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Snowdrop Run

Organised by the Cambridge MG Owners Club, this was a run of 60 miles starting and ending at the Shuttleworth Collection, Nr. Biggleswade making a toal round trip of nearly 140 miles. Shuttleworth have early aeroplanes (all airworthy) including the World's oldest flying aeroplane.

Another Preparation Run

Took a run of 17 miles to check everything was OK.

Service

Completed a service in preparation for the Snowdrop Run and the rest of the season.

Second Run

Took another run of 16 miles during which a visit was made to Peartree Crash Repairs to show Scott his work on the completed car.

Trial Run

Took the first run of 15 miles after rebuilding the front end.

Front End Rebuild

8th December to 27th January 2024. Collected front wings, nose cowl and driving lights from Peartree Crash repairs who did a superb job.
Over the next month or so, various parts of the front suspension, brackets, etc. were cleaned and some repainted. The radiator was taken to Herts Radiators be repaired and this was also repainted. The front end was rebuilt and all cooling hoses replaced with new rubber ones (the silicon ones had been hard to seal and the joints always seemed to seep).

Body parts to be refurbished

Took front wings, nose cowl and driving lights to Peartree Crash Repairs for repair and respray.

Front End Dismantle

Having agreed to have the nose cowl & wings repaired & respayed in early December, I began dismantling the front end after an oil & filter change.

Quick Run

Took Dobby back to visit the bodywork specialist and organised some minor fibreglass repair and paintwork to be done. Another 18 mile round trip.

Quick Run

Took Dobby for an 18 mile run with the intention of speaking to a recommended bodywork specialist but they were on holiday.

Pub Run

As the evenings draw in, we (St Albans MGOC) had our last pub run of 2023 organised by yours truly. Mostly following some of Dobby’s favourite country roads for about 14 miles, 10 cars descended on the Cowper Arms at Letty Green where we were made to feel most welcome.

Mini Break in Devon (including the Cream of Devon Run)

6th to 12th September. A chance for Dobby to stretch his wheels and give us all a break from things. We stayed is a lovely B&B in Torquay (no, not Fawlty Towers!) and managed to spend several enjoyable days, despite a small bump on the way down which reshaped Dobby's nose a little. The first day gave Dobby a chance to rest as we travelled by GWR train and then on the superb Dartmouth Steam Railway which goes from Paignton to Kingswear and includes a passenger ferry link to Dartmouth. Another day was spent exploring Dawlish Warren and Dawlish (very pretty). Only a few days after our return, we saw Dawlish on the news under flood water where we had been standing. Our raison d'être, however, was to join the Cream of Devon Run organised by the Torbay MG Owners Club. This was a delightful 80 mile drive through the Devonshire countryside and Dartmoor, starting and finishing at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, with a Devon cream tea at the end (it was emphasised that in Devon, cream is put on the scone first then the jam on the top – most important!).

Redbourn Classics Motor Show

A lovely day (without a shower this time) to enjoy the Redbourn Classics Motor Show. This is becoming a favourite of mine as it has a lovely feel to it. A good selection of cars, various stalls and time related live music all contribute to the occasion.

Knebworth Classic Motor Show

Dobby went for his annual trip the the Knebworth Show. The weather was kind and there was a much better turnout (of both cars and the public) compared to last year.

St Albans MGOC meeting

Dobby had another pleasant little run this evening to the Prae Wood Arms in St Albans for our club meeting.

Potters Bar Family Fun Day and Car Show

This event is in aid of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and the Rotary Club. This is the first one since COVID hit and they have tried to make it more family orientated. There were a few children's activities but there were not very many vehicles there and I thought the food choice was sadly lacking (only Indian/Oriental options). Despite being a nice day, the attendance did not appear to be as good as in pre-COVID years but the Women's World Cup Final may have had an impact! The big saving grace was the excellent "Shades of Midnight" band singing the songs of the 50s and 60s. As always, and despite having 3 new members, a great sound to listen (and for some, to dance) to.

Pub Run

Another pleasant evening with the St Albans MGOC, this time to The Boot at Sarratt. Warm enough (just) to sit outside overlooking the green.

Website updated

Several Gallery items have been added for 2023, also details of the Starter Motor change to a high-torque unit in the Modifications section. I have also corrected a few out-of-date links.

Pub Run

Joined the St Albans MGOC evening pub run again, this time to the Grand Junction Arms at Bulbourne, nr Tring. This venue has a lovely, cosy, sheltered, outdoor space.

Classics in the Walled Garden

Classics in the Walled Garden (Luton Hoo) was a new venture for Dobby. We had an enjoyable evening in a relaxed atmosphere and met several of our St Albans MGOC people.

NGOC National Rally

23rd-26th June. The NGOC National Rally at Riverside Caravan Park, Stratford-upon-Avon was repeated this year in its new format. Around 40 NGs came along over the weekend and the club is really looked after by Riverside. This was again a family holiday for us requiring two on-site caravans!

MG 100 Anniversary

Seven of us from the St Albans MGOC met up at Costa Coffee just off the M40 nr Banbury and went to the MG 100 Anniversary celbrations at Gaydon Motor Museum. As well as Dobby, there were a Midget, 3 MGBs, an MGC and an RV8. A good run and an enjoyable day out with hundreds of MGs in attendance.

SAMGOC Meeting

A little evening run to join the St Albans MGOC meeting at the Prae Wood Arms.

Local Run

Another local run of about 20 miles today.

Pub Run

Joined the St Albans MGOC evening pub run to the Red Lion at Preston, nr Hitchin.

Local Run & Cooling System Check

Took Dobby for a 20 mile run to check the cooling system - all OK. Followed this with a good clean.

Service

22nd-26th April. Completed a service and gave attention to a coolant seepage from the gasket for the new heater valve. For the latter a new gasket and a smear of Hylomar Blue has cured the leak.

Snowdrop Run

This year we again joined the Cambridge & District MGOC Snowdrop Run which started at Melbourn Village College, Cambs. The weather was dry and not too cold and the enjoyable run of about 60 miles took us to the Raptor Foundation near st Ives, where we enjoyed a very interesting flying display.

Heater Valve replaced

As the heater valve was seeping, I ordered a new one and fitted it. This is the third replacement - the first two only lasted a couple of years each but this one has lasted 15 years. Let's hope the next one does too!

New Starter Motor

A new Powerlite High-Torque motor was obtained to replace the ageing starter motor which had been reconditioned when I built Dobby nearly 20 years ago. Removing the old motor went without a hitch but it proved very tricky to fit the new motor. I also replaced the distributor cap, rotor arm, spark plugs and leads. So far the starting seems to have improved.

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