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  1. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, We have had more trips out over the last few day's and have seen some great thing's, I went to the 1000 engines rally at Astle park on Saturday, it is so big you can't see everything but I did have a good try, they have group's of tractors, motorcycles, steam traction engines and cars, I found this wonderful early Morris commercial, a fantastic 1919 Thornycroft truck, a wonderful selection of steam engines and truck's, these engines have such presence, on the motorcycle display I found this beautiful heavily modified Yamaha RD250 twin that had been converted to 4 cylinder 500cc, it was very well engineered, the Chalmers went down very well even though I only turned up to see the show and not really be in it ! a great show for anybody interested in engines, vehicles and anything old. On the way home I stopped for a photo of Jodrell Bank radio telescope in the distance, Today we took the Chalmers down the road to our local Mill Meece open day, we always try and call in to our nearest show place, they volounteer's work so hard to keep the place looking so well, while at Mill Meece I got talking to a lady who trained guide dogs for the blind, she had her vision impaired son with her and I took him out for a drive, he really enjoyed it and we had a great chat while driving. Later that afternoon, I called round to see a friend and his son, we then had a quick drive out to the Hinds Head pub with them in their Riley 9 special and myself on the Chalmers, with nearly 2300 miles so far it is a great driving year. Andy
  2. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, We have had a bit of dodgy weather that has kept the Chalmers in for a few day's and along with effort's going towards the Ford RS500 for the Silverstone circuit's Ford Fair day we haven't had much to report on, until today, At the weekend the RS500 was part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the marque, we had 7 of the road cars on the display with 3 racer's, it looked and sounded great on track, Now to today, the weather looked good and I decided a big trip was in order, a trip to Wales was in order, I headed West towards Llangollen and the River Dee, just before Llangollen is the very impressive 100 feet tall Cefn Mawr railway viaduct, a couple of miles down the road is the world famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct built in 1805 by Thomas Telford, it is a tank of water 126 feet up in the air ! I tried to get closer but the River Dee and the deep cutting stopped that idea, on to Llangollen town, I stopped by the only Taxidermist shop I have ever seen, on the return route I went through the little village of Hanmer, in the centre of the village a new oak framed cottage with a thatch roof was under construction, an unusual thing to see, they also have a very grand looking church, the trip went very well, the Chalmers ran happily all day, this evening I called round for one of my neighbours and we went to the White Lion, a nice Harley chop turned up, along with some Ducati's, BMW's and Triumph's, then the star of the evening arrived with his chauffeur, we have now covered over 2100 miles and things are good. Andy
  3. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Since the last update we have been out a lot ! the Chalmers has been on the road most day's and we have done some more long runs, the local ice cream specialist has a giant straw built mascot each year, Sandbach Old Hall is a wonderful building, on the road out to Crewe is a fine tree lined drive to a farm, we drove out for lunch at the Shroppie Fly, a lot of canal boats were arriving for a festival, Norbury Junction for a cuppa, I still end up at the canal for some reason ? today I went west and ended up in Oswestry and Shrewsbury, this is Whittington Castle from the 12th century, while negotiating Shrewsbury I stopped outside the gates of the former Sentinel steam lorry factory, spotted in a village near Hodnet an original "pound" for stray animals, I have really enjoyed the long runs out, we now stand at over 1900 miles this year. Andy
  4. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, A great few days out on the road on the Chalmers, we drove to 2 different shows on Sunday, a field of old friends with old tractors, beautiful line of vintage saloons, on to Mill Meece motorcycle show, this Vincent was very eye catching, on Wednesday I drove out to Ellesmere via this unusual canal bridge showing the level of the water compared to the road, we had just waited on the other side as a barge came through, there are some lovely looking cottage's in this area, a nice lunch stop in the sunshine, after leaving Ellesmere the Chalmers popped and banged, I made a stop luckily in a layby, I found an ignition wire almost snapped off the points circuit, I found this as the engine would run if you moved the ignition lever back and forth to move the wire back together, a quick fix and off we went. Yesterday I decided to make a bigger journey, I drove through Stoke on Trent and on to Leek, then up the very steep climb to over 1500 feet above sea level and onto Buxton, from there I head out towards Ashbourne, on the way I found this really tall railway arch, this used to serve the many quarries in the area, a stop in Ashbourne for lunch then out to Bradley before turning back towards Rocester, after Rocester and heading back there is a small sign for Croxden Abbey, these are remains of an 1170's abbey and you can drive through it ! the long runs have been a lot of fun, yesterday's run was over 100 miles, the Chalmers feels good, looking forward to a good weather weekend. Andy
