Michael's (December 2006)
Michael's Beetle arriving at Bromham
I love listening to the cricket on the radio and I have lost count of the
number of times the commentators put ďthe curseĒ on a batsman, saying how they
are about to make a century and they get out next ball! I canít help wondering
if I didnít do the same to Simon who I was convinced was going to win ďThe
CrackingtonĒ and practically had you opening the champagne last month.
It wasnít to be which is a real shame as there wouldnít be a more deserving
Here at Chaos Manor I am not getting sorted very quickly. However, I have got
the Beetle back (thanks Neil) and I hope to drive that on The March Hare and The
Lands End. I think the Dellow may take a bit more time but it would be nice to
get that going for Classics on the Common.
Michael's (November 2006)
Well done JP and Neil on their recent achievements. After many years devoted
to V8ís, where it was very difficult to get the power down, John has developed
the ex-Graham Marshall, ex-David Thompson buggy into a super-competitive and
reliable machine. Mind you I donít know how much of the car is left after his
Neil kept us in suspense right up to the wire, and we didnít know he had won
the championship until some twenty minutes after the race ended as we had to
wait for the official results to see who got fastest lap.
Finally lets keep our fingers crossed for Simon Groves who gas every chance
of winning the ACTC Crackington Trophy.
On a personal note I am slowly getting sorted out here at Bromham. There have
been mega problems with the broadband but they seem to be resolved now the nice
man from BT has visited and sorted the wiring.
Michael's (October 2006)
First things first. You will see I am using a different email address. I am
now a real convert to the way Google do things. Email, Calendar, Word
Processing, Spreadsheets, Photo Albums and some other stuff I have yet to
The old email address still functions but for me Google is the way to go
along with Skype for phone calls. Donít tell me you donít have Skype yet!
By the time you read this I will have moved, yes again, but this time its to
what I hope will be a permanent place. Itís at Bromham on the outskirts of
Bedford and I should be re-united with my cars and stuff around Christmas time.
The goal is be driving by The March Hare.
Before that comes the final race of Neilís racing season with the prospect of
winning the championship. No pressure then!
Michael's (September 2006)
Michael's happy to get the Beetle back
After a few months of rest, well decorating a house from top to bottom!, its
back to some Motorsport. The trials season has started again and they will come
thick and fast now.
However, Neilís racing season hasnít finished yet and with one race to go he
is joint second in the championship with a chance of winning provided the leader
doesnít win his class!
On a personal front things are slowly moving forward and I have my cars back,
although without a proper place to put them they are in a container in Hitchin
at the moment. The goal is to be out trialling again by The March Hare.
The trip to Holland has made me very interested in old cars. With its more
modern engine the Dellow doesnít quite come into that category so I may soon be
shopping for a new toy!
Michael's (July & August 2006)
Well after producing 136 editions of Classical Gas I finally missed one last
month. It was all down to personal issues. I have been living in a rented house
on my own for nearly two years. Then last month everything happened at once. I
had to move, I became formally single again and a lot of other things as well.
So no printed edition.
I kept up with the Internet site so many of you will not have missed
anything. I think it will only be a matter of time before that becomes the
As you can read here I have been supporting Neil during his racing season and
we have the possibility to win the championship.
The evenings are drawing in now and the trials season approaches. I am really
looking forward to trialling again. Hopefully behind the wheel of a car again
sometime in the new year.
Michael's (June 2006)
Lots of things going on in the last month. Trials, races, shows, some off-roading
and a trip to Holland for a week with Neil in his Y and C.
The Enfield Pageant was affected by the rain. We went on the Saturday to give
me practice driving the C. The ground was very soft then and by the next day
they couldnít let any more vehicles onto the site. Shame as this is a great day
out and you can often find a bargain. Neil picked up a Stenner bead breaker for
Neilís racing is still going well and he leads the championship by 9 points.
