30 June 2012

Kirkmichael Festival

Today is the annual Kirkmichael Festival so we will be open all day Saturday if you fancy seeing what we're up to at the moment.

We have a Morgan, Alvis, Austin 12/4 and Morris Convertible

as well as our own Bullnose and an Austin Six

We have also had two club visits over the previous two weeks from the Aston Martin Owners Club and the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club

18 June 2012



A Lagonda 2 Litre Continental that we help to look after has just won the Caithness & Sutherland Vintage Vehicle Club Trophy last Sunday at Thirlestane in the S.V.V.F.'s Champion of Champions.

 A well deserved win following lots of polishing since the car had just been up to Dornoch for a family wedding.

06 June 2012


The work on the ash frame for the Speed 20 continues.  Ian has been busy making new pieces for the wheel arches by fabricating a laminated ply section.  The first arch is now complete and ready to trim to size and the second one is on the former drying

A wooden former is made

Ian starts building up the layers of ply and adhesive

Adhesive is applied all over each strip

Strips are built up one on top of another

Air bubbles are smoothed out before the next layer is built up
 and eventually the whole lot is cramped together through the holes
visible on the former and then the ends are screwed down so that it
sets in the right shape.  It is then left to dry out for several days 

Once dry the new piece is removed from the former and
will be trimmed neatly to shape before use

Ian offers up the new arch before marking it for trimming