“... to uphold the freedom ...”
exporting ex-military vehicles
Newsletter No 4, 2009
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No 4, 2009
“...to uphold the freedom...”
President: Lord Montagu of Beaulieu Registered office: Stonewold, Berrick Salome
Chairman: Chris Hunt Cooke Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6JR
Editor: Rosy Pugh Telephone & Fax: 01865 400845
Secretary: Rosy Pugh Email: email@example.com
All correspondence to the secretary at the registered office
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use old vehicles on the
road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials,
and legislators both in UK and (through membership of Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens)
FBHVC is a company limited by guarantee, registered number 3842316, and was founded in 1988.
There are nearly 500 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition
to individual and trade supporters. Details can be found at www.fbhvc.co.uk or sent on application to the
Lavenham Press once again hosted their delightful annual tour in beautiful Suffolk at the end of June. On
behalf of all our member clubs that attended – thank you for your generosity and the hard work which went
in to making it such a successful day. I didn’t manage to complete the tour as our TR8 let us down... but that’s
Subscription renewals were due at the beginning of June and many clubs and individuals have now paid up.
Please remember that if we have to send reminders about late payment, that money and time could be better
spent fighting adverse legislation. At the time of writing we still have the last 15% of club payments to collect.
We are now getting a few more photos sent in, but very few from the north of the country. I have seen criticism
in club newsletters about the southern bias – but we cannot print pictures if we don’t get them sent to us!
UK legislation 2 Trade and Skills 8
EU legislation 3 Subs due 9
DVLA 3 Club News 9
Taking an ex-military vehicle Event News 15
out of the UK 6 AGM notice 16
Cover photo: Some of the fine Rover P4s on display at the Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club
Rally at Bressingham
Subscriber clubs and organisations may reproduce the text of items from this newsletter in their own publications
provided that credit is given to FBHVC. Photographs and cartoons may be reproduced only with specific
permission. Those wishing to reproduce items can receive the text by email to simplify production if they wish.
Please ask the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
LEGISLATION code of practice, have a vehicle over 30 years old
David Hurley and complete a straightforward one-page application
form, you may purchase cellulose and other non-
There are a number of consultations from the compliant paint.
Department for Transport at the moment, none of
which are directly relevant to our movement but we This is not a perfect result, for reasons explained
will be looking carefully at the small print on the below, but is nonetheless a victory for common
following: A Safer Way: Consultation on Making sense.
Britain’s Roads the Safest in the World and Taxi
and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Best Practice The European proposal to ban decorative and vehicle
Guidance. refinishing products that contain a high proportion
of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) came to our
We have recently had a number of queries about attention in 2002. At FBHVC’s instigation, and with
driving licence entitlements and driver hours and we the help of Andrew Turner at EPPA, FIVA lobbied
are researching an article for a future newsletter to to ensure that the needs of those restoring historic
clarify the situation. vehicles were not ignored. The Paint Products
Directive (2004/42/CE) banning the general sale of
Scrappage scheme products with high levels of VOCs, contained the
In practice we regret that there is little we can do following exemption at Article 3(3) -
to prevent historic cars being scrapped under this
scheme, and we have been dismayed to see that a For purposes of restoration and maintenance
few very restorable vehicles have been earmarked of buildings and vintage vehicles designated
for destruction. However there has also been some by competent authorities as being of particular
good news, when thanks to the intervention of the historical and cultural value, Member States
Riley RM Club, Victor Riley and BMW top brass, a may grant individual licenses for the sale of and
Riley was saved from the crusher. It could be argued purchase in strictly limited quantities of products
that because of this scheme we are at least finding which do not meet the VOC limit values laid down
out what cars are being destroyed because the in Annex II.
owners don’t realise they have a vehicle that could
be preserved. Some time after the main part of the Directive had
been translated into UK law, DEFRA consulted on
In many cases it cannot be in the best financial how such a licensing scheme might be implemented.
