Monday, 23 June 2014

Bloody Brakes and a good day out at Brooklands

Saturday was a bad day for car stuff. Firstly my modern BMW had a hit and run incident in Morrison's Supermarket car park and I came out from having my Brekkie in the Cafe and doing my local shop to find the corner of the rear valence damaged. I did walk around the car park to try and find if there were any cars with tell tale BMW blue paint on them but to no avail. Probably just as well as the mood I was in I would have smashed the car up (or the owner if they were with it!). Anyway that was part 1 of a bad day.

Part 2 was my MOT retest in the "Flying Log". Having rebuilt the bake brakes and thoroughly checked that the handbrake was now working and the brakes were no longer binding I thought there would be no issues. However, once at the testing station the tester put the car on the brake measuring rollers and had a lot of trouble getting the handbrake to bite with a high enough efficiency, so he yanked the level extra hard. The handbrake then worked satisfactorily in terms of effectiveness but it jammed on solid on both wheels so it failed the retest. He had to take a hammer to the operating levers on the bake plates to free it off so I could drive home.

Anyway Sunday has been a much better day,  first a trip to Brooklands to the Standard Triumph Marque day (more in a minute). Then a strip down of the Dolomite rear brakes again. I found that the shoes that are moved by the handbrake lever on both sides had jumped off of the slave cylinder piston and this had bent the metal frame of the shoes,. I'm sure that must have happened when the MOT tester yanked the handbrake on extra hard, although I'm not sure how this can happen as the shoes are held against the back plate with locating springs. Any way the metal frame of the shoes straightened up OK in the vice and I'll rebuild and give it another try I had a couple of new seal kits stashed away in my spares so I was able to replace the boots on the slave cylinders as well as they had split. I've a feeling I need to let the new brake shoes bed in a bit before taking it for another re-test, then the handbrake may be more efficient without excess force. What I can't understand is how the brakes were still working but they were!

Also on |Sunday was the excellent Standard Triumph Marque Day, this year it was at Brooklands and Club Triumph were the lead club. It was a nice sunny morning and I used the GT6 taking my son James as he loves the museum there.

Highlight of the day for me was when the one and only Triumph Fury turned up. Triumph made only one Prototype of this car which would have been launched instead of the TR5 if they had made it. It has beautiful sleek lines, one of Michelloti's finest. It really looks years ahead of the TR5 and even the TR6 and I'm sure if it had been launched it would have sold brilliantly. Especially in the US with it's almost Corvette Stingray type styling at the front.
The lovely sleek Triumph Fury with "Corvette " like styling at the front

Fury Interior

Fury Rear end, styling lines are very much part Spitfire and Part MK1 Saloon.
The Sun brought the cars out in large numbers and there was plenty of Triumphs to look around while catching up with old friends from the various Triumph Clubs.

Two Tidy Dolomite 1500SEs, pretty rare especially in this condition

Triumph Gloria, very Elegant

The original Triumph Dolomite, somewhat more stylish than the "Flying Log" !

Later in the afternoon the test hill was open for runs, having attended the drivers briefing and paid my fiver I had a few runs up the hill and round part of the old banked circuit.

The Test Hill, although a straight one it's pretty steep and gets steeper as you climb, 1:8 at the bottom up to 1:4 at the top.

In the GT6 starting out on the hill

Part of the return from the hill is around the old historic banked circuit

Ashley on the Hill in His 13/60 convertible

TR6 on the Hill

TR6 on the hill
Plenty of GT6s around the meeting so pictures were taken ready for a future article in my Register Secretary Column in the TSSC courier magazine.

I also got a couple of nice "Nostalgic" Pictures of My GT6...

I'm not sure whether they look best in colour or black and white

And then there was the excellent museum as well. That certainly entertained James with lots of Aircraft, Cars, Bikes, Aero and Car Engines, Missiles etc to look at. A great day out.

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