The Automobile As Art VII

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Seen in O’Fallon, IL, on US 50 westbound a couple of weeks ago.  Other than the fact the owner’s a veteran, I’m not sure what the rest of the, er, modifications indicated.

BTW, the center-mounted brake light reads “IGOT JAGUAR”

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Happy Halloween!

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and TRs that go bump in the night…

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One autocross series concludes…

Sunday, 28 October and the St Louis Region of the Sports Car Club of America wrapped up its Solo II/autocross season with an event at family Arena.

Looks like one of the teams brought a ringer in as a driver…some guy named D. Maul…

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Fall Colours

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In the words of event organizer Ed Kaizer, “WE HAVE COLOR!”  And he was right; a really nice mix of colors among the trees and a highly scenic (and periodically challenging) route, including a run through the campus of Principia College, made for a great event.

Some 13 cars and about 22 people turned out. The vehicles included two TR6s, the Spit6, another Spitfire, a TR7, a TR8 and a Morgan.  We also had two new Minis make the run, as well as an MGB, the Davids in their Miata and a TR-H (ie, Honda CRV).

Ed did a great job putting the event together and all who participated had a large time, including the post-drive lunch at The Loading Dock.

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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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