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Report from the Autumn Show at Malvern

Report from the Three Counties Showground

The Standard V4 at Hanley Swan

Hi Phil,

Attached should be pictures taken during my attendance at Malvern this weekend.


Having been anxiously watching the weather forecast all week I left Bristol on Saturday morning in bright warm sunshine. I headed for Cirencester first to pick up a magneto from Len Barr. All was going to plan until my V4 ground to a halt just outside Tetbury. I diagnosed fuel starvation and removed the front seat to get to the fitted toolbox, I was shocked to find it virtually empty and thought I must have left all the tools at home. I was ready to call RAC and retrieved my phone from my coat in the back of the car. On moving my coat I was relieved to find a toolbox that I had put in before the cancelled Coventry weekend. The carb jets were quickly cleaned out and off I went again. On leaving Cirencester the problem returned while driving on the  A417.Working on a car on the side of a busy dual carriageway, with traffic not even slowing down, is not something I am in any hurry to repeat!


Carb jets again cleaned out, and no further problems, meant I arrived at my accommodation by early afternoon. I was staying at a riverside pub on the River Severn near Tewkesbury. A pleasant afternoon was spent partaking of a few  Tribute ales. There is something very civilised about sitting by the river with a pint watching the boats cruising past in the sunshine. Suprisingly the afternoon was followed by an evening partaking of a few Tribute ales. I must confess to being a touch wobbly by closing time.


Sunday dawned with a covering of mist over the river and surrounding area. Feeling a touch fragile I made a leisurely start as I headed to Malvern. I stopped at the picturesque village of Hanley Swan and photographed my car by the duck pond. (see above) By the time I arrived at the showground the sun was again shining. The weather had encouraged a fine selection of classics to attend, although mine was the only Standard which suprised me somewhat. There cannot be many shows with twice as many Dorrettis as Standards attending! This was the best Malvern show I have ever attended. I made a few useful purchases in the autojumble including an old magazine celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Standard Motor Company.


My journey home was fairly uneventual with just one stop to clean out the carb jets. I visited Lydney docks on the way and had a walk alongside the River Seven, carrying my bonnet mascot to prevent it from disappearing.


Now I really must get round to fitting that fuel filter that has been sitting on my bench for about 3 years.

Click on these photos to see an enlargement:


A Doretti at Malvern

Steve's car at Malvern

Photos and Report from Steve Smeltzer

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