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1921 and 1924 cars Milntown post lock- down run 2 months 2 weeks ago #913

  • Andrew Kelsey
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Milntown House, former home of ABC enthusiasts Bob Thomas and Sir Clive Edwards is in the Isle of Man which is currently 50 days “Covid -free “
As a result, we volunteers have been able to get into the garages for the last 4 weeks to maintain the cars and bikes, and for 2 weeks been able to show visitors the vehicles and take the cars on runs.
After 2 months of lock -down both cars started instantly on their electric starters and ran really well both managing a an easy 44/ 45 mph when warmed up.
Being laid -up for a few weeks is but a batting of an eye in their history.MAN 67D ( 1924 ) was laid up in Vic Derringtons workshop in Kingston from 1930 to 1974 before Bob bought it and brought it to the IOM.

Gear changing with the ”vertical H “ change takes some practice.
For those used to driving modern cars,the brakes have to viewed as rather ..aspirational - emergency stop is best performed with the foot brake and handbrake together. There are no front brakes-( this was seen by some as a desirable feature at the time as it was so easy to lock -up the front wheels on the loose gravel road surfaces of the day and continue on , disappearing through a hedge.)

We are looking forward to the time when you be able to visit us and we can show you all the ABCs.

Best Wishes
Andrew
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1921 and 1924 cars Milntown post lock- down run 2 months 2 weeks ago #914

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Good to see you are getting back to the new normal
Martin
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1921 and 1924 cars Milntown post lock- down run 2 months 2 weeks ago #915

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For an ABC car owner this unusal and good Reading. Didn´t know of these cars when I visited IoM some years ago.
1926 Super Sports owner
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1921 and 1924 cars Milntown post lock- down run 2 months 2 weeks ago #916

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Lillebror wrote:
For an ABC car owner this unusal and good Reading. Didn´t know of these cars when I visited IoM some years ago.
1926 Super Sports owner

There don’t seem to be many ABC cars about, and this Superport appears to be in Sweden so am I correct in presuming this your car on the Wikipedia page?

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Andrew
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