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Old 22 Sep 2021, 17:18 (Ref:4075059)   #2731
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Meanwhile in France the sun continues to shine. Today I sat on the wall of a cemetery & ate a picnic lunch with three members of the MoD, a Military Attache from the British Embassy in Paris, a Vicar & a bugler.

How surreal is that? (and yes, I am sobre!)
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Old 23 Sep 2021, 06:37 (Ref:4075099)   #2732
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Meanwhile in France the sun continues to shine. Today I sat on the wall of a cemetery & ate a picnic lunch with three members of the MoD, a Military Attache from the British Embassy in Paris, a Vicar & a bugler.

How surreal is that? (and yes, I am sobre!)
I'm still waiting for the punch-line!
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Old 23 Sep 2021, 08:23 (Ref:4075107)   #2733
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I'm still waiting for the punch-line!
A soldier, a clergyman, and a musician sitting in the sun.
When they saw John Elwin coming, away they did run.


Scottish soldier, an Irish priest, and an English trumpeter walked into a pub.
The barman looked up said "What is this, some kind of a joke?"

Sorry, Viv best I can so.
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Old 23 Sep 2021, 08:35 (Ref:4075110)   #2734
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A priest, a doctor, and an engineer are out playing a round of golf. Partway through their game, they realize that the group in front is taking forever to move through the course. Frustrated, they ask the groundskeeper what's going on. The groundskeeper, visibly emotional, says:

"Well, I'm afraid the reason that group is a bit slow is that they are, in fact, a trio of blind firefighters. You see, last month they saved the clubhouse from a blaze and lost their vision in the accident. To show our thanks, we let them play for free whenever they'd like."

The priest replies: "My that's terrible! I'll be sure to say a prayer for them."

"What a tragedy!" says the Doctor, "I'll see if I can help them with their treatment."

After a moment of quiet, the Engineer finally speaks:

"Well for goodness sake, why can't they just play at night?"
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Old 23 Sep 2021, 09:05 (Ref:4075112)   #2736
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A priest, a doctor, and an engineer are out playing a round of golf. Partway through their game, they realize that the group in front is taking forever to move through the course. Frustrated, they ask the groundskeeper what's going on. The groundskeeper, visibly emotional, says:

"Well, I'm afraid the reason that group is a bit slow is that they are, in fact, a trio of blind firefighters. You see, last month they saved the clubhouse from a blaze and lost their vision in the accident. To show our thanks, we let them play for free whenever they'd like."

The priest replies: "My that's terrible! I'll be sure to say a prayer for them."

"What a tragedy!" says the Doctor, "I'll see if I can help them with their treatment."

After a moment of quiet, the Engineer finally speaks:

"Well for goodness sake, why can't they just play at night?"
We have a winner.....
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Old 23 Sep 2021, 11:17 (Ref:4075123)   #2737
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Re the earthquake, I lived for a period in the southern part of the Costa Blanca, and the area lies on a small fault line, so every few months we had small tremors. But once we had one that measured around 5, and boy did we notice it.
Mike we still get them in our area, but not as bad as further up the coast.
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Old 23 Sep 2021, 14:35 (Ref:4075154)   #2738
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I'm still waiting for the punch-line!
Ah well, I enjoyed it so much I've been out & done it again today, the weather was so beautiful. Different Military Attache this time though, having a break from submarines!

Actually, we have been playing catch-up & have buried the remains of seven WW1 soldiers in various cemeteries around the Pas de Calais. I was there to represent the Royal British Legion.
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Old 26 Sep 2021, 08:26 (Ref:4075560)   #2739
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Funny old game, motorsport....


Came down to Anglesey on Friday to test the Alfa 75 before this weekend's races, as we'd don some brake work. It ran fine, brakes were good, and after a few laps I was setting what for us were OK times.


Yesterday morning car flatly refused to start - an initial cough and that was it. We had spark at the (cleaned) plugs, we had fuel pressure, but no amount of cranking or several attempts at towing it would get it to fire.....


