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#5451 Alan Cox

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 16:16

I may be speaking out of turn, but I think Wednesday would rule out the DJ from Warrington :)

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#5452 arttidesco

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 17:34

I may be speaking out of turn, but I think Wednesday would rule out the DJ from Warrington :)


What about the famous March 792 pilot John Cooper ?

#5453 Alan Cox

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 18:41

I think he's busy on a Wednesday, too, Ralph.

What about Tuesday 24th, or Tuesday 1st May?

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 18:43

I think he's busy on a Wednesday, too, Ralph.

What about Tuesday 24th, or Tuesday 1st May?


I am dissapointed Alan :cry:

If I have the diesel in the tank I'll do my best to make it on whatever day :-)

#5455 Barry Boor

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 18:44

Blimey! If it gets any later I'll be back again - though not in the North-West this time.

#5456 Phil Rainford

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 19:55

24th fine with me :up:


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#5457 elansprint72

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 20:30

The last Thursday of the month is the VSCC at the Whipping Stocks. Just a thought; beer is less than £1:75 and the food is excellent.

#5458 Stephen W

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:53

The last Thursday of the month is the VSCC at the Whipping Stocks. Just a thought; beer is less than £1:75 and the food is excellent.


Pray tell whence is the hostelry known as "The Whipping Stocks"?

Thought I would get into VSCC mode early!

#5459 David Beard

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:21

24th fine with me :up:
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And me :D

This is an Eagle & Child do?

Edited by David Beard, 12 April 2012 - 09:22.


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#5460 Kingsleyrob

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:06

Pray tell whence is the hostelry known as "The Whipping Stocks"?

Thought I would get into VSCC mode early!


See here Steve
http://www.mancheste.../business/7254/ Does VSCC stand for Vicious Spankings, Canes and Cat o' Nine Tails? You might see Max there.

Thank you Alan for recalling my Wednesday Radio Warrington commitment - I can certainly get to "southern" events by 8.15, but a "northern" event might see me arriving unacceptably late, so Tuesday is a good idea, and 24th fine.

I'm sure we'll be arranging our carbon footprint lowering car share arrangements nearer the time, and my usual offer stands.

Rob :wave:

#5461 Simon Arron

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 14:37

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Such was Rob's hurry to reach the Whipping Stocks that he thought he'd practise...

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...his Scandinavian flick, which is always worth at least two tenths on a section of the A50 between Knutsford and Lower Peover.

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Unfortunately, though, he lost control near Toft cricket club and consequently arrived even later than usual...

#5462 Barry Boor

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 15:01

Does that registration plate stand for 'GOOD FOR 'OWT'?

#5463 Kingsleyrob

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 15:55

:lol: :lol:

That's a cracking sequence Simon, and a dead ringer for my A40, except mine has over-riders. Even the reg is an anagram - mine is 820 GOF - well the letters anyway. Is there such a thing as a numerical anagram?

Ah, the Scandinavian flick - sounds like a technique some might enjoy at the Whipping Stocks. :eek:

Rob :wave:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 17:51

Ah, the Scandinavian flick :eek:


I was told by Jagracer that the teams brought lots of them back from the Nordic Series in 1969 and sold them to newsagents upon their return making excellent profits as they were unavailable here in those days and relatively cheap in Scandanavia! :smoking:

#5465 Phil Rainford

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 17:52

Was the driver of the A40 fashionably late onto the grid? :)


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Edited by Phil Rainford, 12 April 2012 - 17:52.


#5466 Barry Boor

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 19:07

Now stop it! K.R. will be getting a persecution complex.

#5467 Stephen W

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:33

Once a decision is made can someone confirm venue, date and time please?



#5468 arttidesco

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:03

Unfortunately, though, he lost control near Toft cricket club and consequently arrived even later than usual...


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Of course when one runs out of talent there might still be a bit of real estate ...  ;)

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:23

Were all Mk2 A40s Contryman models or were they 2 separate specs, like the Mk1s? I recall the Mk2s had the wider rear axle. Talking of A40s, does anyone recall when George Shepherd died?. ISTR that he was in his early 60s when he raced UCE 13.
Roger Lund.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:46

Were all Mk2 A40s Contryman models or were they 2 separate specs, like the Mk1s? I recall the Mk2s had the wider rear axle. Talking of A40s, does anyone recall when George Shepherd died?. ISTR that he was in his early 60s when he raced UCE 13.
Roger Lund.


