We haven’t used the car for a while so decided to take it out even though eastbourne was smothered with low cloud as it has been for a few days this week. Our hope was that inland the Sun would be shining!
Initially our plan was to go to Sheffield Park, but as usual time had rushed by and we weren’t going to get there until closing time. So Plan B was to drop in and see an old friend near Uckfield. I haven’t seen Judy since before the first lockdown and neither has I seen her knew her home. Fortunately a quick phone call secured our visit and assured plenty of tea and biscuits and even a glass of wine.
Visibility over Beachy head was low and it didn’t take long before I had to put my jumper on. It’s slowly cleared as we got up to Alfriston where we were greeted with a long traffic delay due to the substantial roadworks on the A272 at Drusilla‘s roundabout.
Harveys Lane was closed so we had to take a big detour down and around Ringmer, but driving this lovely car is such a pleasure said it really didn’t matter. As we got up to Judy‘s home in Newick we were again stuck in traffic due to an accident in the High Street where two cars lay badly damaged.
Having overstayed our visit to Judy‘s, time was getting on and a dash back to Eastbourne was necessary as I wasn’t sure that my headlights were working! I did actually stop to check, and yes they were fine but obviously have considerably less power than a modern car.
The car ran impeccably and the outing had been great fun.
End Mileage 39,880 (68 miles)
What a glorious day! Georgie and I had planned to drive out to Polesden Lacey today, but as usual we had a late start and after running into heavy traffic at Polegate we had to abandon that plan and go to plan B! OK, so we didn't really have a plan B, but thinking quickly on the hoof, we diverted towards Battle and decided to drive up to Tenterden and just explore the roads around there.
We had packed a picknic along with a couple of chairs and a table so needed somewhere to stop, and as we were near Bodium Castle, it seemed an obvious choice. We didn't go into the Castle but just parked at the end of a field and set up our table and chairs there. It was a hot day but with the shade of the trees it made for a very pleasant stop.
Whilst we were there a chap and his wife drove up in their new Jaguar XKR to admire my car. We spent some time flattering each other about the other's motor, and after a good bit of puffing up, we set off home.
I took this photo of Georgie having a picknic lunch next to the car...FUEL: Trinity Service Station 39,730
End Mileage 39,812 (86 miles)
I had a dentist appointment today in Tunbridge Wells so in order not to be late I had to take a direct route.
My dentist, Peter Newman – Brown, is also a friend, and is himself into classic cars. He had been keen to see my new E-type so was delighted when I turned up on it.
After my treatment he came out into the car park to admire the car and was full of praise for it, but despite this he didn’t see fit to reduce my bill!
The weather was pleasant so my journey home was via a longer route which took me through Burwash and Breitling and then down to Pevensey Bay and back home.
It was lovely to take the car out and it is going very well indeed
End Mileage 39,726 (72 miles)
Yesterday I went to start the car but it only fired on 5 cylinders. I warmed up the engine and took it around the block hoping that it would clear itself, but no such luck. In the end I had to call Melvin who kindly volunteered to come out in the early evening from St Leonards to have a look at it.
He took the plugs out and they looked quite fouled so a simple job of replacing them with new seemed to do the trick. He told me to keep an eye on the condition of the plugs as the car may need some tuning.
Fortunately today was another lovely day so we decided to give the car a good run. Initially we were going to go off to Polesden Lacey which is a National Trust house, but in the end we decided just to go more locally.
so we decided to just go for a ride nearer home.
On the way home we stopped off at the Lamb Inn in Wartling but the landlord told us that they were shut. Last year was hopeless for them as the road had been closed in the summer, and what with two Covid lockdowns, he had decided not to carry on losing money and was just doing B&B.
As we left the pub and motorcyclist stopped to admire my car. He said that this was his wife's favourite car so I offered to take a photo of him in it. He was trilled and said that it would make his wife's day!
End Mileage 39,654 (50 miles)
Georgie dropped me off at Just Historic Cars in St Leonards today to collect my E-type. Fortunately the weather was dry but it was still very cold. Fortunately I haven't missed the car because we have had such a cold and windy winter. No snow, and almost no frost, but just a lot of wind and misserable weather.
The journey was uneventful other than I received a warning letter from the police a few weeks later to say that I had been caught doing 38 in a 30 speed limit by a residents' speed watch group which went straight into the bin!
I have discovered that the rear of the car will break away very easily when pulling swiftly out of a T juction causing the car to "fish tail" down the road. I will try and find somewhere off road where I can paractice this safely so that I am more prepared.FUEL: Trinity Service Station 39,603
End Mileage 39,604 (22 miles)
07/05/21 - 61 unaccounted miles whilst the car was away for several weeks at Just Classic Cars' workshop in St Leonards. The bill was £2,226.83
It was a lovely day today but still petty cold at 9 degrees. Nevertheless I couldn't resist taking the car out so I set off towards Pevensey Bay with a view to pootling along Rickney Lane and enjoying the views. I wasn't really sure when I would go but as you can see from the map I did 32 miles.
Life is beginging to get back to normal. We are still not supposed to be going out for joy rides but the lockdown is very relaxed and Boris Johnson, our PM has set out a plan to get us back to normal by the end of this month. I can't wait to start golf again!
The last year has felt like a wasted year, but for me in my 60's and retired, it has been a breeze compared to so many young folk who have lost their jobs and even livelyhoods. Our leasure businesses have been devastated and Eastbourne has many hotels, all of which must be really suffering. Only 2 of my close freinds caught COVID-19 and strangely enough, Colin was badly hit and very close to going into hospital, whilst his partner Marie had very little problems.
End Mileage 39,521 (32 miles)
11/03/21 - The car was collected this morning by Melvin who has taken it back to their workshop in St Leonards to do the following work... Rev counter sticking; adjust engine timing and mixture; rebuild seat to stop the back pusing up against the hood frame; fit new inertia seat belts; make indicator switch more positive; ease rear boot puller to ensure ease of use; adjust driver side heater lever; replace petrol tank gasket to stop leak; adjust new side mirrors; carry out a general health check of the car to ensure that everything is working properly and determine any future work.
I didn't record this journey becuase it wasn't a proper run out in the car. I simply needed to pop up to the Meads shops so decided to take the E-type.
I almost decided not to even mention the fact, but seeing that I have been so pedantic about recording all the trips in my classic cars over the years, I simply felt compelled to incude this one...
End Mileage 39,489 (2 miles)