I bought a new toolbox this year, a full Halfords Industrial stacking system in black, with a Byzantine drawer system in which everything has a place and there’s a place for everything. It is lovely, but I’m trying not to use it right now.
In preparing my 1960 Triumph TR3a for next July’s Liége-Brescia-Liége rally, I’m trying to assemble a set of tools fit for most jobs on the car that can be carried in the boot – along with fuel cans, jacks, spare wheels, bits of wood and oodles of spares.
What of clothes for this 10-day, 2,000-mile extravaganza, you might ask? Or elegant hats and shoes? Hum, haven’t given much thought to those. Space in the tiny TR (registered JHU 637 and nicknamed YooHoo), is at a premium; if it doesn’t help keep the car running, it stays at home.
In the Fifties and Sixties a longer version of this rally, which drove down the leg of Italy before turning at Rome, was one of the great European car-breakers along with the Monte Carlo, Tulip and Alpine rallies.