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H & H CVC 1991 2016 Cub Mag May 2016 - Edition N° 292

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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 chris.parr67@ntlworld.com Webmaster/Mag Distribution Martyn Faulkner hhcvc@marchele.plus.com 07773 278537 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

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Club Mag. For May 2016 CHAIRMAN’S CHAT I begin this month to thank all the members who turned out for the Drive– it-Day run on Sunday 24th April starting from the Conservative Club and concluding at the AVRO museum at Woodford. At AVRO we were given the opportunity to see the Vulcan together with a photo opportunity. A total of 27 vehicles started out with more from the MG section joining us at AVRO with the MG car club. Alas the weather did not turn out as it had been for the previous days but a great turn out nevertheless. At the Club meeting last Wednesday we had a visit from Graeme Vout from Stockport Council who spoke about the show we are presenting on August 7th this year. I apologise for the change of date from the following weekend. It was originally thought it would be a good idea to combine the show with the Vintage Village who hold their event on the second Sunday of each month but further investigation shows that they take most of the outside space with gazebo’s leaving very little space for our cars,

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hence the move to the previous weekend where a book fair takes place only inside the Market Hall. A little later in the year I will invite applications to attend when I will send out entry passes and parking arrangements. There will be only one entry point and parking areas allocated according to vehicle size. As mentioned previously there will be restriction to vehicles less than 20 years old unless of course they are of particular interest or rarity. In a previous article I wrote about the TR2 test car which ran on the Jabbeke test highway in Belgium in May 1953 achieving 124 mph about which we got a mention in the FBHVC magazine. The car bore the registration MVC575 and was the third TR2 produced and was fitted with a steel under shield, steel tonneau, and rear wheel spats. The car has been found in a dreadful condition and in fact because of its rarity would most likely have been scrapped but is being restored by a guy who has never restored a car before but he has a company that makes replacement and up-rated parts for TRs. The plan is for it to be shown at TR Register meetings when finished. On the subject of the FBHVC may I remind you to take part in their classic vehicle survey, address given in our last magazine, or you can look at the FBHVC website for details. I read that it is 50 years since the first Routemaster bus was produced. Plans were started for the bus in 1947 but production did not start until 5 years later. The design was the work of one Douglas Scott who had previously designed the AGA cooker and the bus was designed to accommodate 64 passengers. London Transport had a major input into the design of the bus which had a much more luxurious interior than previously and a cubby hole for the conductor. The bus also had winding windows, a sliding drivers door and had front suspension using coil springs and was fitted with an automatic four speed gearbox. The bus was built by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC) of Alperton in Middlesex. As a teenager I had a friend (with whom I still correspond) who lived near the Bus works and if we had a mechanical problem with a car or motor bike, off we went to the AEC works and there was always a mechanic who would help us out! How times have changed! It is a depressing fact the

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last Routemaster ran on December 9th 2005 and joins the ranks of the many classic vehicles we so love. This is the first magazine to be printed by our external printer as I mentioned in the last magazine. Hopefully all will have gone well. When printed, Jim will pick up the finished articles to take to CP for insertion into envelopes with address labels etc. For the club meeting on May 20th we have a visit from our Charity for 2016 , the ‘Hand on Heart’ organisation who provide defibrillators for schools and it is hoped that the Peaks and Dales run will enable us to fund two units for local schools. I know there has been a few comments that the cost of the run has gone up by a pound but unfortunately the cost of printing the routes, postage, ink etc has increased by more than one pound per head, and we will be providing a celebratory mug in place of the usual fridge magnet to celebrate our 20th run, so I hope the slight increase will not deter you from taking part. And so in conclusion I look forward to seeing you on May 20th at the next club night.

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Editorial Magazine Front Cover Photograph. Club cars hiding underneath a Vulcan Bomber at the AVRO Museum after the Drive-it-Day Run. See Mike Coffey’s report later. Always remember to check with event organisers that their event is to take place. Quite a number of shows have been cancelled this year due to weather and ground conditions. So it is worth checking. Car Thefts It seems that there appears to be a lot of classic vehicles being stolen in the UK, it has been suggested, according to Classic Car Weekly, and a large number of stolen vehicles, like Minis, Fords and Land Rovers in particular due to their lack of security making them very tempting, Police records show that in the last 12 months at least 120 classic Land Rovers have been stolen this year, being shipped abroad. So, you never know. Always secure you classic vehicles, including Motorcycles. It is also a good idea to get a tracker fitted.— Yes, it does cost, but hopefully you should get your vehicle back, if the perpetrators of the crime are caught! ________________________ Manchester Airport Transport Show and Air Fair 16th/17th July There are a few places left on this weekend show. To get on the list, give your details to CP or to Margaret. Tickets and entry instructions will be issued and sent to you in due course. WE NEED:- 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.

