Welcome to the August 2015 issue of TTT 2! I proudly feature the front cover of the Roadbook for our third TTT 2 Tour. Grant and Barbara Humphreys have done a superb job in organising the Tour (including the design and production of the Roadbook and the Rally plates) and it just remains for some decent weather to greet us in Lancashire and Yorkshire.
The front cover of the Roadbook shows the gateway to Skipton Castle in Yorkshire (one of our visits); at over 900 years old, it is one of the most complete and best preserved castles in England. ‘Flying’ over it (back west to Lancashire?) is one of the Pendle Witches (The trials of the Pendle witches in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. The twelve accused lived in the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft). Acknowledgement is due to Wikipedia.
If you haven’t been able to make this year’s Tour why not come along to next year’s Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour, which is being held from 26th to 29th August? The rate negotiated with Bells Hotel in Coleford http://www.bells-hotel.co.uk for the Dinner bed and breakfast package is £57 per person per night and the reservation number for bookings is BK07359 (£25 per person deposit).
I am reminded that five years ago we produced the first issue of Totally T-Type 2. From a zero base, albeit, to be fair, most of the former Totally T-Type subscribers registered for the new publication, we now have a worldwide audience of around 4,000.
However, in a competitive environment there is no room for complacency and continuous improvement is the name of the game. We want to cement our enviable position as almost certainly the world’s largest circulation technical magazine solely devoted to T-Types and in the coming months we shall be considering the best way to do this.
This issue is largely taken up by an article from Eric Worpe entitled ‘Conventional Ignition Systems’. It formed the basis of a presentation given by Eric at the T Register’s ‘Rebuild’ event earlier this year. Eric has put a lot of time into this and we are fortunate to have someone like him who is prepared to share his considerable knowledge.
At last year’s TTT 2 Tour of the Isle of Wight I was presented with this delightful tissue box which contained £155 in bank notes. The money is to be used to further the cause of T-Type motoring and I’ll be discussing with Eric whether it could help fund a project to help to fabricate replacement capacitor modules. Anything which serves to increase the reliability of our cars is to be welcomed.
The release date of the next TTT 2 issue will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first batch of production TCs (15 cars were built on 17th September 1945) and we hope to have an appropriate article to mark the anniversary.
The value of T-Types in the UK continues to increase; TA0873 recently featured in Classic & Sports Car with an asking price of £44,995 – mind you, it did have a complete Naylor Bros rebuild in early 2000 at a reputed cost of £70,000 plus!
Back to more humdrum matters – I am planning on commissioning another batch of TC rear springs. I don’t have a price yet but it will be extremely competitive.
Finally, John Davies is looking for a pair of carbs for a TC plus inlet manifold, if possible. Condition is not critical. firstname.lastname@example.orgJOHN JAMES
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