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PEMBLETONS ARE GO ! Issue No 5 An Exclusive Newsletter For ‘Grasshopper’ Enthusiasts AUTUMN 2000 The weather might not have been up to much through the summer but the activity certainly has. Once again there’s been plenty to write about, including a whole page devoted to the Malvern Kit Car Show where the reception to the two ‘Grasshopper’ Super Sports was fantastic. I’ll start though with the usual features- News from around the country- Gerry’s rolling chassis– Super progress is been made down in Aylesbury as Gerry continues to piece together his rolling chassis. He’s in the process of ordering his aluminium sheets so work on the bodywork should be starting shortly. Gerry Emailed the picture, and when I opened the file I just couldn’t believe how clean the engine looked. I’m really looking forward to the next update. Gerry made the trip to Malvern for the show and took the opportunity to take plenty of photos to help in his build. Phil works non stop– Early morning starts were the order of the day as Phil prepared the show car for its debut. Look at the show supplement to see the result of his labours. I’ve included a picture of the interior trimming just to wet your appetite. Setting his self a target spend of £1500 (including full kit price) was a tall order and this looked possible until he overshot the mark with a set of posh badges. They were worth it though as they really set the copper cowl off, subtly stating ’The Pembleton’ Barry’s back on song Having settled into his new job Barry Houlden has started making progress again. Committing his self to at least two visits a week to the workshop. The task of cleaning and refurbishing donor parts can not be under-estimated but the end now seems in sight and the fabrication of the body panels should start soon. Due to the lack of space we are not building the rolling chassis until the last minute. This means the chassis can stay upstairs in the ‘Paint shop’ out of the way. Working backwards and making mudguards etc first will mean the whole car will come together like a massive ’Airfix’ kit. (That’s the plan anyway) I’m on the road ! The hours of work in the garage over and No2 passes the MOT no problem. The first long run being a visit to Pembleton H.Q. It was 6.30. a.m. on a damp Saturday morning when Alison and myself set off to travel the 135 miles to Bayton. By the time we reached Glossop it was pouring so we stopped at a roadside café for bacon butties and a large coffee. We were wet through. The lady serving asked about our journey and on hearing how far we had to go commented that I was certifiable. (That made my day, and she’s probably right) After donning motorcycle wet weather gear the rest of the journey was no problem. The return journey was blessed with sunshine and the views through Derbyshire were superb. We are calling that the FIRST WORLD MEETING, hope you all make the second. Next page for Tech Talk and Skids Tips

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