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My Hard Luck Car Story

Tom Spangler  | Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016
 
I got up early Sunday the 22nd, to go to the Queen’s English British Car show and headed out about 5:00am. I stopped and got gas, then went to Norm's for breakfast. I left Norm's about 6:15, and started north on the 405 Fwy from Fountain Valley. Everything was normal and I was motoring along about 60 to 65 MPH, when all at once the Tach started spinning, the needle came off and dropped to the bottom off the gauge, and the engine shut off. So there I was on the side of the 405 with a dead Sprite and the traf9ic whishing by. I popped the Bonnet, and found the Tach Drive had parted company with Generator and taken out the wire from the Coil to the Distributor. The cable to the Tach was wadded up in a ball by the Battery. I called the Auto Club, they were on site with-in 15 to 20 minutes. Jeff, the driver was great, hooked up the Sprite and loaded it on the Flat Bed, using straps only, no chains. He offered to take me up to the show, but I declined and had him take me home. 

I ended up going to the show in my AN80, had a good time, saw a lot of neat cars. Jay Leno showed up about 2:15 with a "Hot Rod" as he called it. It looked like a 1930 Blower Bentley but was about 1-1/2 times the size. The car was built on a 1932 Rolls Royce chassis, had a Merlin Aircraft Engine for power and a fake blower on the front of the car. 

I'm looking forward to next year, making the show with a British Car. Now I need to get the car sorted out so I can make it to Healey week.