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H&H CVC 1991 2017 Club Mag April 2017 - Edition N° 303


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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 administrators - Graham & 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 Well Shrove Tuesday has passed and of course we all enjoyed our pancakes. This year we tried a new recipe comprising flour, eggs, milk and Gin. For the method simply mix the eggs, flour and milk into a lumpy mess, throw it in the bin and drink the Gin! As spring approaches, well in theory anyway, as it is rather wet at the moment but what’s the betting that we have a water shortage later in the summer! Our thoughts turn to the many vehicle shows that H&H take part in and for most of them application forms are needed and CP always has a handy supply of these in his briefcase at club nights etc. These can be filled in and given back as directed. If, however you have access to the internet, then click on the club web-site, open the link on the club site to shows and events, click on the show or event you wish to attend, fill it in, and submit as requested, and you will even get an acknowledgement. Oh and by the way, most importantly, if you say you are going to come to a show, then please do turn up. Chris Howarth goes to a lot of effort to get us space for a stand and we look ve3ry silly in asking for a space for an anticipated 15 cars for instance and only half turn up. If that continually happens, the organisers of Tatton for instance, forcefully say that they will only give


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us a smaller stand based on the previous year’s turn out and that can often be in a less than desirable location. Now about your baked beans, cat or dog food etc. tinned tomatoes or whatever. Jill is collecting ring pulls from cans and this is for a charity called The Purple Community Fund, who use them to make hand-bags and jewellery, and she is asking for your help. When you have removed the lid from the can, a simple pull and twist will get the ring free from the can lid but I suggest you hold the lid with an oven glove as they don’t want the rings red coloured. Eric says that if any of the rings are still attached to a full can of lager give him the can and he will gladly remove the ring for you. The Peaks and Dales Charity Run is not too far off, and CP already has a number of entries. Application is made in the normal way and CP will do the rest. Chris Howarth is in contact with Buxton and plans are well in hand there for the usual facilities and visit by the High Peak Mayor for judging etc. The Scout hut is booked for the start and we will have the usual biscuits and coffee available within the cost of your application fee and with a bacon butty too at a modest cost. Our charity for 2017, Manchester Blood Bikers, will be at the start and finish with their bikes to show appreciation for our support for them this year. You can’t have been to Morecambe and not seen the statue of Eric Morecambe and how many have stood beside the statue and had your photo taken, mimicking his pose. Eric Morecambe or to use his real name, Eric Bartholomew, was the owner from new of a Jensen Interceptor which he bought for £4,500 in 1968, about the cost of our first house, a ‘Wimpey type semi bungalow. £4,500 which then was a fair amount to spend on a car then as a new Ford Cortina was on sale at around £620. Eric was not at all pleased with the quality of paintwork and chrome on his Jensen and repeatedly complained to the manufacturers about this, trying to get it sorted out and saying that it was far below the standard of finish to a motor car costing £4500. He was actually driving the car when he suffered one of his heart attacks, if you recall he staggered from the car into the hospital who at first did not believe that he was Eric Morecombe. Following his passing the car stood in his garage of his former home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire until 2014. It was then taken to a restorer in Banbury then put on show at the 2016 London Classic Car show. The car is presently on sale for £150,000 but it looks like as though will go to auction. A reminder about ‘Drive it Day’ on April 23rd which for us starts from the Dog & Partridge in High Lane with breakfast from 8.30 and the run organised by Mike and Co, more details later in the magazine. We’ve also got an Evening Run on Wednesday 26th, Starting about 7pm From the Dog & Partridge, finishing at The Shady Oak, Whaley Bridge .4 A great evening at our club night on March 15th with Rocker Box racing. I arrived at


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about 7.30 and was astonished and delighted with the turnout of more than a dozen rocker boxes on wheeled devices from the members, a number which increased considerably over the next half hour or so. The ingenuity of the machines just shows what a deal of experience in engineering and construction we have in our members. The turnout from the spectators was great too. Thanks must go to Ed Burke, who has written a piece in this mag, for organising the event and for constructing the launch ramp which turned out to be superb. The ramp started off from the stage and I noticed a white tape stuck across the floor at the bar end of the room and many of the vehicles exceeded this marker except for one vehicle which insisted on attacking Derek Mycocks’ leg! Thanks must also go to Simon and Craig who had a hand in the proceedings with some input from Steve Bagnall and Dave Swann. Again a great evening Ed and well done, we look forward to a return in 2018. And so to the next event which is our annual John Walker challenge on April 19th and I am assured by JW that this will be much easier than in the past as many of us have yet to gain a degree in Walkerism! I look forward as always to yet another outstanding evening. 5


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Editorial Magazine Cover Photograph - Rocker Box Race Night, with Ed Burke, and everyone taking part, and all the vehicles. More on the following page. New Members Richard Walton - Richard has a TVR 2500M, we’ll be seeing you on the Peaks & Dales Run, and on club evenings etcetera. Welcome to the Club Richard. April Club Night, you’ll need to bring your brains, and a pen to John Walker’s Table-top Treasure Hunt - As usual, John says it’ll be easier this year. I figure ‘that’s a fib’! Drive-it-Day For the Federation of British HistoricVehicle Clubs There is a run to the Peak Shopping Village starting at the Dog & Partridge on Sunday 23rd April. To celebrate Drive it Day we are having a run starting at the Dog & Partridge Public House 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 and do a sensibly priced break- fast. The plan is to leave there at about 11.00, after breakfast if desired, and do a route to finish at the Peak Shopping Village in Rowsley where lunch The run will (or be aepvpernoxsoimmaeteslhyo5p0p7imngil!e)scawnitbheapnaerataskyewn aifyyhooumwei–sh. just follow the A6…!