There were two specs Roger, MkI 1958 and MkII 1961, the later had a 4" longer wheel base a different grill and from memory the hatch on the MKII opened top and bottom, while the MkI only opened at the bottom.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 14:40

Thanks for that, but the reason why I asked is because I understood that the 948cc Mk1 was available in both variants, listed 1958/62 , and the mk2, longer w.b, wider rear axle, 1098cc motor, 1961/67, is only listed in my large ref. book as the one model. I always thought it showed remarkable lack of market awareness or safety needs by BMC as they nevr offered as standard or an option disc brakes on the front of these cars, when they could easily have used the disc setup off the Midgets. I recall how dire the brakes on my A35 could be at the bottom of some very long hills, as the separate rear setup meant that those at that end often had a mind of their own.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 15:41

Thanks for that, but the reason why I asked is because I understood that the 948cc Mk1 was available in both variants, listed 1958/62 , and the mk2, longer w.b, wider rear axle, 1098cc motor, 1961/67, is only listed in my large ref. book as the one model. I always thought it showed remarkable lack of market awareness or safety needs by BMC as they nevr offered as standard or an option disc brakes on the front of these cars, when they could easily have used the disc setup off the Midgets. I recall how dire the brakes on my A35 could be at the bottom of some very long hills, as the separate rear setup meant that those at that end often had a mind of their own.
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The initial 1958 A40 had a fixed rear wndow and a drop down tail gate, in 1959 the Countryman was introduced with the rear window panel hinging upwards this was built until1 961 and retrospectively know as the Mk1. The Mk2 had ,as already mentioned a longer wheelbase, it also had telescopic shocks and an anti roll bar. It also lost the Zenith carb in favour of the SU from the Minor 1000 and thus gained an extra 3 bhp.
1962 saw the introduction of 1098 cc engine and 48bhp. Designated Mk2 1.1
Nothing on wider rear axle is mentioned.

And for Simon Arron, I really did have a huge spin in my Minor just by Toft Cricket Club, I'd changed to Michelin Xs and knew nothing of their propensity for sudden break away.

#5473 Phil Rainford

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 15:59

And for Simon Arron, I really did have a huge spin in my Minor just by Toft Cricket Club, I'd changed to Michelin Xs and knew nothing of their propensity for sudden break away.


I spent many a summer's afternoon being dispatched to all areas of Toft Cricket Club ( one of the best tracks in Cheshire ) .... I would have welcomed the sight of you spinning off: it might have distracted the batsman :rotfl:



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Posted 13 April 2012 - 22:10

On a related note, i had a serious motorcycle accident outside the entrance to Toft cricket club...

i was heading south from Knutsford when a car heading north was overtaking another, didnt see me going the other way (I think they were racing) and glanced me into the kerb/pavement/hedge/field (in that order).. it was a soft landing and no real personal damage done, except for the bike but theres still a few lb of my skin and leathers there, i still get a shiver when i pass!

#5475 arttidesco

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:41

I always thought it showed remarkable lack of market awareness or safety needs by BMC as they nevr offered as standard or an option disc brakes on the front of these cars, when they could easily have used the disc setup off the Midgets. I recall how dire the brakes on my A35 could be at the bottom of some very long hills, as the separate rear setup meant that those at that end often had a mind of their own.
RL


I gather the integration of Austin and Morris was a painful process, MK1 A40 Countryman's had cable operated brakes, hydraulic actuated brakes were introduced with the MKII's IIRC.


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 13:36

I gather the integration of Austin and Morris was a painful process, MK1 A40 Countryman's had cable operated brakes, hydraulic actuated brakes were introduced with the MKII's IIRC.


I don't think they were cable operated as per pre war, they were the standard hyrdraulic/mechanical from the A35, and the Austin-Morris merger was 1951/52 so there was a good deal of cross fertilisation by 1958. Which is not to say that the marriage was all sweetness and light, a lot of us and them was maintained right up until the eventual demise of Austin Rover among the constituent partys

#5477 Mallory Dan

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 13:59

I'm struggling on Tuesday 24th, May 1st better for me. Sorry...

