Weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th August was the annual Register Rally held
this year at Scalford Hall, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. This
event is for pre 1931 Standards.
event started somewhat earlier for your webmaster, For 10 years
now, I have had a 1921 Standard SLO laid up in a lock-up
garage. I decided that it was high time it saw the light of day and
that I would take it to the event rather than its elder sister, our 1919 Model SLS. So I purchased a battery, wheeled out the car, primed
the petrol and oil pump and pulled hopefully on the starter cable. It
was a great surprise and relief that the car sprang into life! So, the task was
on to get the car ready for an MoT.
the next few days I purchased a new spare tyre ( nearly £200 with
inner tube and valve and fitting), cleaned out the 10 year old
"waxy" petrol from the carburettor, Autovac and fuel tank
and changed the oil in the engine, gearbox and
back axle and greased all the grease "cups". There are
brakes on the rear drums only, plus a transmission brake which clamps
on the prop shaft, all these were adjusted and were soon working fine.
the biggest problem was getting the car to hold water: There is a
small expansion pipe on the top of the block, I replaced the pipe, but
the fitting was reluctant to seal. I also found that water was pouring
out of the water outlet on the front of the engine block, this is an
aluminium casting and I found that it had gone porous over the years,
so the water came out as fast as I could add it. Unbolting the casting
caused it fall disasterously into three pieces......
therefore set to work on repairing the casting as best I could using
sheet steel , epoxy metal, cork gasket material and Red Hermatite. The resultant casting
was good enough, not perfect, as there was still a tiny leak from the finished item. So off we
go to the MoT station, its thursday afternoon by now and we are due to
set off to Melton Mowbray on Friday morning. The car passes with
Flying colours (and no advisories) It's a source of great amusement to the young mechanics employed by
the garage. They can't believe the bell-crank system that indicates
"safe" oil pressure on the dashboard!
dawns and the water casting is leaking again, so I disassemble it once
more and add more gasket sealer to stem the flow. I say goodbye to
Lynda (she fully expects she's unlikely to ever see me again, like I'm
going away to war!) and she promises to follow behind later to pick up
route takes me through the centre of Luton and then through the centre
of Bedford, following the old A6. Roadmenders lean on their shovels to
watch me pass by, but I am smiling broadly, the sun is shining, and
the SLO is purring along nicely. About 10 miles north of
Bedford I come across the "Falcon", advertising itself
as a fine riverside pub and eating house. And so it proves to
be, I phone Lynda, the SLO is going so well that she has been unable
to catch me up. Twenty minutes later she arrives and we have lunch.
The car has cooled down, I add about 2 litres of water and set off
again. The route takes me through Kettering, then over some surprisingly
stiff Leicestershire hills to Oakham, were I stop and add more water.
just a relatively short run to Melton then and I roll into the hotel
carpark just gone 5pm, the odometer says 100 miles but I am informed
that the straight line distance is only 75 miles - still far enough in
a 88 year old car that hasn't turned a wheel in ten years.
can click on any of the thumbprints below to see an enlargement:
Road, as viewed from Steve Smeltzer's V4
Kate Condor's Model SLS
ought to tell you something about the Event! My casting repair has
disintegrated and refuses to seal even after the application of more
sealer. We volunteer to navigate for other owners on the Rally. On
Saturday we tour rural Leicestershire and pass through two of the most
famous Stilton Villages, Long Clawson and Colston Bassett, The third
of the famous trio, Cropwell Preedy is just a couple of miles down the
road! We lunch at Stonegate farm centre (on pork pies and Stilton, of
course) The return journey takes in the Great Central Railway which
has steam engines to satisfy the train twitchers amongst us. We bump
into an Ensign owner and try to persuade him to join the Club. I can
confirm that he has done the sensible thing and joined online today!
James Watson brought the oldest car at the event, the 1913
Model 6M, Brighton Torpedo
Paddocks in their Big Nine
hitches a ride in Steve O'hara's Teignmouth
morning is the Brewery Tour at Old Dalby. The Belvoir Brewery is
conveniently situated at the end of David Groom's road. We all went
through a complicated pretence of being interested in the brewing
process then at 12 o'clock noon sharp we repaired to the tasting room
for more serious business.
there we have it: Stilton, Pork Pies, Beer and Classic Cars. I think I
have died, gone to heaven and don't want to go home!
One of the
dinner tables on Saturday evening
outside the Belvoir Brewery
all good things have to come to an end. The SLO is loaded onto a
Footman James Recovery wagon and thanks to their excellent service I
arrive home 20 minutes before Lynda in her "modern".
Three of the only
seven surviving Standard Model SLO's are photographed together at
must go to the organisers, first to Len Barr, (for his second Rallyof
the summer) and secondly to David Groom for the Roadruns. We were also
blessed with warm sunny weather, a great hotel and good food.
SLO will be repaired and back on the road shortly.
and photos by Phil Homer
report appears here
on the Register Website.