Gawsworth… Not

Well, that didn’t go as planned! Raining when I left for Gawsworth Hall Youngtimers show this morning, but hood down & indeed the rain stopped a few minutes later. Having got the other side of Hale Barns I realised I had forgotten my entrance tickets & went home to pick them up.

Unused. Grrr…

Half a mile into the second journey the coolant boiled over & dumped onto the A538 with the engine going into “Protected Mode”. Really rather disappointing given how good the car has been recently. Anyway, six litres of water later (courtesy of a very nice, patient householder on Hale Road!) & some engine checks using the Torque ODB2 app I limped back home again.

My trusty ODB2 sender. I might not have a clue what’s going on with the engine, but it does!

No idea what happened or why, but decided against trying for Gawsworth a third time. A shame as, apart from catching up with other owners, I was really looking forward to seeing the Morrison’s LM following the conversion from a Spyder to a Coupe & the respray. Knowing Debbie & Darren it will be immaculate. And very purple!

Christmas Blast for 23

Not having been in the Mantis for a few weeks, the fantastic clear blue skies of Boxing Day 2023 were too good an opportunity to miss, so after press-ganging my daughter into coming along for the ride, it was off out into the Cheshire lanes for a very pleasant drive out.

A good few things still needing to be done on the car, with future funding sources unclear, but for the time being it was just nice to get out. Given how infrequently I am now driving the car, with negligible commuting & other demands on the old bank balance, I really must try & get a dash cam sorted for 2024 so I can get some driving footage. An aide memoire for the car when the grey cells start failing might be rather handy!

What else for next year then? Well the chatter at the Marcos Christmas Dinner was that we might go to the Youngtimers event at Gawsworth Hall on the second May bank holiday as a group, rather than a independent owners. Other than last year, this was not something I have been previously available for as I am normally at the Hay (Book) Festival with my son, however sadly he has grown up & looks to be elsewhere from now on. We will probably continue to gather on the Sunday of the Oulton Park Gold Cup as our NW race-based meet. The big news perhaps is that we may consider going back to Tatton Park, which we attended for over 25 years before falling out with the new owners, Morton Events, over their ill-informed & ill-advised insistence that we attend on two days across the show weekends. Hopefully after five years running the Tatton Parks shows they now understand that owners clubs of low volume, rare sportscars can’t necessarily get the vehicle numbers to cover more than one day. We will see….

Gawsworth Youngtimers

Battery changed, car working. Chance conversation with a neighbour & it was off to the Youngtimers event at Gawsworth Hall on the last May Bank Holiday.

What a fantastic venue. No stalls or vendors, just cars parked around the amazing Gawsworth Hall itself. Plenty of nice motors (Ferrari etc) but also many less exotic classics. Everyone was up for a good chat in the sunshine.

Never having taken the Mantis to Gawsworth before, I was intrigued to be directed to the Chamomile Lawn, which turned out to be a great spot near the Panthers & Corvettes. Paul & Gilly, seasoned attendees, found me in their Mantula so we had a Marcos stand… Kind of! 🤣