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H & H CVC 1991 2016 Club Mag March 2016 - Edition N° 290 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 1


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H & H CVC Ltd http://www.hhcvc.moonfruit.com/ The Club meets at the Conservative Club, High Lane On the THIRD Wednesday of each month at 8.15pm The Annual Club Subscription is £20.00 1st Director & Chairman - Steve Divall - 0161 483 4475 stephen_divall@hotmail.co.uk Director, Vice Chairman - Mike Coffey - 01298 27424 mickcoffey@btopenworld.com Director, Assistant Chairman - John Walker - 01663 766861 Treasurer & Director Jim Lavery 76, Woodlands Drive Offerton Stockport SK2 5AP Tel: 0161 456 1420 jim_lavery@btinternet.com Director & Committee member - Richard Burnham - 0161 456 9385 (Photography & Runs) ric.burnham@sky.com 07770 533677 Director, Company Secretary & Magazine Editor Chris Parr 4, Bramham Road Marple Stockport SK6 7LJ Tel: 0161 427 1363 hhcvc@yahoo.co.uk or chris.parr67@ntlworld.com Webmaster/Mag Distribution - Martyn Faulkner hhcvc@marchele.plus.com 07970 254172 Commercial Vehicle Section - David Bowden - 0161 427 3584 Motorcycle Section Steve Divall - 0161 483 4475 Modern Classics Section John Walker - 01663 766861 Show Co-ordinator Chris Howarth - 01298 26958 chris@c-plus.co.uk Club Stands Mike Coffey - 01298 27424 Continued on page next to back page 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 2


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Club Mag. for March 2016 CHAIRMAN’S CHAT An excellent and well attended AGM on 17th February, thanks to the many members who attended and for your continued support especially those who proposed and seconded committee members etc.. The hot pot, as always, was excellent. Jim Lavery was sworn in as our new Treasurer taking over from Ray after 14 years service. I was pleased to elevate, if that’s the right word, Ray to our Hall of Fame as a thank you for his many hours graft and presented him with an engraved trophy. He will stay a member of H&H but will most likely now be seen in the MG corner. Those of you who attended will know why John Walker has bought a new toilet brush! On the cover of this month’s magazine is a picture of Graham Knowles driving his Model ‘T’ Ford which he bought just over a year ago, it having been imported from USA. Something that surprised me is, that it has only two forward gears. Last year Graham took it to many shows including Poynton whether it received great interest from the visiting public. It may come as no surprise to learn that road tax evasion has soared. When the tax disc was abolished in 2014, some sort of EU ruling again, many motoring organisations were against the move. Recent DVLA figures have proven this correct. The previous coloured roundel in our windscreens served us well, but 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 3


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now with a blank screen it’s anybody’s guess as to whether a vehicle is taxed, or not, as I think I have mentioned previously. A record number of motorists are taking a chance with the odds stacking up in their favour, up by almost 60% since the change was effected. Abolishing the tax disc was supposed to save the Government some £10m but the DVLA admits that a staggering £80m has been lost in revenue due to the massive increase in the number of tax dodgers let alone the costs in pursuing them and bringing them to justice. I learn that you can be nicked for displaying an out of date tax disc but read that it is due to your vision being obscured by the holder – nothing to do with the disc—it was OK when you had a tax disc in the holder but not so now! What’s more if you have one of those replica tax discs in your classic relating to when it was manufactured, make sure you only display it at shows. Not too sure what the situation is regarding other stickers though like your National Trust membership for instance or indeed your H&H CVC membership sticker. A report from the ‘Auto Express’ advises more than 1000 motorists have complained that their vehicle should have failed the MOT rather than it having passed. The majority of appeals for wrongly issuing an MOT certificate apply to ‘dodgy’ second-hand dealers selling vehicles with ‘dodgy’ certificates. Routine investigations by DVSA officers show that some 25% of appeals proved correct. Still on the MOT that now under the computerised regime, the days of having your vehicle tested early as a safeguard to it failing on something you intend to fix while still driving on its existing ticket are over. The latest MOT is now deemed the only legal and recorded one – they do not run concurrently anymore so if it fails the test when taking it before it is due the vehicle may not be used on the road. So make sure your classic or modern vehicle is fit enough to pass when you take it as running it on the existing MOT will be flouting the law! I have received a letter of thanks from Pathfinder dogs which is where the stamps collected by us from the many of you who give them on meeting evenings, in fact the letter greatly praises us and comes with ‘huge thanks’ The stamps go to Pathfinder dogs who are affiliated to the RNIB and train puppies and dogs for the blind in Scotland. When the dogs are too old to continue working most of them retire at a rest home in Scotland but some go into private ownership. Please keep on giving them to me and if you haven’t done so already please save them as every little helps. Drive it day takes place on Sunday April 24th and the route has been sorted by our very own Route master Richard Burnham. Further details with the start time will 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 4


