H&HCVC February 2017


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H&H CVC 1991 2017 Club Mag February 2017 - Edition N° 301


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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 Chairman, Treasurer and Director - Steve Divall - 0161 483 4475 stephen_divall@hotmail.co.uk Vice Chairman and Director - Mike Coffey 01298 27424 mickcoffey@btopenworld.com Assistant Chairman and Director - John Walker - 01663 766861 Account administrator - Jean Knowles 19, Bath Crescent Cheadle Hulme Cheadle Cheshire SK8 7QU judojean@btinternet.com 0161 439 2106 Director & Committee member - Richard Burnham - 0161 456 9385 (Photography & Runs) ric.burnham@sky.com 07770 533677 Company Secretary, Director & 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 Walker2 - 01663 766861 Show Co-ordinator - Chris Howarth - 01298 26958 chris@c-plus.co.uk Club Stands Mike Coffey - 01298 27424


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Club Mag. For February 2017 CHAIRMAN’S CHAT The front cover photograph of the Stockport Market show from 2016 takes me straight into the show for this year. The event is already on the calendar for Sunday August 13th. At present I am in negotiation with SMBC to try to get better commitment from them in respect of free entry to the various exhibitions together with the Market Event which was free to us last year. When I am in a position to invite entries, I will tell you all, and will include a map showing the roads around Stockport for those of you who are not familiar with it. I have been keeping an eye on the possible changes to the exemption date for the MOT on classic and older vehicles. The proposal would appear to be that changes are made so that vehicles over either 30 or 40 years old are now exempt in line with the present date of pre-1960 vehicles. It is looking like 40 years will be introduced, but the information so far is pretty scant. Thanks to the FBHVC we are kept well informed. This discussion is still ongoing, but again would appear to take us into line with the rest of Europe. I will continue to keep an eye on developments but you know what these government bodies are like. Whilst searching however, I noticed that changes are afoot to the road tax rates for our modern vehicles in that they are about to rise (what a surprise! See article ‘TAX’


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from Jiim Litchfield later, Ed) but more alarmingly is that it would appear that vehicles which at present are road tax free are about to be charged. It would seem that if you have a vehicle which emits something from an exhaust pipe then you are about to be clobbered. My Sister-in-law deliberately got a Kia Picanto with zero tax and now has to pay £20 a year. Mike Coffey gave me a print out on the net from the Guardian which details the changes quite clearly. More worrying is that if you chose to buy a brandnew car then in the first year you get well and truly clobbered with a high rate of VED in added to the vehicle tax and VAT.. Yet again the motorist is being well and truly clobbered at a time with the rising cost of fuel simply because the oil producing countries and Barons want to get more money from us by restricting supply on the pretext of reducing greenhouse gasses. I note that only 11% of the revenue gained from VED is spent on the roads, the rest getting swallowed up for other matters. And where are the major motoring organisations in all this? Surprisingly quiet. I know I keep harping on about it but there has been in increase in vehicle thefts particularly in respect of classics vehicles especially the two-wheeled variety. As values of classic, veteran and vintage vehicles continues to rise they become more attractive for theft. It is very easy to buy for instance a clapped-out Morris Minor with paper work, steal a good one and transfer the paperwork, VIN details and engine number and then sell it. Alternatively, many vehicles are worth a lot more in parts and some stolen ones get broken up. Gone are the days when one used to leave one’s classic proudly on the drive: now we keep them locked away. For my part I use a Krooklock on the car inside an alarmed garage with the scooter chained to it. I have a large steel plate around the garage mortise lock which makes forcing the door more difficult. You could at one time buy an alarm mat which fitted under the car wheel connected to an alarm if you are not fortunate enough to have a locked garage. I am not sure if these are still available. Please take care. May I thank those of you once again for the input of used postage stamps which go to the organisation who train guide dogs for the blind. I am sure it will be mentioned elsewhere but our charity for 2017 is once again the Blood bikers, this time the Manchester Branch, based in Hyde. A very worthwhile charity who ferry blood, breast milk and documents etc between hospitals etc in the local area. The people who volunteer for this work get no support whatsoever from government or local authority and do so with pride. I know we supported the NorthWest branch some years ago,, but trying to find organisations who are operated on a totally voluntary basis is very difficult and the support we get from the Blood Bikers is tremendous. Last time they attended the start and finish of the Peaks and Dales and I remember them at Buxton with a couple of4their Bikes letting kids and indeed parents climb all over them and pose for photos.


