[concours] RE Driven v Non Driven

Actually in the UK there is a way of checking whether cars are driven or not

All cars have to be road legal here, including tax disc (the fee maybe zero
depending upon age), but to get one car has to have MOT. Equiv to TUV in
Germany.

This document shows mileage since last test (test is annual), and as part of
our concours is documentary, the quick way is check mileage as recorded.

Contentious bit

vehicles less that 2k miles per yr = trailer class
vehicles greater than 2k miles per year = normal show class.

The local Ford capri club has started this oh and spot check the owners
address v shows shown at (if in doubt), the onus is on the owner to approve
adherence. (Their show criteria mean car has to do well in local, then
regional before national level).

Its the whole concept of trailered cars which is alien to us really, and one
of the reasons our ‘up-market’ auto magazines slate gatherings like Palm
Beach. One comment was why take a car from show-to-show, why not a Rodin
sculpture?.

On a lighter note I did here of a trailer merchant who unloaded 5 miles away
from show, and when he returned his range rover and trailer had been nicked,
poetic justice maybe?

Keep on trucking…lol

David

when you think about, the “trailer kings” are punishing themselves…
imagine how boring it must be to be stuck in a truck at 60 with a trailer in
the back vs having fun in an e-type at 80, 90 or more ?

the choice is very simple, to me no trophy is worth this punishment but I
fully understand and respect someone who is willing to endure it.

There is something real exciting about taking a 30 year old car on a long
drive. You start with shorter trips to work out the bugs and build your
confidence then gradually realize that yes you can safely drive it for a
thousand mile or more. When I got to Boston last may after 22 hours straight
on the road without encoutering any problems, it was a pleasure that no
trophy could equal. At least for me.

In the course of rebuilding the front of the E-type I was thinking about
having the engine compartement brought to concours standards. I already have
a real good interior, new paint, fresh chrome. With the engine out,
everything will be detailed and refinished anyway , so why not ?

but then I realized that I’d be afraid of driving the car, I’d have to kiss
my 225/60s and other performance parts goodbye, I’d get paranoid of pushing
it in Speedtrials, and on concours day I’d have to work hard to avoid
deductions for cleanliness.

This year I’ve been going to regional concours ( including Charleston this
week end) with the XKR entered in Display only ( I don’t understand the
point of judging a new or almost new car ) and enjoy the fact that all I
have to do when I get there is a quick clean up. Next year, I’ll go with the
E-type but most likely in Display only as well.

but again, to each his own and after all we all share the same passion.

Pascal
Miami, FL
…bugs on the windshield and brake dust on the front wheels is the only way
to go for me !

In a message dated 10/5/00 9:15:52 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
pascal@pam-trading.com writes:

<<
There is something real exciting about taking a 30 year old car on a long
drive. You start with shorter trips to work out the bugs and build your
confidence then gradually realize that yes you can safely drive it for a
thousand mile or more. >>
My best friend closed his machine shop for the last time last summer on a
Friday. Monday morning he left Simi Valley, Ca by himself in his TR-250
(which he had restored, and I helped on from time to time) and drove to
Maine. He called me nightly so we could make sure he was ok. He replaced a
header gasket in Dayton Ohio. His wife flew out and rode back with him.
Thrill of a lifetime!
I was working and coudn’t go.
I am so envious.
I plan the same trip in my E Type when it’s done. That goal puts a different
perspective on restoration, and what you do with old parts-replace?,
repaint?, replate?, rebuild ?etc.

Mike Moore
63 OTS WIP
59 TR3A