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be given in the next magazine and will begin from the Conservative Club. At the time of writing, Richard is still working on the route etc., but all will be revealed later. And so to the next meeting on March 16th when Martyn Faulkner has arranged for the Sales Director of Tesla Cars to come along with one of their electric powered demonstrator vehicles which he will park just outside the Club entrance so please take note of the cones and do not park near them. – Thank you. I will see you then. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive. What do you get when you put a car and a pet together ? Carpet! 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 5


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Editorial This from Martyn Faulkner Magazines by Email "If you have chosen to receive your magazine by email please ensure you have included the email address hhcvc@marchele.plus.com in your address book as a safe sender as otherwise the email may go into your junk mail as has already happened to one of our members. If you have opted for an electronic copy of the magazine and don't receive it by that month's club meeting date please contact Martyn Faulkner on hhcvc@marchele.plus.com." _______________________ An invitation - From Spinney Motor Homes & Carvans Ltd. Spinney, Knutsford Road A50), Cranage, Crewe, CW4 8HJ They are hoping to display some Classic Vehicles when they have an open day on Saturday July 22nd There will certainly be a presentation for the vehicle that appeals most to their judges. Spring Run Sunday 20th March The run is approx. 40 miles on mainly Cheshire country lanes ending up at Dagfields Crafts and Antiques Emporium, nr. Nantwich CW5 7LG. Tel 01270 841336. There are tea rooms and restaurant there, but a picnic could be nice. There is loads of free parking and I am trying to get a area so the vehicles can be displayed. Manchester Airport Transport Show & Air Fair 16th/17th July Booking arrangements - we have only been allocated 20 spaces in this very popular show. As there have been issues in past years, the organiser’s are aiming to be 100% right, so they require the following, to supply permits:1. Drivers Name & telephone number 2. Vehicle Make & Model 3. Colour 4. Year 5. Registration N° 6. You also need to say which days you hope to go. Please Give details to the Secretary on Club Nights. The permits will be sent to the Secretary. 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 7


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More in depth details of some of our club’s and other club’s events for 2016 From Chris Howarth GVEC Spring Lunch Drive Sunday the 3rd of April See GVEC website or contact Mike Radcliffe Gawsworth Hall Classic Car Rally Monday 2nd May Show that we have attended for many years. We have our usual stand area. As last year it is £5 for car & driver & £5 per passenger. We have been asked to limit numbers to 12. Entry of PRE 1970 vehicles encouraged, & entry forms are now available from their website Festival on the Green at Hollingworth Sunday 8th May GVEC Event, H&H members invited. Contact Mike Radcliffe Hayfield Carnival Saturday 14th May We have been invited by GVEC to join in a display at The Royal Hotel from 10.00. Those who would like to can take part in the Carnival Parade at 13.15. There is room for about 20 cars. Please contact Chris Howarth or Mike Radcliffe if you would like to go. Critch Tramway Museum Saturday 14th May Enthusiasts of British motor vehicles built before 1985 display. Open to members of this on-line FaceBook Group. From 10.00 – 17.00, with concessionary rates for pre 1985 vehicles, although owners of later vehicles & moderns, are welcome. Gawsworth Hall Youngtimers Classic Car Rally Monday 30th May A Show for 1970/80s Vehicles & ones where the production started in those decades e.g 1997 Bentley Turbo R is eligible as they started in the 1980’s, with some flexibility such as MG RV8’s We hope to have our usual stand area. This event is being supported by Carole Nash Insurances & if you register with them they will send FREE passes for the car & occupants. Entry forms should be available by the March Club Meeting. Again we have been asked to limit numbers to 12 Glossop Car Show – Saturday 21st May Contact GVEC to register. If pre-registered, £3 per car for GVEC Members, otherwise £5 per car, or £7.50 on the day. Show & Autojumble Tatton Park Show 4th & 5th June We have applied for a shared stand with GVEC so please only book with one club to avoid confusion. As of the start of February between the 2 clubs we are getting close to ¾ full so if you want to go but haven’t completed a form please contact me I will send one to you, but commitment will be needed. Listen out for announcements at the club meeting in March. There is still some room. I want to send the complete list of entries in by the end of March, so if you want to go please contact Chris Howarth. 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 8