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Membership News Welcome to Mike Arnold - 1966 Volvo Amazon, a 1929 Austin Seven, and a 1926 Morris Bullnose Cowley, Bill Woolley Doesn’t have a classic. John Chadwick has got a 70 MGB Roadster John Donovan has a 1968 MGC Roadster. Oddpics Utterly obscure Bitish Car Humour

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Glossop Car Show – Saturday 21st May 2016 Contact GVEC to register. £5 per car to pre-register. £3 for GVEC Members. Bigger Show & more Autojumble than previous ones. Form on the GVEC website. Payment online available. Gawsworth Hall Youngtimers Classic Car Rally Monday 30th May A Show for 1976 to 1989 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 are now available. Again we have been asked to limit numbers to 12. As we need to know the numbers for our stand please see Chris Howarth for a form. Please arrive between 9.30 – 10.30 IMPORTANT – We will only get space for cars that are notified to Gawsworth. Lets make a big effort for this new show. Tatton Park Show 4th & 5th June Full now. Shared stand with GVEC 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. Fortunately doesn’t clash with the Airport. If you would like to go please let Mike Radcliffe know on prideandjoy1@btinternet.com or Chris Howarth. Manchester Airport Transport Fair – 16th &17th July Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend 6th & 7th A very popular event that gets booked up. Please contact Chris Parr quickly if you would like to go. A range of classes. Saturday is mainly post ’73 & Sunday pre ’74. There is a scenic run on the Sunday morning. Entry forms are available online. The entry fee is £5/ day, which can be paid online.There have been very good reports from visitors to this show in previous years. Stockport Classic Car Show 7th August (Note change of Date) Tatton Park Show 20th & 21st August Show in Stockport Market Place. GVEC & TVVCCC invited. At the April Meeting Graham Vout from Stockport Council talked about the Show. Please see Chris Parr for entry forms. Keep an eye on the website for downloadable form. Details later. The plan is to have a joint stand with GVEC

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Poynton Show Saturday 27th August Woodsmoor Classic Car Show Monday 29th August This is run by our members Andy & Carolyn Boe supporting Tommy’s& St Ann’s Hospice. Over 130 cars went last year. Let’s help them make it even bigger this year. A popular event. Booking with Steve Divall is recommended. Our Club Annual Show Sunday 4th September Port Sunlight Show 11th September Not to be forgotten! Our own Club Show at Wyevale Garden Centre. Forms on the Website in Events/Runs section. 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. Contact Mike Radcliffe on prideandjoy1@btinternet.com. TVVCCC Elland Road Steam Mill Newhay 2nd October SSAFA Show, Manor Park Glossop 16th October Details to follow Details to follow

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Drive It Day 2016 and Drive it day started with a crisp clear morning, The drive down from Buxton in a small convoy of H&H members down Long Hill with a little snow on the hills, looked like we were to have a good weather day. At the meeting point at the Conservative club there were a good collection of many varied makes of cars 24 in all and after collecting a route and having a friendly chat to all that were on the run, we set off. The run that Richard had produced was a good, clear and easy to follow, taking the run over the hills and down the dales of Derbyshire then onto the flat plain of Cheshire avoiding major towns, and through some of the most quaint villages that only Richard Burnham, our route master can find. Somehow, on drive it day, the local councils seem to use this day to dig up or close the roads, but not on this run. We passed other clubs out on their runs including a very fine line of E-Type Jaguars. we continued on our way, with the sound of lawnmowers in the gardens of the villages, and the Hawthorn trees in the hedgerows just showing there new leaves, made it feel like spring, winding country roads, and some A roads, just made things interesting and varied. We arrived at the Avro Museum without getting lost, due to the fine navigating of our lead car, the Bentley of Steve Bagnall, navigated by his wife Eileen without getting lost once. On arrival at the Avro museum, the Vulcan is situated at the far end of the runway, in what I was told, is the old fire station, and the aircraft is situated in a compound. We were directed by a very friendly, and well informed, official, who managed to get all of us under the wings of the Vulcan bomber, just in time to get us out of the rain that had just started on our arrival. Even if you don't like aeroplanes, being under the wing of a Nuclear bomber is something you can never forget, knowing just what this aircraft was capable of. Entry to the museum was available to those who wish to go in. Where examples of all the aircraft produced by the Company are on show in model form, or photographically, with easy to read descriptions, That made one realise, there was a lot of history at Woodford, going back to the early 1900’s, through supplying aircraft in both world wars, including the manufacture of the Lancaster bomber. We had a time slot for the photo shoot with the Vulcan, and had to leave so that the Chesterfield MG club could take our place under the wings of the aircraft, and with a very short run home this made for a fantastic drive it day. Hats of to Richard Burnham for a truly terrific run, its no wonder he is known as the Route Master. Mike Coffey

