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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 five in England, Wednesday 30 August

Had a great day. Drove the Moke to nearest Sainsbury in Canterbury and bought breakfast ingredients which we cooked on the Trangia storm kitchen beside the tents on the sun.

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We packed the tents and drove off. Down to Hythe and missed the train as there were no parking spaces so we drove along the coast instead.

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We stopped for more groceries and then had picknick on the beach in Littlestone-on-Sea. Very lazy and nice, and we stayed for some hours.

We drove on into Rye and strolled around before we had an afternoon drink at Mermaid Inn.

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The day ended at the Cock Inn in Peasmarsh, just northwest of Rye. We are camping behind the pub and had dinner and some drinks inside. Nice company, nice food and tasty beers. :-)

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Second day in England

IMG_20140727_054852090Early morning in Heybridge, Máldon , England

IMG_20140727_105823733Traditional breakfast in Maldon.

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We visited the historical dockyard in Chatham.

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We then drove back to our B&B for the night, located in Northfleet/Gravesend.