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About Shoestring

I just an ordinary guy with a busy job trying to compete in motorsport. I like to make things difficult for myself by living far away from most of the venues, using a car known to have "issues" and living in the cobble-streeted heart of a Cathedral city and therefore having no room to store a trailer or a van. This means that I have to drive to every event. Or get creative with hire vans...

Its gone!

Car sold, collected and gone. It was a great little car and taught me a lot. Hayley caught me on ebay looking for a replacement but I can’t think of anything that will be as good allround and I can’t … Continue reading

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Its Shoestring Dihatsu racer dot com!

Just to keep my hand in I managed to persuade my mate Matt to enter his everyday Dihatsu Charade, complete with kiddy seats still in the back, in a SCCON PCT. We had a great time and the little car … Continue reading

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Silverstone

And so to Silverstone! For the MGCC MG Live! Sprint. I got up early (very early) and drove down with the new engine humming away and showing really good oil pressure, and the recently re-fitted cigarette lighter socket powering the … Continue reading

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New engine and MOT

Car drove well on way home. I couldn’t help myself and drove gently as if running in, even though I know its a good engine. My Dad rebuilt this engine for a Spitfire, including a a new crank. I drove … Continue reading

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Collecting car with replacement engine in about 2o hours

Very excited!

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New engine on the way and problem solved?

I’ve made a discovery and it has cheered me up. Long time readers will know that the current engine has developed a habit of destroying bottom end bearings. After several rebuilds the gap between running big ends has got smaller … Continue reading

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My trophy has arrived!

Unexpected package arrived at work today. I had no idea it would be so big! Its about six inches tall and made of glass. Hexagonal (MG) shape and very difficult to photograph. Not only is it transparent but it is … Continue reading

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Let the running-in commence

Pottering round the streets (so as not to keep revs at one particular point) running new engine in. Great fun even at this speed. Noisy though!

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Fitted engine (with a little help from my friend)

Time to put the engine. One of my former students, Will, lent a hand. No real problems. We left the head off to make it a bit lighter. Will rebuilt a Land Rover in his mum’s garden, mostly on his … Continue reading

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Collected Balanced Engine

Man mountain helps get enigne out of boot Continue reading

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