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The Ultimate Restoration Is Complete!

I will post more on this later, but I wanted to say thank you to my family and my great crew for all the incredible hard work they put in to get this project completed.
On the family side,  Stan did a fantastic job of getting things together.  This was a big financial outlay for us, and he managed to still keep thing going at the shop and get the parts and supplies we needed to get the restoration completed.  Niki and Rob are responsible for all of the electronic information and the real time updates that everyone could enjoy during the process, and they have set things up so that what we do at British Auto Works can be more in tune with they way the world operates today.  They are trying to get me into the electronic age, it’s tough, but I’m trying.   Lyndsey was there for what she does best, that’s unlimited moral support and humor.  A special thanks to Steve, he is responsible for all the excellent videos you have scene and will be seeing.
On the crew side, I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of the work they did.  I knew they were great mechanics, and they showed every bit of that during this weekend’s project.  There were several times that something went wrong, but even if you were standing right next to the tent, you didn’t know it.  They confronted the problem, found a solution, and moved on.  You need to realize, that they assembled the car from the frame on jack stands to me driving it off the pad in thirteen hours.  That is very impressive to me.  I know how much hard work went on back at the shop, before and during the show to make that all happen, but at the end of the day, it was pretty special.  I am very proud of and want to thank Roger, Simon, Brier and Mic for all of the hard work and dedication they put in to get  this project completed.  They are why British Auto Works is as good as it is.
I wanted to give a special thanks to Doug Alden who worked the booth all day Saturday to act as an ambassador for the shop, and to help answer spectator questions.  He’s a great friend of the shop.
Thanks to all of you who stopped by and offered words of encouragement, it was greatly appreciated.
Here are a few shots to remember.  The final video should be done this week, and Niki will post it.

GT 6 Project Continues

I know I have said it before, but I feel like I have to keep saying it just for my own peace of mind.  The thing I worry about most with the “Ultimate Restoration”, is that people will get the idea that a restoration can be done in a very short period of time.  I guess it can, but it would cost a lot of money.  That isn’t what we want to do here at the shop.  We want customers to have an affordable restoration, and give them a quality product at a fair price.  What concerns me is that there will be some who want the quality product, the fair price, and have it done in a week.  Oh well, I guess we’ll deal with that as we go along.

For now, I thought I would show some before and after shots of a few things so that you could get some idea of what takes up the most of the time when we do a restoration.  The cleaning, repairing, polishing and painting of all of the parts to be re-used on the project takes, what seems like, forever to get done.  Here are some pictures of the light assemblies I have just gone through-

It took just over three hours to complete these assemblies.

These took about an hour and a half.  The end results make it worth the time.

Enjoy the ride!

The Queen’s Rally May 8th

As promised, here’s the story on the “Queen’s Rally”.  This is a fun event we have designed for anybody to do.  You do not have to have any experience in rallying, you do not have to have any special equipment, you don’t even have to have a navigator.  Your car must have seat belts and a roll bar is suggested.

What happens is that there are seven locations that are picked out as “destination locations”.  You start out at the shop, everybody starts together, and you are given an envelope that has a map and directions inside that tells you what your first destination is.  You will proceed at posted speeds to that location where you will receive another envelope with a map and directions to your next destination.  You will go to five total destinations, the last of which is British Auto Works.  The rally is based on time.  This first car to arrive back at the shop wins.  There is one special point.  We have calculated the expected time to complete each combination of destinations.  If you arrive too quickly, it is deemed that you drove too fast and that you broke the basic speed rule, and you will be disqualified.

To add some additional interest to the rally, at each location you will have the chance to draw a playing card from a deck of playing cards.  Each destination has a full deck of playing cards to start with.  The five cards you bring back will constitute a poker hand, with Queen’s being wild.  The best poker hand, according to Hoyle, wins a prize.  The other prizes that are awarded are for first place, second place, and third place.

The purpose of the rally is to have fun, and be safe driving your car.  The destination routes are handicapped for cars capabilities, and in some cases drivers capabilities.  Drivers need to mind the posted speeds, and the safety of the participants is of primary concern.  Each driver must sign a notice that acknowleges they have read and understand the above information.

You are free to travel these routes before hand, and you can even use your own GPS system to help you through the course.  Keep in mind, our calculations are based on the “Yahoo Maps” information.  This could come into play if you should finish too early.

The locations are-

British Auto Works   10580 NW 289th Place, North Plains 97133

North Plains Library   31360 NW Commercial St, North Plains 97133

Old Scotch Church   30685 NW Scotch Church Road Hillsboro  97124

Visitation Church at Verbort   4285 NW Visitation Road  Forest Grove  97116

Roy Church   39135 NW Harrington Road  Banks  97106

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course   12930 Old Pumpkin Ridge Road  North Plains  97133

West Union School   23870 NW West Union Road  Hillsboro  97124

We hope as many of you can come out and enjoy the festivities of our “Open House”, and it would be great if you could join in the “Queen’s Rally”.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday May 8th.  The doors open at 9:00am and if you want to be in the rally, you need to be there by 9:30am.  The rally will start at 10:00am , prizes will be awarded after the last participant has completed the course.

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