The Grand Unveiling
The Tour of the Wall
Matthew and I had a great day out on Sunday doing the Tour of the Wall organised by Caledonian Classic and Historic Motor Sport Club http://www.caledonianmsc.com/ . We were using the new MGB as a shakedown to the trip to Ireland in May and I’m pleased to say that it ran without missing a beat all day and took a fairly brisk pace in its stride.
I have yet to fit a new hood so we ran with the roof down all day starting in the dark at 0600hrs when it was frosty but very clear. Matt drove up as far as Berwick where we changed over and took the car up to Dobbie’s stopping for breakfast at McDonalds, Dunbar. It was very cold driving as there was nowhere to shelter your hands despite having gloves. Matthew did not seem to realise that the heater was on full he’s getting soft driving a Mazda MX-5.
First car was away at 0930 so there was no hanging about after a quick cup of coffee and a look at the Tulip Road book we were off.
The route took us down the A7 before cutting onto minor roads to run parallel all the way down to just above Selkirk where we crossed over and headed down towards Bonchester Bridge. We passed Wauchope and down to the end of the C200, Kielder down to the Lunch Halt at Chollerford. For about 1300hrs. How the majority of the field were there before us I couldn’t work out because only a few passed us when stopped for comfort breaks you certainly have to push on to keep up.
We left the route then which was heading along the Military Road to Gillsland before turning North through Eskdale to the finish at Peebles. The CotC reckoned it would take about three hours to get to finish so we went along to the new visitor Centre, The Sill at Twice Brewed for a cup of coffee. Our route was around 280 miles getting home around 1500hrs. I had a cup of tea before giving the car a wash and then sitting down to knock out a few zzzz’s. The car has proved itself reliable and runs quite happily up the A1 at 60mph as well as rattling around the lanes. The renewed front suspension with the V8 bushes and ¾” antiroll bar has made a huge difference the car really feels planted turns into the corners with only the ruts throwing it off line.
I feel as though we can take the car to Ireland with confidence although we have few more runs to test it further.
The MGB GT by contrast feels very similar to drive although it is a much more civilised environment giving it certainly the edge on a long run. Having driven both in the last two days I can see why the GT was so successful. The GT has rested since about October but started first turn of the key and ran perfectly on a little run Saturday afternoon and to the Committee Meeting last night.