interests of the seller as the majority of our cars are The original proposal, involving local authorities
worth more than the discounts that are available from in issuing licences, was complicated. FBHVC
dealers outside the scrappage scheme. Fortunately expressed concern both at the potential costs and the
cases like that of the Riley remain exceptional and we likelihood that there would be variation in approach
are unlikely to get the government to make special between authorities. Local authorities themselves
arrangements on the basis of a handful of cases. were also very much against the proposal. DEFRA
Although we in the historic vehicle movement paid attention to the consultation responses, and had
tend regard the current owner as a custodian for the a re-think, eventually consulting on another proposal
time being, the harsh reality is that the car is their earlier this year. The result is the scheme that is now
property to do as they like with. We can only repeat in place.
that it is up to all of us to spread the message that our
motoring heritage should be preserved. The reason this scheme is not perfect in that there
is a mismatch between it and Article 3(3), which
Paint refers to the grant of licences on an individual-case
At last. After over six years, we now know where basis, making it arguable that without such a licence,
we are. In June, the Department of the Environment, the sale of non-compliant product is technically an
Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published offence. DEFRA neatly skates round this by -
guidance for the enforcement of the various paint (1) publishing a code of practice for the benefit of
regulations together with a code of practice for those paint suppliers;
selling non-compliant products. The result is that if (2) delegating responsibility for enforcement of the
you can find a supplier who has signed up to that regulations to local authorities;
(3) providing those authorities with guidance that with a Stage II petrol vapour recovery system if their
includes this statement: actual or intended throughput is greater than 500
The Paint Products Directive says that a licensing cubic metres per annum, or if their actual or intended
scheme can be established to allow strictly limited throughput is greater than 100 cubic metres per
amounts of non-compliant paint to be marketed annum and they are situated under permanent living
for painting vintage vehicles or historic buildings. quarters or working areas; any existing service
Because of the administrative complexities of setting station which undergoes a major refurbishment will
up such a scheme and the burdens on those to whom be equipped with a Stage II petrol vapour recovery
it would apply, it has been decided not to do so, but system at the time of the refurbishment subject to the
to rely on local authorities taking a proportionate same volume requirements; and any existing service
approach to enforcement. station with a throughput in excess of 3000 cubic
(4) pointing out that the size of the market for non- metres per annum will have to be equipped with a
compliant product is less that 0.03% of the total Stage II petrol vapour recovery system no later than
paint market; and 31 December 2018. The agreement will also require
(5) reminding local authorities of the provisions of any service station with a Stage II petrol vapour
the ‘Regulators’ Compliance Code’ and the public recovery system to display a sign, sticker or other
interest and proportionality tests to be undertaken notification informing consumers of that fact.
when considering enforcement action.
DEFRA’s guidance notes acknowledge that there is
no restriction on what may be purchased to repaint
motorcycles, tractors, boats, planes or railway-
carriages (provided it is not labelled as being also
suitable for use on four wheeled road vehicles), but The DVLA liaison person for one of the larger one-
it is likely that this obvious loophole will be closed model clubs commented that, during a particularly
by the EC when it reviews the effect of the 2004 busy week, he had eight registration enquiries and
Directive. there was usually a problem with every single
one. The list included: no chassis number given;
EU LEGISLATION incorrect postage on letter; no cheque enclosed; a
(Extract from FIVA’s regular update provided by its non-member and no fee enclosed; registration sold
lobbying service, EPPA) some years ago and now applicant wants it back;
the chassis number did not relate to the model of the
Car scrapping subsidy introduced in many car; missing forms. One application had three of the
member states above.
As a response to the economic crisis and its impact
in the car industry, 11 EU member states have so A regular problem is persuading an owner that just
far introduced financial incentives to encourage a set of rusted-on number plates is not sufficient
consumers to scrap old cars in favour of newer evidence. One individual was sent the signed
models. The initiatives have been taken to boost paperwork for an age-related plate, and then just
sales of new cars. Governments are also arguing altered the form to attempt to claim the original
that the schemes will also improve the environment number. Applicants have left phone messages, like
by removing the older, more polluting cars, from ‘I spoke to you last week. Can you give me a ring
circulation. back’ but without leaving a name or a phone number.