By the time you read this we will have been to Croix in France for a
Double-Header which will be exciting. More about Neilís racing exploits next
I hope you have enjoyed Claireís reports as much as I have. I am quite
jealous of their adventures and hope to be back following in their footsteps
Michael's (May 2006)
It was another cheap Lands End for the MCC, with very few Gold Medals because
of a genuinely difficult challenge on Hoskin and the rather artificial obstacles
at Bishops Wood and Blue Hills 1 taking their toll.
It was a challenging event for the organisers as well, with big delays
at Riverton and lots of problems at Blue Hills 2 with at least three competitors
overturning and so many queries with the scores they had to be taken out of the
results. It was a good Lands End though, so lets hope the organisers have can
solve the problems without to many changes.
I have been supporting Neil with his Motor Racing again this season and
it has started very well with four straight class wins, putting him well ahead
in the championship.
A few weeks ago I had a great couple of hours with Murray MacDonald in his
newly acquired Suzuki. Hopefully it wonít be to long before I can acquire one of
these fantastic little machines.
Michael's (April 2006)
The March Hare was a closely fought event, deservedly won by Duncan Welch
when he got away from the ďimpossibleĒ re-start on the last hill. I was
marshalling in Binghams Wood which is turning into a fantastic venue. It was
such a shame that Mike Pearson wasnít well enough to be out and about on the day
as the new sections were mostly down to a lot of hard work with his chain saw
earlier in the year. Not forgetting that we were only there at all because of
his relationship with the land owner.
A few weeks later we had another successful trial at Edlesborough when
Clerk of the Course Ed Nikel was rewarded by a great entry and good trialling
I missed Edlesborough as I was at Snetterton with Neil in his Capri. It
was a great event, results wise, with a class win putting him ahead in the
championship. Not the greatest organisation though with scruitineering and
qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday. This either meant a lot of
hanging around or two trips which is what we did in the end.
Michael's (March 2006)
Its been a very busy start to my Motorsporting year with only one week-end
ďoffĒ so far. Itís been mostly trials with the exception of a trip to the
Historic Motor Sport Show.
This month will see the start of Neilís racing
season in the Capri. There was a test session at
Silverstone planned but thats been called off as Neil has
broken his collar bone!
In the Classic Trials World Simon Groves is a leading contender in the
ACTC Crackington championship with maximums on the first three one day trials.
What with that and being a triple contender thereís no pressure on Simon!
Falcons season opener at Brickhill looked as if it was going to be
disaster when we turned up, the place was such a mess. I have never seen it so
bad in the 35 years I have been going there. However, JP sorted it all out and
by the end of the day even the moaners were enjoying themselves.
Michael's (February 2006)
I had a great Exeter passengering Simon Groves. Unlike classes seven and
eight we only had one re-start and that was a very easy one. Simms was quite
dry. Simon got it just right and we flew up. The only thing is it all happened
so quickly that I donít remember it!
It was a much tougher event for the sevens and eights with the Tipley
restart being a real thorn in the side, costing golds and triples to many.
As ever the convivial atmosphere at the finish hotel made a very nice
end to the trial and JP secured us the usual Falcon table and regular waitress
despite the place having a new owner.
MCC President Ron Butcher made a valiant attempt at a prize giving but
as usual few could hear him which is a real shame as this could be a nice
occasion. Shame the MCC canít organise a proper PA.
Michael's (January 2006)
The trialling year has started with an enjoyable Exeter Trial although it was
certainly a tough one for classes seven and eight who had a lot of restarts.
Interesting to see it didnít have a full entry and the debate continues in the
MCC if Class 0 is the way to go, despite last summers survey saying ďit ainít
broke so donít fix itĒ.
Neil has got his Capri back together and it looks even better than before
its inversion. All we want now is the 2006 calendar which is still not
I am still separated from my cars so have been spending a lot of time
experimenting with different things on the Internet, including live reports from
the passenger seat of Simonís car when I have passengered him. Only problem is
that with my head stuck in a Blackberry I donít get to help pump the tyres up!