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Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Fri/Sat/Sun 10th, 11th & 12th of June Details of & tickets available from http://www.cpop.co.uk/ The Hope Motor Show Monday 20th June We are sharing a stand with GVEC at this popular & well attended Show. Entry forms available from the Sheffield Hallamshire Motor Club website or Chris Parr. N.B. the day after our P&D Run. Gaydon Heritage Motor Museum Saturday 9th July Enthusiasts of British motor vehicles built before 1985. Meeting & concessionary entry to Museum. Open to members of this on-line FaceBook Group. GVEC may organise a run to Gaydon for this. Didsbury Car Show – Sunday 10th July. We went to this show last July & shared a stand with GVEC. It was a most enjoyable day – laid back & relaxing & I would thoroughly recommend it. If you would like to go please let Mike Radcliffe know on prideandjoy1@btinternet.com or Chris Howarth. Chesterfield MG Group Marcham Road Run Sunday 17th July H&H have won the Best Represented other Club Trophy for a number of years. Starts in Chesterfield area & finishes at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. Always a lovely route. All makes welcome. Contact Roger Garnett on rogergarnett@live.co.uk or Chris Howarth Stockport Classic Car Show 14th August Show in Stockport Market Place. GVEC & TVVCCC invited. Graham Vout from Stockport Council is coming to our April Meeting, so more details then. Tatton Park Show 20th & 21st August Details later. The plan is to have a joint stand with GVEC. Port Sunlight Show 11th September TVVCCC Show at this fascinating venue. GVEC will have a stand & H&HCVC been invited to join them at this show. A number of members attended last year & gave very favourable reports. SSAFA Show, Manor Park Glossop 16th October Details to follow 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 9


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Enthusiasts of British motor vehicles built before 1985 I, & no doubt a number of our members, are members of this lively FaceBook group. It started as a group sharing photos of vehicles, mainly cars, fitting the above criteria. This year there have been a couple of “bricks & mortar” events which have been pretty successful. For 2016 there are three events within practical distance for us already planned. On Saturday the 14th of May there will be a meeting at Critch Tramway Museum, from 10.00 – 17.00, with concessionary rates for pre 1985 vehicles, although owners of later vehicles & moderns, are welcome. On the 9th of July a meeting has been arranged at Gaydon Heritage Motor Museum. Vehicles that fit the groups criteria will have a defined parking area, whilst there will be another reserved area for members in later vehicles. Parking will be £5/car to cover the charge for the reserved area, & there will be a £5 concession per person for museum entry (£14 down to £9). It is possible that GVEC will arrange a run there for the day. There will be a meeting at the Museum at RAF Cosford 8in Shropshire, on Saturday 20th August. There will be a meeting at the museum at RAF Cosford in Shropshire on Saturday the 20th of August at 10.00, where again, an area for parking has been arranged. £4 for parking, museum free, guided tours £2/head. If you haven’t already seen this site you may find it interesting. Lots of postings every day, mostly photographs. Odd Pics 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 10


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March Magazine Cover picture 1915 Ford Model ‘T’ This is Graham Knowles’ latest acquisition having been purchased in March last year (her IOOth birthday). Before being imported from California just after Christmas 2014 it had taken part in the "Canyonlands" rally in Utah. The car is original and has had the original side valve engine block re-sleeved to standard and rebuilt with a new crankshaft, white metalling and pistons, giving the engine i ts original capacity of 2900cc. At the same time a new radiator, electric starter motor conversion, new ignition coils and a new magneto were fitted. The upholstery and soft top have also been replaced. The Model T is unusual in that it has no gear lever, conventional clutch pedal, or accelerator pedal. Instead it has a two speed and reverse epicyclic gearbox, rather like an automatic. There are three floor pedals, clutch for low and high gear, reverse pedal and brake. The accelerator is a lever on the right of the steering column and on the left side of the column is a lever for spark advance and retard. The handbrake lever is to the left of the driver and also works in conjunction with the clutch pedal to give neutral, low and high gears. Confused? There are brakes only on the rear wheels via the transmission and normally not very effective handbrake. However, this car has been fitted with a period conversion, "Rocky Mountain" braking system, which operates additional shoes on the rear (external) drums, supplementing the transmission brake. The car also has another period conversion, the "Ruckstell" two speed rear axle, which has the effect of doubling the car's normal two speed transmission to give four forward speeds (and two reverse!), which improves the flexibility and hill climbing ability. The car has no speedometer, windscreen wiper, dipstick, fuel gauge, oil pump or fuel pump and the tyres run at around 55psi! After several months of ownership:All I would say is that you need to keep up your concentration level, especially in traffic, as the natural reaction in a normal manual car is to dip the clutch pedal in an emergency. This, of course, can be disastrous in a ‘T’, since you engage low gear by doing this, thus driving into the vehicle in front! The best advice for an emergency stop is feet off and pull on the handbrake! I have also found it necessary to carry a spare supply of water, as it will boil at the slightest hint of extended idling. Apart from this, it is quite enjoyable and something "different". 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 11


