GETTING BLACK BEAUTY BACK ON TRACK
The Project is not complicated. It is all about resurrecting an old race car and an old race car driver.
And I need help to make this happen.
If you read the the Back Story you will know that I bought my Black Beauty, a 1979 MGB V8 racecar, as a project after she had blown her engine on the track.
I had rebuilt her with a new engine and had completed one test day when I lost my job and had to wheel the little car into storage, three years ago, and that is where she remains to this day because I had no budget to finish the work on her.
Losing your job as an older person means your chances of walking into new employment are always going to be tough, and it has been for me. No matter how much I would have liked it to be otherwise, spending money on my passion was far down the list of what I could afford when I had no income and the household bills kept coming in.
Competing on the racetrack was my passion and it has been soul destroying being relegated to being a spectator.
But that was then and this is now...
Enough of feeling sorry for myself, it is now time for Black Beauty and I to get back in the saddle - and back on the race track, going fast.
And this is where you come in on the Project.
Getting it happening:
Although sitting in the shed and looking a bit dusty and sad, Black Beauty still starts at the push of a button and you can tell she is raring to go - we are both raring to go. She just needs a few more parts and a little more work but it is all minor compared to the money, time and effort that has gone into her so far.
I will soon be launching the "Get Black Beauty Back on Track" project and I will be asking for your help to make it a success. The project is all about getting this old racing beast in tip top condition to take-on all-comers on the race track.
Sign up to my occasional newsletter and/or check my blog on this website regularly to find out when THE PROJECT kicks off and how you can help.
This is my initial work-list for the "essential" elements needed:
- General mechanical work (always a mystery until you get in there)
- Tyres - one "wet" set and one "dry/slick" set
- Brakes - new front Brembo brakes
- Dyno tuning
- Safety equipment (the rules require new belts and fire equipment, etc)
- Bandaids for the skinned knuckles and Denco Rub for the aching bones
The rest is mostly already done. Watch as I check this list off.
If you haven't done so already, pop over to the Subscription Page, drop me your name and email address, and you will be one of the first to know when the project launches and how you can give me (and Black Beauty) a helping hand.
You will also be able to follow our progress in our newsletters (if you subscribe) and the blog on this website.
I look forward to your support, helpful advice, suggestions and friendship.
Eric and Black Beauty
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