Torque of the North March 2003
Chairman's Chunnerings. Mk11A
I must be addicted
to Wake up to Wogan as I am definitely turning into a real TOG, I go
upstairs and can't remember why, wear comfortable woollen pullovers, but
most of all the weeks are just flying by. It only seems like only a month
ago I wrote the first of my chunnerings for Torque of the North (web
edition), but in fact it was well before Christmas. Therefore I must write
this quick before its Christmas again.
So talking of Christmas, The members, well 24 of us had a wonderful
Christmas Party albeit in deepest January, But where were you!!!! After we
had gone to the trouble of obtaining the after dinner speaking services of
Paul Minnassian as a treat for us all. Paul has campaigned a Big Healey's
on most of the major UK and international Classic Rallying events
including the Peking Paris event some years ago. His co-driver is that
well known riding mechanic extraordinaire and "Northern Healey" proprietor
Paul Grogan who was also in attendance to impart his experiences and vast
knowledge on all things Healey. All in all of those that attended each and
everyone had a wonderful time, with attentive service from the staff, and
terrific non-seasonal fare provided. Therefore thanks must go
to Dave Haslam yet again for a Sterling job of organising the event. The
winners of our venerable trophies can be seen on the events page, which
include Mike (Mr Competitions) Raven for the "dipstick of the year" after
dumping a gallon and half of oil in a northbound service's car park on the
M6, after taking out a sleeping policeman / sump in his newly restored Mk1
Healey with less than 30 miles on the clock, obviously having not got the
hang of the ground clearance yet. It comes with time. This left our
illustrious "Mr May Bank Holiday Weekend" Ken Broster the normal recipient
of this most prestigious award feeling left out and unloved, but as a
consolation he too received a most unique trophy in the shape of a wedge
of wood behind a most modern car, a reminder to him to make sure the
parking brake is assisted by the car being in gear (as per the highway
code "so I believe") before exiting the said vehicle, enough
must be August by now........ No its still dark at 6pm, but the days are
lengthening rapidly and soon those Healeys will be blinking their
headlights as they are brought out of the garage for the annual service
before the "season" begins. My little baby needs at least two new wheels
before I would be happy to take lengthy run outs. This was discovered
after finding a number of small shiny "buttons" on the floor of the
garage, and after much scratching of the head, but then on removal of two
wheels I discovered they are indeed the "anchors" of each spoke that hold
them in place in the hub that have detached themselves and fallen on the
floor, thus providing many loose spokes. "So much for chrome, pretty but
not strong". To re-spoke each wheel in stainless cost much the same as new
wheels with stainless as standard, so I will bite the bullet and ask for
an increase in my pocket money.
I know we are getting close to being out every weekend on one or the other
show, organised run, rally etc as I am being inundated with fliers asking
for our attendance at the big shows. Therefore this year we are hoping to
spread our wings further a field in attempt to publicise and also
encourage local Healey enthusiasts to come along and take an active role
on the club stand. Besides Tatton in June and August, we are planning to
attend at the Woodvale and Sheffield shows (see events calendar) plus many
more if we can summon up enough support. So please get in touch if you
have a local event that you would like to see the AHC attend, we will do
all the contacting locally to provide support, and even attend ourselves
if we can.
I will sign off now, and hope we will see each other at the many events on
the Healey Calendar for 2003.
Take care and happy Healeying,
| In trying to
match the Chairman's 'Chunnerings' title, I discarded
'Whingings' 'Whinings' and 'Wafflings' and almost opted for
'Words of Wisdom' until I decided that was perhaps too pretentious
and settled on the above.
My reference with photo of the Lisebotn hairpins in Norway certainly caused some comment and my present project of fitting XJS seats into my BJ8 received some disbelieving comments that it was possible. It will be finished in a week or so and I will bore you with an article on this website thereafter. Incidentally, the previous Torque of the North web page can still be read by clicking on the link above.
I received an e mail this week from Gabriele Candrini who hails from Italy, offering to sell an Austin Healey X230 ST296 prototype. Neither I nor any of my Healey pals have ever come across this one before. How about you?
There are more details on his company's website it anyone is interested. http://www.autospeak.it/
The committee have been actively engaged in analysing the locations of
Northern Members, with a view to encouraging the establishment of more Sub
Centres. Thanks to John Stanger-Leathes, a new Tyneside Sub Centre is up
and running with their inaugural meeting being held on March 19th. (See Sub Centres
Despite the fact that there are around 100 members in the Yorkshire area, roughly 50 around the Sheffield area and 50 around the York area, we have had no response from any members in those areas who would be interested in resurrecting local Healey activities. We are planning to attend the Woodvale and Sheffield shows and hope to see you there to elicit your views.
Finally a few
surfing tips which I have picked up over the years.
1. The use of the F11 button can enhance your viewing pleasure, click it now to increase the area of this page. Clicking again will return you to normal.
2. To save time when downloading several pages, right click on a link and click 'Open in New Window' You can do this as many times as you like.
3. When saving an image which you intend to e mail or post on the web, click 'Save as', select 'jpeg' and set the jpeg image quality to 70%. You will reduce the memory required considerably with no apparent loss of quality by the recipient. (Unless he/she wants to produce a quality print out.)
Apologies if you knew those already, but many do not!