European Parliament and Council agree As a DVLA liaison person both for the Federation,
amendments to petrol vapour recovery proposal and for a commercial vehicle club, I can recognise
The European Commission proposal for a Directive many of those problems. I would add to the
requiring all newly-built petrol stations to install omissions list - no clear photograph or ‘brass
petrol vapour recovery equipment designed to reduce rubbing’ of chassis plate.
emissions of volatile organic compounds during
vehicle refuelling has now been reviewed by the I have a standard letter/email to send to new
European Parliament. Amendment were agreed to applicants which is designed to catch most of those
the effect that: new service stations will be equipped problems before they occur. The case of the chassis
number not relating to that particular car is not one decided to bin 90% of these particular bus
something that an owner would necessarily be aware archives. A list of Local Authority Archives which
of, but of course is something that the specialist car already hold transport related archives in the form
clubs should be able to detect. of legacy vehicle registration registers, is kept by the
Safety of club archives
A club has raised another query concerning archives: Transport Museum Archives: the primary object
of some transport museums will be centred on the
Our club is now well over 40 years old. In that time exhibition area, and admission charges could well
it has amassed all sorts of records and items. At the be the main source of income. In some museums,
moment this material is stored in the private houses the archive service is very much a sideline, run on a
of members but we are becoming concerned about shoestring. Other museums will be able to devote a
its continued safety in such circumstances. We are considerable amount of resources to their archives.
considering using rented secure storage. However I Questions which could be asked include:
wonder if this is something already considered and 1. Are the archives run as a separate trust, so in
maybe resolved by member clubs who might be in the event of a failure of the museum, the archives
the same position as us? survive?
2. Does the museum have accreditation? These are
There are a number of aspects to consider. One point nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK.
that can cause misunderstandings is clarifying which The Federation has 29 member museums – details
items are club property and which items form part are on the website.
of a private collection. The following points can
quite equally be applied to the relocation of a private Specialist Transport Archive Trusts: these have
collection, as well as to a club archive. been set up specifically to look after archives,
without the ‘distraction’ of a museum. Possibly they
House Storage: where a club archive is stored at a won’t have the capability to cope with artefacts,
member’s house, in the event of the club member but would be geared up to cope with paper based
passing away suddenly or becoming incapacitated, materials. An example of this is again the Kithead
has the club member left instructions with family Trust.
members or close friends, about how the archives
should be treated? In the absence of instructions, it is The best up to date source for contact details would
altogether possible that a surviving family member be the organisations’ websites.
might decide to dispose of all of this material as
‘junk’. Donation of Club Archives
The typical archive trust is unlikely to have acres
As an alternative to house storage there could be a of empty shelf space which is waiting for donated
number of options for long term storage. material. They will probably be selective in what
they are prepared to accept. Any newly donated
Commercial Storage: typically there would be a archives will involve additional work to integrate
monthly or annual storage fee, and there could be into their existing archives.
a charge for access. If for some reason the storage
fees are unpaid then it is likely the archives would be Any organisation will be more receptive to accepting
removed and possibly destroyed or sold. a club’s archive if it is fully catalogued but catalogue
entries that say ‘various’ or ‘miscellaneous’ are not
Local Authority Archives: a municipal archive going to impress a potential receiver. Typically, the
service could have an interest in a locally based receiving archive would want donated material to
company, but may not have an interest in non- come without preconditions and ownership would
geographically based material. In the present pass to the receiving archive. It would not be
economic climate, it is difficult to see there being an surprising that if duplicate material is found it would
increase in funds to local authority archive services. be sold off. Also, the receiving archive could well
There is the known case where the archives from have restrictions for viewing the material where the
a bus company were stored in a local authority club may have offered free access and of course club
archive. The chief archivist changed and the new archive users would need to know the new location.
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could make a receiving archive more receptive, and Peace Show; Preston Isaac, chairman of the
particularly if an extension or addition to the air- MVT; Geoff Fletcher, vice chairman of the MVT;
condition system was required to house the new and James Baxter, President of IMPS. There were
archives. six people from BIS, led by Jayne Carpenter the
Head of Policy for the Export Control Organisation.
