Wednesday 25 February 2015

My First Car

In my dreams!  Mine was never like this. 
We were out on the bikes today and came across this lovely little Ford Anglia 105E at the Fighting Cocks at Godshill. 
She's not original, but she is a fine example of the way a club racer would have prepared this car during the sixties. She's got her alloy Minilites on, wider track at the front with a hint of negative camber. Possibly the McPherson Struts were lifted off a Cortina complete with their disc brakes.  Full roll cage with sports steering wheel and bucket seats.
Now the colour scheme is the same as the Lotus Cortina of the same era and she has Lotus badges on her rear quarters but as far as I can remember Lotus never built an Anglia. 
Maybe they hint at a Lotus twin cam under the bonnet.  
For a true Lotus look it needs front quarter bumpers, rare as hens teeth. 

Very understated, very nice. 

Saturday 21 February 2015

Half a minute.

The internet can be both terrible and superb. For me its generally a force for good and if nothing else it gives me a platform from which to shout at the world. If the world chooses not to listen then hey. 
Its also a terrible waste of time. How many hours have any of us spent clicking away down some long winding path like a dog chasing a rabbit, until finally we discover we have no idea where we are or how we got there.

If you click on any of the blogs down the right hand side of this page, and then click on any of their favourites and so on you'll find a lot of interesting stuff. 

I did that just the other day and found gold. Then I couldn't remember where I'd found it and its taken me a while to re-trace my clicks and track it down. But here we are;

Its a bit of a post of a post of a post this one but bear with.....
The original post is here earwigoagin.

From Chesapeake Light Craft;

Some customers are so unskilled that it would be better not to sell them a plan or a kit. "So many people these days can't read plans at all. When a part is symmetrical around an axis and the plans only show half a part, some people build half the part. That's happened twice in the last month. One guy made half of the deck and the bottom. We were very nice. I guess if you can't laugh, you have to cry...You can't make assumptions about anybody."[Professional Boatbuilder, Number 152, pg. 26]


Saturday 14 February 2015

The Crucible

One of those chance conversations  at Cobnor last year saw Chris Waite, who had accrued a vast hoard of scrap lead over the years, talking to Chris Peacock who is a Farrier to trade, and happens to own a Forge. The rest as they say is history. 

To see how they got from this.

To This, 

Watch the Video here.