H&HCVC October 2016


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H&H CVC 1991 2016 Club Mag October 2016 - Edition N° 297


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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 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 - 012298 27424 Continued on page next to back page


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Wilbert McKee - 1927 - 2016 Officially Thomas George McKee, and a member of several clubs, Irishman Wilbert became very well respected as a restoration expert. His knowledge of Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin cars seemed to boundless. Formerly an F1 and TT mechanic, what he didn't know about cars or motorcycles wasn’t worth knowing, whether mechanical, or coachwork, he seemed to be able to lay his hands to anything. It could be said that Wilbert even changed the way the H&H CVC magazine is produced, when dissatisfied with it, he gave yours truly a right mouthful, and even a ‘kick up the bum’, searching for improvement - which worked obviously! He will be remembered.


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Club Mag. For October 2016 CHAIRMAN’S CHAT Alas, as you will have noted, Wilbert McKee passed away last month. He leaves behind a major contribution to the motor industry particularly in respect of Rolls Royce engines to name but one. Last year he spent an evening with us telling us about his lifetime with motor vehicles and hopefully this experience is written down somewhere. Our thoughts are with his family at this time especially with fellow member Simon who was one of Wilbert’s closest friends. I was honoured to be able to include his name and a reference to his Rochdale car on the Ian Law shield which I know he saw before he left us. The passing of a motoring legend. The number of used postage stamps received continues for forwarding to the dogs for the blind organisation and I convey thanks on behalf of them. But we could still do more! Thanks must go to Martin Main who is our best contributor but I urge you all to let me have more. Those of you who receive your magazine by post amount to about 125 each month which equates to 1500 a year; please don’t throw them away – let me have them back and follow Martin’s example. At the club show last month I was pleased4, on behalf of you all, to enter Fred Dean into the Hall of Fame. Fred has collected and donated more money each


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year to our annual charity and in 2016 collected over £400 for them and it is for this reason he joins the other folk in the hall of fame listing. At the club show I was able to present Fred with a line drawing of his beloved Morris Oxford and I think I am right in saying that less than 10 examples for 1959 still exist. The framed drawing was carried out by my daughter in laws stepfather, David Steeden, who has quite a reputation as a local artist and has an expertise with steam engine paintings having carried out some for Pete Waterman OBE, (steam enthusiast & musician) I first saw an example of David’s work when he showed me a drawing of the Vulcan aircraft from Woodford. I was talking to club member Graham Scattergood either at our annual BBQ or at the club show, I’ve slept since then, Graham has a Porsche Carrera, an Austin Nippy and a TVR Chimera. I was speaking in respect of the TVR as I had heard they are back in production which prompted me to have a look on the Internet. I went on a visit to the previous TVR factory in Blackpool about 20 years ago and was surprised that such fabulous vehicles could come out of what was a series of big sheds in dare I say it a rather ramshackle production line. I recall that the car body was affixed to the chassis and then painted before the engine and gearbox where installed and then after the installation of the engine etc the car went back into the body shop for body remedial work was carried out. It was 10 years ago that the company was sold to a Russian investor and it is said that this was some kind of tax dodge or money laundering exercise with the vague promise of expanding production which we know was a lot of rubbish as production very quickly ceased. In 2013 an investor group bought the company, such as it was, from Nikolai Smolenski who drove it to ruin. The new cars are being built in Wales and about 300 people have already placed orders for it and it has yet to have a name. My research shows that production of the new car is underway using a carbon fibre body process designed by Gordon Murray in conjunction with Cosworth Engineering with a hugely powerful V8 engine. It is suggested four cars will be available for show purpose by the end of this year with those ordered being released by the Autumn of 2017. Production at present is reckoned to be in the order of about 1700 cars a year. The most welcome return of a British motoring icon! Chris Parr, Mike Coffey and Chris Howarth are putting together a run on November 6th which takes in Buxsworth Basin and I am told it will be about 40 miles. I am sure CP will have something about it. Also please take note of the 2016 Christmas Party on December 7th with a similar format to 2015. A bit short this month as I have had my annual visit to Kefalonia. When we first started going there were several cars from the 60s around notably from the Rootes


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group and Triumph but most of them have gone. There is a local classic car club but most of them on show are ex Mercedes taxis with a sprinkling of Beetles, Fiat 500 and 2CV. I did see, surprisingly, a Skoda Estelle on the road in good order. So, its goodbye from me, see you at club night on October 19th. 'you were doing 45 miles an hour,' the policeman told the motorist he had pulled up. The lady sitting in the passenger seat cackled gleefully, 'Book him, officer. It just serves him right. I've been telling him for years that he's a reckless, dangerous, inconsiderate driver. ''Your wife ?' queried the policeman. When the driver nodded glumly, he snapped his notebook shut and added, 'Drive on, brother. Drive on! 6


