Daily Archives: April 1, 2006

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Write Seat: Spring 2006

By Robert Goldman There sat a straight, black TR4 with a for sale sign on the windshield. I’d been looking for one, and the presence of this machine at the Moss British Extravaganza was a convenient coincidence. The whole proceeding took on an air of inevitability, when upon speaking with the owner, it turned out…

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The Principal’s Office

Michael Connolly’s 1971 MGB racecar By Dan Kahn Growing up in Edinburgh, young Martin Connolly was surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of snarky British sports cars tearing up cobblestone streets and filling the air with the smell of high-test petrol. Fast forward a few decades, and Connolly has put down roots in the…

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Tech Tips: Spring 2006

Stuck Shaft Q: I have a Weber DCV carburetor on my car. When it is cold the throttle tends to stick. Is this a cable problem? A: The throttle shaft to body clearance on the DGV is very tight. During cold weather if the manifold is not heated the throttle shafts can seize in the…

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A Tale of Two Healeys

By Dan Kahn Allen Dunne’s ‘60 Austin-Healey 3000 The metallic click of a thin chrome-plated shifter slotting into first. A whirring starter, then the hesitation, and finally the mechanical orchestra of a finely tuned inline six fi ring to life. Chrome wires blurring and wind rushing over sloping fenders as a 46-year-old time machine begins…

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Quintessential Cool

The Steve McQueen collection By Dan Kahn The rough howl of a well-worn 650 pierces the morning calm. Then you see him, a steely-eyed rebel sliding around the bend and launching an old Triumph Trophy over a barbed wire fence to freedom. In The Great Escape, Steve McQueen cemented his position as a stone-cold man…

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The Legend of King Cod

A gathering of rally racing legends By John Sprinzel From Fishy Beginnings… If you have ever purchased a pair of competition driving gloves, they probably came from John Hopwood’s glove business, and if you have ever eaten fish and chips in the Manchester area, it is pretty certain that Roy Fidler’s company supplied the fish….

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Drive It!

The top 10 automotive adventures for 2006 The call of the open road. It’s what motivates us to forgo new dishwashers and remodeled guest rooms in favor of polyurethane suspension bushings and tube shock conversion kits. The true allure of these cramped, noisy, oil-burning little hulks is their ability to help us escape the shackles…

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Back to the Future

MGB fuel injection in one perfect package By British Motoring Staff The MGB is considered one of the greatest sports cars ever built because of its simplicity. A lightweight little car with a sprightly mill and timeless looks, the MGB is one of the best performance bargains available. Unfortunately, like all things petrol-powered, the classic…

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800 Miles of Freedom

On the road with the 2005 California Melee Rally By Jeff Guzaitis Things just didn’t seem to go my way on the 2005 California Melee. After months of reviving a homebuilt special that hadn’t moved under its own power in 40 years, I was rolling onto a narrow shoulder amidst a cloud of steam and…

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