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Squeezing our way to Glenmoor?

As mentioned earlier in the week, we've decided to back up our words by demonstrating how much Chubb Collector Car Insurance wants your classic car to be driven for hobby-related purposes.  Our "Going to Glenmoor 2012" trip will take a classic car insured by Chubb from central New Jersey to the middle of Ohio for the Glenmoor Gathering, one of the premier concours events in the country.

Believe it or not, we already found our first obstacle, and our car hasn't even left the driveway yet.    

Our chariot for the journey will be the 1960 MGA 1600 pictured below.  The car has run like a champ for its owner, and we have every reason to be confident in its ability to make the 1,000 mile round trip to the Glenmoor Gathering next week.   

We'll have two people making the trek, though one of our drivers is 6 foot 4 inches, and generally needs a crowbar and lubricant to fit into a little British car.  As you can see in the picture below, we are able to squeeze him in as long as he can live without a driver's side door and the ability to shift gears.


We considered leaving the big fella home, and offering a seat to one of our petite team members, but this guy's wrenching knowledge is pretty impressive.  Muscle and mechanical know-how could be vital on this trip, so we decided to think a little more creatively.  

You'll see that the stock steering wheel on this MGA is roughly the size of an extra large pizza pie.  If we could get this down to personal pan pizza size, our 250 pound mechanic would be more comfortable, and we would have a better chance of getting the car out of first gear.  The Victoria British catalog had our answer- for $199, we obtained a steering wheel with 2 1/2 inches less of diameter:


Sometimes you have to trade originality for function, and in this case, the new wheel made a world of difference for our muscular motorhead.


Just like that, we were able to accommodate the big guy, close the driver's door, and even leave an inch or so of space to shift.

What else should we be considering as we plan this trip?  Let us know in the comment area below, as we'll be tackling some routine maintenance items over the next few days.  If you want to see more about this MGA 1600, you can check out our video on preparing a car for show season.  We'll keep you updated on our progress in this space, and on our Facebook page.

Paul Morrissette

About Paul Morrissette

Paul has been working with classic car owners and their insurance agents throughout his 27 year career with Chubb Insurance. A lover of all collector cars, he is particularly fond of British roadsters. The Chubb team jokes that they don't need directions to Paul's house, they just follow the leaks.



1,000 miles driving a maunal

1,000 miles driving a maunal transmission. I hope your not driving through cities! Good Luck

... and why you don't want to

... and why you don't want to get the big fella angry.

Just be warry if you hear

Just be warry if you hear your codriver saying things like "I must jettison the ballast" when you're going up a steep hill.

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