Message sent by Graham Kirkup

Message from Midget and Sprite Club


by Graham Kirkup

Hi All,

Our club meeting last Thursday 14th whilst lacking in numbers was high on content, apart from discussing future motoring events electrical matters were a topic. Having a limited understanding  together with a great respect of electrics since you cannot smell it or see it, but it can kill you is enough for me and I steer clear of working on it and its effects even on cars, maybe reinforced by an article in ‘enjoying MG’ a while ago where rubber bumpered MGBGT.s would misteriously start up  and if in gear drive on with calamitus effect. This was found to be an electrical fault asociated hand brake warning light wired through the ignition.

Gordon Higgs and Chris Flinders both recalled odd electrical incidents and problems, Higgsie in particular referred to the Aston Martin Lagonda of the 80’s which used cathode ray tubes to operate dashboard screens, with their inherently lethally high currents if one had to carry out work in those areas.


April 6-7 Snetterton- Peter Chase has highlighted this ‘proper’ classic car racing event, he is going along and wondered if anyone of us was also going to inform him via myself.

Easter Saturday April 20th Fun Run starting at Morrisons car park Cambourne 10:30 then on to Jordan’s Mill near Gamligay all via minor roads calling at various places of interest en route for an early evening meal c 6:30pm at The White Swan Conington – contact myself or Chris Flinders ( if interested.

Sunday April 28th ‘Drive it day’ charity fun run starting from Melbourn Village College The Moor Melbourn SG8 6EP at 11am. £5/car donation to Cherryhomes Trust for help to physically disabled people in the Cambridge area.( The easy run (with tulip diagrams provided) will visit Thaxted and finish at Finchingfield (approx 28miles) with optional lunch stops. This is not a speed event and takes in minor roads most suitable for our cars as an enjoyable run.

Sunday May 5th Earsham Hall classic vehicle and country fayre. Organised by The Bungay Area Lions Club contact:

Sunday July 14th Kimbolton classic cars and country fayre.Please let Chris or myself know asap for entry passes. We will be alloted our own area, this has something for everyone.

Sunday August 4th Higham Ferrers classic car and country fayre, this is a super event, also smaller in scale than Kimbolton thus limited space.

We intend to organise another tenpin bowling event but at Pidley sports venue thanks to Nigel/Diane Fenn, watch this space.

We will be planning other events and look forward to some good weather to make them more enjoyable, otherwise catch up with you at our next meeting Thursday April 11th at The White Swan.

Graham Kirkup frogeye TVS 664



Reply to Graham Kirkup | Mar 22,2019 |

Wiltshire MASC Meeting – March 25th

Message sent by Geraint Swann-Price

Message from Midget and Sprite Club

Wiltshire MASC Meeting – March 25th

by Geraint Swann-Price

MASC Wiltshire – March Update.

Hi everyone. This is your last minute reminder that it is our monthly social night on Monday, from around 7 PM, at the Barge Inn at Seend. Everyone is very welcome, and if you come early we can eat together; the food is pretty good. We love to see new faces too, and even encourage non-car chat too, if you can keep it clean and avoid the B word.

As I write I am on my way back from the NEC, the Practical Classics restoration show, where we’ve had a busy and tiring day. (I’m not driving!) The MASC stand was well attended, and I caught up with a few good friends there. I have been using the prototype roller clutch release bearing, the 1098 version , so I could give him feedback on that. It works well so far, nice and smooth. At the show I also got an insurance quote from Carole Nash, (£108, including breakdown, which seemed reasonable) and for just getting the quote I got 5 litres of decent Classic 20/50 oil, free. Can’t be bad.

Many more tales to tell, but they can wait. As I’m feeling flushed, maybe I’ll be at the bar and shake the moths out of my wallet on Monday, so see you there!


Website outage

Message sent by Mike Bennett

Message from Midget and Sprite Club

Website outage

by Mike Bennett

Dear Member

We have had a significant outage with the club website and email system, regrettably, it caused considerable inconvenience, not only to our members but also to the members of the committee that use the facilities to run the club, specifically to Neil our editor and Stuart our membership secretary who heavily depend on the emails for the production of MASCOT and administration of the membership.

Without going into too many technical details, the problem started when the server crashed intermittently, just like the problem with an elusive misfire, there could have been a number of causes for these problems and numerous steps were taken to isolate the issue and fix it. Then the server crashed and could not be restarted. The engineers replaced numerous components but, in the end, it was irreparable and a new server was built and installed. The email system restarted and worked well but the website could not be re-instated due to the way in which the new server had been built. The engineers attempted to resolve this but brought down the email service in the process. After a while, it became apparent that this situation was not going to get any better and a new company was found to host a server and they built a new one that had the advantage of being a later model and using newer technology. The new contract also provides for them to manage the hardware and operating system and automatically switch to new hardware should the same problem occur in the future.

With the new server available, the club’s website and email system have been restored and are now operational.

This has been an intense and at times very frustrating episode and I am sorry that it has caused so much inconvenience, but on the positive side, we now have a better platform for our internet technology.


Mike Bennett


Reply to Mike Bennett | Mar 16,2019 |