Coventry MotoFest 2019 Day 2 Blog: "Missing Door, ITV and Amazing Manners"
Day one of #MotoFest Coventry was simply amazing. Myself and the MG had been featured on local BBC TV and radio and I had been the first car out on the repurposed ring road to open up the entire race event on the Saturday. I was accompanied by Vic Minett, the BBC radio DJ and fellow petrol head. As day one drew to a close, having been wall to wall sunshine, early evening saw my favourite film - The Italian Job - played on an outdoor screen. I stayed on before taking a leisurely trip home to Birmingham, tucking the MG up in the garage before a good night's sleep.....If you haven't read my day 1 blog just click here.
"Little did I know that - the very next morning - Charlie Croker would have thoroughly disapproved of my MG!"
Sunday morning. I was due back in Coventry for day 2 with two more interviews lined up for ITV and an independent radio station........
As you will see from the picture below, I DID make it to Coventry in time for the interviews, albeit the car was a little lighter and draughtier to drive that day.
Following my tongue in cheek appeal on social media, the team at West Midlands based parts specialist David Manners reached out to help me - and very kindly donated two new door hinges, such a fantastic gesture!
Despite feeling like Tim "Parts Blagging Petrolhead" Shaw from Car SOS, I happened to know their social media manager and was already a well known customer. When I met David at the handover we had a great chat and spoke at length on my Alzheimers legacy mission. David immediately pledged David Manners' corporate support and a donation of £200. I was proud to welcome him and the business as a project supporter. All he asked in return was a ride in the car! What a gentleman. (You can see the story on their website by clicking here)
Another unexpected twist in the journey of classic car ownership but yet another amazing high point of my journey - with a very special car!