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H&H CVC 1991 2016 Club Mag November 2016 - Edition N° 298

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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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Club Mag. For November 2016 CHAIRMAN’S CHAT NOW READ THIS – PLEASE. I have received a lot of comments from members regarding the Conservative Club at High Lane where we hold our monthly meetings, mainly with regard to the lack of parking space and the capacity of the meeting room. Whilst the room space is tight, parking on a normal night without bowlers is very difficult and when the bowlers are in attendance it becomes extremely difficult, and many of our members do not want to bring their classics or indeed their everyday transport for fear of damage. And so we take note and look for somewhere else. I took a look at the Forces Club in Marple where we used to go and the road up is even worse than I remember (I scraped the bottom of the BMW on the way out), and the entrance over the canal bridge is closed so that is a no, no. The only places put forward by the membership, are cricket clubs in Furness Vale and Whaley Bridge, but these in truth are too far from the Marple area. At the last club meeting I mentioned the Legion Club in Poynton which Jim and me checked out. It has a marked area for parking for about 70 cars and a larger meeting room. There are no problems with a BBQ, catering for the AGM and

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Christmas Party and our sandwiches on club nights. The charge for us going is the same, or less than, at the Conservative Club (depends on takings at the bar). The matter will be put to the Committee at our next meetings, but if you have any views please let CP or me know by e-mail. If you do not have e-mail you may phone of course. I read the headline in the 12th October edition of Classic Car Weekly – CLASSIC CLUBS SNUBBED BY GOVERNMENT – which goes on to say that Thousands of car club members miss out on chance to comment on MOT review because of DfT failure. The report goes on to say that the Department of Transport has been slated by the FBHVC for not making classic car owners aware of its latest proposals for MOT testing for older cars and I am sure the next edition of FBHVC news will have something to say about that. The DfT has launched a consultation into whether vehicles more than 40 years old should be exempted from MOT testing, I assume that includes commercial vehicles, vans and motorcycles, this consultation to take place on November 2nd so by the time you read this the date has gone. The FBHC say they had no notification of the proposal being launched, and missed out on the chance to tell its members in the last newsletter. I will keep you informed. If you intend to drive in France now I strongly suggest that you take note of the French Highway code which is very different to the UK code and particularly in the already aggressive nature of the French Gendarme towards British motorists which can only made worse after the Brexit. There are more than a few sites which can give you advise including the motoring organisations. I am aware that you must have reflective jackets kept inside your car so as to put them on before you get out in the event of a breakdown and that you must have a warning triangle (take note of the distance between it and the rear of your car. Also, you need a proper first aid kit, a kit of spare lamps, headlamp beam dipping change over stickers etc., your driving licence and all documentation relating to your car – log Book-Insurance certificateMOT etc. A visit to one of the sites could save you a lot of trouble and expense. If of course you have an MG F or TF then you have a lever behind the headlamp to swap the beam over! A friend of my wife who lives in Marple Bridge recently had both hers and her husband’s cars stolen off the drive. Adrian came home one evening at about 11 pm and less than an hour or so later both cars had gone. He came in through the front door of the house, locking it behind him and left the keys to his car with those of his wife’s on the hall table. The thieves hooked the keys either with bent wire or a magnet through the letter box. So take heed – put your keys out of sight in a drawer or on a hook inside a cupboard. I have yet to hear if the Insurance has paid out. So, have you got your Christmas Party ti4ckets yet? Margaret will gladly sell you some for £7 each or £2.50 without food for December 7th. Food comprises your

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choice of hot pot either meat or vegetable or a relatively mild chilli with rice. The format is a last year, some silly games, spot prizes and of course the bar will be open. At our last club night we were treated to one of the best speakers ever who told us about the Bugsworth Basin and with a bit of luck and a fair wind you will have been on our run to the Basin on November 6th with a report no doubt in the next magazine. For the next evening on November 16th we were to have a visit from the Stockport College Vehicle training group but I understand they have cried off and we have natter and noggin evening with a light quiz form Andy Robinson. Lastly I have to pass on thanks from Wilbert’s family for the attendance of so many club members and friends who attended his funeral and send off later. Of those in attendance at the crematorium I saw about 40 vehicle enthusiasts who are known to me and several more besides. Mike Coffey has a copy of the eulogy read out during the service and also recorded on tape most of Wilbert’s presentation made on a club night last year. The plan is for Mike to put all of this down in print for us to enjoy (not an easy task me thinks). It also appears in this mag (Ed). And so that’s all from me for now, don’t forget to let us have your views on Poynton – no I don’t mean the silly roundabouts either! See you on the 16th.

