T Register 2021 Events Reports

Here are all the reports of the T Register’s 2021 Events. They appear in reverse date order so the latest report is at the top of the page.

10-13 September 2021

Report on the T Register Autumn Tour

After a wait of 2 years since many first expressed interest in joining the tour, and after 2 lockdowns and postponements it finally happened!

Our Chairman Ian Palmer and organiser of the weekend has written this report on the Autumn Tour –

On a sunny Friday afternoon 40 cars and crews arrived at the Hilton Puckrup Hotel, just to the north of Tewkesbury. After the usual welcome meeting and drinks everyone was able to meet up with old friends over dinner.
Saturday morning was again sunny and after some careful recovery work and expert repair/fettling/tinkering with the cars, all set out on Saturday to tour parts of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, passing through Winchcombe, Cheltenham and Ledbury plus various pretty villages and countryside.

A view of the Malvern Hills
In the car park of the hotel

In the evening we enjoyed a drinks reception before the Gala Dinner. The hotel was fully booked with our party plus a wedding reception, but looked after us all really well with an excellent menu and a goodly supply of drinks! Of equal importance, the hotel reserved their main car park for our exclusive use for the weekend, and our cars made a fine display for everyone to enjoy.
Sunday morning saw a slightly slower start, but was again sunny, and we toured north through Malvern, to Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, and Bewdley before skirting Worcester and returning via Upton on Severn. Fortunately, the 4 road closures encountered on the most recent recce of the routes were open again, and a single closure and diversion was well signposted, and miraculously did not affect the route mileage!
It was a great opportunity to get together with friends from all over the country and we were very pleased to welcome along some new entrants for whom this was their first tour. All in all, a most enjoyable weekend, and one that we hope to repeat next year in Yorkshire.

There is an album of photos below courtesy of Ian Palmer and Paul Ireland.

27 March 2021

A Virtual Rebuild – seminar no 2 on E10 petrol, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Paul Ireland gave his online presentation to us on Saturday 27 March on E10 – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

We had 20 participants in all and Paul gave us the lowdown on what was good and what was bad with ethanol petrol.

Apparently the good is that it reduces cyclic variability – ie reduces the variability of the point at which the petrol actually burns and so improves the accuracy of the timing of the distributor.

The bad is … ethanol can more easily absorb water and so can cause rust in components – in your fuel tank and float chamber.

So the thing to watch for is, don’t leave your fuel tank cap open when it’s raining!

We had quite a few follow up questions after the presentation and many complimentary emails afterwards. As in the first test seminar, the participants really enjoyed the event and appreciation was expressed to the presenter, Paul Ireland.

The participants on screen
The Real problems with modern petrol

27 February 2021

A Virtual Rebuild – test seminar no 1 on Brakes

This test seminar was held on Saturday 27 February and had 17 participants.

It was our first foray into online seminars and by the feedback we had from the participants it was a great success. As one put it, ‘it was great to talk to car people again’.

The presenter was Paul Plummer speaking on the subject of A Practical Experience of Fixing the Braking System. The intention was not to give a wholesale new exposé on the subject of brakes (the presentation was geared towards beginners, not experts), but to work out the logistics of running such an event online, including Q&As from the audience.

However many expressed the view that the level of the pitch of the subject was just right. And we learnt that we needed to put more effort into managing the Q&A session.
All-in-all, a successful first foray.