You may have noticed things have been a little quiet around Any Given Reason lately – and there’s good reason for it. AGR HQ is usually filled with the clicking of camera shutters and the quiet clatter of a computer keyboard, however attention of late has shifted to the garage, and those familiar tones have been replaced with the squawking of hack-saw blades and the comforting ratchet sounds of a socket set.
I’ve been restoring my first car, a 1979 Fiat X1/9, for almost five years now. Work has typically progressed slowly, but the finished product is now so close I can almost taste it. The engine started for the first time a few weeks ago, and I drove it back and forth up the driveway several times last night. I’m hoping to take it for its first few tentative laps around the block later this week.
I’ve got an event in mind – on February 3 – which I’d love to take the Fiat to, so we’ve been working crazy long hours on weekends and on evenings after ‘proper’ work finishes to get it done. And it’s only because of the tireless efforts of a few close friends and my Dad, all of whom I’m indebted to, that we actually look like hitting that deadline.
There’s a few new stories in the works for Any Given Reason, but please bear with me if they aren’t coming as quickly as you’re used to. As they say, Normal service will resume shortly.
Andrew Coles#Fiat #X1/9