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Old Yesterday, 19:22 (Ref:3760610)   #2701
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My lovely bride has "hit" every house (seven) we have lived in, at least once. One house she hit three times! Tried not to go to the same body shop twice in a row. A couple were garage doors. Don't know which was more "high maintenance," the car, the house, or her!
What on earth does your wife have against houses? (Apart from the car, of course)
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Old Yesterday, 20:00 (Ref:3760612)   #2702
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My first tow car was an old 3 litre Rovee . Think I told you some years ago the garage owner helped me when I was just starting racing . Anyway it had leather seats and loads of room in the back seat . Now they were happy happy days .
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Old Yesterday, 21:24 (Ref:3760627)   #2703
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I had a similar thing on my Riley 1.5.
Number was VAE 360.Was entually going to restor it (36000 miles from new,genuine mid wife owner and bought from Martin Brundles father John)
Anyways,had a pair of the engraved black plastic plates made in readiness for fitting after the resto.
This particular year we had a very sever winter,very heavey snow.On a trip to town over bad snow ruts and drifts,I managed to unwittingly knock off the original front plate,which I noticed a couple of days later.
Drilled and fitted the new plate and got back on with my work.
It was about two months later I noticed a slight difference between front and rear platesVAE 360 -360 VAE.Wondered why the speeding tickets had stopped����
I have a Riley 1.5-owning friend who will appreciate that story!

John Brundle was a bit of a character. I remember him coming into Hethel on occasions in a Triumph 2.5 PI rally car, may even have been ex works, can't remember now. He was a Lotus Service agent in those days.
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Bauble, there isn't enough space on this thread to explain my wife. Every time we move, I cringe. It's like a "right of passage" for the new house to receive her "christening." I keep hoping these houses will slow down and not jump in front of her. It's highly irregular to be on a first name basis with the guy that owns the local body shop, the brick mason, and trim carpenter! I'm steady money for them. I have grown to accept the whole thing as bad karma. It's "when," not "if."
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I have a Riley 1.5-owning friend who will appreciate that story!

John Brundle was a bit of a character. I remember him coming into Hethel on occasions in a Triumph 2.5 PI rally car, may even have been ex works, can't remember now. He was a Lotus Service agent in those days.
John,it was indeed an exworks 2.5pi.
JB also had ,a bit later,an ex works Escort mk1 rally car,he needed all of the room on most bends in our neck of the woods.🤣
They were the days when Marty would fill my cars up at the pumps at Tottenhill.
John always had an interesting car or two ther.
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John,it was indeed an exworks 2.5pi.
JB also had ,a bit later,an ex works Escort mk1 rally car.
Yes, I competed against John in the Triumph on at least one occasion. I remember being in awe of it, knowing exactly what it was....

Still want a 2.5 pi, but really would like an estate....
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My first tow car was an old 3 litre Rovee . Think I told you some years ago the garage owner helped me when I was just starting racing . Anyway it had leather seats and loads of room in the back seat . Now they were happy happy days .
I used a 105e van complete with 1500 GT engine and sometimes a twincam for towing a two wheeled trailer for the race car that was filled up with all the spares/petrol etc. I often used to go 5 up as well to meetings all over the UK and abroad, health n safety and towing laws
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I used a 105e van complete with 1500 GT engine and sometimes a twincam for towing a two wheeled trailer for the race car that was filled up with all the spares/petrol etc. I often used to go 5 up as well to meetings all over the UK and abroad, health n safety and towing laws
I did a similar thing Gordon, towing my Mini Se7en fully loaded with all the tools & spare wheels etc. on a two wheeled trailer. When my faithful Viva GT expired I used a Mini Traveller with a tuned Cooper S engine to tow it. One night on the way home from Snetterton the whole thing started to snake, so I changed down a gear to try and pull everything straight, only for nothing else to change other than it was all now happening at over 75 MPH! As I was now using most of the road I decided that the accident I was about to have was inevitable, so the best thing I could do was to slow things down as much as I could before it happened. Every time the rig became straight, I stamped on the brakes, then off again whilst I rode the snake, finally after scrubbing about40 MPH off, it all straightened out.
I paid more attention to weight distribution and fitted a stabiliser to the trailer after that episode!
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Talking about trailers, mine was also a single axle job, albeit with a solid wooden floor that was somewhat higher than a standard car trailer; this meant that we couldn't load it conventionally.

One of the mechanics would hold up the trailer from the hitch to almost head height, and I would drive the car on to the trailer. At the point that the weight was at a fraction, and I really mean a fraction, towards the front, the chap holding it would let go and allow the hitch to drop gently down on to an empty 5 gallon oil drum.

The first time we carried this out in public - we had practiced in private many times before - all the other competitors stood and gawked thinking that we were mad. Probably we were. However, we never had any problems or accidents, and there was one slight young women who often helped us out whenever she was at a circuit with her Clubman racing boyfriend (who I found out just recently that had married her, and she passed away in the last year or so), who bet my mechanics that she could hold the front up during loading. She was right.

Once hitched up to the Zodiac tow car, the car was pushed slightly forward and chained down, and everything chucked in the Anglia.

As Iain would say, happy days.
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