It is not for the Federation to recommend any It was a most constructive meeting. We made a
particular organisation. That decision, possibly presentation explaining all about military vehicle
including a visit to the archive, should rest with ownership, which included some history, who are
the club based on the perception of the long term the owners, what they do with their vehicles, from
interest that the potential receiving archive would where they are obtained, how they are registered
have in the donated material. and insured, etc. Then we explained our concerns
about the legislation as it affects MV owners, having
TAKING AN EX-MILITARY VEHICLE OUT first made it very clear how much we appreciated
OF THE UK what the BERR/BIS had done to respond to the
Invicta Military Preservation Society problem of vehicles going to Normandy with the
introduction of the Open General Export Licence
We wish to thank Anthony Lawrence and James (OGEL) for historic military vehicles. BERR/
Baxter of IMPS who discovered this problem and BIS then gave a briefing on what the legislation
worked with BERR/BIS to arrive at a satisfactory required, why it was there (it was originally
resolution whilst keeping the Federation fully introduced in 1939), how it was administered, and
informed for the benefit of other members in a enforced (some seriously heavy penalties) and how
similar situation. James has kindly allowed us to the OGEL for historic military vehicles works. The
reprint below his summary of the current position. principle purpose of the legislation is to prevent
military equipment falling into the hands of those
Just before the Normandy landings 65th anniversary countries/organisations/people that the British
trip in June we discovered that an export licence Government does not wish to be in possession of
was required to take ex-military vehicles out of such equipment for whatever reason.
the UK. The following is a brief summary of what
happened. There was then considerable discussion on a
number of key areas including: vehicles less than 50
The Department for Business and Regulatory years old; component parts for vehicles both older
Reform (BERR) advised us a week before and younger than 50 years; foreigners bringing in
Normandy that all ex-military vehicles (and other vehicles (and parts) to UK for shows and rallies,
defined military equipment) required an export and then having to obtain a licence in order to take
licence to be taken out of the UK. Following them out of the country again to go home.
representations from IMPS, the Military Vehicle
Trust and the War and Peace show, BERR The outcome of the meeting can perhaps be
reacted very quickly and positively to our initial summarized as follows:
concerns regarding the legislation by introducing • We now understand how the OGEL works and
the dispensation for vehicles over 50 years old; appreciate that it is a very simple process, which
agreed to a meeting; and were most helpful with in effect allows anyone owning one or more 50
advice regarding the legislation. The meeting was year old military vehicles to take them out of the
scheduled for the end of June with representatives UK, and bring back again within three months,
of IMPS, MVT and W&P wishing to clarify a as many times as they like, provided the vehicle
number of points, particularly in respect of vehicles and owner comply with the terms of the OGEL.
less than 50 years old. Further simplification to the All the owner has to do is register his/her self as
procedure, to minimize the inconvenience for all someone who will be taking 50 year old MVs out
MV owners (and traders) and still remain within of the UK, and returning them, under the terms
the law, was on the agenda. of the OGEL. Once registered for the OGEL, it
is recommended that a copy of the registration
The meeting with BERR (now called BIS – confirmation number that is issued at the end of
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) the OGEL registration process is carried with the
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on line via the BIS website. There is no ‘paper’
option. For vehicles less than 50 years old, currently a full
• MV owners taking their vehicles out of the country export licence is required, and it is recommended
and are not compliant with the appropriate Export contact is made with the ECO for advice about
Licence may be liable to severe penalties. the appropriate licence. We suggest the rule of
thumb at the moment is: if you think you have a
Further discussions will be taking place with the BIS military vehicle, get an Export Licence. It doesn’t
and we will keep members up to date on what will cost any money, just some time to complete the
be required of military vehicle owners in future. In relevant forms on the website, and could save
the meantime the BIS Export Control Organisation embarrassment at the docks, and potentially a
(ECO) has issued the following statement, for the heavy fine (or worse!).
guidance of MV owners currently wishing to take
their vehicles out of the country:
TRADE AND SKILLS
“Certain items may not be exported from the UK Tony Davies
(even temporarily) without a valid export licence.
