Since 2009, I've finished the year with a photo recap of my MV season. There's nothing else planned for December, unless it snows and I'll take the Jeeps out for a play, so it's time to wrap up the season. As the season began, it was looking to be quiet year locally for shows. School really messes up your travel plans when going by MV, and as my daughter doesn't escape until 15:10hrs, it does interfere with getting somewhere at a reasonable time on a Friday evening. That limits trips further afield.
However, the first trip out was a spur of the moment trip on January 14th, when it suddenly began to snow heavily. I didn't have any pictures of the GPW in the snow, so rushed out in the early morning rush hour traffic to find some country lanes for pictures. With the top down and being pelted by snow, I got both odd looks and smiles from those driving to work in their warm modern cars!
The first proper event of the season is usually the Yorkshire MVT Crank Up event in mid April, into the centre of York. About a week before the event, I took the M201 over to the storage yard where I keep the Dodge so I could run the Dodge and exercise the brakes etc. When I came to leave, the Jeep wouldn't turn over on the starter. I turned it a few times on the starting handle, and then it started fine, and I drove home. Upon getting home, I pulled the plugs and turned it over on the starting handle, and got some water squirting out of number four cylinder. The head gasket was leaking and close to going completely.
I ordered a new gasket, and had it fitted and test driven with a couple of days before the 180 mile run to York and back on April 17th. Normally, I head down on my own, and meet up with the rest of the YMVT guys for the road run from Tadcaster into York, but due to the top end stripdown, opted to meet up with some of the Teesside guys, and follow them straight to York centre for back up. The usual location next to York Castle was already booked by the Scouts, so we met in the park by the river, in amongst the trees. It made a nice change.