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March 2016

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Devon Area Report
March 2016

The big TSSC 5 Point Tour is coming up fast now and is traversing Devon. We have confirmation from Chris Gunby that Devon & Cornwall members can join the tour without charge. We'll let you know where and what time shortly. It should be a great sight and we'd love you to join us. 

Can we have what we hope is a RARE MOAN? All our lunch venues have to be booked in advance and we have to give the venue numbers at least a few days beforehand. I know we are all busy people, but we really DO need you to let us know if you intend to come along. Rant over! 

Please do remember our March run date has been changed to avoid Mothering Sunday, so, on Sunday 13th we will meet at the South Devon Steam Railway Buckfastleigh at 1Oam, driving to a 12 noon lunch at the ever popular Burrator Inn, near Yelverton. We have what we hope is a great route planned, so, as usual, please let us know now if you can come along. 

March Club Night will be Wednesday 16th, and North Devon will be Thursday 3rd March. On Sunday 20th March, we have been invited to an Inter Club Skittles Match, this time at the Westward Inn, Lee Mill, near Tesco. Starting at 11am, there will be a carvery lunch too. Again, names needed please. 

At the beginning of April, on the 3rd, we will meet up with North Devon members at the Countryman Inn at Sampford Courtenay, for a 2pm lunch booking. We really hope that some of our mid Devon members too will be able to come along for this one. We are making arrangements for a run up there, and expect to be joined by friends from the SOC too. We have planned two meeting points - in the car park, at the back of the House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey (12.30), for a run up via Moretonhampstead /Whiddon Down, and a second meeting point at Exeter Services, also at 12.30.

We have confirmation from Powderham that the entry fees remain as per last year, and we have emailed out our internal entry form to all on our list. Still only £5 per car, which covers both days 9th & 10th July, as well as £20 per pitch for camping. As usual please return the completed forms to US (with the all important names please) by end of April to ensure you are on the TSSC Area stand.

Martin Hughes from Somerset has invited us to join them at the West Somerset Steam Railway Show at the beginning of August, where they are hoping to make it a flagship event for the Somerset Area. We have been promised our own designated area, and even given our own application form. 

If you can make it to this event, it would be great to have you join us. Martin has asked that application forms are returned direct to him as soon as you can, which will enable him to have a good idea of how many cars to expect. 

The show's web site is http://www.steamrally.org.uk/ so you can have a look at the show. There is something for everyone, from cars, trains, stalls, food and even military vehicles. John and I went along last year for the first time and can thoroughly recommend it. 

We were, of course, back at the Star Inn for our January Club Night and think Dan was the only one to bring a Triumph. However, Nigel brought his amazing Spitfire retirement cake which we all enjoyed hugely, and Jackie brought our tickets for the Isle of Wight weekend! 

At the beginning of February, amid the storms, we met at the Famous Lee Mill outlet for Dan's Birthday Run. Despite the dire forecast, Dan & Danny brought the Spitfire, Allan & Jackie and Russ & Robbie brought their Vitesses. Terry joined in with his Toyota and the rest of us were in modems. Amongst the muck and murk around our Diptford lanes, ours both stayed tucked up. We led the group on a 30 mile run through some narrow lanes, taking in a few giant puddles and trying to avoid the potholes, via Modbury and the very narrow Gara Bridge, down to Slapton and along the Slapton Line to our destination, the Sportsmans at Capton. A great meal there as always, where Terry met up with his parents for a convenient lunch. 

Hopefully by the time you get this copy of the Courier, the weather may be bucking up and we can all get our cars out and about again. 


Thursday 3 March North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms Littleham EX39 5HN 

Sunday 13 March Drive with lunch at the Burrator Inn 

Wednesday 16 March Club Night at the Star Inn Liverton TQ126EZ 

Sunday 20 March Inter Club Skittles at Westward Inn Lee Mill 

Sunday 3 April Run to Okehampton lunch Countryman Inn. 

Sunday 24 April Following the Five Point Tour

North Devon

It was good to see a new face for February's Club Night, with lan Bennett venturing across the Devon/Cornwall border on his journey up from Launceston. lan's MKII Vitesse has suffered from overheating issues since he bought it 18 months ago, so he's working through the potential causes methodically. The re-cored radiator and uprated water pump he's fitted will no doubt help. A previous owner has also fitted a fibreglass front valance, with no aperture to allow air onto the bottom of the rad. With this now opened up, the air flow and cooling should be much improved. 

Alan & Janet Brace were first at The Crealock Arms, as usual, getting ahead of the rush for food. Alan had been fasting all day due to a hospital appointment, he was in need of a good meal! On Triumph matters he'd had good results, fettling the carbs on both his Spitfires. The MKIII had new needles and he had spent the day setting up from scratch. The difference was superb, whereas the 1500's HS4's had always run rich, but after stripping down the linkage it was found to be assembled wrong and was keeping the jet open .... that would do it! After refitting correctly, the problem was sorted, so no more emission worries at the next MoT. 

Malcolm Huxtable told us that he's been stripping down the front suspension for a spring clean (pun intended!) and repaint, whilst trying to fix an oil leak from his rocker cover. We did all tell him that oil leaks on a Triumph engine were part of the rust protection system, but he wouldn't have it, and seems adamant he doesn't want one .. 

Geoff Wheeler came along and was telling us that some Stag owners are now using 20/50 motorail in their gearboxes with good results. Not something I've heard of before, and not sure I want to try ... has anyone else heard of that? It was good to see Mike Hadley back at the meetings after missing a couple, mainly due to picking up a bug from visiting in-laws. 

Lots of discussion about tyres this month, which mainly started by the fact I bought 2 'new' ones from an online trader, only to discover after fitting that they were well over 3 years old. Some slightly heated emails were exchanged on the definition of 'new', which resulted in them agreeing to refund around a 1/3 of the cost back. 

So a lesson to all, check the date mark on all tyres you purchase, especially when buying for your classic that is likely to be doing fairly low mileage. Look for the 4 digit number on the sidewall, as this states the week and year of manufacture. 

Just the one Triumph in the car park again, that being my Herald. After 18 years of ownership, I finally have decent heat in the car and airflow onto the windscreen, how did I do it? You'll have to hope Bern publishes my write up in a future edition of The Courier. If you can't wait then drop me an email and I'll let you know. After a week or two with no handbrake I treated myself to a handbrake kit from Canley's, and what a difference, best it's ever been. 

All of us are looking forward the lighter evenings. Not too long now until the clocks go forward and then hopefully the meetings will be back in the car parks around the cars.