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I brought Quicksilver over to Ireland from Leeds on Thursday. The initial part of the trip over the Pennines was awful. The low cloud, persistant rain, heavy spray from lorries on the M62 soon gave way to a pleasant sunny afternoon in North Wales. The drive through Dublin and actross Ireland to Limerick is a tad boring but an easy drive.

Limerick Classic Car Club had its annual show on the Sunday so a long days polishing was required.The show attracted cars of all ages and sometimes it was difficult to spot the division between show cars and regular daily drivers! Cars count as vintage if 30 or more years old and pay a nominal road tax and have no need for an NCT (National Car Test - the equivalent of the MoT but more strict). I was parked in the misc. section with early hot hatches, Morgan Plus 4s, a Lomax, a Dutton (haven't seen one for years) a few 'yank tanks' and large numbers of 50s and 60s British cars. The Pembleton was surrounded by the punters and was covered in finger marks at the end of the day. One problem with copper trim is how quickly it tarnishes. The weather was ideal with warm sunshine - a very pleasant days in all. Prizes were awarded but it seems as if it's how like new a car it looks if you want to win. I have alsways wanted Quicksilver to have that 'used' look so didn't feature in the awards!

Dutton kit car
Pembleton surrounded
50s and 60s British family cars

Jan and I went out to a local festival in Mountshannon, Co Clare in the 'hopper as it was a fine day and on our return I noticed lots of black grease inside the front wheel. Closer inspection revealed a split in CV joint boot. The actual hole was small but the cracking extended half was round one of the corregations and a smaller crack was deveoping on another. I inspected the other side which seems to be fine. It's only done less than 10,000 miles before it failed which seems a bit too soon to me. I bought replacement parts from TVP-2CV which arrived very quickly. Buying from the UK is a bit of pain for me because of the currency exchange problem. Once UK leaves the EU then increased postage and customs duties will make it even less attractive for me when buying parts from UK companies - less business for ECAS, for example, from me. The same will happen to other overseas customers of UK companies that export but that's the price for 'getting back control' Let's hope the new boot lasts longer than the previous one. It's a filthy job dealing with moly loaded grease but it's all together again.

I do have tyre problems however. One front wheel is out of balance but I had it checked twice and it seems as if the tyre is out of round. I swapped it over with the rear wheel and it's now worse! I'll try the spare otherwise it looks like a new set of tyres. I bought Camacs which were quite cheap but the old saying 'buy cheap - buy twice' might have some element of truth! The problem seems worse two up for some reason I haven't yet fathomed.

Alan and I both signed up for the St George's Day Rally in aid of the Anglian Air Ambulance. We've entered before – the Rally starts at Sherigham Station car park, where you get your route instructions for the meandering 80 or so miles around North Norfolk, ending up in the grounds of Sandringham. Well wrapped up, we set off – conscious of obvious "precipitation" in the distance. We met Alan at Fakenham and set off down the A148 for Sheringham. It was cold.

An ominous "mist" appeared on the aero screens, then some actual raindrops which quickly morphed in to hail. We'll press on, we thought – it'll pass. It didn't and for the first time in 8 years, I had to clear slush off the screens to be able to see. Goggles were useless, simply causing my specs to steam over. We pulled off the road and the accumulating layer of hailstones in the cockpit made the decision to admit defeat inevitable. We crept back home to warmth and safety, all the while being peppered with hail. Something of a first for both of us – hopefully "a last" also!


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