Rob’s Blog: Learn to Choose your Battles

Gail and Rob Caveney at the British Car Club Hawaii 2018 Holiday Luncheon.

If ever there was a time when the garage based “man cave” was allowed to be expanded into the living quarters, now would be that time. It may be a stretch to do a complete engine rebuild on the living room floor, but surely a carb teardown on the kitchen table is within the current rules defining what is acceptable, and what’s not. I often have greater success initiating such questionable projects under the equally questionable philosophy, better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission. At least with this approach, the parts will already be covering the table and the only reasonable thing to do is re-assembly, which is what you were going to do anyway. 

Gail and I have reached a workable agreement surrounding these situations. I don’t make any attempt at interior decorating, and she’s agreed not to remodel the garage. I know why I need so many different screw drivers, but it’s difficult to understand how the same argument applies to tongs and basters. Evidently it does, and I’ve learned to accept that. In spite of this agreement, one of my long term goals is to have a fully functional Jaguar engine as a glass covered coffee table in the family room. Imagine those beautifully polished cam covers framed  between a set of triple HD8 SU’s on one side, and two, gleaming porcelain exhaust manifolds on the other.  “What a great conversation piece,” I insist. Her disapproving look speaks louder than any verbal reply, and we defer to the kitchen/garage agreement. It’s important to pick your battles.

If you haven’t already guessed, there will be no Tech Session this month, and the club meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th is also canceled. During these unusual times of isolation and social distancing, maybe we could share some personal stories of our automotive past. For example, what was the fastest you have ever gone in a car and the circumstances surrounding the experience? Or, what was the scariest thing that ever happened to you in a car. Don’t be limited by the facts. At our age (at least most of us) fading memories can only enhance reality. For me, it was 110 mph and I was in the back seat of a Porsche 911. The scenery was going by so fast I had to peek over the driver’s shoulder. The needle was pegged and I knew it was a benchmark moment. That was back in 1968 and it still stands.

I hope all of you are coping well and are observing the new normal when it comes to hand washing and cleanliness. There seems to be no end to the cautions necessary to stay virus free. I still don’t know if it’s safe to share the tube of toothpaste. Maybe it’s best to fail on the side of caution.

Stay safe friends. We will be back together soon with some stories to tell.

Aloha,
Rob

BCCH in AAA Hawaii’s Winter Edition

AAA Hawaii Magazine featured the British Car Club of Hawaii in its Winter edition in Cheryl Tsutsumi’s story Haute Wheels, and in the Showroom section with a showcase on Rob Caveney and his 1955 Jaguar XK-140.

The Haute Wheels article speaks of the passion and dedication that Hawaii automobile owners on all the islands have for their hobby. Also featured were the Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Region, the Kauai Classic Car Club and the Maui Classic Cruisers.

The AAA Hawaii Magazine is sent directly to all AAA Hawaii members. More information about the organization can be found at https://www.aaa.com .

Rob’s Blog: Annual Moss Promotion

I’m forwarding this promotion from Tom’s Import Toy Sales for everyone to see. If you’ve been planning a big purchase, now might be a good time to pull the trigger, and save a lot of money as well.

Aloha,
Rob

From: Tom’s Import Toy Sales
Subject: NEW MOSS SALE
Date: November 22, 2019 at 7:39:42 AM HST

The new Moss sale started this week. 

  • $1-499 gets a discount of 15% from the list price
  • $500-1499 gets a discount of 20% from the list price
  • $1500 and over receives 25% from the list price

The sale is in effect from now thru December 27, 2019 @ 1 p.m.  Some exclusions apply.

Our web site: https://tomsimport.com/

Call us at: 503-245-0174

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tom, Geno and Skip


Tom’s Import Toy Sales & Service is dedicated to keeping classic British cars such as Austin Healeys, Triumphs, Jaguars and MGs on the road.

Rob’s Blog: Does it Always Have to be British?

Two months in a row without a tech session. That must be some kind of record. But not to worry my wannabe mechanics. Hang on to your spanners, charge up the fire extinguisher, and get ready to dive into another project.

Tech Session

For next month, plan on meeting at Victor Geminani’s garage in Lanikai to get his Jaguar E-Type on the road. A variety of jobs await the collective wisdom of the club including brakes, installing a new gas tank, and predictably, an ignition issue that will surely come up as soon as the key is turned. 

We begin around 10:00 a.m. and break for lunch around noon. Depending on the progress, or lack of it, we either gloat in our success, or return to the garage and keep fiddling until we tire of defeat and go home, leaving poor Victor to grovel on his own. 