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Editorial Magazine Front Cover Photograph. Fred Dean Nominated to the Hall of Fame showing A line drawing of his car, presented to him at the Club Show, by the Chairman, Steve Divall Run to Buxsworth Basin - Sunday 6th of November Inspired by the talk that we are having at the October club meeting about the Buxsworth canal basin we are going to have a short run there on the first Sunday of November, when the volunteers are having a working day at the basin & will give us a guided tour. We will meet at the Dog & Partridge at High Lane, just up the road from the Conservative Club. They have a large car park at the rear, open at 08.00 & do a sensibly priced breakfast - sounds just the job. The plan is to leave there at about 10.30, after breakfast if desired, & do a route of about 40 miles taking in various aspects of the Peak Forest Canal. We plan to arrive at Buxsworth around midday & after the tour of about half an hour could have lunch at the Navigation, or, if the weather is nice, perhaps take a picnic to eat at the basin. You don’t need to book, or to have breakfast, of course, although it would be handy to have an idea of numbers. Chris Howarth New Members David Combey - A Jaguar owner + several other classics. David also races TVR’s Welcome David.


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MG SECTION REPORT from Richard Lomas H & H members attended Poynton agricultural show, a one day event but we are invited to show our cars and parade them around the show ground, the trophy this year was won by David and Helen Bowden with their lovely Ford Anglia. Typically for Poynton it rained in the afternoon but a good day. Bank Holidays are always busy so on Monday members attended the Woodsmoor show organized by club members Andy Stobbie and Carolyn Boe a brilliant day of sunshine and around 250 cars to look at the proceeds going to St Ann Hospice and Tommy's. . We have recently found out that Flowery Fields in Woodsmoor was the birth place of the Swallow sidecar company in 1920 founded by William Walmsley. He then moved to Blackpool , met William Lyons where the company became SS Jaguar Cars and the rest is history. H &H had its annual show at Wyevale Garden centre with good turn out. With our Charity for this year Hand on Heart being awarded a cheque for £2997 to purchase 3 Defibrillators for local schools and arrange training for 90 children in life saving techniques, well done to everyone who helped to raise that amount. This month's meeting we had a film show arranged courtesy of James Walton very interesting footage of vehicles starting in the 1920 to date , with some brilliant footage of Woodford aerodrome and Vulcan bombers , and a film of commercial vehicles. Two of our members attended the Topless around the Peak District run which started in Glossop going into the Peak District and the Snake Pass finishing at a local pub for refreshments, between 50 and 60 Mg f's and TFs on the run ,with varies other models of cars, the Judges choice car was won by Steve Kimber for his lovely MGB well done to Steve . ___________________________________ Just a note that might interest members on originality. It's a rather perennial topic with classic cars. Some people believe that cars should be as near as or exactly as they leave the factory, but others have different approach to sensible upgrades which are not glaringly obvious , or to improve reliability ,comfort or appearance. Also reducing maintenance, safety can be described in the same category. To find car that had not had any alterations or parts replaced from the original would be very rare. As maintenance has to be carried out, but the fitting of electronic ignition servos to brakes in my opinion is a worthwhile are sensible thing both from a safety and a reliability choice. If in the past our previous owners had not done this we may not have the cars today.


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Topless around the Peak District drive on Sunday 18th September I saw this event on Facebook and noticed it was for mainly the later MGF and MG TF cars and it was also starting in Glossop so we decided to support it. 60 miles around the Peak District on a beautiful sunny Sunday was an attractive proposition. It attracted cars from all over the UK and was in aid of two charities close to the hearts of the organisers Ruth and Clare. The charities were Balkan Underdogs and The Alzheimer's Society. Over £1600 was raised on the day. The above pictures show my MGB and Chris Howarth’s Big Blue lined up (in the non MG? section) ready for the off and some of the MGs lined up. We arrived at the start which was MGFnTFBITZ in Dinting where we received our routes and had refreshments. There were around 60 cars there, mostly MGF and MGTFs and other sports cars all gleaming in the sunshine. I was standing at the back listening to the prizes being given out when they mentioned the green MGB roadster- I had only won the Judges Choice trophy so what a start to the day that was. I slipped into the first wave of departing cars as they were all the MGF and TFs. So off we go over Snake pass then through Chatsworth for a photo opportunity and break at Carsington Water near Ashborne. Only one thing to say at this point- Glossop Sunday Traffic. Even with the marshalls holding up the normal traffic to let us out it took about 20 minutes to pass through Glossop, with one eye on the electric fan light that was almost permanently on. MGBs are not keen on stationary traffic and I was also thinking of the later models also with their mid engines and radiators at the front. We all met up at Carsington Water then onto the ‘Bull in’th Thorne’ in Buxton for a meal. A really enjoyable and social event. Well done to the organisers and all who participated. Lets see if GVEC and H&H can add next years event to their club calendars. There are loads of lovely photos on Facebook so look up Topless Around the Peak District. Steve Kimber 10