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Champions of Rocker Box Race Night. Overall Race Winner Richard Burnham with The Wilbert McKee Trophy &. 8 Smartest Racer, Mike Coffey with the Piston broke Trophy


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New Laws from Richard Lomas A new set of laws started this March and I'm sure some of you may not be aware. This will help you stay on the right side of the law. Tougher new regulations regarding Mobile Phone use in cars, along with legal requirements for parents who put children in car seats. Much tougher penalties have been introduced by the Police due to the number of motorists caught using phones or hand held devices when driving. The previous legislation was 3 points and a £100 fine this has been doubled to £200 and 6 points so in effect you could get banned for 2 offences . Also no longer will you be given the option of a National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme as an alternative. New drivers who passed their test within the past two years, now also run the risk of having their licenses revoked upon the first offence, if they're found guilty of using a phone or device while driving . The new legislation does not only apply to mobiles, but to any phone, tablet, computer or device which accesses the internet. Also if you are stopped in traffic it is still an offence, you must be off the road with the engine stopped (removing the ignition key would be sensible.) Police believe that people have been reported for accessing Snapchat ,Facebook, Instagram and texting while behind the wheel. So lock it in the glove compartment or buy a Hands free kit . Child Regulations The new Law may not affect us in classic cars but we may be ferrying our children, grandchildren around, so will be helpful to some. The change means that any child under (125cms) 4.4 feet in real money tall, and less than 22kg (3.5 stone ) in weight must use a child seat instead of a booster cushion, this applies to children up to the age of 12 years. The reason is, that backless car seats offer far less protection in the event of a side impact crash, which could be fatal to younger or smaller children. Wise up you people. 9


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New Regulations in France from JANUARY 2017 Chris Howarth To reduce air pollution in some cities the French Government are introducing a system where all vehicles which enter certain areas MUST display a disk showing the level of pollution that they produce. It seems that if the pollution levels are high on some days vehicles with higher exhaust pollutants will be banned from designated areas, called ZCR, along the lines of the Low Emission Zones here. Not surprisingly this will be enforced by fines for vehicles in these zones not displaying a disk, or, presumably if you enter on a day when your disk is banned. The fines range from €68 - €135 (£117) if the officials see a car without one.. Fortunately, as long as you know, it is allegedly easy to obtain a Crit’Air disk. They are available on-line at a charge of €4.80 each (£4.10), which includes postage to the UK, & lasts the life of the vehicle. It could also take 6/7 weeks to arrive. There are 6 categories, from 0 to 5. 0 is for electric vehicles, 1 is for petrol engine Euro 6 vehicles & Euro 5 after 01/01/2011, &, of personal interest to me, all Autogaz powered vehicles. The highest category for a diesel is 2. COMPULSARY The Crit’Air stickers If you are planning to go to France soon the Crit’Air disks will be available for “foreign” vehicles from the 1st of February at the website www.certificatair.gouv.fr/ You apply, & pay no doubt, on-line & the disk is sent in the post to you, included in the €4.80 charge. There are apparently only a small number of cities which currently use the disks, but they may also be used to regulate parking & other such things to encourage the use of cleaner vehicles. Now, apparently, the navigating round the actual website is very difficult to complete applications, and a raft of information is required about the vehicle, even for those who are IT literate. If your disc doesn’t a1r0rive in time, a copy of the conformation email will satisfy the authorities, and the Police.


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MG SECTION REPORT from Richard Lomas April fools day will have been and gone, and the spaghetti trees will be blooming, but on a serious note most of us will have already been out in our MGs with the weather for the end of March being pretty good. The Hare and Hounds club have lots of runs planned, including some evening ones this year, Our monthly meeting was a new idea of Rocker cover racing, the idea to have a small bogey made from a rocker cover with some aerodynamic bodywork to see who could win down a given track length. I must admit It was a great success, the time and effort that went into some of the rockers was amazing. After a number of heats we came down to the final if I'm right between Richard Burnham with his Triumph based bogey, and Chester Maddox for the MGs. After a tense start we had our winner, well done to Richard Burnham. By the time you read this Drive it day will have been and gone more in the next report but a tour around Derbyshire is on the cards taking in Chatsworth House. May bank holiday will be our run out to the beautiful Gawsworth Hall Show, which is for pre 1975 cars. Entrance to the hall is included in the admission price. Later on in May we will be back for The young timers show which is for cars up to year 2000 I'm not going to apologize for plugging our Charity run, so look on the website for The Peaks and Dales run, also in Enjoying MG Magazine, our Charity is Manchester Blood Bikes and the cost is only £17 with tea and coffee at the start Bacon butties at extra cost but well worth it. A couple of Mg runs in April will be Chesterfield run, The Pride of Longbridge a meeting of probably the most MGs you will ever see, it's based in Cofton Park opposite the main entrance to the Longbridge site of MG Motors UK. well worth a visit . A recent problem by one of our group Trevor Allen, with his MG TF turned out not to be fairly straight forward, if you know MG’s nothing is, but he could turn the ignition key to start, and nothing. No starter or noise. Obviously first things first, Battery ok,12yes, fuses or lose connections all checked and ok, tried jump leads still nothing. The battery in the TF is in the