He has promised to fire up the grill but it’s always suggested you bring a beverage of your own. Victor lives at 1237 Aalapapa Drive Kailua (Lanikai). His house is almost at the end of the loop so if you head that way, you will go past his garage on the right.

A word of caution on weekend parking. It is extremely limited, if not impossible, and the parking police are not there to help. There is some room in the yard, but heed the signs if you don’t find a spot on his property. 

Holiday Party

The Christmas Brunch will be held again at Josh’s house on Sunday, December 15th. His family home on the North Shore is the perfect beachfront venue for this event and gets us out of the city for a real road trip sort of drive.

The cost per person will be in the $15 to $20 range, but if you have been to one of these wing dings, you already know the raffle gifts can easily equal the price of admission. Mark your calendars and make sure your old car can make it that far.

As in previous years, we will plan on meeting at the Temple Valley Shopping Center and caravanning up the coast together. In keeping with the phrase “safety in numbers,” we might as travel surrounded by helpful friends and tow ropes. More details when the date gets closer.

Ford vs Ferrari

Remember the club’s last movie night? I don’t either. I’d say we are over due for another one. This time we are going to take it up a notch and plan a real outing to see the new movie, “Ford vs Ferrari”, which is to be released November 15th. It is being offered in super sized IMAX format or regular screen. Either way, even though the link to British cars is sketchy, at best, it will still be a fun movie for a bunch of car guys to experience together. Time and date to follow on this as well. 

It’s a Wheel Deal

Here is another good deal for someone out there. Member Terry Tusher has an offer worth looking at. 

Contact him directly if you are interested: 808-225-2805

I have a deal for you if you own a TR2-4A, MGA, MGB, MGC, Morgan 4/+4, or Austin Healy BN1 – BJ8!

The car they were purchased for, unfortunately, is none of the above and the wheel offset is wrong.  

For Sale:  5 new MWS silver painted, 72-spoke, Heavy Duty, 5×15, wire wheels (Moss Motors #454-665).

My error is your good luck!  

My cost: $300/each + shipping.  Make me an offer I can’t refuse.

The next club meeting will be Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. at Gordon Biersch, Aloha Tower Market Place. 

That’s all I have for now. Be sure to give Terry a call about his rims, mark your calendars for the Saturday, November 9th Tech Session, the Christmas Brunch on December 15th, and the next membership meeting on the 12th.

Aloha,
Rob

Rob’s Blog: Last Call

One week from today is this year’s All British Car Day.

On Sunday, the 26th, anyone with any British car who wants to enter the event is invited to sign up and join with others to share stories, and revel in the company of like-minded British car owners. You don’t have to be a club member to participate.

Register to participate in the show: http://britishcarclubhawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/British-Car-Day-Registration-form.pdf

It isn’t a show, but rather a gathering of people who just like British cars and want to get together at least once a year. Entry is free to the public. There is always the Peoples Choice Award presented to the car everyone likes the best, for whatever reason, plus this year’s recipient of the Anastasia Cup. This annual award goes to a club member who has supported the club, its members, and has displayed unconditional encouragement to all of us. Believe me when I say this year’s recipient is way over due for recognition. 

If you want to participate in the caravan through Waikiki from Ala Moana Shopping Center to Kapiolani Park, meet outside of Macy’s on the second level from the top, no later than 8:45 a.m. If no one is there, that means we already left, or you are on the wrong level. 

After the show, about noon, we will proceed to Gordon Biersch for awards, a gift raffle, and lunch.  This is when you can use your $5 lunch credit coupon. Don’t forget to pick up your T-shirt at the park with the other coupon included in the entry envelope if you sign up for the deluxe entry. 

One last note: It isn’t too early to program your DVR to record the Indy 500. I suggest tacking on an extra half hour in case it runs over-time. 

See you all this Sunday.

Aloha,
Rob

BCCH Featured at February Auto Lunch Bunch

Ed Kemper’s February monthly luncheon at the Waikiki Yacht Club will feature several notable club members and their British cars.

President Brett Pruitt will also be the featured speaker and will talk about the club’s past and future events, interesting cars in the club’s fleet, and the “fun” of restoring British classic cars.

The popular Kars and the Kurb will exhibit the following vehicles:

  • Patrick Casey’s MGB GT Coupe
  • Tom Scarlet’s Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite
  • Brett Pruitt’s Jaguar 3.8 Sedan
  • Rob Caveny’s Jaguar XK140C

The luncheon will held on Wednesday, February 6th from noon to 1:30 p.m.

More detail at: http://www.anchawaii.org/event/auto-lunch-bunch-british-car-club-hawaii/