Agnes reminded me that today is the Triumph’s birthday! It was 46 years ago today (June 10, 1965) that she bought the Spitfire. And 45 years ago today was the day that she rolled it (she wasn’t seriously hurt, thank goodness).
I had hoped to mark the occasion by taking the car out to get a pizza tonight, but there was just a little bit of rain coming down, so I thought otherwise. Perhaps this weekend there will be a celebratory pizza.
Lots of Triumphs at the Woodland Hill Winery today. I’ve counted 17 plus lots of other cool cars. Several pictures are on the Facebook page. 🙂
So Paul and I went for a little drive today (it’s a pretty day) in the Spitfire. We needed to fill the little gas can for the lawn mower, and figured we should top off the tank in the Triumph.
The ride to the gas station was uneventful. We went south along the St. Paul side of the Mississippi River Parkway, then left on Randolph. There’s a gas station at Randolph and Snelling that sells non-oxygenated fuels, which is better for older cars that weren’t designed to run on this new-fangled oxygenated stuff.
Instrument Cluster At Night
Along the way, every now and then, the tachometer would make a little grinding noise, accompanied by the needle bouncing around a little erratically. No big deal, I thought — it’s actually been doing that quite a bit this spring — it’s probably a loose connection, or a fraying cable, or something like that. In the end, it’s just the tachometer — it’s not exactly critical to forward movement.
We filled up the car, and the gas can, then got back in for the ride home. Fortunately, the noise was gone. Unfortunately, the tachometer was stuck on zero. It looks like a new cable on Victoria British is $14.95, so I foresee an upcoming order for that, and potentially a couple of other parts.
A little bit of rain isn’t keeping the Spitfire away from the Spring Kickoff. Lots of cool older cars are here (and some not-so-old cars, too).
It’s a bit wet outside, so attendance is down a bit today. And the few cars that are here all have their tops up.
This shot was taken on the way home from this evening’s MN Triumphs club meeting.
So I was diving into work this morning and everything was going fine. (We have a Triumph meeting this evening.)
However, as I was turning into the parking lot at work, I heard a clang-ca-clang-clang sound trailing off the driver’s side.
I figured immediately that one of the hubcaps had flown off. I parked the car and, sure enough, the driver’s side front hubcap was gone.
Fortunately it was close so I just walked back and found it laying on the grass. The hubcap is now back in its rightful place.
OK, I enjoy having fun going through the turns, but I didn’t think I was going THAT fast. 🙂