MG Live

Nothing much to report on this, since I didn’t go this year. Jack Martin did, but he was jet lagged from his holiday/son-in-law’s wedding and can’t remember much of what was going on, but he still managed to come back with a full shopping basket! It was far too hot for me, and Silverstone is such a sun-trap I would have suffered way too much in the heat. A couple of days afterwards, I took my MGA over to Steeple Claydon for Graham Coles to have a look at, since I had never got to the bottom of a jangling noise from the front suspension when driving over bumpy surfaces. Graham took two cars to race at Silverstone, and neither finished – fuel vaporisation on one, and a broken half-shaft on the other – and he said he had never known such a rate of attrition among the race cars, mainly because of the heat. With my MGA, after a test run and quite a bit of searching, Graham found the problem – the disc pads in the offside front caliper were slightly loose, because the anti-rattle spring was acting on the pistons rather than the pads. But he did say, even with the problem cured, the brakes were not as efficient as they should be, and advised changing the pads for EBC greenstuff ones, which I duly did, and he was absolutely right!! Thanks, Graham!

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