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They also came along to our annual show in September and I will be able to again present them with our cheque at that time. I am sure you will agree that we are not in the habit of raising money to pay salaries as happens with some organisations. We had a good new year run on January 22nd courtesy of Richard Burnham and Mike Coffey. There will no doubt be a detailed report later in the magazine but the day was mainly dry following a very nice route. Did anyone notice the Riley at the pub where we stopped for lunch from another club? It was most certainly a pre-nuffield Riley made by the Riley brothers and I think it was a Riley MPH dating from 1934. If I am wrong I am sure someone will tell me but it certainly is a rare and valuable beast. We also have a new runs sub-committee headed by Mike Coffey and comprising Chris Howarth, Steve Bagnall and Dave Swann who will organise the proposed summer evening and Sunday runs through the year. Thanks guys, for setting this up, and I am sure you will get the support from the membership who have been asking for these runs to take place. I was thinking of how we used to buy and sell cars etc before the internet and it was of course the Exchange and Mart magazine. If you remember this magazine not only sold cars and parts but a huge amount of many other items on a monthly basis I seem to think. I used to use it quite a bit, to try to sell cars etc. together with the local paper, I have to say without much success I think as when I tried to sell my 123E Ford Anglia, that issue contained about a dozen other similar adverts all cheaper than mine! It is still in existence on the internet I note having gone away from the printed version relatively recently. (See Barry Lester’s bits later—Ed) And so for our next club night we have the AGM on February 15th which I will try to keep as brief and accurate as possible and of course we will have the complimentary hot-pot supper at around 9pm. See you then I hope. A speeding car came to a screeching halt at a road junction, just missing a little old lady who, having the traffic lights in her favour, was walking from one side of the road to the other. The old lady didn't appear to be either frightened or annoyed. She merely smiled at the driver, and pointed to a pair of baby shoes which were hanging from his rear-view mirror. 'Young man,' she demanded, 'why don't you put your shoes back on?'


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Editorial A note about subscriptions. The annual subscription continues to be fixed at £20.00. When your subscription becomes due, (The month due is shown on the address label, of your magazine, or if you receive your mag by email, it will be accompanied with a reminder from the Webmaster) Subs can be paid, by credit transfer, details on the next but last page of the magazine, or one can pay Jean Knowles on club night, where she will happily receive your payments. Christmas Party Now, I know it’s very early, but the Committee is looking for your ideas on a new format for the Christmas Party, so we’re looking to YOU. We want to make it a fun night that everyone wants to go to. Should it be a meal perhaps, or even a buffet? Do you even want games? If you can come up with any suggestions or ideas, please let us know. We now have our charity for 2017 - The logo tells all. - A very worthy charity. We will be meeting representatives from the charity at our May Club Night The Club Annual General Meeting takes place next Wednesday, You will find the remainder of the Minutes, and the Agenda printed on the next page. New Members Please welcome Dominic & Carole Meredith. Their classic is a 1981 Fiat 2000


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The following is a continuation of the Minutes of the 2016 agm, unfinished from last month, with apologies. It has been pointed out that they were incomplete. Treasurer Balance sheets given out Peaks & Dales Fee to be increased at £17.00 No questions The appointment of Directors to the club With the resignation of Ray, and Jim Lavery taking over as Treasurer, we are obliged to make Jim a Director So, the Director’s now consist of:Steve Divall Mike Coffey Richard Burnham Chris Parr John Walker And Jim Lavery. Proposed en masse by Ian Booth Seconded by Stuart Lomas. Jim Lavery for Treasure’s position Prop. - Mark Love Sec. - Andy Robinson Election of Officers etc Director, Jim Lavery Prop by Eddie Partington, Sec - Richard Lomas. Club Directors. Chairman - S Divall Treasurer - Jim Lavery Secretary - C. Parr Dep Chair - M. Coffee Ass. Chair - J. Walker Richard Burham. Other Committee Show Co-ordinator - Chris Howarth Minutes Sec - J. Dewsnap Publicity - M. Faulkner (Webmaster) H. Bowden Publicity) E. Dewsnap 8 D. Bowden (Regalia, and club sales, also Commercial vehicles rep.) All elected en masse.


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Remuneration of Officers of the club. Complimentary membership for Chris Parr, Bill Gray, Barrie Griffin, Phil Maddocks and Wilbert McKee, Fred Dean to be continued. Nominated & Seconded from the Floor. AOB Statement from the Chairman In 2012 I introduced the ‘Hall of Fame’ award given to members for exceptional input into the club. I now wish to Nominate Ray Etchells for his services to the club. Meeting closed at 9.00pm, with thanks to all who attended.


