As we start a New Year, we are all looking forward to new events and activities with the BCCMC. This year I am planning to have at least five tech-sessions, one every other month in which we can get together, in a social setting, and learn more about the care and repair of our little British cars. Upcoming sessions will include our yearly spring tune-up and oil change, paint restoration and detailing and a tour of a machine shop where we will discuss the finer points of engine rebuilding.
One of the appealing things about our LBC’s is that they are relatively simple to repair and maintain. With some good resource material and support from our club members, we can tackle many of the restoration and maintenance tasks ourselves. Over the years, repair shops, able or willing to work on our classic cars, are becoming more difficult to find. As we learn to service our own cars, we will gain confidence and have the knowledge that the job will be done correctly and be completed in a timely manner.
Our first tech session of the year is on February 20th, which will be hosted by Bruce Edge. Bruce is a tremendous source of knowledge since he has been in the auto restoration business most of his life. Our club is fortunate to have his expertise. He has been involved in all aspects of car restoration including; body and sheet metal work, painting, mechanicals and interiors. At this tech session, Bruce will be focusing on helping us to get our cars ready for the upcoming car show season starting with the Carolina British Classics Car Show event, the first weekend of April. He will show us how to repair paint chips, maintain our paint, wash and detail our cars and keep our cars looking their best.
I am always looking for people to host tech sessions. Almost anyone can host a tech session and one of the benefits is having free work done on your car. Free work, however, is not the purpose of a tech session. Tech sessions are intended to be a teaching forum and build unity and camaraderie within our club.