We’re all eager for that warm spring weather to come erase our memory of the bitter cold winter. Vintage car enthusiasts have extra motivation for the temperature change; driving season! The temporary setback to our spring weather can’t stop the true enthusiasts.
Rain and snow took over the weekend of April 2nd, when Oxford Motorcars opened their doors to the British Motorcars of New England for a cars & coffee event. Despite the dreary weather, we had a fantastic turn out. Mallory Walsh of BMCNE brought some delicious Allie’s Donuts (which always draw a crowd) and Oxford provided an appealing breakfast spread from Bagels, Etc. There was no lack of food at this event!
As the British car fanatics strolled in, discussions about MG’s, Triumphs, Jaguars and Bentleys quickly filled the room. Fellow BMCNE members were able to admire Andy Amatruda’s TR4 chassis that we are in the process of repairing. Others who have already had their work completed by Oxford were happy to show off pictures of their finished products!
These informal events also give enthusiasts the opportunity to speak with our knowledgeable staff about mechanical problems they may be having with their own cars. BMCNE member, Angus Ross, was having a terrible time removing a shock absorber mounting stud on his MGA Coupe. Joe Manzi was happy to provide Angus with a few shallow jam nuts (which should be exactly what was needed to extract the stud). Needless to say, Angus was thrilled! We will be checking in with him soon to see if our suggested fix did the trick.
In keeping with tradition, the Oxford team decided to perform a tech session for our car club guests. This month they decided on demonstrating a MGB king pin re-bushing and shimming. Hand-outs explaining “how to check your front suspension for wear” were a big hit! The step-by-step instructions were provided to help members check their own front ends safely. Aside from a few “oohs” and “ahhs” at the shiny king pin bushing reamer tool, the informative session went without incident.
We look forward to hosting our friends at BMCNE again soon. Hopefully some warm weather will allow us to plan a car cruise where we can get those British beauties out on the road where they belong.