Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
Well we did it, all be it with a few misadventures. But we managed 381 miles of absolutely brilliant roads, in glorious weather.
We met at the Royal Oak on the A6 at Westhoughton, near Bolton at noon on Friday, Noon must mean time to eat and drink this as become feature of the Northern Duttoneer’s tours, Eat, Drink, Drive, Eat, Drink, Drive etc.
Once we were all together and refreshments finished we set off for North Wales, keeping to the A and B roads through Hindley, Ince, Golborne and into Cheshire.
Crossing the A556 at Delamere as I accelerated there was a metallic clicking noise as the rev’s came down. Could this be the first breakdown with only 30 miles done? We pulled up, and checked under the car, and under the bonnet, the only thing we found was the locknut on the clutch cable, so quick adjustment and give it a try, the noise was still there. I decided to let it develop until we could get off the road and get underneath.
First stop 34 miles on and it’s time for tea at the Boars Head at Beeston see from the photo this is a lovely building, service was great before we had finished tinkering the Girls were served with Tea in the lounge.
Still couldn’t find the noise, at first I thought it might be the clutch disc breaking up, but it drove OK. The decision was made to carry on and worry when it stops working.
Then onward towards Wrexham, then onto Trevor and our first sightseeing detour to Pont Cysyllte Aquaduct, one of Thomas Telford’s great works in cast iron, see the photos they speak better than I can.
No noise from Cheshire now, so the broken bit as fallen off or we have just got used to the noise!!! Last 5 miles from Trevor to LLangllen and out towards the Horse Shoe Pass and The Britannia Hotel.
After Checking in we set to trying to find my noise, jacked up the back, wheels and drums off, thinking broken brake spring, nothing. While it was up in the air started it and run it up and down the box, again nothing. Back on the ground, and with Steve Heap as a passenger aquick run back down to Llangollen no noise until we turned right and there it is, after a visit to the shop, we hammered it back up the hill to the Hotel. Looks like the noise is coming from the exhaust rubbing on the side of the ally side panel as the engine shifts under power, Phew!!
The Britannia is at the bottom of the Horse Shoe Pass, and a grand place, comfy rooms, good food (see again eating) and BEER.
Quick shower, and down for Tea (dinner if you are reading this in the South) and it would not be a Northern Duttoneer’s outing without a quiz, Thanks to Sue for that, The guys came runner up, Oh the Girls won, but we think there may have been a little under hand work going on there, no engine, suspension, or gearbox questions.
Tomorrow we hit the Horse Shoe Pass
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