New­shound charges to Mazda’s res­cue


Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - DAVID SIMIS­TER EDI­TOR

Never has a beige Rover 75 been such a wel­come sight. It was a bit­terly cold af­ter­noon in a de­serted bit of the Fens, and the Mazda de­cided to break down – for the first time in nearly three years.

It was my own fault, of course. Af­ter us­ing up the last bit of sun­shine that 2016 had to of­fer at the helm of H521 NRX ( CCW, 7 De­cem­ber) the Eunos has spent the past few weeks hid­ing away and only ven­tur­ing out oc­ca­sion­ally for very brief warm-ups. Clearly, it wasn’t enough. It may spend its down-time snug­gling un­der a warm blan­ket along­side Nick Larkin’s classics these days, but it’d clearly had enough of be­ing grounded. Cue one Rover 75-shaped de­fib­ril­la­tor and a chunky set of jump leads.

It fired up first time af­ter a few min­utes, and seemed as ea­ger to get go­ing as ever once I’d backed it out of the garage. My mis­sion was to move it 12 miles away to some­where where it can es­cape the worst of the win­ter weather, and it fizzed with en­ergy through­out the trip. If only we were all this ex­citable at this time of year!

But it didn’t last. At our des­ti­na­tion – a sort of bunker where Nick keeps his Rover P4 and P6 – I made the mis­take of flick­ing the Mazda’s ig­ni­tion off for a mo­ment. When I twisted it back on again there was a brief click from the starter mo­tor – but noth­ing else.

I doubt that the al­ter­na­tor is to blame be­cause I had it re­placed shortly af­ter buy­ing the car in 2014 and there are no dash­board warn­ing lights in­di­cat­ing a gen­er­a­tor is­sue. I had jump leads, but noth­ing to at­tach them to – and it was a long walk to the near­est vil­lage. Then my un­likely saviour ar­rived – CCW new­shound Nick Larkin had, for once, re­mem­bered to be some­where on time. Another quick jump start and the Eunos fired up first time.

Time for a fresh bat­tery, I reckon.

Larkin’s Rover gives David’s Eunos the kiss of life.

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