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NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:24 am
by Throwley
Good morning to all from a new Triking owner. I’ve wanted one for many, many years and got as far as filling in an order form after visiting Tony in Marlingford back in the early ‘80s, but never took the plunge (built a Dutton Phaeton instead – more footspace). The hankering never went away and after a bit of gentle persuasion from Richard at a couple of events, I took the plunge and bought a Type 1 which came up for sale locally (very locally in fact, so close it’s not really worth moving the pin on the Triking World Map). It’s an early chassis number and is whisked along by a round-barrelled Spada engine driving through the Guzzi ‘box. Although new to Trikings I’m not new to three-wheeler motoring having owned a number of Berkleys and driven a fair few Morgans (and others) in my time, but two wheels have been my main thing, with a Guzzi (currently a 1000s) a constant in the stable. I look forward to meeting you all and finally joining the Triking world.

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:35 am
by Richard and Pat
Welcome Throwley Sir,
Do send some pictures and let us know which Olney. If it is our local one the next meet is at Colmworth on Sunday 1st September. And you are welcome to drive over here to Biggleswade for a run out when you are ready too.
Andy will be pleased to update the register and if you would like the current Trifles newsletter send an email address to me at trikingowners @ gmail.com no spaces. It would be nice to feature you if you want to send a in few words? Or I can speak to you and make notes.
Looking forward to meeting up
Richard
:D

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:09 am
by Throwley
Hi Richard.

I’ll pop some pictures up when the car’s ready for ‘em; as with any new vehicle I’ll be changing oils/checking and adjusting for a week or so before it’s ready to go. That’s once I can get it in my garage, it’s currently borrowing space in someone else’s as it ended up beached when trying to negotiate my down/up/down driveway last night. I’m off to Wickes’ after work for a few bags of cement to sort that particular issue. I’m in Olney, Bucks so a run out from Biggleswade sounds like a grand idea; another trip to Colmworth’s already planned in now I’ve finally thawed out from my two-wheeled visit to the first one of 2019. It was that little ride round the arena at Founder’s day which tipped me past the point of no return, by the way – I’d been driving a fivespeed Morgan the day before and even in that small, slow ride the difference was astonishing.

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:25 am
by Richard and Pat
Is this you Stuart?

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:35 pm
by Throwley
That forehead certainly seems very familiar!

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:47 pm
by westendguzzi
We have seen your car at Founders day and other gatherings, is it in this picture from 2015?
See you at Colmworth.

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:11 pm
by Throwley
That's the one, yes, lurking there at the back. The rather nautical wooden parcel rack gives it away. I think I have the almost identical photograph somewhere!

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:05 pm
by JFerg
Well, Throwley, it seems we have a bit in common.

I also have an early car, no. 11, with an 850 Le mans III powering it, plus a LM II and a T3FB.

But what's that vintage item you're riding in the picture?

JFerg

Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:55 am
by Throwley
Hi JFerg. I suspect we’re not the only ones with a Guzzi or two in the stable.

The vintage item’s my old 1926 AJS Big Port. I swapped it for a different Vintage machine about ten years ago and have been missing it since then. It was a wonderful machine, with genuine 75mph performance, except when it came to stopping. Scared me stiff every time I went out on it but I still came home with a big grin every time. But the best bit was the Bonniksen Isochronous Speedometer which had two hands, one of which would travel up to show your speed, remaining there for five seconds whilst the other hand travelled back to zero, then travelled back up five seconds later to repeat the process. Mesmerising!

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Re: NEW OWNER - OLD MACHINE

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:26 pm
by JFerg
You're teasing now. What was it that was so attractive at the time that it persuaded you to part with such an iconic, and dare I suggest practical, flat tanker?

I have a '38 Panther De Luxe, in original paint. With chair, of course. Three wheels: good. I am its third owner. Recently cleared a lifetime of New Imperials; six complete plus a mountain of bits, to focus on a Barr & Stroud weakness. Have two 500 B&S engined things.