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Tech Day & BBQ
Sun 20th Jul 2014
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 16
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Tech Day and BBQ

Sunday 20th July 2014

On a superb sunny July Sunday morning, an enthusiastic group of twenty six MX-5 owners, wives and partners (and fifteen cars) met up at ‘Ness Motors’ (Ian’s new garage and workshop and what superb job he has made of it) for a day of technical repairs, installations and inspections, generously supported by the RAC in the form of a patrol vehicle and more importantly it’s driver and RAC technician, more commonly known as club member Marshall Pirrie the driver of the MX-5 Sport Black ‘Mean Green Machine’.

A range of jobs were carried out from easy ones like fitting ‘Smart Top’ modules to two cars, really complex jobs (by Alan’s standards and abilities anyway) of new K&N air filter and spark plugs and underbody inspections for corrosion and scrapes where cars had bottomed out on previous high speed runs.
However foxy Susan had the most to be done in her Mk 2.5 Nevada. Marshall very quickly whipped off her two front drop links and had new ones fitted in a flash. Next job was replacement of a leaking rocker cover gasket. During removal, Marshall noticed that the cam shaft rotation sensor was cracked. However it was thought that a bit of superglue would provide a temporary repair. Once the rocker cover was off and the new gasket was ready for fitting - there came the  dreaded realisation that the wrong gasket had been supplied by MX-5 Parts. As the car was Susie’s daily runner for work we needed to get it up and running. Out came gasket cement and the old gasket was replaced and the engine reassembled.

Time for engine test - you guessed, engine would not start. Plugging in the diagnostic kit proved the cracked sensor was faulty. Where do you get a new camshaft sensor in rural Scotland on a Sunday? Susie’s face was looking more and more miserable and Marshall was feeling the pressure of all the ‘experts’ gazing at him as he tried to get the car going.

Someone had a bright idea (who was it?) - Robert who had his Smart Top fitted earlier and had left to pick up his wife, had an old engine at home in Stirling. So a quick phone call and a trip to Stirling and a replacement sensor was obtained, fitted and Susie’s face lit up - no bus to work on Monday.

By this time the barbecue had been fired up and burgers, sausages, chicken, ribs, kebabs and more very soon were rolling off the grill. With plenty of food and drinks to go round everyone sat round in the sun for a veritable feast and chats.
Deborah also brought along a superb batch of chocolate, lemon and coconut cup cakes for Ian’s birthday and everyone was soon munching into these spongy delights with plenty left for folk to take away to have with an evening cuppa.

A great day was had by all and thanks must be handed out to Ian and Jacqueline for making his workshop, house, BBQ and garden available, to everyone who turned up for a great day of good food, sun and socialising, but especially to Marshall and his employer, RAC for providing technical support. We could not have done it without you. Marshall even got a new member signed up - and it wasn’t Susie!

Report by: Drew

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20th Jul 2014 17:12 :: alan & rosie
Thanks to Ian and jacqueline for organising an excellent tech day
and a big thanks to Marshall for fitting new bits to my car, its running brilliantly.

20th Jul 2014 17:19 :: Bill Fisken
Many thanks Ian and Jacqueline for your hospitality, I enjoyed my first tech. day. Bill

20th Jul 2014 18:32 :: Chris
What a lovely bunch of people. You all made me feel very welcome, and it was great meeting you all and seeing the work getting done on the cars. Chris.

20th Jul 2014 18:50 :: Susan
Huge thanks to Ian & Jacqueline for hosting today. Great venue! Massive thanks to Mr RAC himself for all the work done - planned and unplanned ;-) - and to Robert for providing the magic part :-)

20th Jul 2014 19:21 :: Robert craig
Thanks Jacqueline and Ian for a great day, what a difference a smart top makes, grinning all the way home.  Thanks to all that helped, good to hear part was ok for you Susan.
Cheers, robert

20th Jul 2014 19:46 :: Jim and Maria
Thanks to Ian and Jaqueline firstly for their hospitality and secondly to Ian for providing a fantastic venue for a tech day. Dollar MX5 Speciliasts could be going places. A big thanks to Marshall for all his hard work and time.

20th Jul 2014 20:05 :: Marshall
What a great day well done Ian fantastic weather and venue, I'm sure somebody kept feeling my bottom as I was hanging over bonnets (Maria) no names mentioned. Hope yer cars running better Alan now you've spent a few pennies. Susan with the lovely chassis glad we avoided disaster and robert your a top bloke coming up trumps for oor foxy Susan. Chris must admit got a little exhaust envy. Jim seen you'd stopped at the furniture shop on the way home hope it didn't cost you to much. Sandi and David hope you like yer wee badge made us laugh. Deborah as always cupcakes were amazing, must go beer time

20th Jul 2014 20:13 :: Jacqueline & Ian
Many thanks to everyone for making it a great event, well worth all the work involved in setting it up.
Special thanks to Marshall our RAC hero, who went above and beyond to make the event a success.
Hope nobody’s poisoned or sunburnt:-) Owners of one hat and one knife being sought.

20th Jul 2014 20:14 :: Liam & Sarah
Thanks for having is again guys! We had a brilliant day and enjoyed everyone's company! I look like a lobster with the Dollar sun(burn)! Ha.

Thanks again!

20th Jul 2014 20:37 :: Drew & Ali
What a great day - super BBQ and company and what can you say about the guys who carried out the techy bits - especially Marshall - he left his cape and superman outfit at home as his boss didn't think it would look right when driving the van. Thanks Ian and Jacqueline for a superb venue.

20th Jul 2014 21:30 :: Raymond
Many thanks to Ian & Jacqueline for all their hard work in organising a great day out & BarbQ. We all wish we had a garage like that.
Thanks to the cake baker...they were nice.
And a well done to the star of the show, Marshall.

20th Jul 2014 22:23 :: Drew & Ali
Someone has left a fawn M&S sunhat at the tech day & BBQ. I have it. If you have mislaid one please get in touch.

21st Jul 2014 11:17 :: Eddie ( Grampian)
Big mistake there!

They will want to come back again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

21st Jul 2014 18:37 :: Evan & Carol
Many thanks to Ian & Jacqueline
for an excellent BBQ & tech day.Also to Marshall for his work and advice on his day off!
Carol has left the Knife!
and the M&S sun hat!

23rd Jul 2014 19:43 :: Sandi & David
What a wonderful day. Great weather and great company. Huge thanks to Ian, Jacqueline, Marshall and everyone involved.Smart top working a treat.
A special mention to Ian for the use of his fantastic garage and forecourt facility.Makes my garage look like a tip.
Well done everyone.

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