  5. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The Chalmers looks to be in good shape after Shelsley Walsh, we drove out to the local VSCC pub meet on a very warm night, a very nice 1929 Sunbeam 16.9 was in the car park, a very rare Gordon-Keeble, the Chalmers and a superb Riley special, it is always a great night, the run home is always fun, the headlights are better than they look, Over 1300 miles now and hopefully a good day tomorrow. Andy
  6. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The weekend's Vintage Sports Car Club's Shelsley Walsh hillclimb turned out to be one of the best event's we have had with the Chalmers, the car ran very well all weekend and we were able to do 3 practice and 3 competitive runs that gave us a best time of 74.42 seconds, an improvement of nearly 15 seconds on last years time ! the flywheel work has really been worth doing. As usual there was a great selection of car's competing, a wonderful pairing of 1937 Delahaye and 1926 Sunbean twin cam, a Vauxhall A/D type driven by Rebecca Smith, the 1911 Sunbeam 16/20 of Hicky Hickling, this car has been competing for over 100 years ! the Napier Bentley was on form as usual, seeing and hearing an ERA is always an event in itself, this is R4D, I have not seen this SS100 Jaguar before, the Chalmers really put on a good show, I have a few day's to do a checkover and then we should be off to a local show next weekend. Andy
  7. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The weather has been wonderful and the Chalmers has been out and about a lot, I called into our local Mill Meece pumping station car show and had lovely tea and cakes, on Sunday I was invited by a great guy who owns The Bulls Head pub in the village of Alton in Staffordshire for the Alton festival, this used to be a bikers pub that I was a regular at back in the '80's, I parked the Chalmers in the same spot I used all those years ago, after I parked David Leigh rolled up on "Spider" one of Basil Davenport's famous Shelsley special's, the High street was closed off and a superb display of vehicles arrived through the day, a strong looking Dodge Bros saloon, a beautifully presented Armstrong Siddeley 14hp tourer, more modern but so iconic, this Porsche 60, the view along the High street was magical and so English, with over 1200 miles now I will give the Chalmers another oil change and a check over ready for Shelsley Walsh in a couple of weeks. Andy
  8. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Afternoon everybody, A last minute change in the weather got lot's of car enthusiast's out at The Wharf classic car night, the amazing range of car's and bikes is always a treat, an absolutely beautiful BSA Rocket 3, a lovely early Citroen, a great pair of British sporting car's, a Riley 9 special and a Bristol 403, by the time I got home the Chalmers had travelled over a 1000 miles this year so far. Andy
  9. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Afternoon everybody, Thanks to a nice week the Chalmers has been out regularly with some very enjoyable drives, a lunch stop in Eccleshall, another wonderful piece of canal architecture, I spotted this on my run home, Today I drove out to the Klondyke steam party for my heavy engineering fix, there was a wonderfully restored 1946 Foden winch tractor, the final assembly of a huge restoration of a traction engine, this will be running by the end of the month, I left the steam party and travelled south to a small engine rally for Gardner diesel engines, these are known for their reliability and high mileages achieved, these 2 engines are marine types, this huge 3 cylinder from a motor yacht, and this highly polished canal boat engine, today's trip out notched up another 93 miles giving us nearly 1000 miles this year so far. Next Thursday is "The Wharf" classic car night, hopefully it will be a decent night, I will give the Chalmers a check over tomorrow. Andy