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New Year Run - Sunday 22nd January arth ChrisHow- After the GVEC New Year Run being postponed the previous Sunday due to snow/ ice, but mainly salt, there was some concern that history could repeat itself. On the morning of the 22nd Big Blue was a bit white here & there, but not enough to worry about, so off we went to the Dog & Partridge for breakfast. H&H had taken over quite a chunk of the pub & I don’t think that anyone was hungry when they left. Chris P appeared with the routes &, after a further chat, folk started deciphering the tulip instructions & struck off into greenest Cheshire. As ever Richard’s Runs are scenic & interesting, made a little more “interesting” by a sign which had been ro- tated & was not visible from the di- rection of the route. This led to a number of mem- bers, including Ann & me, taking an even more pictur- esque route. Unusually, as many of us will be able to relate to, we managed to pick up the route a few miles later. A little further on Richard’s Alpine was lurking at the side of the road. There were Road Closed signs on the right turn that the route took, but it was lying a bit. A tree had come down across the road about 100m away, but it had been cut & moved to the side of the road, so was passable with care, which at least meant that we didn’t have to exercise our brains too much to make the last few miles to the “Bulls Head” (Smallwood. CW11 2TY). Very handy having the postcode, “just in case”. A traditional sort of pub, with quite a lot of room, but in reasonably small areas, which presumably at one time had been separate rooms. We could even have taken Penny into a couple of the rooms, which had the tables in them not already been full. There was a warm welcome from the staff & good range of options on the menu. Probably because it was Sunday lunchtime it was quite busy, & our meals took a lit-


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MG SECTION REPORT from Richard Lomas January has been a cold month and it seems like the Monday morning feeling this month but spring is just around the corner, The Hare and Hounds had their New Years run on the 22nd January meeting at the Dog and Partridge pub for breakfast. Our run took us into Cheshire via a few roadworks and some signs that had disappeared, but we all made our destination The Bulls Head at Smallwood near Nantwich, for a very nice lunch. Thanks to Richard Burnham for another of his excellent routes. At the Committee meeting in January we discussed our new charity, and it was decided to support Manchester Blood Bikes, a group of advanced drivers who provide a means for the NHS to Transport Blood and baby milk from hospital to hospital, at no charge. Our Peaks and Dales Charity run will be held on the 18th June in support of the charity. I thought I would look at an article that may have implications for a number of our members in regard to sorning your vehicle. We may be forced to insure our vehicles continuously due to a recent European Union court ruling. Brexit comes to mind but that's another story! The Department of transport has launched a consultation into how the outcome of the ruling will affect you. This started due to a Slovenian man who was knocked of a ladder by a trailer attached to a tractor in a barn. This may mea1n2 that all off Road vehicles will need to be insured, which could mean the end of vehicles on SORN not needing cover. To be


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honest if your Classic is on SORN I'm sure that most of us would have it insured anyway just in case , fire, theft etc.? MG news this week MG Motors posted record record sales figures for 2016 and a new round of engineering apprentices entering Longbridge Still home to MG Motor UK and SAIC Motor Technical Centre where cars are sold and tested in a small part of the old factory, it has been redeveloped since into housing and shopping centres, also a sixth form college. The demise of MG Rover in 2005 and the last completed knock- down MG3 being built in June 2016 means that now production has ceased it may well be that more is going to be demolished ? Maybe some of the buildings should be looked at by English National Heritage as some buildings including MGs Conference Centre is already listed, (better known as the Elephant House) it houses Herbert Austin’s rebuilt office, and some key MG Rover prototypes along with the five millionth Rover built a 75 saloon. Since 2006 supporters and previous employees have gathered for a commemoration called The Pride of Longbridge (POl) in nearby Cofton Park. Last years meeting was called off but Saturday the 15th April 2017 will be this years meeting. A convoy will set off from the MINI Plant in Oxford to Cofton Park to keep the historic links with Cowley and Longbridge alive. This a great way of celebrating the plants Heritage of producing some wonderful cars. It looks like Longbridge is now in the throws of complete demolition. What a shame, it didn't have a chance to grow and develop such as JLR, MINI, Nissan, Honda and Toyota it must be quite painful for the people who worked there. More news this week Silverstone has been awarded a £9.1 million boost fromThe Heritage National lottery fund for new exhibitions and an archive . The new building The Silverstone Heritage Experience will open in 2019.Themed tours, a specialist library, and learning space for school groups. Classic car groups will also benefit from related events such as the Silverstone Classic. -


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