SPENT all of Saturday towing cars. Sounds like a dull way of spending time, but for me, it’s usually associated with some movement in my fleet of hopeless heaps. This time round, it was a case of borrowing the evo magazine’s Brian James trailer, strapping my old BX to it, and hoiking it North to visit its previous owner, John Simpson of Practical Classics magazine. The reason – to get its head gasket done, and to get it through another MoT, so it can provide another year of cheap, comfortable and practical motoring…
He lives in deepest Lincolnshire, and although my place looks quite close to his on the map – and on sat/nav, it says just over 50 miles, for some reason the journey took the best part of two hours there, and two hours back. I was moving the entire time, traffic was okay – so where the hell did the time go. Still, it was job done – and onto my next job.
Which was picking up my Cavalier from former colleague, Neil Campbell’s, house in Coventry. The car’s been there since around the time I left PC, and although we’ve tried several times to get the old girl running, it steadfastly refused to go. Fuelling looks like the problem, as the fuel filter is bone dry – and it doesn’t get near firing up. Still, I think the pump has been on its way out for quite some time.
So, firing up the sat/nav, I dialled in rural Lincolnshire to Coventry, and saw that it was just over 70 miles. No sweat. I called Neil, and told him to put the kettle on; I’d not be long. Well, blow me, if it didn’t take the best part of three hours to do the journey. Again, the there were no real traffic problems – so where did the time go? Am I missing something – was time warping at the weekend? Let me know – I’d love to hear your theories.
Oh, and before you ask – yes that car/trailer will be bringing my SD1 home from Poland, soon. I promise.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.