Covid Update

Covid Update

Well the restrictions still in place in the majority of countries vindicates my decision to postpone Bridget's Swansong until next year. However that is hardly recompense for being incarcerated in the UK.   I have had to find other things to occupy me and that has led me back into a full time occupation! I was invited to join the Executive Committee of the MG Car Club, then as if that wasn't enough I VOLUNTEERED to take on the mantle of General Manager for an undefined period!   Between you, me and the gatepost, I'm quite enjoying it. The full time staff at Kimber House are an excellent team of very experienced individuals, dedicated to the club. So my involvment is really minimal, it's just that it's minimal for five days a week!   Anyway, I am driving Bridget pretty much everyday, which is always great fun, and the club has started to roll out some events for everyone to enjoy. After almost 18 months confined to...
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Africa Update

Africa Update

The only surviving participant from the enthusiasts wishing to take part on this adventure is Chris Vernon. Chris is a club member belonging to the South-East register. In the recent past Chris was a keen marathon runner. With nine weeks still to go before the planned departure day most things are in place for our tour. However, nobody will be surprised to hear that the definitive route is still not set in stone because of the political situation in the Middle East. Our preferred route will take us through Syria, Jordan and into Egypt but we have two possible alternatives should this not be possible. The final decision will not be made until around mid August. The proposed route is shown in full on the page headed ‘Route’ and includes all the overnight stops. Moss Europe is gathering together all the spares that we are likely to require and we will take delivery of those at the end of June. Scorpion Signs...
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Bridget Into Africa Update

Bridget Into Africa Update

Since my last post Bridget has undergone further serious surgery. It started with my decision to replace the front springs and finished with completely replacing the springs, wishbones and king pins! One of the pins was so badly worn is wobbled around like a loose tooth, except when upright when it appeared to have minimal play. Anyway now the work is completed she handles very much more positively when cornering. Our plans for the "Into Africa" adventure next year are progressing well. We now stand at five MG Midgets and seven people, including one very intrepid lady owner/driver. Unfortunately we have not to-date had anyone from Australia or New Zealand sign up but we live in hopes. We have held our first official meeting and now have a confirmed route that will take us from Abingdon through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Macedonia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and finally into South Africa. We will be leaving during...
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Into Africa – Update

Into Africa – Update

The early responses from Midget owners keen to join the “Into Africa” adventure had me worried. Several times during that week I went to the front door of my house to check that the doorbell still actually worked! It was devilishly quiet. Still it takes time for word to spread with something like this. I am making good use of my time however and have started preparation work on Bridget. Her original wheels, she had Minilites on for the world drive, have been sat out in the elements for almost three years and so I have cleaned them, removed all traces of rust and repainted them. Steel wheels are far more suitable for African roads, I am told. I have also fitted an upgraded anti-role bar on her steering and this week fitted Spax telescopic dampers to her rear suspension. Both of these things have improved her handling and should assist the rear springs to cope with the additional weight we carry...
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Into Africa

Into Africa

Turning out my loft this week I came across my old stamp collection from my childhood. I collected only stamps of Great Britain and the Commonwealth many of which kept me, as a child, captivated by their exotic pictures and I often thought of travelling to some of those places when I grew up. I never did grow up, but then I had one of those Eureka moments, why not drive Bridget the Midget to Cape Town in South Africa? We could drive to Turkey then down through the Middle East into Egypt. Heading south we drive through Sudan, skirting Abyssinia into Kenya. Maintaining our heading we will go into Nyasaland, through part of Rhodesia into Tanganyika, and finally South Africa. Can’t seem to find some of these countries on Google Maps but never mind the details. I plan to embark on this adventure in 2011 leaving around the beginning of September and invite any Midget owner interested in joining me to...
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