The penny drops – and drops, and drops…

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - MIKE LE CAPLAIN PRO­DUC­TION EDI­TOR

You may have de­duced from my re­cent

Our Clas­sics news up­dates that the hours I haven’t spent dis­charg­ing my du­ties on CCW have been de­voted to the busi­ness of mov­ing house.

There I was on The Big Day, watch­ing our stuff be­ing loaded into a re­movals lorry, when the penny sud­denly dropped. We had five cars to get to our new house – and only four driv­ers.

As soon as we ar­rived at the new house, then, I had to cadge a lift back to the old house – whose new oc­cu­pants were al­ready busy mov­ing in – so I could col­lect PCB.

An­other penny dropped when I got be­hind the wheel and turned the key – it started im­me­di­ately, but the fuel gauge ap­peared to be bro­ken. Then a chill­ing thought oc­curred to me – maybe the gauge was just fine. Bother. And the near­est petrol sta­tion was three miles away. Dou­ble bother.

Cue a saucer-eyed game of chicken with the laws of physics – in the dark and rush-hour traf­fic. I did ev­ery­thing I could to pre­serve my re­main­ing tea­spoon of fuel, from draft­ing lor­ries to feath­er­ing the throt­tle, all the while try­ing to ban­ish night­mar­ish vi­sions of the MG conk­ing out on a round­about.

For once, though, the old boy took pity on me and de­liv­ered us to un­leaded re­demp­tion with­out so much as a warn­ing cough.

How­ever, there was a fi­nal penny wait­ing to drop af­ter I’d swilled a record amount of petrol into the tank – I rarely drive the Mid­get af­ter dark, so the cruise to our new home was quite a reve­la­tion. The halo­gen head­lights I had fit­ted a cou­ple of years ago to re­place the orig­i­nal sealed beams are su­perb, but the ac­com­pa­ny­ing back­light­ing to the Smiths di­als is ut­terly woe­ful. Time for an up­grade, I think – LEDs, maybe?

It’s in there some­where – the Mid­get spent weeks in­car­cer­ated in its garage by pack­ing boxes.

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