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Fenchurch and the Beast


After I finished work last Friday I got in Fenchurch and drove south on the motorway for over six hours to get to wibble_puppy's house. The trip was well worth it; I wish I could do it all again! ;)

Our main objective for the weekend was to make some progress on Wibble's Morris Minor van, which is nearing the end of a three-year restoration. I think we did pretty well on that front. The brakes proved rather tricky to get working but we got there in the end. Here is a video of the triumphal moment as wibble_puppy drove the van out of the garage for the first time:

(Click on "Watch in high quality" to see it at a higher resolution)

The thing that really made the weekend worthwhile for me was simply spending time with Wibble again. It felt slightly odd not driving for hours every day and staying in a different place every night! We watched DVDs, ate pizza, went for walks in the countryside, and chatted about future rally plans. Good times. :)

My new userpic shows Wibble's newly-drivable van parked next to Fenchurch.


it's particularly appropriate, for reasons too complex to bore you with here, that this section of the Strauss piece is called "Sunrise" :)
The trip was well worth it; I wish I could do it all again! ;)

*squishes you* so do I :D
Looks great, particularly the shiny-ness!

Looks like a van driving through a village where one is about to see a vintage police film or something! Only better...

What fun! How long till you can test it out in Iceland or something?
How long till you can test it out in Iceland or something?

Hopefully not too long, now! If I don't get an MOT on it in the next five weeks I shall cry. I want to drive it up north a way to visit Holden and to show it to the genius who designed the paint :)
Remember the motto on the sticker in the engine bay! :)
You're right!

(it's a magnet, not a sticker, btw :) )
Six hours travel... does that take you to the other end of the country or something? Six hours here is across a chunk of a state so I don't know how to translate that to English terms particularly :O
Look up Manchester and Brighton on a map of Great Britain and that's roughly it. The distance was about 500 km. I have driven further in a day before, but not usually in the evening after doing a normal 9-5 work day. When I arrived I felt it would be sensible to go straight to bed, but my brain was still really wired from concentrating on driving (as well as drinking caffeine to help with my concentration), and I couldn't relax enough to sleep for over an hour. Even after I got to sleep I slept fitfully and had some very odd dreams. It wasn't really ideal - I would have taken Friday off work if I could. Still, as I said, it was worth it to see Wibble and help with the van! :)

The journey back was less stressful despite setting off not much earlier in the afternoon, because it came after a weekend of relaxing and enjoying myself rather than a week of working in the office, and my brain was in a much happier place.