Tech Sessions

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.

Reprinted From the Chicagoland MG Club  What Is a Tech Session?

The ingredients are:

  1. A bit of pre-planning and an event announcement and invitation in the club newsletter and on the club web site.
  2. A place to work (garage). The person who owns the house or garage may be called the host.
  3. A patient (car to work on). The person who owns the car might be called the donor (or maybe the beneficiary). The car owner also pays the direct expenses for parts and materials (usually).
  4.  A “master mechanic”. This should be someone who actually knows what he is doing and can either do the work or show someone else how to do it. This may or may not be the host or the car owner.
  5. One or more helpers who don’t mind lending a hand and getting dirty. They don’t actually have to know much to begin with as long as the master mechanic can coordinate things. The helpers may be called “active students”. Minimum attendance to make a tech session is two people, mechanic and student.
  6. Any number of passive students. If you have enough helpers to get the work done, then anyone else can watch and learn (while they socialize on the side, of course).
  7. Optionally (and preferred), a “roving reporter”. This is someone with a camera to take pictures and make notes which may hopefully end up on a web page or in the club newsletter as the event report. With luck this may also distribute the newly gained experience and knowledge to a much wider audience.
  8. Optionally, multiple patients, or more than one car in for similar service at the same time (bring your own problems to the party).
  9. Optionally, refreshments or lunch for the helpers, especially if the session will last more than a few hours. It is perfectly appropriate to post a contributions box or ask for donations to cover guest expenses. On special occasions the club might supply or subsidize refreshments.

If you want to host a tech session, contact Ronald Platt (435-669-6766), BCCMC Tech Session Coordinator with a subject and date. I am always open to suggestions and looking for tech event hosts. I am also looking for people with special skills who would be willing to share their skills with others. The Board and I will have final say on which tech session and dates may be approved.