the debut outing of member Vince's freshly restored TR4a and very good it looked too. Great to see another vehicle saved and being used. Although he has owned the car for a number of years and been working on it during this time -his collection of wings must rival Red Bull- it has been the last few months which have seen the car being transformed. Now his next project will have to be the list of jobs on his other road going 4. As well as Paul's collection there were a range of vehicles from a modern TVR to a 1960 mini complete with original owner who was displaying the car's invoice. Suffice to say that this was less than the cost of a modern service! Classic tractors were also there and one father was heard to say to his young son, no you cannot start it, to which the youngsters reply was "well the key is in it".

The next day was Cars by the Lake Fornham where hosts Andrew and Gina Long allow the use of their land for a show where all the proceeds are donated to the local Hospice which has received £290,000 over the last nine years. As this clashed with Club Triumph Eastern's anniversary day some of our normal crowd were missing (it's remarkable how many of us were in or still are members of this group) and so four of us were there. These were Vince and Bob in their respective TR4a's, John Miller and son Toby in John's 6 and myself in my 6. Having parked we noticed an immaculate 4a in light blue nearby and later the owner a young lady came over to ask if anyone could help as her car had started to make a noise from the water pump. Vince, Bob and John were soon delving under the bonnet where the pump screamed like a fan at a Bay City Roller's gig and had more gyrations than Strictly come Prancing. After diagnosing a disintegrated woodruff key and with the help of spanners and the correct size washer from Bob's boot (how did he know this was useful?) the fan was silent and stable in order to get the car home. Their reward? A pork pie each -and yes I had one as well, so thank you Stella and we hope to see you at our meetings with your beautiful car.Two of our members also undertook a Tour of Scotland and the lakes 1600 miles in all with no problems so lets get out and about more.

By the time you read this we shall be members of a Club Discount scheme operated by GB auto services with regard to oil products from the Millers, Morris and Penrite range so look out for full details on the next Round Robin.

Forthcoming Events:
Club Nights on the second Tuesday
A breakfast meeting in November details to follow in Round Robin.

Abbott and Stour Group

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