Smoke in the Wires Jan 2016


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January The British Line submission for The Marque by Richard Lewis

Without being told, Your

Loyal Correspond (YLC) suspects

that you already know this is a new

year. With that knowledge firmly in

place, what are we going to do about

it? How can we make this a better

year than last?

YLC is not going to delve into

all those issues that usually make

the list of New Year’ s Resolutions,

things like lose weight, stop

smoking (What, you are still

smoking? Are you mad? Has Demon

Nicotine rotted what few brain cells

still rattle around in that cavernous

space? This is your mother

speaking—Stop!), or all the other

things you promise sincerely and

with the best intentions and are

eaten with guilt by January 31 for

failing to deliver on.

No, this is truly YLC speaking

to himself in regards to resolutions

related to his own British car, and if

you want to tag along, jump aboard.

First and foremost, he

resolves to make sure he takes the

shining, sparkling TR 6 out of the

garage more often than monthly. It

is amazing, at least to YLC, how

many excuses one can find for not

unlimbering the LBC---“Looks like

rain, Its really cold, It’s just a short

trip and the sedan is so much more

comfortable, My back hurts and

those seats are murder”, and so on,

ad nauseum. No more! The noble

engine’s roar will be heard with

regularity, even the top will come

down, and on to the open road.

Next, he will start doing more

of the required work on the car than

he has in the past. Yes, getting

under the car is harder than it used

to be, Yes, bending over the engine

bay can bring on back pain, Yes,

skinned knuckles are not pleasant,

but there will be no more of this

taking it to the mechanic for every

little thing like changing the oil,

adjusting the timing, changing the

points and plugs, rotating the tires,

and so on. While there are likely

jobs that will require more expert

hands, these aforementioned are

jobs that can be done by YLC, and

even a few more even more complex

ones, and he will desist with taking

the easy way out.

Lastly, since three resolutions

are enough for anyone, he will resist

the temptation to covet every

beautiful car he sees, and definitely

resist buying any more of them. In

the past, YLC has yielded to the

siren song of the desire to own “just

one more, that can’t hurt anything.”

Yes, it can. No more irrational

purchases, no more buying cars

that are mainly held together by

rust. YLC seeks focus, and the

pleasure of owning a car he

cherishes and, most of all, uses.

Well, we’ll see how all of this

goes. If any of these resolutions

strike a chord with you, help

yourself. If YLC lives by any of these,

time only will tell.

The end of 2015 was a busy

time for PBCA. Let’s review some



Dec. 1 saw the Tuesday Morning

Breakfast and Show Committee

Meetings. We enjoyed breakfast and

then continued work on the April

15-16 Brits on the Bay Show, which

promises to be a humdinger. Last

year’s show saw stormy weather,

which caused a drop in attendance

but still a surprising number of

attendees brave enough to challenge

Smoke in the Wires January 2016 Page 6

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