...and out goes the engine...

Good news: Pumpkin will race next weekend, Doc’s got a lot of mechancial training & a good workout. Bad news: George’s gearbox won’t cooperate.Doc’s been busy trying to get a proper gearbox working for George, and we thought everything was OK after he had source every inch of info from books & gurus. However, after spending last weeks sorting the box, and sunday fitting it all back in, there was an alien noise somewhere in the drivetrain. We did get to tick off the rest of the todo-list though, but when started we found we needed to pull it all again…
I had to leave to pick up the kids, and was barely home before Doc was on the phone with the engine out again and possible problem sourced.

Once this is sorted – we again will have to resort to a sub-optimal box – George the Bevan replica is ready to go.

The really good news is that the suspected engine failure of Pumpkin was nothing of the sort. It was a case of a broken rotor arm and Doc’s paranoia, or mechanical sympathy, and the task of debuting two new cars at a rather tightly-scheduled event. His profession was also called upon as a 3-year old kid was hit by a car in the paddock during the event – but it seems like the kid be ok fortunately.

Doc has a straight routine these days of finding issues on an Imp, and found the problem quickly. I think he must have the World Record in pulling an Imp engine by now. So – it looks like we will be running both cars again in a few days at the Classic & Sportscar Meeting.