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Happy Christmas to all members and their families Club Mag December 2015 - Edition N° 287 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 1


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Club Mag. for December 2015 CHAIRMAN’S CHAT And so as 2015 draws to a close as always I wonder where it went. By the time you get this magazine the Club Party will have been and gone so hopefully we had a good one, seeing in the start of the celebrations for Christmas. I hope that the man who gets stuck in the chimney will bring you all you desire but getting an Aston Martin down the chimney might be difficult. I remember one year when our kids were small, I wedged a wellington boot in the chimney with the lower part showing and when the kids went into the lounge, panic ensued with shouts of ‘he’s still here’. It cannot have escaped your notice that Ray is retiring from the position of Treasurer after what I think is about 14 year ’s service to H&H in that position. Ray leaves the Committee with our grateful thanks and will continue his club membership within the ranks. As you know a few editions ago I asked for volunteers to step into his shoes and more than a few members put their toes in the water so as to speak. I thank those of you who did so and for various reasons most fell by the wayside but I am more than pleased to announce that one member jumped in hook, line and sinker, so as to speak, he being Jim Lavery. Jim will ease into the role from January 1st overseeing what Ray does and at the AGM will be officially elected etc to join the Committee. For his input into the position of Treasurer he intends to computerise the Accounts procedure and will be 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 3


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looking into making it possible for members to pay subscriptions by direct debit or BACS provided there is no charge to us or club members from the Bank. Of course payment by cash or cheque as at present will continue. One minor change which is endorsed by all of the Committee is that any incurred expenses must be accompanied by a receipt and with the official expenses form which has to be signed by both Treasurer and myself before payment is effected. I didn’t know that the Daily Mail get our magazine! You may recall that a few issues ago I reported on the dreadful situation where car manufactures fiddle MPG claims. In the Daily Mail of Saturday 28th November they go one step further in naming manufactures and models where alleged cheating has been found. What is interesting is that for the main, MPG figures appear to have been massaged in general to the tune of 23% - 33% but in three cases the figures have been massaged to the tune of 55%, 92% and a staggering 120%! The Daily Mail Correspondent goes on to say that car manufacturers want to delay the introduction of more accurate figures until 2022. How fair is that? One thing I never understood is the way the number plates on modern vehicles are dated by a letter, at first a suffix, then a prefix and now some strange numbering arrangement. When the system came into place in 1963 it could kind of be followed and the vehicle owner could identify the year of registration. Then pressure was brought to bear by motor manufactures to change the system on an annual basis starting with September, or is it October so that the letters reflect their new models? To be quite honest, now that registration numbers are split into six month periods, I find it extremely difficult to understand when a vehicle first appeared on the roads. However at least the Irish have a system which can be easily understood. On an Irish registered vehicle the first numbers on the plate, all be they small, reflect quite simply the year of registration i.e. for 2015 the numbers are 15. Thank God someone has some sense and makes vehicle year registration favour the owner/purchaser. At this stage I urge you to support our advertisers who contribute greatly financially to our Club and thus help to keep our running costs down. If you are in need for vehicle parts, MOT testing or even a new car our advertisers will be more than pleased to see you, they offer competitive pricing and service and some even offer H&H members a discount. Also may I repeat the plea for articles for CP for the magazine and of course don’t forget the stamps. 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 4


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For our next meeting in January 2016 I will be presenting the annual Chairman’s quiz. I am thinking that, to be fair to all, teams must be of a maximum of four players as six heads are better than four and such a team gets an unfair advantage. Also if one group of friends has a team of four within their ranks then the team should detach itself from the rest. With this issue you will receive the annual laminated calendar from CP with our thanks and the dates and entries have been checked so hopefully the seat of my trousers will remain intact. And so I look forward to seeing you on January 20th 2016 ‘Volkswagen News’ 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 5


