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Alex 18th October 2018 20:10

Hi Mick, I shall be heading up to Prescott on Sunday for a brekky, are you going ?

Mick O'Malley 19th October 2018 05:03

Sunday
 
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Originally Posted by Alex (Post 97164)
Hi Mick, I shall be heading up to Prescott on Sunday for a brekky, are you going ?

Tiredness permitting (I'm out all day Saturday), I'll be there.

Regards, Mick

Mick O'Malley 21st October 2018 13:41

Breakfast at Prescott, with lots of Green Cars
 
Today's sortie in the A352 was to the Prescott breakfast club meeting, as mentioned above. The morning drive down along almost deserted roads was delightful, the six-pot loving the cool moist air. I arrived to be hailed by Alex, whose Formosa was gleaming in the early sunshine. After initially being directed to the Jaguar area, I confessed my car's humble origins and moved to a slightly more appropriate location, amongst some classic British metal.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1937/...a7786cc6_b.jpg

There was an excellent turnout, especially of Morgans, Porsches and Jaguars. Amongst the others were a few (to my eyes) real gems, including this '57 MGA, under whose bonnet lurked a 3.5 litre Rover V8, a beautifully done conversion.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1952/...af9160eb_b.jpg

Two others, also green, caught my eye, an MG and a Volvo.

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https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1920/...be20893a_b.jpg

Wandering back to my car to field some more interested enquiries, I was asked by a lady if it was a Tojeiro. After I'd explained its fraudulent genesis she told me of her childhood when the Ecurie Ecosse transporter was often parked outside her home. It turned out that she was John Tojeiro's daughter. She had her grandson, who looked about three years old, in tow, who announced that he was going to be a racing driver when he grew up. A thoroughly delightful encounter which really made my day.

Regards, Mick

Lucky@LeMans 21st October 2018 14:43

Sorry I didn't catch up with you today Mick but I did have a long chat with Alex about his Formosa. Looked stunning in the autumn sun, a credit to Jeff H and his skills laying on the paint, I wish I'd taken my camera!
Soon as my 250 TR project is done I'll be placing my order for a Formosa, right up my street that design.

Alex 22nd October 2018 21:20

Hi Lucky, good to meet you on Sunday and a good conversation, pleased you liked the Formosa and I shall continue watching your current build progress with interest

lancelot link 22nd October 2018 21:36

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 97223)
Sorry I didn't catch up with you today Mick but I did have a long chat with Alex about his Formosa. Looked stunning in the autumn sun, a credit to Jeff H and his skills laying on the paint, I wish I'd taken my camera!
Soon as my 250 TR project is done I'll be placing my order for a Formosa, right up my street that design.

Thank you ..good to hear ...

Mick O'Malley 9th November 2018 07:27

Fame at last......
 
My 'Asda car park' shot is included. Yippee!

Old No.7/A352

Regards, Mick

lancelot link 9th November 2018 08:24

The one I built for the Danish guy ( car 16 ) looks really good in those pictures too .....

Mick O'Malley 13th November 2018 08:34

Daily Driver - ish.
 
Yesterday's sortie in the A352 was to Argos in Sainsbury's to pick up the second Ebay purchased aeroscreen for my Monaco. The car park was heaving: when I mentioned this to the assistant she said it was the Xmas rush! No sooner had I got home and put on the covers than the heavens opened.

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The forecast for Sunday AM is looking good so I may go for some autumn colour setting pictures.

Regards, Mick

Mister Towed 14th November 2018 07:17

That is one very cool looking car. Still love the colour, great choice.

Mick O'Malley 14th November 2018 09:26

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Originally Posted by Mister Towed (Post 97648)
That is one very cool looking car. Still love the colour, great choice.

Thanks for that :). The colour picked itself, really. When I was building it, I amassed a stack of magazines etc. with D-Type articles and pictures. The choice was Jim Clark white; BRG; or Ecurie Ecosse Flag Metallic Blue. The white simply didn't complement the shape, and the BRG is too hackneyed IMO, so 'Merchiston Mews' it was! I wish mine sounded like that...

Regards, Mick

Mister Towed 14th November 2018 19:03

Nice.

Mick O'Malley 18th November 2018 11:33

Today's sortie in the A352 was again to the Austin A35 meeting at Staverton Aerodrome. It was a little chilly on the way but warmed up nicely for the return. As I was about to leave, two young uniformed helicopter pilots came and complimented me on my 'D-Type' as they'd never seen one in the flesh. I fessed up.

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Today, having seen it advertised on their club web site, a good few 'Trevors' showed up, including this one with an interesting roof.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4876/...fd321328_b.jpg

It took me straight back to the early 70s when, having seen Spridgets sporting Bermuda Hard Tops, I decided on similar for my 1960 Mini. The two front roof lights, which I had done first, are Mini rear side windows, fitted by a local windscreen outfit. I liked them so much that I took it back after a while and asked if he had anything for the back, leaving it with him. He plumped for an E-Type Coupe back window rotated 180 - result!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4833/...6b3691e8e2.jpg

Happy Days!

Regards, Mick

Mister Towed 18th November 2018 15:34

Funnily enough I've been busy restoring a Bermuda hardtop for my MG today -

http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/...psh4eh4rhh.jpg

Much less claustrophobic than a solid roof on a small cockpit car. Mine has blue tinted perspex roof panels and rear window that are still in very good condition, and it's going to be Steel Blue (RAL 5011), a very dark blue to contrast with the Iris blue car.

Mick O'Malley 24th December 2018 08:18

I wish I'd done it this way.............
 
I'm not sure if this link will work.

I hope so!

Season's Greetings, Mick

Paul L 24th December 2018 08:47

Link works and it is a brilliant clip. :cool:

Merry Christmas, Paul. :)

Mister Towed 24th December 2018 09:43

Fantastic! Can't think of a better Utility vehicle for transporting a tree.

Mick O'Malley 25th December 2018 14:05

Xmas Sunshine
 
Today, lured out by the lunchtime sunshine, I uncovered the A352 and took her out for a spin around my favourite short lap, which is uphill outbound to get the oil good and warm. On the way back, over the scenic Painswick Beacon road, I stopped for a couple of shots. The sun immediately ducked behind some thin cloud and my fondly imagined 'moody backlit shot' came out fairly averagely. The second, from behind, was rather better. No deer were seen.

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I'm looking forward to replicating this drive at Xmas 2019 in the Monaco. Time will tell.

It's now time for a Whisky Mac before lighting the oven :).

Season's Greetings, Mick

molleur 25th December 2018 18:13

looking good!

Mick O'Malley 27th December 2018 07:29

Car Park Capers
 
I popped out early yesterday in the Micra to collect an Ebay item from Argos in Sainsbury's, but without my camera, which I immediately regretted. On return home I uncovered the A352, grabbed the camera, and pootled back to the, by now, much busier car park to take this.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4823/...e8d23491_b.jpg

The nearest corner post was bent almost double, so it clearly wasn't a parking speed impact.

Kids today!

Regards, Mick


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