The Orrstown Bank is a local banking company in the Chambersburg PA (and surrounding small communities) area. One of the bank’s community outreach events is a car show that benefits BOPiC, a Chambersburg non-profit. The show is open to almost anyone willing to pay the entrance fee; one of our BRRTA members is in management at the bank so BRRTA tries to support the event. I think there were 11 cars there from BRRTA, including one member who brought his Studebaker turbo-Hawk. It was a very pleasant afternoon, and I had a chance to recover from the frustration of the drive up. It was a 3-hour drive complicated by having to go thru Thurmont (closest town to Camp David) on their “Colorfest Celebration” day. Everyone it seemed either had a yard sale, or was going to a yard sale. There was no parking except in peoples’ yards -for a price- so the traffic CRAWLED!!! But back to the show…pleasant time with friends, a chance to talk up going to Watkins Glen next year, and to buy $5. of drawing tickets which won me a $50. gift card to Advance Auto and $11 card to a pizza shop in Shippensburg. Needless to say, we took a different route home and shaved 1/2 hour off the time. The Daimler ran better than it has in a couple of years. Why you ask?? I made the complicated upgrade called new, hotter plugs. It runs slightly rich, and the hotter plugs don’t seem as inclined to foul. Yeh, I should mess with the SU carbs, but other than slight richness they seem balanced and work fine. If it ain’t broke, etc.


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Stowe British Invasion 2012

The show at Stowe is always a well done, fun filled event. Unlike most car shows, this one is organized and run by individuals rather than a club. There were 610 cars on the field, including some really unique examples of both early and contemporary limited production cars. There were 2 cars, mid-engine, clamshell (?) doors, with the Lagonda nameplate. On line search does not show anything like that, so I don’t know exactly what they were…except expensive. Here are some selected pictures:

At Smuggler’s Notch

Two lovely ladies.
Don’t I wish!

This was restored from a bare roller to a beautiful Royce.
I love the lines of the Elan.
Concourse winner.
Concourse winner. They are from CA and also brought a Sunbeam & a Singer to the show.
Wave to the Queen!

I love the Daimler Grill on the VDP Jags.


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Watkins Glen 2012

Some pictures from the celebration on Friday September 7th.

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Father’s Day 2012

Actually the Sat. before FD. The event was the 21st (or so) annual Ultra-light Fly-In at the Footlight Ranch near Dillsburg, PA. There is an opening ceremony that includes a parade of vintage cars, the local American Legion Motorcycle club, and a Boy Scout color guard. The Central Triumph Club asked BRRTA to participate in order to add some variety, and we attended with our SP, plus an E-Type, AH, 3 0r 4 MG’s and a Morgan.
The collection of planes was eye opening; I never knew you could power a tiny frame with a 2-cycle engine and use a hand piviting fabric wing to control lift. Saw this and thought of Nial.
Lovely 1966 airplane...almost as old as our car.

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Mother’sDay Sat. in Portland, OR

Gathered my CA daughter up and went about a mile towards PDX to the Cascade Center. This is a fairly new shopping/eating area we had visited when we were here last Sept/Oct. The only British car we saw was a small Lotus (Elise?), and the only vintage cars were a Mustang & a 1939 or 40 Lincoln Continental converts. The Lincoln could be an immediate post-war car; not a genre I know much about.

Lincoln Conti Vert

Amy and the classics.

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Every Thanksgiving weekend, there are vintage races at the Summit Point, WV, Raceway. BRRTA usually promotes a group attendance on the Saturday sessions, depending on the weather. This year the wx was good and 5 of us showed up. Four made a caravan drive down from Rouzerville, PA and I came over from Baltimore, MD. One of the fun parts of the drive is when you go from MD to VA to WV in about 2 miles, crossing the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers just outside Harper’s Ferry.

The track is extremely accommodating; no entrance fee for vintage cars and we’re allowed to park in the paddock. The crowning perk was when my BCF friend Nial McCabe (Aeronca65t) arranged for the 5 of us to make 3 parade laps around the track during the lunch break. WOW, that was fun!!! A video was shot by one of the wives and it, along with her comments, are available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nyWDAMNz_U .

A great day with great people. All arrived home safe and unsound and ready for our next driving opportunity. We also saw BCF’r Michael Oritt and his son racing the Elvas. The pictures are Michael driving the Sportsracer.