Eventually having checked everything else, I suggested unplugging the Air Flow Meter. After a few splutters, the car started on cranking over, and sounded fine.....but huge clouds of white smoke were issuing from the tail pipe, and some billowing around from the engine bay (maybe an exhaust leak as I "might" have caught a kerb on Friday...) Reconnected the AFM plug and within a second or so it died.....


Nothing else we could do improved the situation, so that was our weekend's double header races, and £500+ entry fee, up in smoke - literally......


My pal with his ill-fated Alfa Junior Z finally got out on track in qualy, only for an oil seal to blow. Herculean efforts saw the gearbox removed and the seal sorted, and hopefully he'll get out in the second race today....



Hey ho. At least Andy Yeomans got his race yesterday and should be out on Sunny Trac Mon again today, and my mate with his Alfa 105 GTV won his class, and my other mate in his Sunbeam Imp finished well despite his 1 minute winners penalty, and had great fun fighting with the big boys in the bigger-engined class - it was a combined Swinging Sixties race.....


Lets see how today goes.....
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Funny old game, motorsport....


Came down to Anglesey on Friday to test the Alfa 75 before this weekend's races, as we'd don some brake work. It ran fine, brakes were good, and after a few laps I was setting what for us were OK times.


Yesterday morning car flatly refused to start - an initial cough and that was it. We had spark at the (cleaned) plugs, we had fuel pressure, but no amount of cranking or several attempts at towing it would get it to fire.....


Eventually having checked everything else, I suggested unplugging the Air Flow Meter. After a few splutters, the car started on cranking over, and sounded fine.....but huge clouds of white smoke were issuing from the tail pipe, and some billowing around from the engine bay (maybe an exhaust leak as I "might" have caught a kerb on Friday...) Reconnected the AFM plug and within a second or so it died.....


Nothing else we could do improved the situation, so that was our weekend's double header races, and £500+ entry fee, up in smoke - literally......


My pal with his ill-fated Alfa Junior Z finally got out on track in qualy, only for an oil seal to blow. Herculean efforts saw the gearbox removed and the seal sorted, and hopefully he'll get out in the second race today....



Hey ho. At least Andy Yeomans got his race yesterday and should be out on Sunny Trac Mon again today, and my mate with his Alfa 105 GTV won his class, and my other mate in his Sunbeam Imp finished well despite his 1 minute winners penalty, and had great fun fighting with the big boys in the bigger-engined class - it was a combined Swinging Sixties race.....


Lets see how today goes.....
You've not got an air leak after the MAF have you causing the engine to draw in un-metered air (making the ECU think there's none going in as it's not going through the MAF)? Often un-plugging the maf will cause the ECU to default to other settings and ignore the air-flow...
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Old 26 Sep 2021, 11:09 (Ref:4075579)   #2741
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It always worries me these days when I read a story of "worked fine yesterday, refused to start this morning and even towing attempts failed".

I recall a certain car at Donington that was unloaded one afternoon on the day before a race, driven across the paddock to the official paddock allocated area as the proper set up for the meeting started .... and then refused to start in the morning.

Much spannering and investigation and but still no start at which point a tow was offered by a neighbouring competitor. At about the nth attempt to jump-start some very expensive noises were heard as the motor trashed itself.

Timing slippage problem.
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Funny old game, motorsport....


Came down to Anglesey on Friday to test the Alfa 75 before this weekend's races, as we'd don some brake work. It ran fine, brakes were good, and after a few laps I was setting what for us were OK times.


Yesterday morning car flatly refused to start - an initial cough and that was it. We had spark at the (cleaned) plugs, we had fuel pressure, but no amount of cranking or several attempts at towing it would get it to fire.....


Eventually having checked everything else, I suggested unplugging the Air Flow Meter. After a few splutters, the car started on cranking over, and sounded fine.....but huge clouds of white smoke were issuing from the tail pipe, and some billowing around from the engine bay (maybe an exhaust leak as I "might" have caught a kerb on Friday...) Reconnected the AFM plug and within a second or so it died.....


Nothing else we could do improved the situation, so that was our weekend's double header races, and £500+ entry fee, up in smoke - literally......


