Welcome to Issue 50, October 2018!
I seem to remember writing a few years ago that I hoped to carry on publishing a T-Type magazine until I reached 65 (or was it 70?). Well, the years roll on and I’m now nearly 72 ‘not out’. It would be nice to aim for 100 issues but that’s ‘in the lap of the gods’.
We have just returned from the tour of The Cotswolds and very successful it was. You can read all about it later in this issue.
No sooner we finish one tour than we start planning the next, which is now less than 12 months away. Not only this, but we have to begin thinking about the one which is in 24 month’s time!
The next tour is scheduled for the August Bank Holiday weekend 2019 – not the ideal weekend on which to hold a tour, but our chosen hotel, even though very large, was fully booked up in the two preceding weeks and the week after and we did not want to go into September.
The dates are 23/24/25 August 2019 with an optional stay on the 26th. 50 rooms have been reserved of which 12 have already been booked. The booking reference is ‘Octagon Car Club’ and a £20 non-refundable deposit per person is payable on booking (Telephone number 01597 823700). The rate for guests staying for 3 nights is £80 per person per night with a 50% reduction for those staying the extra night. There is no single room supplement – up to a minimum of 6 available.
The following has been received from Peter Hehir:
“For the past 6 years the M.G. Restorers Association here in Sydney has been running a T Type Tech day. These events are held on the 2nd Sunday in November and all past and present owners and restorers of T Types are more than welcome to attend. The event takes place at the same venue each year in the Lane Cove River National Park at Casuarina Point, a beautiful spot right beside the river.
There is a small charge which covers morning tea and a BBQ lunch. The day follows the same format each year with the gates to the Park opening at 9 am. Four presenters each conduct a talk for ½ an hour with questions to follow on various aspects of T Type restoration, including originality, sourcing and rebuilding original parts, aftermarket parts to avoid, modification for performance, safety and methods for enhancing the longevity of the cars.
The event usually attracts about 25 owners however, the venue can cater for up to 40. The cars are parked in a reserved area (see pic below –Ed) and an adjacent large covered structure and a private gas fired BBQ with an overhead shelter are for our exclusive use.
The topics this year include rebuilding the SU carbies, conversion of a TD to disc brakes and a DIY modification of a TC/TD speedo’s odometer and chronometric mechanism to read accurately following the 4.3 rear end conversion. A fourth topic is yet to be confirmed.
So, if you happen to be in Sydney in Novemberplease contact the event convenor Peter Hehir at pjbm (at) bigpond (dot) com or by contacting me in Sydney on 0424 067 250. Please note however that bookings are essential for catering purposes.
Wherever you are from, everyone with a passion for T Types will be made to feel most welcome.”JOHN JAMES
DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITORTotally 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.