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MG SECTION REPORT from Richard Lomas I hope you are all getting ready for the spring hopefully we can all start and get out for a run or two. The Hare and Hounds AGM in February was a busy night but all business concluded. Ray Etchells standing down after 14 years as our treasurer a big thanks to him and his wife Jan and a big welcome to Jim Lavery who has taken on the roll. The next MG run will be the Shakedown run at the Chesterfield group IT IS OPEN TO ANY CLASSIC CAR so please support them it is only a small club of about 50 members. Some people may or may not know of a gentleman called Don Hayter who recently celebrated his 90th birthday he worked at the MG Car Company as their Chief Body Draughtsman in 1956 after having worked for Aston Martin. After a time working on the development of the MGA Twin Cam, he started on the MGB and the rest is history as they say. Don is widely accepted as the father of the MGB in all its models and shapes so a happy 90th birthday to you. Following on with two prototypes, EX205and EX214, the MGB was given the go ahead for production his job as Draughtsman was to make it build able, he also had make sure the distinctive dash windscreen and hood fitted to the design of the car . Another snippet of information this month regarding the more modern MGs the MG 3 which is built at Longbridge has agree at start to 2016 with a 132% increase on January sales after 313 cars were registered from the previous January of 135 cars sold. Having read a few articles regarding values of Classic Cars not just MG’s can I urge you all to have to take a little time to research your car or cars and check your agreed valuation. I suspect some of you will be very surprised at how things can change quickly as regards to value. If any members would like to add to the monthly report, or tips of suppliers or parts which are generic to any MG or Rover cars please let me know and I will include them. A welcome to Phil and Diane Lowery into the World of MGs and the pitfalls, he has purchased a MGTF which was bought after a private add was seen by Neville Oliver a bargain I think so hopefully he will have no problems ! 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 12


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Aston Martin A small article regarding Aston Martin this month in the News. They have announced that a new factory in South Wales. The DBX will be hand -made in a Super Hanger at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan. It is a major coup for South Wales, because after 2 years of negotiating the Deal was sealed ahead of 20 locations around the world had been considered. As well as attracting one of the worlds most prestigious names it will create 750 highly skilled manufacturing jobs and up to a 1,000 jobs with suppliers in the area. Another 250 jobs will also evolve at Gaydon at the same time. It will include a skills academy as a place of excellence. The factory will start in 2017 with production 3 years later. The car will take 200 hrs per car to produce and will be individually styled to the customers specification . The car will start of as a petrol vehicle before being developed into a Hybrid and an all electric 4x4. The cost will be in the region of £160,000 to buy. So get your orders in now won't you ?????? 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 13


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My Birthday Treat - a Tesla Test Drive from Martyn Faulkner As a Birthday treat to myself, I embarked upon a test drive of their “supercar” Model S, and I’m very pleased to say I did so on my actual birthday. As regards the car, WOW is the only word I can think of to describe it. It is nothing like any other car you have ever seen. They have just finished setting up the showroom and have two cars on display plus a chassis showing the motors (because that’s all there is except for the wheels, suspension and the flat floor pan under which the battery sits) - the one on display has two motors one in the front and one in the rear (ie four wheel drive) but some versions only have one in the front. The cars on show are the P85D (D for dual motors) and is the one shown in the YouTube video link below, it will do 0-60 in 3.1 seconds, but there is a higher spec P90D which will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds in ‘Ludicrous’ mode, which is the one I test drove…!!!!!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/embed/6eGhjhx8O9M?rel=0 The range starts at £53,600 but the P90D is £86,800 and again the one I drove was over the £100k mark as it had a number of extras. They have brought out an SUV (Model X – see weblink https://vimeo.com/140889963) which will be in Britain around the end of the year, and next year, there will be a Model 3 lower entry level model costing around £30,000. Just to sit in the car, firstly you touch the door handle and it comes out of the sleek panel so you can open the door (it automatically goes back in when you start to drive), then when you sit behind the wheel you realise there is no gear stick at all, just two pedals accelerator and brake and a massive A4 computer screen in the centre console which is permanently connected to the Internet with every gadget you can think of, literally at your finger tips. It has onboard radar, front and rear cameras, and is covered in sensors. As its permanently connected to the Internet. TESLA send out updates direct to the car from America. For example, approval has just been given by the Highways Agency to allow the car to drive itself on autopilot on the motorway, so the onboard computer was updated to allow this The car I sat in had a sunroof and various other additions, and to open / close the roof, you bring the controls up on the computer screen and slide your finger over the roof shown on the screen! It has two boots one at the front (no engine!) and a massive one at the back. 290 HHCVC Club Mag March'16, Page 15



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