BRRTA cars parked in the paddock.

Nial brought his pit-scooter.

Slow Dance Racing HDQ.

Here they come...again


Catch me if you can

                                  A pass just completed
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Westward Ho 11/6/11

Listening to the boss.

The driving club, BRRTA, hosted the usual fall driving event that takes us through the PA hills and forests NE of Chambersburg. It was a little cool (mid-50’s) but sunny and all that could had their tops down. A total of 19 cars made the run, and it was a spirited drive.

W-HO- postponed from previous weekend when it would have been Westward SNOW
Even TweetyBird went for a drive.


Some of the cars.
Some more of the cars.


A group of friends as diverse as the cars.


A lovely day for lunch in the park.


SP tail & the truck we tailed all morning.

We always have a great time with this group. It’s sort of a club for those who don’t want an organized club…and we are often less than organized. Dues are used for the website (BRRTA.ORG) and our “holiday” dinner party in early Feb. No officers, no newsletter, no committees and no politics. A cadre of “founders” organize event participation and details; events range from driving to Summit Point for Turkey Bowl race viewing to driving the high  school homecoming queen and court around the football field at halftime.


If you read this, live in the area and want to join, send me your info.

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The loooooooooooooong restoration

Here’s what I did/had done to my 1962 SP250 to make it our “driver”:

  • Performance– Hi-torque starter, electronic ignition, rebuilt carburetors, spin-on oil filter, radiator catch tank, aluminum air shroud for cooling. rack & pinion steering (also a comfort item), alternator, electric radiator cooling fans, replaced hot switches in the dash with relays (also a safety item), rebuilt all gauges, 5-speed transmission (Toyota W58), electronic fuel pump, in-line cartridge fuel filters, MGB rear and axles, tie-down hooks on frame at rear.
  • Comfort– Miata headrest seats (1995), BMW seatbelt guides, electrical outlets for accessories, Triumph rack & pinion system with smaller steering wheel for additional seat room, zip-out window in soft top for increased air flow, insulation under the floor mats and transmission tunnel.
  • Safety– Driving/fog lights under front bumper that can be used as daylight driving lights, high mounted 3rd brake light on the trunk (GM SUV part), emergency flashers, switched relays, light flash turn signal stalk, fender mirrors, 3-point seatbelts, adjustable seatback headrests, orange lenses for rear turn signal lights, replaced tires based on age, not wear, rebuilt wire wheels, and a really loud horn.


I guess it goes without saying that all the frame, body, dash, door hardware, trim, seals, gaskets, and whatever parts were stripped off and renewed or replaced. In my case, I also had to replace the outriggers the body rests on due to excessive rust.


This year will be when we find out if all the above were correct choices and if the car is up to extended use. We plan on trips from Baltimore, MD to NC, ME, VT, PA Rally 2011, and many other day/weekend trips to British car gatherings.

Addendum: Now the first trip has been taken, and 766 miles later we are even more pleased with the outcome of the restoration than ever. Driving to Williamsburg to see George & Linda Bennett (and display at the Williamsburg car show) and then to our daughter’s in Goldsboro, NC, we had all forms of weather, traffic, and even a ferry ride. Sure, there were a couple minor drips in the thunderstorms, and a small panic when the trunk didn’t want to unlock, but all worked out and all that’s left is washing the accumulated dirt off.

I should point out that I bought this car in 1969 from the original owner, and drove it until the late 1980’s (for at least 3 years, it was my only car). Then a broken tooth in the rear end had me garaging it for about 15 years. I then messed around with trying to revive it for about a year; then sent it off for what turned into a 5 year total off-the-frame restoration project.

I have always been a savvy collector…sold a lovely Alfa 1300 Giulietta in 1961 to buy my first SP and sold a big Healey 3000 to buy this one. Yes, they are both selling for more than an SP at the present.

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Starting out…

This is a car blog, on a car site. So what else would I post about except cars? Or trips in cars? Or work on cars? Or car shows & meets, & drives?

This blog scene is new to me, so topics and threads and general layout will probably leave a lot to be desired. But hey, it is here at least.

Waaaaaaaay back then.

MK IV Jag & SP250 Daimler

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