My pal with his ill-fated Alfa Junior Z finally got out on track in qualy, only for an oil seal to blow. Herculean efforts saw the gearbox removed and the seal sorted, and hopefully he'll get out in the second race today....



Hey ho. At least Andy Yeomans got his race yesterday and should be out on Sunny Trac Mon again today, and my mate with his Alfa 105 GTV won his class, and my other mate in his Sunbeam Imp finished well despite his 1 minute winners penalty, and had great fun fighting with the big boys in the bigger-engined class - it was a combined Swinging Sixties race.....


Lets see how today goes.....
It was good to see you, Richard, if disappointing to hear your tale of woe. Hope it gets sorted.
I drove poorly yesterday - trying too hard, didnt feel right in the car for some reason and made too many mistakes, surviving two big moments.
Worse weather today with strong winds snd a few showers but drove better with a fastest lap over a second quicker than yesterday.
I do like Anglesey Trac Mon, though, but prefer the Coastal layout, less of a “power circuit”.
Thats my last race meeting of the year done. 4 meetings only. Some good, with some good battles; some poor but all enjoyable and great camaraderies and spirit within the club.t Going to try a few circuit rallies again over the winter, all being well.

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It always worries me these days when I read a story of "worked fine yesterday, refused to start this morning and even towing attempts failed".

I recall a certain car at Donington that was unloaded one afternoon on the day before a race, driven across the paddock to the official paddock allocated area as the proper set up for the meeting started .... and then refused to start in the morning.

Much spannering and investigation and but still no start at which point a tow was offered by a neighbouring competitor. At about the nth attempt to jump-start some very expensive noises were heard as the motor trashed itself.

Timing slippage problem.
I have a dim recollection of that event too
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Old 26 Sep 2021, 22:13 (Ref:4075766)   #2744
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I have a dim recollection of that event too
If it sticks in my memory so well it must be deeply embedded in yours.

The strangest things can happen when things seem utterly illogical.
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In my youth, I was able to strip and re-build my push-rod pre-crossflow Ford engine almost with my eyes closed, having done it so many times whilst I raced, and I pretty well knew what everything was supposed to do. I freely admit that today's cars with all its electronic gadgets has me scratching my head.

A couple of weeks ago, the engine of my very second-hand BMW 5 Series inexplicably stopped running whilst driving gently down a hill. I pulled into the kerb, and tried to start it, and although it cranked over, nothing happened. Time to call the RAC.

Shortly after, the patrol turned up, and he plugged in his laptop and for the next 15 minutes or so he went through pages to determine the fault. he then unplugged the computer, and said he would be a few moment, went back to his van and got on the phone to someone. Apparently, he was speaking to his technical support who seemed to agree with his diagnosis.

He then returned to me, and told me that the problem was that the sensor that monitored the timing chain had closed the engine down, so he/they assumed that the chain was slack or has slipped. He said that as this was not something that could be fixed at the road-side, that he had arranged for the car to be transported to the garage of my choice, which was only about 3 miles from where I had broken down. I wrongly assumed that he had called for a flat bed recovery vehicle as the car is an automatic, but as it turned out, he was a probationary patroller, and hadn't yet been permitted to tow vehicles.


About 20 minutes later a second van arrived, and soon had the rear wheels up on his towing trolley, and off we went to the garage, where he reported to my mechanic the diagnosis of his colleague. A couple of days later, my mechanic told me that the car was ready, and apologised for the time it had taken, but he had been looking at the wrong thing. The problem was that the fuse for the petrol pump and that circuit had blown, and the problem was that fuel was not getting to the injectors. He replaced the fuse, and everything was tickety-boo.

He then told me to drive it around as normal for a week or so, and if it didn't happen again, he would put things back together in the boot, where the fuse box is hidden behind a panel. In the meantime, he showed me which was the fuse that had to be replaced and gave me a couple of spares in case it happened again. All was well until Friday, when I was just trying to pull out of a side road onto a main one and it conked out again. Luckily it happened before the front of the car actually crossed the white line on the side road, and I quickly changed the fuse, and off I went. Now the cars going in this morning for a new fuel pump.
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