Living in the Village of Beeton is to feel like a Hobbit living a Walter Mitty Life!
Wow, that’s a statement and a half, but I really do feel this way about Beeton and our Town, where everyone in the community shares a common bond and relationship I’ve not experienced anywhere else! There’s nothing better, nor more uplifting in the community, than a sunny summer’s day with cool breezes that waft through the Village.
Such days are especially pleasant during events such as the Honey Festival and Fall Fair. Both of these events hold a classic car show which is well attended, and this year’s Fall Fair event was no exception, being held on such a beautiful, sunny day! The only fly in the ointment for me was that I had to help set up the FAB Fundraiser to generate funds for the new Beeton Community Recreation Multiplex Centre which was supported by Ford Canada with their “Drive One 4UR Community Program, sponsored through Alliston Trillium Ford Lincoln. At the same time, I had to arrange to get my classic Jag XJS ready and driven to the car show. The Jaguar is a recent addition to my household, and since its purchase has decided to expire while on trips into the local countryside on various occasions until the wife said “enough”, so I parked it in the driveway!
“It’s not going anywhere until it’s fixed, especially with me in it” she insisted! Most of my woes were caused by the cooling system which spewed coolant at every opportunity through known and unknown parts, causing overheating and a call to CAA! I discovered that the big Jag, V12, cooling system was prone to overheat if the complex system was not maintained to a very particular, very high standard. The engine has two of everything…figures! Two thermostats, two rad intake hoses, a duel/split radiator with two air bleed siphon lines, two radiator caps and an atmospheric coolant recovery system buried inside the left wheel well, not discovered until later and which hadn’t worked in years! Opening the hood and viewing the engine compartment of this car would cause the most hardened mechanic to run away! I have never worked on such a complex engine before, however, I was determined not to be beat by this car, even though my wife’s voice was still ringing in my ears…“sell the bl..dy thing before it costs us a fortune”! Well I did resolve all of the problems one by one and, thankfully, made it to the car show on time, in good working order and has since travelled some distance without incident. Such are the trials and tribulations of owning and maintaining an aging, classic automobile, but the reward of the driving experience of such an automobile far outweighs the tribulations.
As for the Beeton Fair, it was another successful, well attended, brilliant day in our beautiful village. The car show was a great success and, with FAB with Fords help, managed to raise $1,560.00 towards the new proposed Community Centre. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Written by Alan Masters