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H & H CVC Club Mag February 2015 - Edition N° 277 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 1


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Club Mag. For January 2015 Club Mag. For February 2015 CHAIRMAN’S CHAT Alas, the New Year Run did not take place due to snow. About 20 people turned up at the Con Club, thanks to those who did, but as I arrived at about 10.10 the decision to abort had been made. A photograph of those members who attended should be somewhere in the mag. All is not lost however, as much to Andy Robinson’s delight, we will be able to use the run, usually organised by him, for our Spring Run on March 8th. Just keep an eye up though, if you intend only just to go the eating place at the end of the run as the venue may change. As many of you will know, each year at the Marple Garden Centre Show we award two shields in memory of two past members of the Club who, alas, are no longer with us. I am aware that many members will not have met either Scott Jones or Ian Law. Scott Jones was a very enthusiastic motorcyclist who organised a lot of events and his shield is awarded each year to one of our motorcyclist members as is the Ian Law shield awarded to one of our car owning members. Ian was often seen in his Standard 8 and was one of those people who were always willing to help especially when it came to car problems. In subsequent magazines with help we will publish a profile of each. 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 3


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I don’t often have a moan but now is the time. We have asked for members to come forward to get local companies for a suggested contribution of not more than £25.to support the Peaks and Dales. Run in return for an advert in the route map. I regret that no members have come forward yet to give help which is disappointing to say the least. It is not often that we ask for help but I feel sure that we all know of traders and shops in the area that could be asked to help so please surprise me. I have to report that Peter Murray of High Lane Garage has pledged support as has a friend of his who is an Auto Valeter who has absolutely nothing to do with the Club. Having mentioned the Peaks and Dales after much consideration and deliberation, Bob Plant has proposed and it has been accepted that our charity for the P&D run next year is the Glossop Mountain Rescue group. If you are in bother in the area and need the kind of help that these organisations give, Glossop is the nearest rescue group to us. I have to announce that after nine years Bob has decided to stand down and we are looking for someone to take over. My thanks on behalf of us must go to Bob for his input during that time and I hope a successor will soon come forward. Plans for the vehicle show around Stockport Market Hall on May 24th are well in hand and I went to yet another meeting on your behalf this week to progress matters. A separate notice with a lot more details is included elsewhere in the magazine and I ask you all to read it and take note and more importantly make a note in your diary to attend the event and also to note the pass application details. I note that the actual Millionth Morris Minor is about to be auctioned. If you recall six replica vehicles were built at the same time and were painted a strange shade of pink/purple. This is however the actual vehicle and is anticipated to reach between £22000 and £28000. As already announced, some members have expressed a wish to receive their magazine by e-mail. Should you wish to do so please contact the club by e-mail (hhcvc@yahoo.co.uk) and include your wish and of course your e-mail address. Chris & Martyn have got this down to a fine art now so all should work OK. This is an aside, but I note that Nissan and BMW are producing cars without a connected steering column. You still get a steering wheel as we know it, but the steering mechanism is reputedly controlled by two electric motors. I just wonder what happens when you get to a corner and one of the motors or controls has failed. I did hear that one of these two manufacturers is still fitting some sort of 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 4


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back up emergency steering column. Hmmmm! A very good turnout at the January meeting for my quiz (thanks to those who came) and out of about 85 questions the winning team got 62. I must make the questions harder next year. For the February meeting on 18th, we have the AGM as announced many times previously with complimentary hot pot supper. As I always say, better get my speech ready. In conclusion for those of you who don’t already know, we extend our sympathies to Cliff Proctor whose wife Marlene passed away last month. Our thoughts have been with you Cliff, at this difficult time. And so in conclusion I look forward, I think, to the AGM For the New Year Run The weather was alright at High Lane, but ....... ? 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 5


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Editorial Front Cover picture New Year ’s Run? - I don’t think so! Chris Howarth’s Bentley slumbering in the snow Would you like a digital copy of your Newsletter, instead of receiving it by post. You can request this be sending an email to hhcvc@yahoo.co.uk Tatton Park Classic Car Shows - 30/31st May & 22nd /23rd August We are hoping to have a club stand at both these shows, but it is very important, after the abysmal turn up at the last show, that if you ask for a ticket, you do use it, or there is a good chance that we won’t get a stand in the future. I will ask for a show of hands for the approximate number at the next meeting (the AGM) & have forms for actual entries, so if you would like to go please consider it now so that we can give an accurate number. If you aren’t able to be at the meeting & want to go please send an email to me (chris@c-plus.co.uk) or telephone my mobile (07831 281788) before the end of February. SUNDAY 24TH MAY 2015 10 am – 4 pm The Hare and Hounds Classic Vehicle Club and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (Manchester & High Peak section) are pleased to announce the above event which is being supported by Stockport Council. The event will take place around the historic covered Market Hall. On the day there will be a Vintage Market in the covered hall and many local shops will also be open including a wide range of interesting and exciting Vintage Stores. Nearby attractions include the Dungeons, Staircase House and Stockport Museum. Both within the Market place and surrounding streets and lanes there is a large selection of cafes and pubs offering food and refreshments to suit all tastes. Local Police will be on hand. 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 7 STOCKPORT TOWN CENTRE CLASSIC VEHICLE & MOTOR CYCLE SHOW


