The Editor

9 Nov

Hello! Quite a few of you know me and I have met many of the UK readers (and some from outside of the UK) but lots of you don’t, so here’s a ‘mugshot’.

Having got this third issue of TTT 2 under my belt I’m looking forward to the six issues in 2011. I do so with renewed confidence, thanks to the many messages of support which have been received. It was a bit of an act of faith when I launched the first issue of TTT 2 back in August. I had severed my links with the MG Car Club and had left behind a successful and highly regarded magazine (TTT) which I jealously guarded as “my baby”. However, “my baby” wasn’t really left behind; the infant came with me to pastures new and what’s more, lots of you voted with your feet, contributors and readers alike, and joined with me!

So it’s a ‘thank you’ for wonderful support and for financial contributions (more of this later) and a special ‘thank you’ to my son, Stephen for developing the website and generally keeping me (a real computer “dummy”) on the straight and narrow. I know that he has lots of ideas for the future development of the website and if I can sit him down for long enough when he returns from Japan in early December, before he goes out to Thailand in January, we can make some real progress.

At the time of penning this editorial (19th November) we have 875 Internet “subscribers”; we also have 20 ‘hard’ copy subscribers, of which 5 are outside of the UK. The ‘magic’ total of one thousand subscribers is currently eluding us but we will get there; of that I am absolutely certain. When one considers that we have built up this number of subscribers in a period of four months from a standing start, then I reckon we have done pretty well – we must be doing something right!

Donations currently stand at £242.57. Included in this total are three amounts where I have supplied spares – head gasket sets {2} and a Bob Grunau oil filter adapter {1} – and purchasers have sent me some extra cash over and above the price asked for. To all who have sent donations and to those who have paid more than the asked for amount for ‘hard’ copies I heartily thank you.

Although I am no longer a member of the ‘T’ Register I have indicated that I am more than happy to publicise their events in TTT 2. Here’s one that will be with us before we know it:

The ‘Register is holding its annual ‘Rebuild’ event on Saturday 5th March 2011 at Oxford & Cherwell Valley Motor Sports College, Bicester, OX26 4LA. Technical sessions/speakers so far confirmed are:

T-Electrics Revisited” – update and revision of previous sessions and publications by Barrie Jones, with particular emphasis on modernising, improving and upgrading the standard T-Type electrical components, including detail on Distributors, Alternators, negative earth conversions, “electronic” ignition etc.

Practical M.G. TD” – sessions on Maintenance, Update and Innovation, by Jonathan Goddard, based on his recently published paperback book on the transformation of TD 0589.

Suck, Squeeze, Bang , Blow” – living with modern fuel blends in the T-Type XPAG/XPEG (and other classic engines), by Paul Ireland, who has been carrying out much personal investigation and research into the effects of “modern” fuels on XPAG/XPEG engines. Paul will be sharing the results of his latest investigations, and pointing out the pros and cons of various tuning, timing and “blending” solutions.

So You Want To Be A T-Racing Race Engineer?” – a light hearted, but nevertheless, fascinating look behind the scenes at the T-Racing community and activities, by Iain Rooney, of Pilot Motorsports and Restorations. Iain is the Race Engineering and Performance Tuning brains behind a number of well known T-Racers and their cars.

Applications, quoting MGCC membership number, email contact address, telephone contact, and postal address, together with your cheque for the appropriate amount (£25.00 for MGCC members, £32.50 for non-members), should be mailed to Peter Cole, 8 Aldbourne Drive, BOGNOR REGIS, West Sussex PO21 4 NE. Tel: 01243 267234. Cheques payable to Peter Cole, please.

Just enough space to wish you the very best for the coming festive season and the New Year! We live in a topsy turvy world and no doubt some of us would like to turn the clock back a bit, but the one thing that binds us together is our little matchbox cars, as Michael Sherrell so cutely describes them.

John James


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One Response to “The Editor”

  1. RICHARD (Dick) STUART THOMAS 29. Nov, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    JOHN,
    CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS EFFORT. I SUSPECT IS WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE FAR MORE COMPLICATED AND VALUABLE……AND PROBABLY HAS DONE SO AT THIS EARLY STAGE. I FIND IT REWARDING TO WATCH A PERSON TAKE HIS PASSION INTO A NEW DIRECTION TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL. DOING SO EXHIBITS THE SAME SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE WHICH MADE THESE WONDERFUL MACHINES POSSIBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS FROM ONE OF YOUR MANY FRIENDS ON THIS SIDE OF “THE BIG WATER”.
    WITH WARM PERSONAL REGARDS,
    DICK THOMAS
    WOOSTER, OHIO

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