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Niall McLoughlin

I know some of you follow my exploits in the forum and some don’t. I've noticed that the early EPAG newsletters followed the builds more extensively than the more recently published quarterly newsletters. This is in part due to the build now being fairly well documented and people generally "know what they're doing" (myself being an exception). I love reading about peoples' builds, obstacles and novel ideas, as well as a lot of the mundane stuff that seems to get lost, but is very useful to a new builder (like myself), like what type of sealant/bond to use, and known (Pembleton friendly) VOSA centers etc.

With this in mind I plan on documenting my build and experiences here. I like to think I’m reasonably adept at spannering, but I'll let you be the judges if that. Advice is always greatly welcomed and it will be required.

First of all the name - when I first got my current Pembleton and my parents came to visit my wife and I, my father was keen as mustard to go out in it - he really enjoyed it. Upon returning to my house and unloading my dad I asked my dear mother if she would like to go for a spin? She looked up from her knitting and took a sip from her (very large) glass of wine and laughed, saying "lawdy lawdy, no thanks. It'd look like I was sat in an old tin bath!"

As soon as I bought the current Pembleton I knew it wasn't really big enough for me. I looked around at a few other kit cars and nearly bought a wide body Westfield, but it just didn't feel special enough. My wife looked across the table at me one Sunday and said "why don’t you build your own?" I knew she was right and was pleased she came to the conclusion before I suggested it.

I started collecting bits and gathering inspirations almost immediately. My 2 best purchases were my 2cv donor parts and a complete Nevada 750. I've sold about 75% of the Nevada and I've already cleared the investment cost completely, giving me a free low mileage engine with carbs, electronic ignition and charging system.

My donor pile of 2cv bits came from a guy up near hull who had a shed load of 2cvs that had been in a farmers field for 15+yrs. I got a whole Pembletons worth of parts from a single donor with the V5, number-plates and chassis plate for less than possible elsewhere.

I’ve amassed a whole folder full of photos in the lead up to my build, but my most inspirational visit so far was to the Brooklands Museum. If you have petrol in your veins it’s an absolute must, if you like old things and transport history in general then I’d highly recommend it! The biggest shock for me was seeing the banked section of track. It really is quite something to behold.

brooklands banking 2018
brooklands banking 2018
brooklands banking 1927

The surface really is terrible and I was chatting to one of the volunteers there - I mentioned how sad it was that it was no longer complete and how it had turned into a state of disrepair. He told me that the surface was always very poor due to the construction methods at the time, because of the steepness of it, the track had to be made in shuttering, in sections at a time. The concrete always tried to run down the slope so they had to make it very dry, and was therefore prone to cracking and crumbling. He then showed me this image taken in the 1920’s! He wasn’t joking! There’s no way I would drive a modern car on that at 50mph, let alone an aero engine car at 100+mph in the 20’s or 30’s.

Napier Railton

If you look closely you will see that all four wheels on the Napier Railton are off the ground! (This photo was taken during the speed record at Brooklands and clocked 143mph in 1935)

There were so many cool cars and fab ideas that I may try to replicate on the Pembleton, from blisters, bonnet strap configurations, screen mounts, dash layouts and seating ideas to name a few!

Its worth going just to see the stratosphere cabin test chamber which was designed to test aeroplanes just after the war for the jet era!

Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits
Brooklands museum exhibits

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