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WINTER 2009

Welcome to the Winter 2009 issue of Moss Motoring. Immerse yourself in a vast range of stories that range from personal profiles, to technical advice, and more. We promise it’s a ride worth your while. Browse the articles below.

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Weathering the Storm

If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes. Or in the case of Southern California, perhaps several years. As of this writing, we’re none too happy about the country’s economic weather, either. I saw a Web posting the other day discussing the state of the classic car collector market: increasing cloudiness and a strong…

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Triumph TR6: An Enduring Classic

The Triumph TR6 is the final evolution of a much-loved design that dates back to 1953. By the time the TR6 made its 1969 debut, however, the design had evolved to include a beautiful German-influenced body design and smooth-sailing, inline-six powerplant. The TR6 was arguably one of the most successful sports cars to leave England,…

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10 Tips for Your Next Restoration

Thinking about tackling a new project? Moss has some tips to turn those thoughts into success. As Home Depot says, you can do it, we can help. Summer is closer than you think, so now is the time to start preparing for those late-night cruises and fun weekends spent with family, friends and a great…

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Oil for Classic British Sports Cars

The Question Which oil should I use in my classic car? It’s incredibly important to ask this question. Why? The reduced level of zinc dialkyldithiophosphate (known as ZDDP, ZDP or ZnDTP) in modern motor oil has been linked to increasing numbers of tappet and camshaft failures in vintage engines. What Exactly Is the Problem? The…

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Mike Cook – British Car Promoter

For more than 30 years, Mike Cook’s job was to publicize and promote British cars in America. From the height of the sports car craze in the late ’50s to the end of the era when Jaguar ownership passed to Ford, Cook helped create the image of the marques, generate media buzz, launch new models,…

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Force-Fed – Bolting on a Moss Supercharger Kit

Supercharging has long been a part of the British car scene. From factory-built Blower Bentleys and supercharged MGs of the 1920s and 1930s to aftermarket offerings from Judson, Marshall, Shorrock, Wade and others in the 1950s and ’60s, many British cars have relied on force-fed power. It only makes sense that Moss Motors is reviving…

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What a Weekend at the Glen

By Kathleen M. Mangan Triumph might be 80 years old this year, but its age couldn’t stop the marque from participating in a jam-packed anniversary celebration at the SVRA-sponsored U.S. Vintage Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York. While Triumph was the featured marque, its birth wasn’t the only event being commemorated this September. The…

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Improving the Breed

By Christine Knight Mike Pavlik is a Triumph guy. He’s owned 14 of them through the years, starting with a TR3A while he was in college. His prize is this highly customized 1972 TR6. It was rough when he got it, but through the years he has restored the car while adding more than 60…

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22nd Annual Chicagoland British Car Festival

22nd Annual Chicagoland British Car Festival a Success More than 500 British car owners and enthusiasts were greeted by blue skies and a cooling western breeze at the 22nd annual Chicagoland British Car Festival. The event took place Sunday, September 7, at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, just outside of Chicago. The festival was…

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While Mike Cook raced this Spitfire Mk 3 for several years, he also used it to catch some relaxing moments off track, as shown here at Lime Rock in 1971. Mike purchased the car from the Triumph Competition Department after Lee Mueller drove it to a win at the 1969 SCCA FP championship.

Heroes: Mike Cook

By Kathleen M. Mangan For more than 30 years, Mike Cook’s job was to publicize and promote British cars in America. From the height of the sports car craze in the late ’50s to the end of the era when Jaguar ownership passed to Ford, Cook helped create the image of the marques, generate media…

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