The UK’s Export Control Organisation (part of Our Trade and Skills initiative is making some
the Department for Business) is responsible for progress although inevitably the current economic
licensing items that are or could be used for military climate is not helping. To date we have over 300
purposes. This includes historic military vehicles. trade supporter members from a total of around
4000 known traders. We very much need your help
If you are a military vehicle owner, and wish to take to spread the word and encourage your chosen
your vehicle to another EU Member State for up to service providers to join us. I would like to see us
3 months, you may be able to use what is known achieve a much larger proportion of trade supporter
as an Open General Export Licence (OGEL). In members by the end of 2009. So please do all you
order to do so you must register for the Historic can to encourage those trades people you use for
Military Vehicles OGEL via SPIRE (ECO’s licence your maintenance and restoration to join us.
application database) -
https://www.spire.berr.gov.uk Our AGM in October is approaching fast even
while we are enjoying a real summer for a change.
Licences are subject to specific terms and As well as the official business at our AGM, we will
conditions, which you must read carefully, be focussing on trade and skills for our conference
understand and fully adhere to. session that follows. During this session my
intention is to address some key issues such as:
If you cannot fulfil all the conditions set out in the • What do we (our members) require from the
licence, or wish to export your vehicle to a non- trade?
EU country, or to export it permanently, you will • Can traders provide it?
need a different licence and should contact ECO • Is skills retention an issue?
for more advice. More information about the work • Are some skills endangered?
of the ECO is available at: • From where do we get skills training?
http://www.berr.gov.uk/exportcontrol” • Provincial Training Establishments versus
The terms of the Historic Military Vehicle OGEL • How can skills training be funded?
can be found at the BIS website: http://www.berr.
gov.uk/exportcontrol and following the links : ‘UK A few speakers will give us the benefit of their
Strategic Export Control List’; ‘Licences’; ‘Open experience, knowledge, advice and guidance on
General Export Licence (OGEL)’; ‘Military Goods such topics that will enable us to develop a strategy
Licences’; ‘OGEL Vintage Military Vehicles’. to make further progress with this vital work.
Registration, via the website https://www.spire. I know that our AGM is the primary forum for
berr.gov.uk is straightforward, but should guidance/ our clubs to express their views but I hope we can
encourage a few trade supporters to attend too. In Enthusiasts Club and the Sir Henry Royce
this way we can encourage constructive debate to Memorial Foundation. The secretary must receive
enable us to move forward with the skills part of items for inclusion on the agenda and nominations
our trade and skills initiative. Such cooperation for election to the Board in writing at least 42 days
is essential if we are to progress as one body to in advance of the meeting - that is by 4 September
protect and prolong our ownership, maintenance 2008. The formal notice of the meeting appears
and use of our historic vehicles. elsewhere in the newsletter.
SUBSCRIPTIONS - ‘SUB DUE’ Please note that the report and accounts for the
period to 31 May 2009, the final agenda and details
At the time of writing (early July), over 85% of club of catering arrangements will be sent automatically
subscriptions and 80% of individual subscriptions to club nominated contacts in mid-September and
had been renewed. Club officers and individuals to others on request. Tickets for lunch are available
finding a ‘sub due - see page 9’ message on their at cost price from the secretary.
address label should note that we had no record of
receiving a renewal by 17 July. Clubs need to use Conference
the proper renewal/declaration form (a copy can be The formal AGM takes place in the morning
sent on request). and, after a buffet lunch, will be followed by the
conference session. The presentation this year will
Individuals can renew by sending a cheque or card focus trade and skills as described elsewhere in this
details to the secretary - the individual rates are newsletter.
£12.50 for one year or £23 for two.
If the above applies, then this will be the final
newsletter sent to you.
