The Editor

Welcome to Issue 51, December 2018! Have you seen the advertisement It’s tiny, green, and could be the future of biofuels? ExxonMobil is researching the potential of algae to produce a lower CO2 emission alternative to existing transport fuels. Since algae can grow in salt water and on land unsuitable for crops, it could, if it can be turned into a biofuel, provide energy without posing a challenge to food and fresh water supplies. In the previous issue I mentioned the 2018 TTT 2 Tour, but I failed to mention the location! The location is Llandrindod Wells in mid-Wales and the hotel is The Metropole Hotel & Spa. The dates are 23/24/25 August 2019 with an optional stay on the 26th. 50 rooms have been reserved of which 16 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.

We have booked to attend the Stoneleigh Show on 10th February and we will be in our usual place in Hall 1, along with TA Brian. We will have two of Paul Ireland’s luggage racks for sale; you can read about these later in this issue.

The car gracing the front cover is Jonathan Goddard’s TD. Jonathan has reluctantly decided to part company with the car after just over 26 years of ownership. If you are looking for a really good TD you ought to give this one serious consideration. There is a full-page advertisement later in this issue.

Doug Pelton has recently sent out his latest Newsletter. Regular customers of From the Frame Up will know that he has moved premises, but the phone number and e-mail address remains the same. Orders to [email protected] Roger Farmer has recently completed a biography of the rally driver Betty Haig. The 250 page book will be launched on 23rd November. He has ordered a limited-edition print run of 350 copies of the book which has an ISBN of 9781789260199. If you google the ISBN you will find it advertised on Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles etc at £45, however Roger would like to offer the book to TTT 2 readers at a price of just £35 including postage to a UK address. Overseas buyers are very welcome but will be subject to further postal charges.
Readers who would like a copy of the book, may contact Roger direct at agricola1(at)

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Roger has prepared the following brief summary:

If you own an MG T Series, then the name Betty Haig may be familiar to you as the woman who campaigned her MG TC with great success in the 1949 Alpine Rally and drove her MG TD with real distinction in the 1951 Paris St Raphael Rally. This astonishing limited-edition biography reveals far more about the life of rally driver Betty Haig than she would ever have committed to print. This colourful book is superbly illustrated with over 200 images from her personal collection coupled with entries from her diaries that give a real insight into the world of continental rally driving and hill climbing between 1935 and 1965.  Betty Haig is best remembered today as the co-founder of the Historic Sports Car Club, but she did so much more! Her world was populated by a cast of characters that would not seem out of place in a novel. Sometimes the truth is far stranger than fiction. The book includes a comprehensive catalogue of every vehicle ever owned by Betty and every event in which she competed.
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