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MG SECTION REPORT from Richard Lomas April looks like it's going to carry on to the end with the bad weather, only briefly giving us a taste of spring. A couple of runs have been planned this month the Chesterfield MG group run and GVEC’s run to Salmesbury Hall. Also the Pride of Longbridge, the 10th Anniversary of its closure, a very large meeting at the MG Factory in Birmingham. Three MGs ventured to the meeting with an early start sticking to the A roads instead of the motorways a very pleasant drive with the tops down, even with temperatures at around 3ºc. Our start point being the Fallow Deer at Chapel-en-Le-frith and on through to Ashbourne, out towards Tamworth, and then a small stint on the M40, and we arrived at the Factory gates, to find a very large number of Rovers, MGs and anything British Leyland all parked and double parked on the road and any available space. Even the local shopping centre car park seemed to be a meeting point with groups discussing their cars. We now find out that the event had been cancelled at 8.30 that morning due to Cofton Park being water logged from the previous night’s rain and snow, YES, snow!! So we had to make the most of the trip, off to Sainsburys for a large Breakfast, and some much needed liquid refreshment (tea). We planed out our route home, and called at the Aston Motor Museum, a small place, but mainly commercial, and a good collection of Buses. As Drive it Day arrives, the Hare and Hounds run is to take in a visit to the Avro museum at Woodford in Stockport after a 2 hrs tulip run, arranged by our route master Richard Burnham, always different. The run attracted 24 + cars and the MGCC Northwest also having a visit on the same day, some nice photos on Facebook, of MGs parked up with the Vulcan Bomber this being the spiritual home of the plane. The site is now in the process of being turned into a very large housing estate. Or monthly meeting on Wednesday welcomed Graham Vout from Stockport Council to discuss our classic car show in the Historic Market place in August. Thank you for a good insight into how the council is hoping to revive the town centre. He also answered some rather tricky local questions regarding the town centre parking and road closures.

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Good Luck From Beijing Anthony Boe - May 2016 As I write this article, Carolyn and I are a few days into our taste of China tour and we are aboard a Bullet Train from Beijing on our way to Xi'an our second destination. Given I've not got a great deal to do for the next few hours I thought I'd give my assessment of the cars and driving conditions that we encountered whilst in China's capital. The fact I'm writing this on a vehicle travelling at 298 km/hour seems apt and entirely juxtaposed against some of the remarkable, if more basic, ways of getting around we've seen. Let's talk about the mainstream cars first. Modern Beijing has lots and many good quality cars. Too many in fact and which create the dense smog and traffic jams the city is now known for. Although car ownership is a powerful symbol of success, the harm it is reaping is something they should seriously consider and try to remedy. Most cars are Asian brands such as Mitsubishi, Kia, Honda and Nissan as you might expect. There are also quite a few VWs, Fords and some US Buicks too which is a make we don't see that much in the UK. Most are familiar models but have different names. A Nissan Micra for example is a 'March' and a VW Passat is a 'Magotan'. There are some obviously Chinese-made cars with names you cannot read or are simply a model number. In some cases, you can actually discern the car they've ripped off to make their version. One exception here is the almost ubiquitous VW Santana used widely as a taxi in the major cities. I wondered what we call this in the west and it turned out there's no equivalent. This was in fact a joint initiative between the Chinese government and Volkswagen to develop a VW badged car that is made and used exclusively in China. When we first arrived and picked up from Beijing airport our driver joined wellmade motorways and roads that were congested but very orderly with discernible rules that everyone seemed to play by. I was therefore optimistic of easy, carefree travel. Unfortunately, once you leave the major roads the driving degenerates into something much more free form. Other vehicles soon join the mix: buses, scooters, electric bikes, bizarre three-wheelers and strange microcars. All come together in a

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