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Front Cover: TD5044 EXR

1 May

The history of TD5044 EXR is fairly brief. The production record tells us that the car was completed on 18th December, 1950 and fitted with engine number XPAG/TD/5362. Thirty two TDs were produced by Abingdon on that day, all of them destined for export. In fact, over the next four days, a further one hundred and five TDs were produced (all for export) before the Factory closed down for the Christmas festivities, (albeit times were austere), on 22nd December.

Earliest known ownership was with Klaus Freyinger in Zurich, Switzerland in 1962. The car later passed into the ownership of John Todd from California who was an American GI based in Germany. At that time the TD was painted BRG over black and reupholstered with red plastic seats……ugh!!!!

In May, 1969 the car was imported from Germany and registered as WUC 316G. An age related number plate, ASV 535, was obtained later.

The owner then, as now, (Sylvie Sillince) already owned a 1953 TD (JCA 948) and was planning a trip down to the Balearics that summer. As TD5044 appeared to be in better mechanical condition the ‘old’ TD was left at home and the ‘new’ one taken instead.

The car had a chassis up rebuild in 1994 and an engine rebuild in 2001. It is fitted with a kph speedometer which makes for interesting decisions when the car is used for ‘T’ Register Autumn Tours and the route directions are in miles!

Sylvie used to own a red TC circa 1965, which was an18th birthday present. The registration number was KTJ 45 and the car was affectionately known as “Katiejane”. Her father was a mechanic, specialising in the Alvis marque and had a garage in Lancaster Mews, London. He reckoned that as a student nurse, driving an Alvis around London was just not on! They were too heavy and too expensive to run! However, “Katiejane” was not that reliable so a replacement MG TD (JCA 948) was purchased for her in about 1966. JCA is alive and well and Sylvie has been in contact with the current owner, exchanging photos. Unfortunately, “Katiejane” may not have survived and is more likely to be in MG heaven!


TD5044 at home on the lawn in Gloucestershire having just been cleaned prior to an appearance at a local charity event.

As a tailpiece, Sylvie recalls taking TD5044 through France in the hot summer of 1969, accompanied by a girlfriend. She takes up the story……

We found ourselves being followed by two English lads in a TD. Of course, they wanted to look under the bonnet, they found petrol dripping on to the exhaust manifold, tightened things up and we both went on our way! It was the only hitch in the 3 months we were away!

The Editor

1 May

Welcome to Issue 12, June 2012. Twelve issues equals two year’s worth of magazines – it seems like only yesterday that Issue 1 ‘hit the streets’; reminds me of something funny I saw the other day (I think on the tabc site) as follows:

Growing up is optional, growing old is obligatory.

I posted the following message on the ‘News’ section of the website on 18th April:

“Sometime during the past week we passed the 2,000 milestone for subscribers to TTT 2. At the time of writing we have 975 members. A subscriber is defined as somebody who has ‘signed up’ to be notified by e-mail whenever a new issue of TTT 2 is launched. A member is defined as somebody who has registered in order to be able to access certain sections of the site – e.g. Publications, Membership Benefits.

The number of downloads recorded for the current issue of TTT 2 (April) is just over 1,200. The difference between this number and the number of subscribers is explained by the fact that many subscribers prefer to read TTT 2 by clicking on the individual articles under the Contents button on the left hand side of the TTT 2 screen.

A digitally printed full colour version of TTT 2 is available on subscription – the Editor will be pleased to forward details to interested parties.”

At the time of writing (2nd May) we are but 3 away from 1,000 members and well over the 2,000 mark for subscribers.

The price of petrol (average price in UK is around £1.40/litre = £6.36/Imperial Gallon = £5.30/US Gallon, which converts to $8.62/US Gallon at current exchange rates) is definitely having a deterrent effect on classic car gatherings in the UK. I noticed from a quick read of a recent issue of Classic Car Weekly that some clubs have cancelled their national event for the coming season. One club has downsized from three days to two in a move designed to save costs. We shall have to wait and see what level of support is forthcoming but as austerity is being heaped upon us in ever increasing doses, the omens are not good!

The current fuel tanker drivers’ industrial dispute in the UK has focussed attention in some quarters on the fast disappearing independent petrol stations. It is estimated that between 250 and 300 are closing every year and the cause is quite simply down to economics. This is brought into sharp focus when one considers that out of a total of approximately 8,500 filling stations in the UK, the supermarkets, with just over 1300 sites, are fast approaching 50% of total sales. The “pile it high and sell it cheap” style of marketing is obviously not confined to grocery, but of course the grocery sales also benefit as the cash-strapped punters are attracted to the supermarkets to fill up and then do the weekly shop.

I suppose that one comes across a “bad apple” in all walks of life. Unfortunately I have to record one that is closer to home. A TTT 2 ‘hard’ copy subscriber strung me along for far too long with a tale of hardship. This person owed subscriptions from the first issue and at the beginning of January 2012 I had to tell him that unless I received his overdue subscriptions, the January magazine would be the last he would receive. No payment was forthcoming. I know a couple of owners close to where he lives and will acquaint them with the details.

There might have been one “bad apple” but there are over 2,000 “good eggs”!

This issue contains an extra four pages and I’m pleased to be able to provide them. Last year I would have been worried about the extra printing cost, but this year, due to the very healthy state of the finances which have been transformed by donations received over and above the cost price of spares sold (in particular the polyurethane suspension bushes) I am far more relaxed about things. It’s not that I have become profligate – far from it – but that extra ‘cushion’ is really helpful to me.

Brian Rainbow has asked me to give some publicity to the Pre-War Prescott event on Saturday 21st July. There was a really good turnout of TAs last year and you can read about the event, see the photograph of the TAs and download an entry form from the following website: prewarprescott.com

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the Prescott event because I am booked to attend the Silverstone Classic on that weekend. I shall be going with my brother in his Morgan. The website is silverstoneclassic.com. I haven’t been to Silverstone since I left the MG Car Club two years ago and it will be nice to go back there.

Just to let you know that postal charges have increased massively (the postage on the TTT 2 ‘hard’ copies that I send to European destinations has increased by 88%). Fortunately, we have bought ahead and will be holding our regalia postage prices.

Finally, just enough space to say that son, Stephen has asked me to let you know that he’s off on 11th May to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. He’s trying to raise some funds for a local charity, Weston Hospicecare, so if you would like to support a worthy cause you can donate via the website he has built for the trip at climbingmountkilimanjaro.org – thanks!

JOHN JAMES

 

 

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