The ‘phone call from Mike Humble sounded grim. ‘Do you want the bad news or the good news?”
Being a glass-half-empty kinda guy, I decided to plump for the former. ‘Well, the MoT man has broken his leg and a new test won’t be possibel until next week at least,’ he said. Well, that’s fine but for the fact that my car was due its test tomorrow and it had been out of ticket since the 11th February.
‘Ah well, what’s the good news?’ I asked.
‘We sneaked it in today (pause) and it passed.’
That Mike always had a cruel streak. It was close to a clean bill of health too. Some of the bushes are a little worn, as is a bottom balljoint, and the rear brakes are imbalanced – but within tolerances. Mike had greased the rear drums and serviced the heck out of the old girl before putting it in for the MoT, so the clean(ish) bill of health is all down to the good man in Sussex… but it’s all good for a year.
The new dampers from Rimmer Bros need to go on still and that will be done soon – but only after Mike has chiled out, stopped fettling and spent some time seriously enjoying the old girl.
Here’s to another 12 months.
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.
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