Thursday, January 19, 2006

Just passing thru

I had to travel up to Leicester yesterday and as that's almost driving past Canley Classic's front door I thought I'd drop in and see Dave. I used to do this very regularly but work hadn't been taking me that way recently - too many Norwich trips! I'm hoping for a change of scenery - less Norwich and more Exeter, Liverpool and a threat of India too!
So anyway, knowing that I would be passing I threw in some more Lucas Injection equipement I'd found in the garage - I'd been tidying up a few days ago and it had dropped out of the bottom of a box I was moving - right onto my foot! It was a metering unit, pipes and injectors - useful stuff :-) I think I've found it all now but as I couldn't remember where this set came from there could well be more in there somewhere!
As it turned out, I was late leaving Leicester and Dave was under orders to get away promptly - it was his youngest daughter's birthday afterall, so we didn't get much chance to chat.
It was good to see two rally prepared Vitesses in the workshop - bearing works number 6002 VC and 6003 VC. 6003VC was John Woolley's 1980 reincarnation of the works car. 6002 was being finished by the new owner. It's been a pile of bits for a fair few years. I'm no expert on originality, to be honest I don't much care because it's so good to see these cars being put back on the road. The guy who's bought 6002 has done some serious research on what it should look like and I have to say he's doing a great job, the attention to detail is amazing. I hope it'll be out for a thrash this year, the new owner is a user not a polisher.
What I forgot to take up was the two fuel tanks I got from Bill at Rarebits but I can do that another day.
In principle I've agreed with Dave that we'll get the parts cleaned up and fettled with a view to fitting a good system and getting it running. The tarting up and titivation to make it look nice will be my project - I'd like to to go right before it looks right.
Anyway, enough of such things - other news today, I've just posted my Round Britain Reliability Run entry - yes I intend to take the Vitesse out, she did it in 2004 driven by previous owner Dave Walker. I haven't yet got a trusted co-driver sorted out but I'm working on it. It seems everyone I think of is entering in their own cars! I hope I don't have to leave the Vitesse behind and crew in another car, come what may I'll be on the RBRR :-)

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