It's that time of year. Most of our classic cars are due their MoT each January and this coincides with the time for their annual service.
From the early days we have relied on Martin at Classic MG Services in Fareham to look after our MGB Roadster and MGB GT "Jubilee Edition". Martin has given us unfailingly good service. It is testament to his skills that the MGB Roadster, our most popular classic car, rarely misses a beat and has proven to be reliable year after year. For 2019 the car will benefit from a new heavy duty hood supplied and fitted by Martin. However, that's not all. At the end of the 2018 hiring season the Roadster was taken to Poole to Trickett Welding. Trickett are another specialist provider who do more than "weld". Indeed the name does not do them justice....they are "ace" restorers. They first began with protecting the chassis of our Classic Range Rover and have subsequently done sill work on the Mini Cooper and both MG's to ensure the longevity of the cars. Perhaps the best evidence of their work however is the recent preparation and repaint of the Flame Red boot, rear deck and rear wings on the Roadster which was beginning to look very faded. They matched and blended in the paintwork perfectly.
The Triumph TR6 is now serviced by JSW Classics in Waterlooville. Their fixed price servicing helps budgeting for what is a complex and more delicate car: 6 cylinder with mechanical Lucas fuel injection, overdrive gearbox, lots of instrumentation. Odd that the "hairy chested" brute should now be described as "delicate" but that's how it is. After doing all preliminary checks (engine bay fluid levels, tyre pressures, lights etc) begin: Start up in the Winter months on those cold, dry blue sky days we sometimes enjoy involves priming the engine by using the starter without the choke once. Then pulling the choke out fully and starting again, trying to catch the engine on the throttle as it starts to cough and splutter into life. The trick is to "tickle" the throttle and avoid over revving when cold. When the engine finally bursts into life you can't help but smile. Top down, bobble hat on, two pairs of socks, your warmest corduroy trousers (not jeans), lambswool lined bomber jacket = TR6 heaven on earth.
All this would not be possible without the Icon Classic workhorse, the Land Rover Discovery 2 aided and abetted by our Brian James A4 trailer. Vehicle movements to and from the specialists mentioned sometimes rely on this combination. Our Discovery has now done over 165K miles and in 2018 benefited from a refurbished chassis following a trip to Trickett with additional help from AL Services, Land Rover specialists also based in Poole. In the 6 years we have owned the Disco we have racked up over 55K miles many on towing duties. When you factor in the original purchase price and costs of repair and maintenance over the years this is very affordable motoring in a highly capable and comfortable "iconic" vehicle. For annual servicing we continue to rely on Brooklyn 4x4, the original suppliers of the vehicle. They always have wide selection of LR metal (lots of Defenders!) waiting to tempt you.
Watch out for the next winter instalment featuring the Classic Range Rovers.