Mechanalia No – 254 – MAY/JUNE
From the Editor
It certainly is strange times, things have been changed and put on hold but strangely we still have to carry on and this is what we are doing. This is a different way of doing the newsletter for this issue.
Anyway we hope that everyone is keeping safe, well and getting through this time while trying to keep some normality, please stay home and stay safe. Right thats enough about that, lets look forward to the future and good times.
Obviously most of our events have been cancelled or postponed, please see the events page here on our website for information. Thanks to those who have sent in the articles and to Derek who has sent in some great pictures, I have put them in a separate post on the website.
I hope that we will all soon be out and about with our vehicles, collections and having a good time.
(As viewed from under the Bonnet)
Well I must say that in all my years never have we been in a situation as we are in now even during WW2 when I was a young lad the only fear we had was hoping that we would miss the bombs but the turmoil we now find ourselves in right now, it’s a bit like electricity touch it and you soon know that it is there with this virus you come in contact and pretty soon you will either catch it or be lucky enough to avoid it, so as they tell you ( STAY AT HOME ) and six foot six apart ( in old money ) which people are at last heeding the advice given.
I think it is lovely the way everybody is coming together, we have had a lot of friends offering their help as we were put in isolation very early on as we both had very bad colds and owing to our complaints the Doctors said we must isolate for two weeks it’s now been two months, this we have done and now everybody has to stay in their homes and enjoy the sun from inside so if this is the way to go we have to knuckle down and get on with it for as long as it takes.
I feel very sorry for those of you that are working and now don’t know what the future will bring, I am sure that things can only improve but it will take a long time to sort out this mess we find us all in.
Now to our cars and exhibits, all things have been cancelled and rightly so and there is nothing we can do about it, so all we can do is grin and bear it, this comes hard as we can’t even take our cars out for a run to blow the cobwebs out, still during the war the cars had to be up on blocks for years, I sincerely hope that we get over this nasty time in months as opposed to years, as Churchill said KBO. And we will survive for as long it takes.
So as you can imagine there is nothing to chat about other than the times we are living in.
Stay calm and keep healthy, stay indoors and try to keep smiling.
So the Mustang stays under the duvet. (For now!! )
Toodaloo ( from old Valve Chatter )
‘Sun, Sun, Sun’.
Bit of a change from last write up ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’. we have had perfect show weather but no shows! but the only way to get over it is to stay in. We are lucky to have quite a big garden so plenty to do, have built shed 4 (wood shed) painted it, dug the garden planted the garden sat in the garden weeded the garden got feed up in the garden watered the garden mowed all the lawns now as I write this it has started to rain, well we needed it all our water buts had just run out.
Do it yourself Dangers!
2. If you do make sure you have full protective gear (suit of armour is best).
3. Full first aid kit to hand.
4. Have a list of helpful phone numbers, Surgery, Hospital etc.
5. Always use tools with a dead man switch, so when you drop it it stops.
6. Make sure you have fuel in your car.
The NHS do a GREAT job in times like these they do not need people like me giving them extra work! enough said…..
Keep the Bugs at Bay.
Editors Comment – Derek has sent in some lovely pictures but I will put them in another blog as they will get a bit lost here.
Strange times we live in – at the beginning of the year we all were planning rally’s, events and evening meetings. How things change. It started with a small news reports of a flu like outbreak all the way over in China , on the other side of the world. Then some people on cruse ships getting ill and how quickly it spread all over the world. It just proves how people travel world wide and move about.
Our lives have changed hopefully not for to long but we must take care of ourselves and others. The panic buying of Loo rolls and stripping of shelves did not help the people who may of needed it most.
But the supermarkets were a little unprepared for the quickness of the events. We all got caught up in the first few days, looking for bits and pieces that were not there any more. Having to go to more shops to find some staple foods and commodities. As it slowly is getting back to a set plan and keeping our 6 foot ( 2 meters in modern money) apart it will take time for us to get in to the routine . Washing hands for 20 seconds ( 2 happy birthdays), some time wearing gloves and back to war time rationing and queuing, all for the good of all.
All we can do is live at a slower pace and have patience, respect others and help others.The other day a man in a electric scooter ask me to get a paper for him, did it, took twice as long as normal but it gave him a happy moment. Every little counts.
Finding a new hobby to do at home is one way to keep busy, keep to a routine and keep in touch with family and friends, together we will get back to normal soon.
Our electrician needed to do one days work as he is as well over 70 so he was sent home, until we could get his work shop isolated from the rest of the factory. He has a 3 foot model of HMS Victory he has been meaning to to do for years. The internet can be very useful for ordering bits, so long as you clean it before you start using the bits you buy. There was a note left on mums door step from some people in the village saying if she needs any thing to phone them. Thanks to them.
At work we were asked what our capability are for machining medical machines, so we are clearing some of our machines and creating spaces just in case. At least we all live in the country side and can see a little bits of green out side our windows, how hard it must be for some people living in the middle of cities. If this happened 20 or 30 years a go before the internet and on line shopping or even 40 TV channels our isolation’s would be much less bearable.
It would be nice to see some photos of you projects while we are not out and about. How is your gardening going? We all thought that the DIY stores would be open but it was not to be. Mum likes her colouring books, you can get them for children but just be warned if you look for adult ones some are more ADULT than others. So be warned . Just rehung three garden gates that have been sticking for a few years. Tided some of the workshop, still have a list, more to go.
I think my display of ENSA in the Midhurst museum must have been the shortest they have had.
Well keep safe, keep a safe space between you, keep busy and keep looking forward we will get back to normal sooner if we all pull together.
We must all now appreciate the NHS on how hard they are working for us. As well as all the other Key workers keeping the country (and world ) ticking over .Thanks to them all.
In other news, Dawn back from university had now driven (Only for 20 feet) the Austin (8)with rod brakes, her first rod brake car. The reason was we needed to get it out the work shop to get my Royal Enfield to repair it. The big end had gone so a complete engine rebuild is needed. Now the bike is in many boxes and freezer bags all labeled and laid out in the order they came off.
Keep checking our web site regularly, we will try to keep you up to date.
KEEP SAFE, KEEP WELL.
Restoration in Lock Down
Had a message from one of our club members, John Stubbington, to say he had been restoring an old Reeves seed drill in lockdown, he has sent in some lovely photos. Lovely garden John!!
Thanks to all who have contribute and hopefully we will soon be back to our usual newsletter and hope to see you all very soon.
Stay safe, stay at home..