Great care has been necessary. A number of April
magazines and newsletters were included in recent
FBHVC will be at Beaulieu on 12 and 13
mail and I am resigned to being the victim of one or
September, where committee members will be
more of the more cleverly prepared spoofs.
in attendance to answer questions
and chat, as will Greg Knight MP,
chairman of APPHVG.
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Fleur de Lys Classic Vehicle Society
Ford 400E Owners Club
Invalid Carriage Register
Moss Owners Club
National Steam Car Association
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The Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register brings The Austin Ten Drivers’ Club Journal tells us of
‘Talbot in the First World War’ to our attention: 76 an Austin tractor on display in a museum in Santa
A4 pages with 140 photographs that fill an important Cruz and reminds us that the Coventry Transport
gap in Talbot history for £10.00 including p&p from Museum archive is available on line:
John Zimbler, email email@example.com www.transport-museum.com/archive
The Standard Motor Club’s Car Review has a The Mag, the journal of the British Austin Society
fascinating article on the manufacture of a race car takes us back to 1955 and the predecessor to SatNav
transporter from a 1949 Standard Vanguard Van. - the ‘Hamilton Route Reader’ - do any survive?
Has it survived?
The H&H CVC magazine harks back to the first
The Classic and Historic Motor Club informs us London-to-Brighton Run in 1927 and gives us a
that the MSA has launched its first apprenticeship in brief history of the J40, the now much sought after
motor sport driving – the advanced apprenticeship Austin pedal car. It seems that 33,098 of these toys
in Sporting Excellence – more information on were produced before manufacture ceased in 1971.
www.masuk.org/AASE There is also a list of some 18 different uses for WD-
Heated windscreens are not new. There is a
reference in the Pre-1940 Triumph Owners’ Club Cheval de Fer, the magazine of the Ariel Owners’
magazine to the 1937 RAC Rally where the 14/60 Club, has two remarkable photographs of serried
Vitesse driven by Bill Billingham and Donald ranks of Ariels lined up outside the premises of
Healey had a lighted candle mounted above the Yamada Rinseikan Limited, the Japanese importer.
dashboard to stop the windscreen freezing, with a
small screen to keep the flame and the glare away The magazine of the Imp Club has an interesting
from the driver’s face. article on the restoration of an Imp engine by pupils
of Hutchesons’ Grammar School,
The construction of a new, state of the art and purpose designed Glasgow and a salutary warning of
facility to house the Lakeland Motor Museum’s collection of some battery explosions after prolonged
30,000 exhibits has commenced. Steven Bromhead of NWDA cut trickle charging: www.theimpclub.
the first sod supervised by Edwin Maher, MD of the museum. co.uk
The Rapier Register News revives
the controversy over the origins of the
There is a feature in the April issue
of the Morgan Three-Wheeler Club
magazine that claims to connect
Edward Elgar to the Morgan - just
bear in mind that this was the April
issue. There is an explanation in a later
magazine of the cryptic message ‘no
Basic’ sometimes attached to motor
vehicles on sale in the immediate post-
The Riley Register has an interesting
and informative article on adjusting
and tuning cable brakes – which must
be applicable and useful to other
Still on the subject of brakes, the Knighton Another magazine reminds us that the BSA trike
Historic Vehicle Club magazine has a feature on of 1929 led to the Scout of 1935. This was the first
fitting a servo to an Austin A35. four-wheel car with front-wheel-drive and fully
www.knightonhistoricvehicleclub.com independent front suspension in the world to go
into mass production. The club is embarking on a
Stardust, the magazine of the Sunbeam Talbot project to build a permanent record of the surviving
Alpine Register tells of the recreation of Grace Daimler and Lanchester Cars - contact the editor,
Kelly’s Sunbeam Alpine as featured in the film Kevin Bennett. www.dloc.org.uk
‘To Catch a Thief’ as well as a reference to the
Sunbeam Stelvio version of the Alpine – do The Austin A30–A35 Owners’ Club magazine has
any survive? Incidentally, congratulations on
a very useful and highly detailed aide memoire for
the magazine’s 40th anniversary. www.stardust.
