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Yes sad news indeed, but what a life that man had. I met him at the Jaguar Social Club a couple of years ago when he gave a very interesting and entertaining talk. I have his biography by Paul Skilleter which Norman signed on the night.
Thanks for posting the youtube clip Alan. As you say it’s well worth a watch and it’ll bring a smile to your face.
It’s a 3 page article celebrating 60 years of the SP. Brief history, timeline, buying tips, what to pay and a “five trials” road test. Based on an original C spec car BOC 401B. A good read and fair summary by an enthusiastic journalist.
I agree with soaringace and like him, I take my SP for an MOT every year.
My local test station has three testers and one specialises in older and classic cars.
I drive my car onto the ramp and operate the controls. He checks lights and headlamp alignment, horn, washer and wipers. Ramp is then raised and he checks underneath for corrosion and play in wheel bearings, suspension and steering components, then exhaust and tyres for damage and tread depth.
There’s no emissions test and he’s not bothered about minor oil leaks. The brakes aren’t tested on the rolling road and he doesn’t have a Tapley meter so he just checks operation of brake pedal and handbrake.
TBF I check all of the above before taking the car in but I think it’s sensible to have an independent check.
Ditto Laurence’s post. It’s great to have the new site up and running.
Many thanks for all the effort in producing this superb site, what a fantastic achievement!
Best wishes to all,