The Editor

Welcome to the first issue of 2016!

It seems hard to believe that we are entering our seventh year of publication of ‘Totally T-Type 2’! I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every minute of putting the last 34 issues together and I’m continually buoyed up by the appreciative comments which come in from time to time.

It’s good to have a TB on the front cover – this one is owned by Xavier Philippe Bouchenot. Xavier has owned TB0448 since 2004 and has covered several thousand miles in the car, touring extensively throughout England, France, Luxembourg and Germany. Originally registered as ETD 181 (a Lancashire County Council registration) the car had a series of UK owners before Xavier bought it and took it over to France. He is particularly keen to learn of any pre-1967 history of his TB. If you can help please contact him at xbouchenot(at)aol.com {please substitute @ for (at)}.

The MG Spares Day at Stoneleigh (full title ‘The Carole Nash International MG and TRIUMPH Spares Day’ is approaching rather rapidly and before we know it the date of 21st February will be upon us. The Editor and Webmaster will be in attendance at our usual pitch which we share with Brian Rainbow (‘TA Brian’). It’s in Hall 1 and is directly opposite Barry Walker’s stand. Look out for the TTT 2 banner. For more information on the show go to http://mgandtriumphsparesday.co.uk

Mention of Brian reminds me that I overlooked in the last issue to publicly thank him for putting us in touch with our current printers which has enabled us to reduce costs and to offer at least one free issue to our ‘hard’ copy subscribers – and we might even be able to stretch this to two.

Mention was made in the last issue of the TTT 2 Index of Articles which is currently in preparation. Progress has been slower than hoped for, but it will be available in printed form at Stoneleigh (now that should concentrate the mind!). It will then be available as a web page.

I am hoping to get out and about to more events this year. The first will be the MG Octagon Car Club’s ‘Founder’s Weekend’ which is being held from 13th to 16th May and based on the Moore Place Hotel, Aspley Guise Village, Bedfordshire. The event is being organised by John and Sandra Vinnell Sandra.vinnell(at)btinternet.com {Please substitute @ for (at)}. Support is building.

One event which may appeal to drivers who like to travel on the Continent is ‘The MG Spring Meeting in the Dolomites’ which is being held from Thursday 19th May to Sunday 22nd May. Full details are at http://mg-dolomites.jimdo.com

An event which I keep promising to attend is ‘Pre-War Prescott’ organised by the Vintage Minor Register. This year the event is being held on 16th July and full details can be found on their website http://vintageminorregister.website

Even if you can’t attend, do have a look at their website as there are some fabulous action ‘shots’ of the cars at last year’s event.

Later in the year is the TTT 2 Tour of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley which is being held from 26th to 29th August and is based at Bells Hotel in Coleford, Forest of Dean. Such is the popularity of these TTT 2 Tours that they invariably get booked up a year in advance. Although our allocation of rooms in the hotel is fully booked we are running a reserve list as, from experience, there are sometimes cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. If you wish to go on the reserve list please contact the editor via the website contact form or at his e-mail address jj(at)octagon.fsbusiness.co.uk {please substitute @ for (at)} or phone 0117 986 4224.

Having looked closely at the likely Tour finances it looks as though we are going to have to increase the entry fee this year to £40 per car. However, there will be a reduction of £10 for those attending without a passenger. Entry forms are scheduled to be sent as e-mail attachments by the end of January/middle of February.

Later in this issue you will see an advertisement for a new publication entitled Skinner’s Union – A History of the Skinner Family and the S.U. Company. The book has been written by TTT 2 member and TC owner, Mike Harvey and is published by the S.U. Carburetter Company, better known to some of you as Burlen Services of Spitfire House, SALISBURY, Wiltshire.

The book is a veritable mine of information about all things S.U. and runs to 311 pages. Mike has asked me to write a review of the book and I feel honored to be asked. As I have only just received my copy, the review will be included in the next issue of TTT 2.

2015 was a good year for the Totally T-Type 2 magazine and the website. We are now just shy of 4,000 ‘subscribers’, who have registered with us to receive an automated e-mail, whenever a new issue of TTT 2 is uploaded to the website. Of this number just over 2,800 owners have registered for membership; membership costs nothing. The Facebook page has been particularly successful with currently 1,494 ‘likes’.

Donations in 2015 came to £549.57 (we turned the ‘donations’ button off part way through the year). We spent a total of £440.10 on a new logo design and a banner display to incorporate this design.

We are confident that we can hold our heads above water for the foreseeable future.

JOHN JAMES

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers. Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

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