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Editorial Fred Dean Announced at the club party, the committee awarded Fred honorary membership of the club, with thanks for his enthusiasm, and commitment over the years. He regularly brings his lovely Morris Oxford when we are showing our cars. Thanks Fred. At this point (end of the year), I would just like to thank everyone who has contributed articles, and stories to keep the magazine interesting, and to keep me busy! New Year Run - 17th January 10.30 for 10.45 From the Con Club, High Lane Should you wish to go, to get an idea of numbers, could you please contact Richard, his number 07770 533677. (Weather permitting, of course) Lymm Historic Transport day 2016. Unbelievably it’s almost time to open the booking for the show. The event will take place on Sunday June 26 and follow a similar format to the last 3 years. There will be lots for everyone to see and do , live music and lots of transport related spectacles all around Lymm village. If you have joined us before then we’d love to see you again and if not we’d love you to join us, please tell your friends and fellow enthusiasts about us. To book your vehicle or Club please follow the instructions on our website www.lymmtransport.org.uk we will open the booking in early January so please keep a regular check on the website. As was the case last year we expect places for cars Motorcycles to fill up quickly over the early months of the year so please don’t leave it too late. Take that tax disc out. Owners can be fined and given points for displaying out of date tax discs, despite the fact that discs have been abolished. It’s unclear if this is a result of it partially blocking vision or because of outdated laws still being in force. Andy Robinson. 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 7


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MG SECTION REPORT from Richard Lomas Happy Christmas and all best for the new year to all at the MGOC This month is quiet as is most of the classic car scene, Hare and Hounds members joined up with the Glossop Vehicle Enthusiast Club on there remembrance run to the Yorkshire air Museum the run being around 40 miles arriving in time for the 11am 2 minutes silence. Four of our members attended the NEC for the Lancaster Classic Car Show a first for some of our members a very tiring but enjoyable day. It was nice to get into the train seat and let someone else drive home ? Our monthly meeting was a talk by two instructors from Stockport College. Not sure what to expect we had a quiz made up of four sections You Think you know a lot about cars but some questions certainly stumped us however a very good evening with some polite banter between teams. Anyone fancy long a weekend or day visit to the Morgan Factory. The tour involves looking at how Morgan started production and the techniques used 100 years ago and now, including a joiners shop and 2 different production lines. 100 cars are in various stages of build at any one time and not one is the same . The three wheeler is made mostly for the USA it being classed as a motorbike capable of 130 mph quite a experience I would think Engines are now supplied by BMW, Ford Cosworth and S &S from the USA for the three wheeler, it is well worth the visit and cost. H&H had a good turn out at GVEC club show at Manor Park in aid of SFFA raising over £800 we had approx 10 Mg s on display in a row ranging from Chester Maddox's TC to Ray’s MGTF so a big thanks to all who turned up Last weekend we again joined up with GVEC and had a 60 mile drive to Derby Gaol with a guided tour of what must have been a horrendous place. The weather was kind it didn't rain, with 6 MG's on the run. Finally just to wish all our members A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year THE SPA CLASSIC 2016 12th -17th MAY SPA FRANCORCHAMP BELGIAN GP CIRCUIT The Chesterfield Mg group is planning a visit to the Spa circuit in May 2016 And have a limited number of spaces available it is open to ANY car. The ferry is from Hull to Zeebrugge on a overnight ferry the cost will be approx £650 per car on a b&b basis staying at a 4star Radison Blu Hotel near the circuit. Saturday and Sunday are the main race days and cost for a 3 day ticket is approx €40 Brugge is approx 20 mins away a beautiful city and plenty of retail therapy for your partners. If anyone is interested please contact Andy Fearn on 07802521310 or email brandlehow@gmail.com 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 10


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GVEC Santa Smile Run 12th December 2015 Chris Howarth What has become an annual fixture took place on Saturday the 12th of December – that was the Saturday when snow was forecast for the High Peak! Although I heard rumours that Mike C had found some snow on the Maxi when he set off from Buxton we didn’t see any – I think, nay know, that Mike gets up much earlier than we do. By the time we set off for Glossop it was simply bucketing down, although the “Ice” warning light was on all the way to Glossop. Father Christmas, who sounded much like Mike Radcliffe, was cheerfully waving to the few passing shoppers, & a small number of children came to have a chat with Santa & relieve him of a bag of sweeties. The charity this year was The Glossop Womens’ Aid, & the event was supported by the Rotary Club too. I fear that the amount collected will reflect the prevailing weather. At about 2 o’clock we left Glossop to go to Edale for the pre-arranged afternoon tea. The plan was to follow Mike, as he knew where we were going but, unfortunately, the traffic was pretty dense in the middle of Glossop & we soon became separated. Ah well, the Snake to Bamford is probably the most straightforward, we’ll go for that, get our toe down & soon catch up. Despite getting toe down, within the limits of my navigator’s guidance, we saw neither hide nor hair of anything that looked like a classic car, but Edale is a hamlet rather than a village, so how difficult would it be to find a pub. We made our way through some dramatic puddles, some that met in the middle of the road & that you wouldn’t have wanted to hit at any great speed. There is a T junction in the middle of Edale & taking it & going under the railway bridge brought us to The Ramblers, where some cars looked familiar & there was a welcome sign saying that ramblers, muddy boots & dogs are welcome. Not sure whether that included muddy dogs, but Penny was just a bit wet, as we all were. The staff were very welcoming & showed us to a separate section of the dining room that had been reserved for us. Whilst we dried & thawed they served us with hot soup (good call there Mike), turkey bap, chips, mince pie &, to round off, strong hot coffee. Penny had her usual fussing with a number of folk & the chef even brought some dog biscuits for her – that’s what you call a dog friendly pub! It turned out that Mike had gone via Hayfield, so it was no wonder that we hadn’t caught up with him. An “interesting” day, that doubtless would have been more enjoyable had it not been so wet, but heh ho, it is what it is & the company was as good as ever, even if the numbers were lower than they might have been. The day raised £44.13 for Glossop Women’s Aid. 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 11


