The Editor

Welcome to Issue 35, April 2016.

Since the last issue we have been to Stoneleigh and enjoyed meeting friends, old and new.

The attendance seemed to be a little down on 2015; perhaps some did not attend this year due to past problems with queuing to get in and difficulty with parking. Nevertheless, we were kept busy virtually all day.

8.00am – all set up and ready to go!

We were pleased to have on sale Mike Harvey’s book entitled ‘Skinner’s Union’ (SU) and the author came to the stand after lunch to sign copies which had been sold. Fortunately, Mike brought along some more copies because by lunchtime we had sold the whole box allocated to us.

The level of interest in the book was high and there were many favourable comments about the quality of the offer and the reasonable price. A review of the book can be found later in this issue.

This issue’s front cover features Margaret Andrews’ 1955 TF1500 (TF9310) which is up for sale. Details from Margaret are as follows:

“Extremely rare original RHD TF1500, one of only 244 built for the Home market. Featured on front cover and inside Malcolm Green’s 1997 book ‘MG Sports Cars’ and the ‘Best of British’ MG video.

A very well-known car built to the highest standard and specification. First in Class Concours winner at 1994 Silverstone and other SE Region events.

Same owner since 1989 when it was bought as a barn find and fully restored over a five year period. Used and enjoyed for MG events, hill climbs and touring the UK and Continent.

Always kept in a dry garage and carefully maintained. Now has a nice patina. Less than 12,000 miles on the clock since rebuild.

As one of the last TF1500s built it was completed with revised components which were later fitted to the MGA including springs and shock absorbers. The engine is lightened and balanced with fast road cam, modified timing and distributor. It has an anti-roll bar and uprated MGA springs. New water pump fitted. 4 speed gearbox.

Offers around £35K – enquiries in the first instance to andrews.margaret(at)btinternet.com {please substitute @ for (at)}” (There are some more pictures of the car later in this issue).

Brooklands MG Era day is on 10th April. The 2016 event celebrates the 80th anniversary of the TA and the 55th anniversary of the Midget. events(at)brooklandsmuseum.com

Sandra Vinnell tells me that the MG Octagon Car Club ‘Founder’s Weekend’ (13th to 16th May) is almost fully booked. If you want to apply you’d better be quick! E-mail Sandra at Sandra.vinnell(at)btinternet.com {Please substitute @ for (at)}.

Pre-war Prescott is on 16th July – full details at http://prewarprescott.com

The TTT 2 Tour of The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley has been fully booked for some time and entry forms were sent out in January/February. Most of these have now been returned to me and next steps are to start planning the routes. We are expecting 40 cars on this Tour.

We are pleased to welcome Derek Holden and his wife Robin from Tasmania on the Tour. They will be arriving in a hire car but I hope it will be possible to accommodate them in any spare seats from solo Tour entrants on the Tour. If you feel able to offer a spare seat I’d be grateful if you would contact me.

Next year’s Tour which takes place on 18/19/20 August 2017 and based on the Chichester Park Hotel Chichester, West Sussex is already attracting interest. For 2018 I have a location in mind which I need to research further,

I am receiving more and more notifications of classic car events these days. I cannot possibly list them all but a couple of forthcoming ones are as follows:

The Rotary Club of Calne (Wiltshire) is organising an inaugural classic car Run on 22nd May. It starts from the town and covers a 52 mile route finishing at the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum in Calne. Full details from calnerotaryclassicrun(at)gmail.com

There are Summer Fair & Classic Cars days on 4th and 5th June at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Details can be found at http://www.countrylifestylefairs.co.uk

Last but not least, the promised TTT 2 Index of Articles was available at Stoneleigh. A copy will be sent to printed copy subscribers with this issue. An electronic copy is available to download here.

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.

One thought on “The Editor

  1. adrian walmsley says:

    I wonder if you have had an article on the clutch for a TA, reassembly and/or replacing the oil bath cork with a more modern one? Alternatively, does anyone have the relevant part/s of the workshop manual they could copy and let me have? i would be most grateful.

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