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front so nice long lead back to the engine ? A bypass lead arranged and fitted nothing. Well Trevor, it had to be the starter Motor didn't it? We had a trip over the hill to Glossop to see Darren at MGF n’TF Bits, very handy for us a second hand one. After 2 hrs of work by our local garage and Trevor assisting. Bingo, back on the road. Certainly not an easy job but an interesting one. 13


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US v UK - Car Parts. Input from Adrian Flux Insurance. Nowadays we're very used to Britain and America interchanging ideas, TV programmes, products, work and much more — but at the birth of the automobile over a century ago things were much different. Since Americans decided the 'u' in words like colour, flavour and harbour served no purpose and wouldn't be missed; and that -er made more sense than -re in centre, theatre etc; and that ae should be 'e' not 'ae' in the likes of anaemia, they've moulded their language their own way. Early dictionaries attempted to bring together the spellings of English words but by this time, in the 18th Century, the American English speakers had developed styles, accents, colloquialisms and dictionaries of their very own. Fast-forward a century and a half to the birth of the horseless carriage and American English was firmly a language in its own right, so when designers either side of The Pond (and beyond) were naming parts of their cars according to what purpose they served, or what they looked like, they were setting off from a separate starting grid. Saloon VS Sedan. In Britain a similar kind of car had already been designed, again with the extra space needed for people and their luggage, and were originally named ‘shooting brake’ by around 1910. The country set had also fancied a new type of car, one with the space to carry belongings and, specifically, a choice of shotguns to go and hunt some game. It’s for this reason that ‘shooting brake’ name came about (the ‘brake’ part is still up for debate). Nowadays the term is reserved for what are in essence a sporty ‘estate car’, usually without rear doors cluttering up the lines. The estate cars of today are born from those early shooting brakes, but with more practicality and, in the early days between World Wars, were named ‘estate’ cars as usually that’s where they’d be heading, a nice country estate where the wealthy vehicle owners could unwind. As cars began to take shape a couple of popular general forms began to emerge. Generally the bulk of the vehicle would be a large area to sit the driver and passengers, and then in front of that, but low enough to allow the driver to still see where they were going, was a smaller 'box' to house the engine and other mechanicals. Sometimes the luggage compartments (if any were included) were added into the passenger area, creating what's known as a 2-box design like a modern hatchback or estate/station wagon. Sometimes, however, there'd be a third box with it's o~ separate access attached to the back of th1e4 passenger department, and again this would be smaller to allow the driver and passengers to see out of the back. This third 'box' created the 3-box design. In basic terms this created the layout called


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'sedan' by Americans, and 'saloon' by Brits. So why 'saloon' for the Brits? The word saloon was used for the luxury carriages on a train, and so suited the ideology of the early motor manufacturers. The word of course existed before that, and was used for a place to sit or gather -usually in a nice environment and with good company. The word itself, if traced back, finds its way onto mainland Europe and the likes of 'salon' in French and before that 'sala' in Italian -meaning a hall, wich is where people would gather. The American Word sedan is a different idea, coming from the notion of sitting down rather than gathering together. A sedan existed before the automobile and was a mode of transport for the well-off, usually carried by servants and with a seating area for the passengers in the middle. It was also referred to as a ’litter’ - Which could well have ended up being the name Americans took instead. The idea of the passengers being in a comfortable large box between two functional parts to the front and rear nicely fit the 3-box design, and so the name stuck. Interestingly if traced back far enough we end up in Italy again, with the word 'sedia' meaning 'sit'. Pedants amongst us wiII surely point out that some two-box designs also qualify as a saloon — where the rear window does not open when the compartment is accessed, making it an access panel rather than a 'door' (like in an original Mini, making that a 2-box, 2 door saloon; as opposed to a modern MINI, which is a 2-box, 3door hatchback). Windscreen / Windshield. What would you call a see-through panel designed to keep the wind (and more) from your face as you drive? The question was answered almost simultaneously either side of the Atlantic – the Brits deciding you were being screened from the wind, Americans decided you were being shielded from it. Which one is the most correct is a question that can’t really be answered. The German word Windschutzscheibe literally means wind protecting pane, and the French pare-brise means wind-bumper – so everyone was along the same lines. Wind was clearly an issue in those days. This will be continued next month. Chris Parr. 15



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