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I have to say a big 'thank you' to the response to my plea for material for a bumper 50th edition of the Pembletons Are Go newsletter. I did hope to include a report from somebody on the Circuit des Remparts d'Angoulême trip which seemed to be greatly enjoyed. I also received a number of e-mails which have either been placed here or turned into short articles/notes.

Here's a couple from Mark who build a Guzzi powered 'hopper in a very short space of time. The first e-mail refers to a Cars and Coffee meet which he attended. [Cars and Coffee events are becoming popular in Ireland and there are two in Limerick which I missed while I was there but I can't image they would be as interesting as the one Mark attended - the editor]

it was a nice day out among the fabulous and unaffordable but it seems we got noticed.

the second about his car

Hi david et al,
It seems chassis #322 now has a name, Calliope, the muse of art and poetry or a steam powered organ on wheels. Either or both.

He included a couple of pictures which will added to the Owners' cars - Album 7 section of the website.

One topic that came up yet again on the forum was about suspension springs and ride height. Mike Meakin sent me this e-mail.

Hi David,
I removed my donor springs and pull-rods, intending to refit the new springs immediately. For the sake of future easy action, I removed the pull-rod end trunnions, to clean the threads (in both trunnions and on the rods)... and was then distracted for some time.
Coming to fit the new springs, I just couldn't remember what the configuration was and having dismantled the pull rods, it wasn't just a question of offering up to see "which fitted".
After exhaustive on-line research (including quizzing the "usual suspects", presently in France, heading towards Angouleme), I spoke to Phil Gregory.
Phil advises the short springs and pull-rods go on the front, the longer springs and pull rods go on the back.
Like me, many builders won't recall what they did "some time ago". I guess the proper cure is to attach "luggage labels" to each component to describe exactly where it fits. Certainly, I did that with the donor car, but I guess with increasing complacency, there's a notion "I built this car; what could possibly go wrong when I replace something?". In my case, it would be "you could put the wrong rods and springs on the car, end for end!"
I think we need a brief mention in the Technotes: for Brooklands, short springs and pull rods on the front, longer springs and pull rods on the back. Phil Gregory said so.

I went to a local 'Green Day' organised by REAP (Roundhay Environmental Action Project) in Qucksilver - after all it is a recycled car and far more eco than the Renault and Nissan all-electric cars on display. Almost before I turned the engine off a guy came over and asked 'Is that a Pembleton?' and I had to confess that it was. He was surprised to see the Moto Guzzi engine and that's what puzzled him. He had built #25 just before the MSVA came in and subsequently sold it to someone in the Shropshire area. I got the feeling that he regretted selling it! The electtric bikes on display seemed to be far 'greener' option than the electric cars. I was amazed at how light the Li-ion batteries are compared to NiCad or lead acid batteries. I have a battery of 1200Ah wet cell NiCads in crates (standby power source for radio equipment ex Shannon Airport) which I can barely lift and the L-ion was about 400Ah and weighs a few kilo.

Duncan sent me this press cutting which I'll put into The Pembeltons in Print section.

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I got a very quick response to my request for a bit of cash and hopefully thanked everyone individually. If I missed you then I apologise - it might have been because I didn't have your e-mail address. As Mike Meakin keeps saying people should include their e-mail address when registering as it makes for easy communication. So far we haven't had any spam problems with our forum e-mail system but I might regret that last statement!

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