Monthly Archives: August 2014

Denmark, to nice to just blast through

Thursday 7 August

Woke up on south Fyn and had a nice breakfast with bread ordered the day before. We then packed all stuff and took off on small danish roads. The petrol level was a bit low so it was a challange to find a petrol station that was open och accepted our credit cards.

Odense was our next stop with lunch and trying to take some turfzones. No datatraffic on the mobile made the latter unsuccesful…

We drove on on small roads and eventually reached the Stora Bält bridge. We were not as smart as M & T in the Cooper who claimed the car was under three metres and only psid half fee. The traffic over the bridge was a bit hectic, loads of wind from the side and we were in the Moke. But we made it! We the took off to smaller roads again and this time aiming to the northern part of Sjaelland.

Nice roads took us to the ferry Rörvig-Hundested, short crossing of only 20 minutes sailing. The ferry was fully booked but as we had so small cars they squeezed us in.

We started to look for a place to set camp for the night and passed several sites that were not suitable. Day ended finally in Rågeleje where we had a meal on a restaurant, took a stroll on the beach during sunset and the set camp on a campsite.

 

Repair of Moke on danish soil

Moke repairs on danish soil, Wednesday 6 August
We reached Harwich well in advance of ferry depature and therefore had time for a visit to the nice Harwich Redoubt fort. We then bought some groceries for a picnic on the ferry, way cheaper than the restaurants aboard.

The Harwich Redoubt fort

The Harwich Redoubt fort

We lined up and there were several Minis, danish, norwegian and swedish. Even the car and the team that was awarded Spirit of the show at IMM by MiniWorld, the danish 1959 Mini owned by Michael Herluf. Probably the oldest Mini that is driven to events, chassies number around 260.!!

Danish 1959 Mini

Danish 1959 Mini

Crossing was smooth and easy, some beers but no really party.
Esbjerg was waiting for us and our Minis that needed some repairs. The Moke had a strange noise from the dynamo, Joels Clubman Estate had ignition problem (related to the cable fire in Maidstone??) and BOA needed to raise the suspension as he was fully loaded.

The coil was broken on the Clubman Estate

The coil was broken on the Clubman Estate

I dismounted the dynamo and found out that the bushing in back was gone. It was charging but made a noise when rotating. No bushing among the spares so only solution was to like the noise and drive on. But then a MGB stopped and offered us help. A minute later I was in the car, five minutes later in a garage with several MGs, mostly Midgets and was handed a new backpiece for the dynamo. We drove back to the Moke, mounted it and then we were ready to drive off! What luck!
I googled the guy, as I forgot to ask his name, and found out it was Palle Kragh Ruhe, driving Midgets in historic racing. Very nice fellow!

The MG garage (picture found on web via google)

The MG garage (picture found on web via google)

We had lunch on the main square, took some turfzones and then drove off.
We ended the day on a campsite on southwest Fyn, where we met up with the rally Cooper that had been driving over the continent as they had no ticket on ferry England-Denmark. They had had a nice trip and the Cooper was running good after the change of head gasket at the IMM.

Change of head gasket on the rally Cooper at IMM

Change of head gasket on the rally Cooper at IMM

Day 11 in England, Tuesday 5 August.

The International Mini Meeting, IMM2014, is over and we are on our way back to mainland of Europe, catching a ferry from Harwich this evening.

We had a great weekend at the meeting with loads of Minis, friends, parts, activities, dancing, exhibitions, and so on. Was great to meet all friends again and to meet some new. Around 5000 visitors were on the IMM and then there were day visitors during sunday. Dont know how many Minis that were on site, will let you know when I find out.

There were a lot of Mokes at the meeting and 82 of them was gstheted on a field one if the days, biggest collection of Mokes in one place for quite a while.

Next years IMM will be in Lithuania and in 2016 it will be in Belgium. So start planning now and begin work in garage.

I have loads of pictures but most of them in my camera so you will have to wait until I am back home until they are published.

 

Day six in England, Thursday 31 August

Day six in England, Thursday 31 August.

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Lazy morning started the day. We cooked breakfast at the tents in the morning sun. We were still behind The Cock Inn in Peasmarsh. Everyone took a shower after all gears were packed into the cars and we set off, heading north towards Maidstone.

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We realised that the Cooper was a bit tired , especially going upwards. After a quick diagnose at the lunch stop we came to the conclusion that the headgasket most probably is blown between cyl 2 and 3.

 

SomethingIMG_178659027647861 to fix on IMM.

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The lunch stop was also a pre Imm beer with IMD- International Mini Drinkers. And it was held at the Ringlestone Inn, on the countryside 8 km east of Maidstone, very old and nice place.
We arrived to the looong queue into IMM at 1500 and were let in at about 1800. Many wellknown faces in the queue so time was flying.

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The showground is quite big but we mansged to fin the other swedes, squeezed into a plot near to the markets and event hall. A bit away from the toilets and long away from showers so visits to these must be planned.
Tent up, beer out and then start to socialize :-)
At midnight we called it a day, brushed our teeth and went to bed.
Tomorrow market, people and arrival of a beloved woman.