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The Mayor of Stockport has agreed to attend and will award trophies to the best presented car and motor cycle. GVEC and TVVCCC members are invited. Kevin Dranfield will be organising motorcycles from VMCC. All other vehicles will be administered by H&H CVC, including H&H CVC, GVEC & TVVCCC motorcycles but these will form part of the VMC display. All applicants through H&H CVC will be granted temporary day membership in order to comply with the PL insurance requirements. A total of 70 cars and 30 motorcycles can be accommodated so all classics are welcome on a first come, first served basis. Owners of vehicles less than 20 years old are welcome to apply but for reasons of number restrictions it may not be possible to include them. An application form will be enclosed in the March magazine and this will include a request for an SAE for pass and entry details. Please ensure the SAE is returned. There is no charge for entry to this event. Closing date for applications for the event will be 10th May. 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 8


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Agenda H & H C VC Ltd. Annual General Meeting To take place at the Conservative Club, High Lane Wednesday 18th February, 2015 at 8.15pm AGENDA 1. 2. 3. 4. Apologies Introductions The Chairman’s report. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting (Printed in January Magazine The accounts of the club showing receipts and expenditure for the previous financial year. The election of the officers to the club. The appointment of Directors of the club. The remuneration of the officers of the club Any other resolutions put before the meeting pursuant to these Articles. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 9


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A note from the Treasurer Membership Fees Several members have, in the past, asked about paying their fee directly into our account. Although I receive your payments, Chris Parr maintains the Membership List, therefore requiring the information from me as I receive payments. As I am not allowed by the bank to access the account electronically( due to the account requiring two signatures on cheques etc),I have to wait for a copy of the statement, which arrives two weeks after the end of each month, making it very difficult to maintain our records, especially at year end when our accounts have to be submitted to Companies House. Should anyone require further clarification on this, I will be only too pleased to talk to them. Ray Etchells (Treasurer) Motoring oddpics - Continuing the succession of strange wheel-related pictures. 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 10


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The Future is Here (and it's terrifying)... Anthony Boe - February 2015 As a classic car club naturally our automotive interest lies with the cars of the past. There'd be little point otherwise and we all may as well go home. But when your classic was launched it should have at least looked like something from (or for) the future because, like all new cars, they were designed to compel you to replace your outmoded current car. But it's hard to imagine isn't it? Seeing your classic from that perspective: as a thing of the future. And that got me thinking. You see, long ago, when I was a young lad in the seventies, I used to daydream about what life would be like in the year 2000. I looked forward to what I thought would be a completely different world, my youthful imagination fuelled by images from visionary TV like Star Trek, Space 1999 and Captain Scarlett. I pictured some kind of utopia in which everything would be shiny and white. For some reason I thought when the clock sounded midnight at the very end of 1999, the world would suddenly become excitingly space-age. We'd immediately be dressed in the the same lurid colours worn by Captain Kirk et al, all food would come in pill form, robots would fulfil our every whim and aerodynamic cars would hover soundlessly around, their serene drivers maneuvering them with a button encrusted joystick. And what happened when the dawn broke on the new millennium? Absolutely nothing. Well nothing that exciting. When the odometer of time rolled over to 2000 stubbornly the world looked exactly the same. Even the apocalyptic promise of millennium bug-related chaos turned out to be a spectacular damp squib. Of course, things have changed. I mean, how did we cope without smart phones, broadband, tablet computers and sat navs? And it can't be denied that cars have become much more complex (and safer). Even today's most modest motors have more computing power than it took to land a man on the moon. Happily, on the whole, these things have made our lives easier and arguably richer. But think on this. All this technology is also slowly eating away at us. How many of us have lost the ability to reliably spell thanks to MS Word? Can you still read a map or do you let your Tom Tom do all the work? How would you find out anything new without the use of Wikipedia? 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 14


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But now I'm worried as driving seems to be the next skill that will be gradually consumed. You may have noticed the recent announcement that the UK will be a prime testing ground for driverless robot cars. Headlines inform us they'll be on the roads by 2017 and the Highway Code is being modified to facilitate their arrival. Yes that's right; autonomous robot cars bristling with cameras, radar, satellite technology and servos will soon be out there. Driving around. Driverless. Hugely complex cars in which you sit like a Muppet; an inert passenger letting the vehicle do what the hell it likes. Are we mad? I get concerned about what my smart phone is doing as it updates itself without so much as a by your leave. This thing is sending information about me to God knows who as it tracks my movements, web searches, telephone calls and texts all as I wander around oblivious to what the sly informant in my pocket is up to. That's a small phone you'll note, not a tonne of computerised car. So it'll be a landmark day when I sit in one of these automotive automatons, punch in my destination and then do, well, nothing. Except fret. This is not a new idea as you probably know. The Motor Research Centre did some experiments in the sixties on this very same theme. Interestingly (for me at least) they used a Citroen DS19 for these trials due to the ready supply of highpressure hydraulics to power the extra doodads fitted to enable it to self-drive. I've seen the very car they used and it's a Heath Robinsonesque affair at best. It ultimately didn't amount to much as it relied on magnetic rails that needed to be sunk into the road. But now, with modern technology, it's all become terrifying real. There's lots to concern us here. What happens if these cars crash? I don't think the magistrate will be sympathetic to your excuse of not having witnessed the incident because you were asleep on the back seat after too many post-work shandies. How will a ruthlessly logical computer cope with the utterly illogical driving of a late-night taxi driver, the bewildered elderly, the baseball-capped youth in a souped-up Saxo or an Eastern European lorry driver? Will it blithely drive you off an unfinished bridge because the inadequate 'bridge closed' sign had blown over? The possibilities are endless and none are good. Be afraid, very afraid. However, for me, the most knicker-filling prospect of this new technology is not if, but when, these cars become self-aware. All the fictional dystopias of Mad Max or the Terminator could become the actual, and very real, stuff of nightmares. As we drive - hands-free - into this cataclysmic future Asimov's three laws of robotics will be summarily disregarded, especially the one about not 277 HHCVC Club Mag Feb'15, Page 15



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