Due to hideous time constraints and exam preparations for the coming weeks I thought that I would do some shorter posts during my lunch breaks!
The first... Well, I thought that I had told pretty much everyone that I needed to tell. Then came a call from my dad about my Spitfire. For those of you who don't know it's dead, and he is busy bringing it back to life. At the moment the chassis is hanging from one garage wall, and the body tub from another. I can't wait for photos!
But... He had bad news, well two pieces of bad news. One, my prop shaft was dead and needed replacing. Ug. Another cost I had not taken into account! But that is an easy decision, I need a new one, full stop.
The other is more of a discussion point. The rear leaf spring has always been really soft, it's old and tired. But, if you match it up with some serious shock absorbers to make the car as stiff as possible then it gives amazing handling to the car - the rear end is lowered and the camber on the back wheels is increased to race set up proportions. So I have never worried about it. With the tub off of the chassis though now is the time to decide whether or not to fit a new, non tired part. Something I have to discuss with someone who knows their stuff.
My dealer at Jigsaw Racing Services. Hmm... Well, I am not going to get on the phone and pretend to be him. I'm past that now, I'm pleased to say. So I had to start the discussion by telling him. And when it is someone who you care how the respond it is still hard to prepare myself. Random people who need to know (see a future post) not a problem. People who I know personally, yup. Problem.
But... I called and said "Hi, I used to be ..." and told him "But now I'm Stacy" and his reaction amazing. Not a single pronoun wrong, never got my name wrong (and he has known me since before I moved to Holland - 14 years now!) and was so supportive. We had a great chat about how I was coping, he asked how Mrs Stace was coping etc. It really was wonderful.
After about 20 minutes chatting about that we got down to the business of the car.
I could not imagine a better response! Hopefully we'll get to see him at some point this year, and as he's hoping to race one of his cars at Zandvoort next year I've offered my services as photographer for the team :)
Oh, and I'm keeping my soft spring :) But am looking at one of his quick street engines to make it a more pleasant (quicker) drive in modern traffic.
I'm grinning ear to ear just writing this!