anyone or any organisation that plans to organise a
Mascot, the magazine of the Midget and Sprite
Club, has a feature on the origin of Vehicle The journal of the Riley Motor Club has a
Recognition Codes and their application. There is tantalising tale of a BMC engine development
also a photograph of the splendid Ecurie Ecosse project in the 1950s that would have resulted
Transporter, reg. No.YSG 7. Is it still around? in a fire-breathing ‘Pathfinder’ had it not been
www.midgetandspriteclub.co.uk cancelled. Also reported is advance notice of the
Riley Motor Club’s 85th anniversary weekend
Safety Fast, the magazine of the MG Car Club, London to Edinburgh run on 28-30 May 2010.
has an advisory feature and guide on buying a www.rileymotorclub.org
vintage MG – plus a report on the rebuilding of
Prince Charles’ MGC by the Manchester College TR Action, from the TR Register, has a
of Arts and Technology Vehicle Restoration comprehensive and informative article on
Centre. electroplating. The world will be not be quite the
www.mgcc.co.uk same after the death of the redoubtable Michael
Bingley and the club are selling the two TR6s on
The Cultivator, the newsletter of the Vintage which he experimented with lubricants and fuel
Horticultural and Garden Machinery Club, is additives. The impressions of the new owners
fronted by an illustration of a twin-coupled Trusty should make interesting reading.
– which must constitute a serious handful. (But
this was the April issue...)
The London & Surrey Mini Owners Club have
In the magazine of the Morris Commercial
confirmed that they were successful in the attempt
Club are two splendid commercial illustrations
of Morris products - the artist is ‘Barber’ does on 17 May to gain the Guinness World Record
anyone have any more information? for Largest Parade of Mini Cars on the London to
Brighton Mini Run setting a new record of 1450,
The Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery breaking the previous number of 884.
Club tell us that if you seek rare transfers for
your restoration project, you should contact Dave
Driving Member, the journal of the Daimler and
Lanchester Owners’ Club, has a tantalising
photograph of Lady Docker’s three-litre two-
seater coupe nicknamed The Beetle - has it
survived?. Another atmospheric image is of a
DB18 saloon being loaded into the hold of the
Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire ferry as late as 1963!
How much longer did this arrangement persist?
Floating Power, the journal of the Traction I’m always interested in something new and the
Owners’ Club, proves that there are still vehicles brief but concise history of Borgward and its
out there waiting to be ‘liberated’. A 1933 Citroen untimely demise makes very interesting reading in
Big Twelve, complete in every detail, has been the Borgward Owners’ Club magazine.
unearthed from a North Yorkshire barn. www.borgward.org.uk
Vintage Taxi, the magazine of the London Vintage
The Pre-war Austin Seven Club magazine has Taxi Association, has a fascinating article on the
an erudite exposition on the subtle charms, the London cab shelters – it seems that 13 of these
delights and the application of the split washer. survive. www.lvta.co.uk
Rolling, the magazine of the Road Roller
Windscreen, the magnificent magazine of the Association, gives us a detailed description of the
Military Vehicle Trust, points out that the British starting procedure for the single cylinder Aveling-
Army should be more involved with the historic Barford roller. Stalling one of these machines at
vehicle movement as the ‘Bulldog’ personnel traffic lights would not be a good idea…
carrier, the FV432, is 40 years old. www.mvt.co.uk www.r-r-a.org.uk
The Colne Valley Classic and Vintage Club tell The journal of the Fire Service Preservation
us that there are still more than 300 town criers Group draws our attention to a book by Neil
in the UK – the majority in the north of England Wallington ‘One Hundred years of the British Fire
(where broadband coverage is non-existent, I Engine’ ISBN 978-1-906600-30-3 obtainable from
the publishers. www.jeremymillspublishing.co.uk
The newsletter of the Lakeland Historic Car
The magazine of the newly joined Invalid Car
Club contains a useful and thoughtful tip: ‘While
Register draws our attention to the increasing
it is wise to make a sketch or to take a digital
interest in and thus the escalating prices of these
photograph when taking complex assemblies apart,
be aware and check the manual as it may not have
been assembled correctly the previous time’.
