Event Reports
Short reports of events, holidays and shows enjoyed
by our members in the past four months.

Our members are always out and about with their 'Sevens'

The main aim of CA7C is to encourage members to drive their 'Sevens' whenever possible, even throughout the winter months when, surprisingly, quite a few members do enjoy being out and about on the colder winter-time runs.  However, we do draw the line on the very wettest of days as there is no point driving in bad weather with the non-optional water entry around the ill-fitting windows and doors!   Mostly we are able to enjoy warm, sunny days with Cornwall's splendid inland and coastal scenery at its best whatever the season of the year.

These edited reports were written by members and are taken from our monthly magazine, Seven Focus.


The suggested routes for some of our past runs are available on our Run Archive at www.dropbox.com  
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More photos of each event may be found on our Facebook link.

 

Ad hoc Coffee Run - 15 January

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A comment on the Club's Facebook suggested a coffee morning at King Edward Mine.  It was a glorius morning and a three of us, otherwise known as the Redruth Rabble, turned up for chin wag and a coffee followed by a short run through the lanes back to Pool.  

 

 

 

 

 

Teach-in;  Steering Box - 16 November

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Not everyone had brought a steering column which was a good thing with space being at a premium.  The presentation began by noting out that the play in the steering is lost motion in many parts of the entire system and removing the slack in the steering box may only be the start of the total sloppiness in the system.  Other joints in the steering mechanism if they are worn/out of adjustment will also contribute to the vagueness.  The individual components were shown, along with an explanation of how each can contribute to poor performance in this department.

Eliminating the free play in the 3 axes in the steering box was the first to be tackled.  The side-to-side play in the steering shaf; whilst the mesh of the worm and worm wheel is in many respects the most critical element to be tackled as 80+ years of operation have most likely worn both components.

End float on the column can also be adjusted by slackening the pinch bolt on the steering box casting with a ‘c’ wrench, and the locking screw on the side and screwing the column in or out.  You can’t unscrew the column without removing the locking screw.  With grease back in the steering boxes, and all lock tabs secured, the teach in concluded with the 16 participants having learned a great deal.

 

 

Dolgellau & Snowden trip - 21-28 September

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The holiday trip to Dolgellau was taken by six Sevens and a good time was had by all.  Days out around the narrow lanes of Snowdonia, marvellous scenery from Machynlleth to the Menai Strait, local walks and a ride on the Tal-y-llyn railway.  Of interest was the hill-climb near Bwlch y Groes where the Austin Motor Co used to test their cars as depicted on the sign in the car park.

 

 

 

 

 

Bunker run - 22 September

Bunker 1The weather was fine, if a little chilly as a good number of Sevens arrived in the square at Probus, soon to head off towards Tregony and eventually the 'cold war' bunker at Nare Head.  As the lunch stop at Melinsey Mill was not too far distant, an offer of a cup of tea or coffee from the farm shop was gratefully accepted.  Fully refreshed and raring to go the convoy of cars set off.  In case anyone became separated there was a set of printed directions which had been handed out. 

Leaving Probus in the direction of St Austell the route passed over the mini roundabout and on to the main roundabout at the end of the bypass. Here the cars turned right then shortly left in the direction of Tregony and St Mawes.  A steep hill and a few twists and turns found the convoy on the A3078 heading towards St Mawes but not for long as soon a left turn led us towards Portloe and Portholland.  Ignoring the turn to Portloe the group entered Veryan then on past the church and the pub soon to turn left in the direction of Portscatho and at the bottom of the steep hill we turned left into the car park of Melinsey Mill.

Some folk went into the café at the mill for lunch and others sat in their cars to eat their picnic. The weather being still fine encouraged some folk to walk off their lunch around the lake and others to have a look at the crafts and curios in the mill.

Time to leave and the collection of Austins turned out of the mill and headed back in the direction of Veryan then away in the direction of Nare Head and the National Trust car park.   With the sun still shining the cars were left in the car park and everyone set off up the track for a twenty minute walk to the bunker.

Bunker 2We arrived to find several people already at the site to take the tour.   Our tour guide explained how the above ground, and below ground bunker had been used during WW2 and how, when the Cold War became a reality and nuclear war was a distinct possibility, the use of the bunker changed.   He then demonstrated the way to descend the vertical ladder, down the shaft and into the room below.  When everyone was safely down, the use of the various instruments was explained and how the personnel rota worked in practice and what would have happened had there been a nuclear event. 

Some while later we climbed the ladder and emerged into bright sunshine.  With dark clouds approaching from the west, our group quickly made our way back down the track to the car park.  As folk settled into their Sevens the clouds arrived and the rain started to fall.  Various members of the group set off in different directions for their run home.  The day was well planned and I'm sure much enjoyed by everyone so thanks go to those who were responsible for organizing it.