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The weather looked as if it was going to be reasonable so there was no excuse not to have a day out at the Ormskirk Motorfest. It was the first of its kind to be held in this small historic market town so it was well worth the short drive from St Helens to see what it was all about.

One of the joys of these types of event is seeing the cars of yesteryear with the proud owners in attendance. Quite often many hours of painstaking work has gone into restoring and maintaining the cars.

Morris Minor engine at Ormskirk Motorfest

If only all engines were this straightforward

A first spot was a couple of Morris Minors, one with its bonnet open displaying what must look to be a very small engine compared with modern cars. In reality it’s not just the engine size but also the lack of all the other bits of kit to be found under the bonnet of todays automobile. No complex electronics to be found here. Hence he engine compartment is very empty by todays standards and was fairly easy for the average man with a little practical knowledge to service his own vehicle.

Allard at Ormskirk Motorfest

An elderly Allard in great condition.

Another spot was a Rover 2200, not dissimilar to one we had worked on recently at Century Autocare. It was in very good condition. Both the Rover and the Minors were quite prone to rust as they lacked the modern steel coatings which protect the metal. These coatings are applied at the steel mill and make modern cars virtually corrosion free – hence the lifetime body warranties now offered by some manufacturers.

An elderly Allard was displayed in fine condition. When this old car was manufactured there would have been little in the way of corrosion protection and its condition will be purely down to the care it has received from its various owners.

Santa Pod dragster ormskirk motorfest august 2011

Santa Pod dragster - this needs a parachute to stop

At Century Autocare we have done a lot of brake testing and brake repairs over the years and  we have seen many changes. It has to be remembered that some of the cars of yesteryear were quite quick but had quite primitive braking and suspension systems compared with todays cars.

This can’t be said of the Santa Pod Dragster which was on display at the Motorfest and deploys a parachute in order to stop. Just in case you are thinking the dragster doesnt look very streamlined – it’s the bandstand in the background. It’s not part of the car.

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