  10. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, What a great weekend we have had at Loton Park hillclimb, a slightly damp practice day went well and a warm dry final day gave us loads of fun, the Chalmers was trouble free and went extremely well and we ended up nearly 5 seconds faster than last year, the flywheel machining has made a huge difference in the cars performance on track, a wonderful Mitchell racer was out and it was very quick, it was a slim car in comparison with the Hudson super six, Annie Walker was driving at Loton for the first time in her Peugeot Bebe, arguably the cutest racing car ever ! we ended up 1/100th of a second quicker on handicap than the 1917 Buick of my friend Ron, I hope he speaks to us at Shelsley Walsh, next time out ! I need a rest after that weekend. Andy
  11. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The weather has been wonderfully sunny and several trips out on the Chalmers have been enjoyed since the weekend, I checked the car out but couldn't resist getting back out on the road, I had a great run out to Sleap airfield near Wem, luckily there museum was open, the museum has some wonderful and some haunting display's from WW2, over a dozen beautifully conserved crash recovered engines are on display, along with the engines are aircraft component's and pilot's history items, after leaving Sleap I called at Moreton Corbet castle, significant houses have been on this site since 1086 and the last house, now ruined, was last inhabited in the 1800's, a warm evening so a quick run down to the Shroppie Fly for a half, just over 800 miles now, fingers crossed for a sunny Loton. Andy
  12. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The sun has been out and the Chalmers has been going well, I have examined the distributor pick up's to check for wear and they look great, the oil has been changed and I have fitted a 5 litre coolant catch tank ready for Loton Park next weekend. My father has decided to sell his 1914 Daimler TW20, so I gave it a checkover and the car was photographed for the auction catalogue, it is the only TW20 we know of, it is a sleeve valve engine with a transaxle type rear axle, it has an electric starter that operates by a rubber and leather wheel that drives on the outside of the flywheel, Today we had a really nice drive out to the Foxfield railway military weekend and met up with old friends, the Chalmers became part of a photoshoot, Netty found one of her favourite vehicles, a Kettenkrad, at Foxfield railway they are involved with all the heavy aspect's of steam locomotive restoration, as could be seen on the siding's awaiting work, with other project's nearing completion, on the way home we called in to Mill Meece pumping station, another local show we like to go to, these small group's of volunteer's that preserve our history deserve some recognition, they work so hard, I found this wonderful old Case with a Perkins engine ! I will give the car a check over ready for the weekend's sport. Andy
  13. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, We have had a beautifully sunny week and the Chalmers has been out and about nearly every day, today we first of all went to our local biker café for a brew, all the biker's wanted to see the engine, on the way to the café I bumped into my mate Peter on his Kawasaki Gpz900r, he had his helmet cam running and this what it recorded and he just sent it over to me, After the cafe I called at my favourite pub for a swift half, while looking through the interenet this week I found 2 great shot's of the Harley twin engined special that was at Curborough last Sunday, it was wonderfully mad, The Chalmers has now clocked up 500 miles this year, it will have a short rest as I am travelling down to the Beaulieu spring autojumble next weekend to hopefully find some old car treasure. Andy
  14. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The Chalmers has been out on many trips over the last few week's and is doing well, today we competed at the Vintage Sports Car Club twisty sprint at Curborough, the weather was ideal and the course was perfect, parked next to the Chalmers was the cutest car I have seen in year's, it was a Peugeot Bebe with sport's bodywork, it was driven by the daughter of the Darracq V8's driver Mark Walker, it was her first sprint event, it was tiny ! several special's were in attendance, including this Anzani V-twin engined cyclecar, and JD's twin engined Ariel square four special, the only car I know with 4 crankshaft's, We ended the day with a best time of 53.66 seconds, 3.4 seconds faster than last year ! the work on the flywheel was really worth it. 350 miles and Curborough sprint so far and looking forward to a lot more. Andy
  15. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, A great weekend out and about on the Chalmers, a nice pub lunch at the White Lion on Saturday, and we had a great time again at the Raven café Bikers breakfast on Sunday, the Chalmers was the oldest vehicle we could find at the breakfast, the star bike of the morning was a Vincent Black Shadow, on the way home I called in for fuel and found a mate of mine in his Jensen CV8, a wonderful mix of American and British-ness, The Chalmers feels good, I am looking forward to Curborough sprint in 3 weeks time. Andy