The Editor

Welcome to Issue 37, August 2016. It only seems like yesterday but Issue 1, August 2010, was published six years ago.

Of primary interest to the entrants for the TTT 2 Tour of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley are the following few paragraphs.

First, the front cover of the Roadbook, which is virtually finished and will be sent to the Printers shortly.

Acknowledgement for the photograph of the Horseshoe bend of the river Wye, taken from high up on Yat Rock, must go to the late Alan Wood. Alan used to run the wyenot.com website which was a tremendous source of news for the local population and a wonderful advert for the attractions of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We have 39 T-Types entered for the Tour. My next task, as soon as I have put this editorial to bed, is the type out the list of ‘runners and riders’ and e-mail it out to the Tour entrants, along with some advance information of Tour arrangements.

The Saturday and Sunday Tours are quite different in character. Much of Saturday morning’s route, after we have left Monmouth, is on single track roads taking us up the Gospel Pass to Hay-on-Wye https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_Pass and returning to Coleford down the Golden Valley http://www.vagavalley.co.uk/goldenvalley.htm

Sunday’s route is a rather more leisurely affair with a short drive, crossing the Wye to Tintern Abbey, and then back over the Wye through some Forest of Dean single track roads to the Dean Heritage Centre http://www.deanheritagecentre.com for lunch. We are likely to be a major attraction here because the Centre is holding a Childhood Memories Festival over the weekend of our visit.

From the Dean Heritage Centre, we travel on Forest roads to Yat Rock, where there will be the opportunity to go up to the viewing point to take in the scenery (including, if you are very lucky, the sight of a Peregrine Falcon).

The front cover is courtesy of Chris Couper. Chris runs The Original MGTD Midget website http://www.mg-cars.org.uk/mgtd and there is also the companion site The Original TF Midget at http://www.mg-cars.org.uk/mgtf Acknowledgement for the photo must go to http://www.lscouperdvm.com

Our application for incorporation is still in play. Unfortunately, the timing of the application got caught up with a print change of Form INO1 (Application to register a company). Having filled out the relevant pages of the previous print of the form, which ran to 19 pages, I now have to deal with the revised print, which runs to 35 pages. I thought that there were moves to simplify ‘red tape’!

Notwithstanding this I want to stress that our impending change in status to a Company Limited by Guarantee will not result in any charges for services provided via the website. Naturally, there will be charges for printed copies of TTT 2 and our annual Tour, but these will be self-funding.

The MG Octagon Car Club has just announced that their ‘Founder’s Weekend’ will be held from 19th to 21st May next year at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Further details will be in the September Octagon Bulletin and in the next issue of TTT2.

The 2017 Totally T-Type 2 Tour will be held from 18th to 20th August and is based on the Chichester Park Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex. Full details were given in the June issue, but they will be repeated in the October issue when the majority of bookings are made.

We are currently giving consideration to a venue for the 2018 TTT 2 Tour – watch this space!

I have been contacted by Tomasso Furlan, a postgraduate student at Warwick University. He is currently working on a dissertation, in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services, about the introduction of the 3-D Printing technology in the spares markets for Classic vehicles. Tomasso has produced a survey form (customer requirements enquiry) and I promised him that I would give it some publicity. You can find it at http://goo.gl/forms/XqMUowPduRxoLHVj1


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