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From: "John Macartney" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:17:30 +0100
On the continuing saga of *how long can you last at the wheel?* I received a 
reply from Paul 
Richardson on this subject which is clearly exercising the minds of many :)
Paul's reply surely generates further questions?
1. How could anyone safely and accurately *aim* into a Mayflower dipstick tube 
while changing gear 
and having to steer safely - anywhere on the Mille Miglia?
2. How fast is fast to guarantee 'blow back'?
3. How slow is slow to avoid embarrassment?
4. Anyone care to put these claims to the test and report their findings?


> Hi John
> It's amazing how stories get dressed up.  The facts are that the said 'pee
> tube' was the idea of my fathers for the Mille Miglia road race of 1954.
> The tube was made at the factory prior to the race by experimental engineer
> Ray Henderson who adapted a Triumph Mayflower dip stick guide (funnel
> shaped) for the business end. It is true that  the pee tube had a tendency
> to 'blow back' somewhat when the TR was at high speed, so it was only used
> on slower sections. I've used a quote from dear old Ray Henderson about the
> pee tube in an article I wrote for one of the TR mags or one of Frederic
> Reydellet's books. I'll forward it when I find it.
> Best wishes to all Paul


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