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Editorial Magazine Front Cover Photograph. Barry Lester’s Trriumph Spitfire in the moonlight, on a nice summer’s evening. We seem to have a breakdown in Communication with email address problems. Therefore, we would ask all member just to send an email to hhcvc@yahoo.co.uk once more. Thanks, it‘s quite easy, just forward an email, and say who it’s from.. a doddle really, but will help with the club administration. This magazine is out early this month, so everybody will get details and confirmation of the following Run. Run to Bugsworth Basin - 6th of November Inspired by the talk that we were having at the October club meeting about the Bugsworth 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. There was a lot of interest at the meeting & as Ian Edgar MBE is unavailable due to a family wedding, his colleague Dr Martin Whalley will give us a conducted tour of the Basin. We’ll meet at the Dog & Partridge at High Lane, just up the road from the Conservative Club on the other side of the A6. 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 10.45, 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 Bugsworth just after midday & Mr. Whalley will meet us in the Navigation car park at 12.30 for our tour of about 30/45 minutes. The Visiter Centre will be open & in addition to souvenirs etc they sell hot drinks, soup & ice cream. Afterwards we could have lunch at the Navigation, or, if the weather is nice, perhaps take a picnic to eat at the basin. The Navigation is apparently a dog friendly pub. Food available all day. Routes will given out on the day.

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Thomas George ‘Wilbert’ McKee Information provided by George McManus. Wilbert was the type of man who was loved and respected, but he probably didn't realise just how much. He was unassuming and not the kind to encourage or expect praise. For some, he was a quietly spoken man who lived down the road. For others, he was the guy tinkering with cars or tuning motor bikes for the local kids. Allegedly, the local Police asked him to stop because Police motor bikes couldn't keep up with them! Wilbert's CV reads like a 'Who's Who' of British Car Racing. For, while he was happiest in his overalls, Wilbert was well known in F1 and TT racing as mechanic who could also turn his hand to body work. So, how did the boy born on a farm in Ballinahinch in County Down, Northern Ire- land on 27th June 1927, get to become one of best known and well respected mechanics in F1 and TT? Wilbert had a farm upbringing and while he didn't say much about early life, he did say that he enjoyed his childhood, his brother & sisters and farm life. His love of cars began when he spent £15 on a cla8pped out 1936 Mercedes-Benz SpezialRoadster. He towed it to the farm to work on as a hobby, something to tinker with

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in his spare time. Well, he got the car going but when he realised it would be too expensive for him to run, he sold it to an American pilot for £200. It was only when he looked closely, when handing over the paperwork for the sale, that he realised that the car had once belonged to Wallis Simpson, wife of King Edward VIII. The car is now in The Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum and is estimated to be worth around several million ££! He obviously did a good job with the car and more - the work on it had ignited within him the fire of enthusiasm. Rather than work on the farm, Wilbert went to work at the Belfast Telegraph where he met the owner Bobby Baird, a fellow car enthusiast and racing driver with connections with Connaught Racing. This led to Wilbert aged 20 moving to the UK to work on these famous racing cars. Thus began of his lifelong career working with cars / motor bikes. From Connaught he went Buckler to work on suspension and bodywork for their race cars. Working with Simon Isles he restored a Buckler. (A photo of a Buckler is shown later. (This is from the Buckler Register homepage at www.bucklercars.com. Ed.) This was painted silver with a green shamrock on the bonnet in homage of his Irish heritage. And the first person to drive it, and own it? Of course... It was Graham Hill. At this time Wilbert also worked part time for Colin Chapman who poached Wilbert to work for him. Colin went on to found Lotus and Wilbert worked on the Lotus racing team. Following Lotus, Wilbert worked for Ferrari (where he met Enzo), Jaguar, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce. At R-R, he was asked to chauffeur a potential customer who turned out to be Diana Dors, stopping off at The Yellow Broom in Cheshire for lunch. He was friends with Mike Hawthorne, Stirling Moss and Archie ScottBrown. He worked at Wilmslow Garages for Peter Brewer racing an Aston Martin GT4 Zagato, and was involved with ERA racing. When he worked on F1, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart with all that this entailed. One story stands out: At Oulton Park, Wilbert was a mechanic for Graham Hill. In a quiet moment Wilbert was asked to push Graham's son around in his pram in an effort to stop him crying. Whilst on his rounds, he was spotted by a friend who hadn't seen Wilbert for a while. The friend prodded Wilbert, making him jump and tip the baby out of his pram into a muddy puddle. You can imagine outcome: Wilbert turning up with future racing driver baby Damon Hill covered in muck and having to explain how the baby got dirty! During Aston Martin's Centenary year 2013, the managing director of that company wrote to Wilbert stating 'You should reflect on the glory that you deserve on your contribution to Aston Martin'. Apparently, Aston Martin would have gone out of production were it not for the likes of Wilbert and his contribution. He ran a motorbike shop in Hyde where they not only sold & serviced motorbikes, they built them too. Riders like Joey Dunlop and Phil Melior raced Wilbert's bikes

