Westbound Caravan

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A caravan (the British name for a travel trailer), sighted on I-64 westbound near O’Fallon, MO.  As the name indicates, it’s a “Retro,” complete with 50s-60s style paint scheme; you gotta love the red steel wheels with whitewall tires.

Okay, back to better (rolling) homes and sports cars…

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Fall Has Arrived

Let’s see: weekday evening, temperature about 60, severe clear skies…you’d better believe I’ll get the TR8 out for a quick patrol!

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All British!

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One of the absolute delights of the British car hobby is the opportunity to get together once a year with other LBC members for The Big Show.  If you monitor the calendar sections of clubs/organizations/companies like VTR, Moss Motors, the Roadster Factory, etc, you’ll note these all-Brit gatherings occur all over the country and they’re usually a major hoot.

On Saturday, 22 September, the MG Club of St Louis held the 37th annual All British Car & Cycle Show, on the grounds at Creve Coeur Lake Park.  The weather cooperated and we had a fine turnout, totaling 177 cars (up about 20 over last year), plus a larger number of visitors than last year.  And, as Bob – a fellow TR8 owner – pointed out, this year’s event, for whatever reason, didn’t incorporate the sound of acorns falling on car hoods.  Either it was too early for the nuts to drop out of the trees or the squirrels were on strike.

Anyway, fine representation by the British car clubs, plus the usual assortment of unexpected/unusual vehicles, such as the two – count ’em, TWO – Morris Minor pickup trucks.  One of the Morris owners made the drive from Jefferson City to participate in the festivities.

For SLTOA, an equally great day, with good business at the food concession and an excellent mix of vehicles.  We do manage to have fun when we get together in large numbers…Anyway, next year’s 38th annual will take place on 21 September.  Keep an eye on https://allbritishcarshow.com/.

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How I Spent My Saturday

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Quite a day…up at 0400 in order to get to work and spend several hours manning the Hurricane Florence response watch, then back home for several hours of work on the HSD.

The car’s cracked, discolored brake master cylinder gave up the ghost last weekend, when a number of new cracks appeared which allowed brake fluid to escape into the engine bay (if that’d happened while I was driving the car, things probably gotten pretty festive). Thanks to Creig, who came over yesterday to take charge of the replace & repair effort (new master cylinder, new braided steel brake lines) and input from fellow Wedge owners Dave, Bob and Jesse, we managed to get the job done.  Creig and I had a helluva time getting the brake fluid to the back end during the bleeding process, but finally it came around.  Now, once again, it goes and stops.

Now to get the car cleaned up and ready for Tuesday night’s SLTOA meeting and next Saturday’s All British Car & Cycle Show at Creve Coeur Lake Park.

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Meanwhile, Down in Poplar Bluff

From the sublime (a 1949 or thereabouts Mercury sedan)….

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To the ridiculous (a 1987-1988 Mercury Cougar).

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As to the quality of the photos, obviously, both were short-notice pop-up cell phone shots through the windshield.  BTW, I did see one LBC on the weekend’s excursion down to Piggott, AR, and back, and MGB.  Unfortunately, it was heading southbound on US 67 while we were driving northbound at a high rate of speed.

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Enough Already…

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Is it just me or is the big wing on the rear deck of your coupe/sedan thing getting a bit out of hand?

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Aces & Eights

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Yeah, it was a bit warm today, I expect several of the participants had their air conditioners going full blast.  But, what a great day for the 2nd Annual Aces & Eights Poker Rally and what a great drive.  Event coordinator Steve Zantop put together a highly entertaining route and we had a strong turnout of cars, including three Spitfires, the Lamberg Spit6, a TR6, Lotus Exige, Austin-Healey Sprite, two Corvettes, a ’59 Alfa Romeo Giulietta and an incredible ’55 Chevy.

The drive started and ended at Ferriss Park, off of New Ballwin south of Manchester.  At the end point, everyone presented their hands (classic luck of the draw: most of them were atrocious), awards were made and everyone enjoyed a meal of dogs, brats, chips and drinks courtesy of the Moores.  All in all, quite a day; our complements to the organizers and all who participated.

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TR Sighting!

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1975 Spitfire, located north of La Porte, Indiana, on IN 39, for sale. The, uh, “dealership” is Hemi Auto & Towing, (219)324-4364 if interested.

You gotta love the wheel/tire treatment, eh?

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Ace IS the Place!

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Photo by Dave Massey

Dave Massey’s immaculate, recently restored/re-assembled ’71 TR6 and yr fthl ed’s 1980 TR8, earlier today. Never know when you’re going to run into another TR, eh?

Next SLTOA meeting is Tuesday the 21st, at Llywelyn’s, 17 W Moody, Webster Groves. Interested in Triumphs and in the mood for a fun night out? Come on by!

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Pursuit Arc

Dang…out running errands on Saturday, 28 July, stopped at a light on Manchester opposite Home Depot and a white 74-76 TR6 pulls onto Manchester and heads west.  Yup, the intercept was on.

I didn’t recognize the car; the only other white TR6 I’m aware of in town is Dave Massey’s but, as indicated, this was a late car with the rubber bumper guards, plus a roll bar.   I wound up chasing the car (in a legal fashion, natch) up Manchester, right on Kehrs Mill and finally caught up – briefly, before the light changed – at Kehrs Mill and Clayton.   I then broke off the pursuit.

Anyone recognize the car/owner?

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