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:56

I'm struggling on Tuesday 24th, May 1st better for me. Sorry...

Well that seems to have put a dampener on things Dan - no responses for six days! I thought you'd have been tied up on May 1st with all your trade union pals celebrating May Day, but evidently not.  ;)

So what's the situation, chaps? I'm ok for May 1st.

By the way, always a pleasure to see continued interest in the the iconic Farina Austin A40. Thanks for the pics.

Mine's an early Mark 2 but still with the 948cc engine. Still going great, but sadly that's all, it has a complete inability to stop. Needs a spot of attention to the braking sytem before his upcoming MOT.

Rob :wave:



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Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:53

Rob, I don't have many pals, certainly not Trade Union ones...!! Shall we go for Tuesday may 1st instead then?

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 14:16

By the way, always a pleasure to see continued interest in the the iconic Farina Austin A40. Thanks for the pics.

Mine's an early Mark 2 but still with the 948cc engine. Still going great, but sadly that's all, it has a complete inability to stop. Needs a spot of attention to the braking sytem before his upcoming MOT.

Rob :wave:


Following Roger Lunds comments about the specs it would appear that both SWB and LWB versions of the A40 Farina were available with the front end grill I had thought, until Saturday was only seen on LWB MKII.

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The car above, seen at the Bristol Classic Car Show, would appear to indicate the SWB single boot lid, non opening rear window version was in production until '67. HPI does not give the year the car was first registered but does suggest the SWB A40 Farina could also be ordered with the 1098cc motor, though HPI alone is probably not the most reliable guide.

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Charterhouse Auctions were offering this 1962 LWB A40 Farina on Cypriot plates with a suggested price of £5K. Never seen one with a Red Austin badge on the grill before, has anybody else seen this before, or could this be faded due to Mediterranean sun light ?

Good luck sorting your brakes out Rob :wave:

Deviating back to the thread topic I'm in London on the 2nd doubtful I'll be able to make it on the 1st, wishing you all the best.

#5481 Mallory Dan

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 13:49

No interest in next Tuesday, May 1st?????

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 14:49

No interest in next Tuesday, May 1st?????


OK here :)

#5483 Alan Cox

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 16:23

:up:

#5484 Stephen W

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:25

Fine by me - just post where we are meeting!


#5485 Mallory Dan

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:19

Shall I book a table at the Eagle? Looks like a very small and select gathering so far...

#5486 alansart

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:36

I'm hoping to come but won't know until the day.

#5487 elansprint72

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 18:42

Can't make it, I'm afraid but..... I will be at Aintree tomorrow for the Paul Matty Sprint.

#5488 Edington Mains

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:20

Please tell.. Where is this "Eagle" you talk of?

#5489 Tim Murray

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:51

http://www.ainscough...child-home.html

#5490 Mallory Dan

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:43

So far I think we've got me & Jayne, Pat & Alan, Pat & David, Steve, Rob. Anyone else???

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:46

So far I think we've got me & Jayne, Pat & Alan, Pat & David, Steve, Rob. Anyone else???


Not looking good for me at the moment :(


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:14

So far I think we've got me & Jayne, Pat & Alan, Pat & David, Steve, Rob. Anyone else???


Sorry chaps but the impending superbikes and various family things means it is yet another no show from me!

#5493 Stephen W

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:09

So far I think we've got me & Jayne, Pat & Alan, Pat & David, Steve, Rob. Anyone else???


Are we still on for tonight?

#5494 Alan Cox

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:14

Kingsleyrob and I are still planning to be there...

#5495 Mallory Dan

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:51

Beards, Rears, Steve, Rob, Alan. Phil R??

#5496 Barry Boor

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:55

I think Phil R may be lying down in a darkened room somewhere.

#5497 Simon Arron

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:02

Know how he fails. Altrincham failed to make the Conference North play-offs...

#5498 Alan Cox

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:46

Know how he fails.

Slip of the slip of the finger, or an apposite comment??


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:47

I think Phil R may be lying down in a darkened room somewhere.


Don't understand. Must be to do with football.

Barry has gone down in my esteem this week. He claims he hasn't heard of Diana Krall. :rolleyes:

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:54

Elvis's third wife, I believe.  ;)