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It pays to sharpen your mind - Ponder the following:* Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to? * Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery? * How do I set my laser printer on stun? * How is it possible to have a civil war? * If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? * If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? * If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too? * If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it? * If you're born again, do yo u have two bellybuttons? * If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? * Is a castrated pig disgruntled? * Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them? * What happens when none of your bees wax? * If the black box flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn't the whole airplane made out of the stuff? * Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? * If most car accidents occur within five miles of home, why doesn't everyone just move 10 miles away? * Atheism is a non-prophet organization. * If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes? What? The remaining monkeys and apes are rebelling? * The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the naughty girls live. * I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose. * If all those psychics know the winning lottery numbers, why are they all still working? * And whose cruel idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have an "S" in it? 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 12


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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 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. Chris Howarth Women Drivers! This morning on the motorway, I looked over to my right and there was a Woman in a brand new BMW, doing 75Mph with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her eyeliner. I looked away for a couple seconds, and when I looked back she was halfway over in my lane, still working on that makeup. As a man, I don't scare easily, but she scared me so much, I dropped my electric shaver, which knocked the meat pie out of my other hand. In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my Mobile phone away from my ear which fell into the coffee between my legs, splashed and burned Big Jim and the Twins, ruined the phone, soaked my trousers, and disconnected an important call. Bloody women drivers! 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 13


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Christmas Cars Anthony Boe – December 2015 Here we are again: the Christmas article. Well, no, not really. I’ve decided this year to take a more relaxed approach to the festive season. It’s been four years of H&H articles where I’ve ranted, railed against and besmirched this time of goodwill to our fellow men, women and children. I’ve been totally unhospitable to what is a period of celebration when many of you take the time to reflect on the past year, plan for the new and thank your lucky stars for the many blessings that have been bestowed on you in 2015, especially in your hobby of classic car appreciation. As such, may I apologise to you for any ill will this may have kindled in your heart. So, hopefully, Santa will bring you all your heart’s desire all you need to hope is that he doesn’t visit me first because I’m going to let the tyres down on his sleigh. Yah Boo Sucks! So, as we plunge headlong into the joyous chaos of yuletide 2015 I thought I’d take some time to identify some of the key vehicles you’re likely to encounter in the feast of entertainment that will be strewn before you in the TV schedules. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Or as it’s known in our house: ‘Not Bloody Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Again’. There’s a common pub quiz question which asks who wrote this whimsy and their link to James Bond. Most will know the story was written from a hospital bed by Ian Fleming (for his ill-fated son Caspar) as he recovered from one of his many life-style related illnesses. It’s interesting that Fleming was pretty consistent in providing his fictional heroes with tricked-out vehicles although CCBB was less deadly than some of Bond’s conveyances. CCBB itself was actually a series of bespoke-built cars made especially for the film with the drivable versions having a beefy three-litre Ford engine. Having said that, I must have sat through this confection so many times over the years that I simply can’t do it again. Not without going mad. So it’s fair to say this film is definitely not ‘my little choochy face’. In fact, the only bits I still like are the scenes with the terrifying Child Catcher who I have to say is a personal hero. Lollypop anyone? 287 HHCVC Club Mag December'15, Page 15



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