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25 years of the Nissan Figaro – Jane Harrop When I first bought my Figaro a couple of years ago, I wasn’t sure it was worthy of being displayed at the car shows amongst the more aged and classic motoring icons belonging to other H & HCVC members, so I must admit to having been quite surprised at the interest shown in my Figaro at the events I’ve attended. Usually I’m with Bob who enjoys passing on all the technical details and the history of the Figaro and my dad is usually close by with his Austin Allegro. The Nissan Figaro was unveiled at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show under the motto ‘Back to the Future’ at a time when the production of Japanese coupes was booming. The car was designed to be used every day and powered with a 987cc turbo charged engine and three speed automatic transmission. The fitting of a soft top, leather seats, Bakelite radio and CD player, electric windows, air conditioning and power steering created ‘ a feeling of stylish elegance’. The Figaro was available in four colours: Topaz Mist, Emerald Green, Pale Aqua and Lapis Grey, with each shade representing a season of the year. The addition of a high quality chrome plated bumper and trims made the retro looking car so popular that after the first production of 8,000 in 1991 another 12,000 were added to meet demands during the same year and were available only to buyers in Japan entering a lottery scheme. Today it is estimated that there may be around four thousand Figaro’s in the UK, all of which have been brought into the country from Japan. The evocative 50s/60s look of the car, together with its right-hand drive and stylish fittings make it particularly popular with female drivers. Generally the condition of newly imported Figaro’s is first-class; the Japanese generally take good care of their cars, vehicle safety testing is very strict and on import corrosion is not usually a problem as salt isn’t used on their roads. Here, the upkeep of the car isn’t too difficult as the engine parts are the same as the Nissan Micra and for members of ‘The Nissan Figaro Owners Club’ body parts are generally easily sourced through their directory. As you would expect not all Figaro’s retain their original exterior colour and some have been re-sprayed and custom- ised with bright pink being particularly popular. The Nissan Figaro Owners club recently organised a gathering and 275 Figaro’s met at Wroxall Abbey to commemorate 25 years. Unfortunately we weren’t able to attend, as we were working, however, we’ve been told it was an incredible weekend with all the cars parked in colour coded rows. We were however able to join in with the cele- brations at Silverstone Classic at the end of July when in honour of the special anni- versary, the cars attending from the Figaro club were allocated a slot to drive around the race track, along with other car clubs c1e2lebrating birthdays. By chance my parents were dog sitting at my sister’s in Buckingham, so they came along for the afternoon


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and Bob, with my dad as a passenger took part in the parade. Watching from the stands it was spectacular. If you haven’t been to the Silverstone Classic before, it’s definitely recommended, with classic car races, huge displays of vehicles, visits to the pit stop, hot air balloons, trade stands, auctions and all with transfers via double decker buses. In the evening there was a wonderful air display from two aircraft and live concerts. Work commitments at weekends often mean that we’re not able to attend a lot of car shows, but when we do, I always feel very privileged and proud to be the owner of my Figaro.


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Diamonds in the rough Anthony Boe October 2016 I’m sure I’m in good company when I say over the years I’ve been to many car shows. A lot! And as I’ve toured them, camera in hand, I must have made thousands of images of cars that I’ve squirreled away on my hard drive which I haven’t looked at since I pressed the shutter. I’m also sure many of those pictures are of Citroens as you might expect. Now we’re at the fag end of 2016 the showing season. It’s about that time of the year when careful classic owners will be considering cossetting their cherished motors in a lock up, putting the battery on trickle charge and protecting their pride and joy from the rigors of winter and the inevitable gritted and salty roads. Given my experiences with extreme vehicular oxidisation this year I don’t blame you! Probably, one of the last gasps on the local classic car trail is the show in Event City near the Trafford Centre. As it’s an indoor event, it allows us one last look at some great cars safe from unpredictable weather. It also helps to avoid mercurial attendees who at the last minute might eschew wandering around a muddy field when there is a high chance of depressing drizzle putting a damper on their day. Carolyn and I decided to go along as we usually do mainly to catch up with people who we probably now won’t see until the Spring. There was one difference this year. I decided I would not photograph anything but the most interesting and exotic cars mainly to save disk space and as very unscientific experiment to see how many truly remarkable cars are at these types of show (to my mind of course). I thought I would share some of my selections with you. Now where shall we begin? Let us start with the French. No not a Citroën, but a prewar Peugeot. In this case a 1939 202 UH Estate. Surely a contender for the moniker ‘unique in appearance’ and, of course, only something that our Gallic neighbours could both conceive and manufacture with a straight face. I’ve written a lot about rust of late so to include what must be the crown prince of car corrosion seems apt. Surely a rare pukka example of the legendary Lancia Beta. A car made from metal so thin you could roast a turkey with it. This car effectively ended the UK market for Lancia which is a shame.



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