The Singer Owners’ Club magazine has some
interesting statistics showing that the price of a new It seems that there is strong resistance locally to
‘Gazelle’ actually decreased from 1956 to 1965, the plan to re-enact the ascent of Ben Nevis by a
plus the intelligence that a 1901 Singer autowheel Model T Ford 100 years after the first ascent in
(once described by the famous Motorcycling 1911 (or was this due to take place on 1 April?).
journalist, Ixion, as giving the sensation of a Chubb www.modeltregister.co.uk
safe bouncing down the steps of the Monument as
it trundled along the roads of the period) changed The MG Octagon Car Club bulletin has a useful
hands at auction for more than £30,000. tip to aid fan belt removal without damage.
Minor Matters, the magazine of the Morris It is a sad reflection on the times we live in that The
Minor Owners Club asks ‘How big is YOUR Globe, the magazine of the Triumph Razoredge
carbon footprint?’ and comes to some interesting Owners Club, includes a useful feature on car
conclusions www.mmoc.org.uk security. www.trocltd.com
Congratulations to the British Two Stroke Club Finally, some more anniversaries to celebrate. The
on winning the prize for the best mixed marque Bugatti Owners’ Club tells us that 2010 is the
stand at the Stafford Classic Bike Show. A club centenary of Bugatti production at the Molsheim
member also picked the award for the Best factory. This year, the Ford Cortina Mk II Owners
Presented Private Display with his 1926 Dunelt and Club comes of age and celebrated its 21st birthday.
there was a further Highly Commended award for a The Mark III Cortina Owners Club reminds
1926 Francis Barnet. us that next year will be the 40th anniversary of
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Members of the Cambridge-Oxford Owner Club form a giant Farina 50 to celebrate the anniversary
its debut. The Aston Martin Owners Club is are generally speaking a lot better organised than
celebrating 50 years since Aston Martin finally many continental ones. People often ask me what
won Le Mans after years of endeavour. There I think is the best event but I usually turn the
is a double anniversary for the Bond Owner question around and ask them what sort of event
Club who report that it is 50 years since Doug that they like. It is usually easier to say what the
Ferreira, the designer of this much underrated worst organised events are than comparing the
little three-wheeler, drove from Lands’ End to best.
John O’Groats in a 250cc family saloon in less
than 24 hours and the club also celebrated the But to go back to my theme of costs: the Three
Diamond Jubilee of the marque in great style Castles costs about £2000 but that does include
in Nottingham. The Swansea Historic Vehicle visits to a number of very expensive places, often
Register note that 2009 is the golden jubilee of with refreshments and is very well organised. A
the Triumph Herald. The Allard Owners’ Club similar event in the UK is the Rally of the Tests, at
report on the 50th anniversary of the National much the same price, it aims to recreate the RAC
Motor Museum. Does not time fly - the MG Rally in the years after the Second World War and
‘M’ Group reminds us that the introduction of usually does that with great skill. The downside is
the ‘Montego’ was 25 years ago. Another golden that it is run in November in bad weather but the
anniversary - the Chester Vintage Enthusiasts’ general atmosphere it creates, with crews suitably
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Colin Francis event at a more reasonable price abroad
my recommendation for 2010 is the
I have recently returned Saar Lor Lux at about €500 for two days.
from the Three Castles You can get details and my report on that
rally in North Wales and event on the FIVA website at www.fiva.org
the Saar Lor Lux Rally and look at the Events section.
in Germany. I have often
considered writing about The idea for the Rally of the Tests came
the costs of various from Philip Young of the Endurance Rally
events and pondered Association who is the ideas man behind
why British organised many events these days. His latest brainchild
events usually cost so is the ‘Flying Scotsman’ rally for pre-1939 cars.
much more than most If you have an older car, this is one for you. The
events in Europe. I have resisted timetable has been set for March 12-14 in 2010,
writing about this topic as comparing one departing from Brooklands and main terminus is
event and another is very difficult. One must Edinburgh. The brochure for the Flying Scotsman
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