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in the Isle of Man TT yielding class wins and beating the Honda works teams in the process. Our condolences go to Eileen, (known affectionately by Wilbert as Ma), Julie, Simon and Wilbert's close friends and family. Wilbert, we're going to miss you. 10

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MG SECTION REPORT from Richard Lomas Some of us have already put our pride and joys away for the winter, but it has proved not to be a very cold start to autumn, so maybe we were a little to hasty ? We had our monthly meeting a talk about Bugsworth basin and canal which is at the end of the Peak Forest Canal, a major artery in the 1800’s which supplied limestone from Buxton and on to Manchester. The basin had gone into decline up until the 1960's with the Inland Waterways Board leaving it to go back to nature. A group of enthusiast took on the task to restore it. This proved to be a good move but very much a monumental task. It now has a beautiful basin with narrow boats of all kinds, it is situated next to the Navigation pub and has become tourist attraction all year round. Hare & Hounds club has now arranged a run out in November just a short tulip run with a meeting at the pub for lunch if required Our guest speaker Mr Ian Edgar’s collegue, has also agreed to meet its us and do a follow on about the work that has been completed more on the run next month. We all know that a limited amount of MG production has been going on at Longbridge but it has now finished and moved to China. Sad days but we have to move on. I thought this month I would look at MG's site in Longbridge having read about the end of car assembly of the MG6 and MG3. These now being produced in China along with the new G S. MG motors still has a lease on the Longbridge site for another 22 years but quite a significant amount of land has now been built on with houses and shopping precincts Research and development is still being retained, this is good news as a large number of jobs are here. A major number of important historical buildings are still within the site one being Herbert Austin’s office in the Round House, and 20 - 25 prototypes, and historically significant cars, which are still there. The historic buildings include the Elephant house, the 'Kremlin' ,Car assembly Building. these are in he section owned by MG Motor UK. Cars include the MGTF Coupe Concept, and the 5,000,000th Rover still in the display centre . Also a number of unfinished cars on the production lines since 2005.

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H & H CVC CAR BUYER’S GUIDE Fed up with adverts you can’t understand?? Let the guide take you through the buying terms you see in the ‘For Sale’ pages. They’ve been decoded to help you when looking for your next prfoject.

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What’s in a name? Anthony Boe – November 2016 It’s a bit of a burden having an unusual surname. Or should I say an unusually spelled surname. I have spent my life constantly clarifying the way my surname is spelled. I would try to buy something over the phone and would always have the same exasperating conversation: Me: ‘That’s: Anthony Boe: B-O-E.’ Them: ‘Mr Bow?’ Me: ‘No,’ I would retort… ‘Not Bow, it’s Boe with an e.’ Them: ‘B-O-W-E?’ Me: ‘No, B-O-E.’ Them: ‘Bell?’ Me: ‘No not Bell - Boe! Sounds like bow but not the written the same. Arrgh.’ You would think I would get used to it by now but I never have. Admittedly, it’s not their fault but it’s still annoying. For a while I got into the habit, when saying my name, I would go: ‘Boe: B-O-E.’ That was until I got a letter addressed to Mr Boe- beoee and the wheels finally fell off. So imagine my intrigue when, a few years ago, another Mr A Boe sang his way into the nation’s consciousness. In this case, it’s Alfie Boe the famed operatic tenor and erstwhile TVR engineer. I wonder if he had the same issues with his surname in his obscure years. Chances are we’re related in some distant way as I vaguely remem- ber that my grandfather had connections in Blackpool where Alfie hails from. But that’s as far as it goes to my knowledge. Why am I banging on about this you might wonder? Well, I thought I’d see if I can find some examples in the automotive world of cars with awkward, nonsensical names and, guess what, there are loads. Here’s some of my favourites: Kia Cee’d The Kia ‘cee apostrophe dee’ as pugilist Jeremy Clarkson said so often on Top Gear. Properly pronounced ‘seed’ when not mocking it, but still a way stupid name. Apparently, it derives from the initials of the European Economic Community, EEC or CEE in some places appended with ED for European Design. When they saw "CEEED" had too many ‘E’s, they re- placed the last 'E' with an apostrophe, hence Cee’d. My father in law has two of these. Amusing really given he was very pro-Brexit. I just have not had the heart to tell him that his cars may get deported. Oh, how I’ll laugh!

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