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Current Issue - August 2017, Issue 341

AUGUST 2017 ISSUE: OUR 28th year of publication, CMM is bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2017 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is HERE!

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In the August issue,CMM July, Issue 340  On Your Marques looks at the Jaguar XK Club Round Britain Coastal Drive and more. Magpie looks at a Toy Story, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & The B Word. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, asks What Is The Job Of An Editor in a busy Wareabouts column, while Peter Love gives us another Love Steam and Commercial Break. There are news snippets galore, our Letters column, and our look at the world of the autojumbling with The Secret Autjumbler. Grant Ford's Fordie's Favourites checks out his favourite classics, we preview the big upcoming events, plus reviews of recent events including the Pure Nostalgia Classic and Retro Show, the Morris Minor Owners Club National and more. Landers Lobby says On Yer Bike and The Secret Autojumbler checks out Bromley Pageant, the Bristol Classic, Newby Hall and the Old Ford Rally. Look out for all the news and snippets, plus all those ads for upcoming events; no better time than now to think about that subscription than the July issue!!

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ON YER BIKE..?

MY WIFE AND I WERE DOWN in Shropshire for a wedding over the first weekend in July. Returning to Northumberland on the Sunday, I’d chosen a scenic route for the final leg north: the twisty, switchback A68. We’d made good progress thus far, with relatively light traffic and no hold-ups. But 500 miles in two days can be tiring in a Panda 750, so were looking forward to getting home.
The A68 has to be treated with caution - blind bends and hidden dips abound. It’s a favourite with motorcyclists, so you have to be ready for ‘scratchers’ overcooking it on corners, using more than their rightful share of the road. And sometimes farm tractors crawling up the hills. So there was no particular panic when we crested a rise, suddenly to be confronted by a tailback of stationary cars. On with the hazards, to warn the next vehicle.
It wasn’t immediately obvious why they’d stopped. But, sticking my head out of the window, I could make out a motorcycle diagonally across the road, at the head of the queue. No... it hadn’t crashed. It was upright, along with its rider. Now I could see a board on the back of it, with four amber lights, flashing rather feebly. It was positioned just before a junction, where a minor road joins from the Derwent Reservoir, over to the west. We had no idea what was going on.
Eventually, after the best part of 10 minutes, a blue flashing light came into view from the Reservoir road, attached to a police bike. Then another one. The two policemen exchanged some words with the person on the first bike, and then disappeared north, up the A68. The police bikes were soon followed by a big people carrier, with about a dozen bicycles fixed to its roof. This parked just beyond the junction; the ‘civilian’ motorcycle remained in the same place, still blocking the road. And still no explanation...
However; it was now pretty clear. Through an unfortunate bit of timing, we’d hit upon a cycle road race. Quite ironic, really. More than 200 miles of motoring, and the only traffic standstill that we encountered came on one of the loneliest stretches, about 40 minutes from home. Anyway; we didn’t wait any longer. Making a U-turn, along with one or two others, I took an alternative route. Not a particularly convenient route: longer and much slower. But at least we were moving.
I don’t know exactly where the cycle race went, although I imagine that it would only have followed the A68 for a relatively short distance, then dog-legged across on to another minor road, heading east. Nevertheless, we could have been held up for a very long time. Checking the British Cycling website shows that this was a major event: one of the ‘HSBC UK Grand Prix Series’, being run in conjunction with a National Women’s Road Race. Altogether, it involved more than a hundred riders. Imagine waiting for that lot to go through! And this was just one out of 245 road races listed in England alone for 2017...

From The Landers Lobby in our August issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!

PHEW! A VERY BUSY MONTH AUTOJUMBLING...

WELL, YES, OF COURSE IT HAPPENED, as predicted by me in last months CMM. It was a 'jumble nightmare, mayhem, meltdown on the the 17th/18th June, with so many shows being on that weekend - Shepton Mallet, Bromley, MG Live, Kempton Park etc., etc., etc, and actually even Howard had an auction on the Saturday - surely he must be the only man to have paid full price for a DFS sofa!
This did absolutely no favours to anyone - show organisers, the public, the 'jumblers, Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all - in fact these two days were a complete shambles.
Why, oh why, could this have happened? It is beyond me to ask why organisers do seem totally blinded to anything but their own event. Crikey; they have only got to ring "Lord" John Hodson at CMM Towers - the fountain of all autojumble knowledge - and the job would have been a good 'un. I suppose the alternative is to ask ‘Alexa’ - but have the organisers got one (each)?
On that weekend I went to Shepton Mallet and takings were pretty much down, the weather was fantastic and the cars, particularly the outside ones were splendid. There were some great ones inside as well, but the impromptu and spontaneous models outside the halls were top notch.
This time Mortons didn't have the marquee linking the Edmund Rack Hall to the Mendip and the other one (that I can never remember it's name). Why they didn't remains a mystery however the cost was mooted to me as a possible reason.
With so many shows on there was rather a lack of "true" jumble stands, but there were plenty of "toolies" about (they just seem to multiply and multiply - rather like rabbits!).
I set up on the Saturday morning because it was (yet again) a terrible trip down the M5 (closed in parts), the M4, the M32 and the A37. It does amaze me how it takes so long to get from Bristol to Shepton - about 23 miles in distance, but it always takes at least an hour!
So my big effort to set up on the Friday evening went totally to pot, however it did lead to more drinking time, for a pint (or four). I had an excellent meal at an hotel in Shepton (a first), where the deal was you got two steak meals plus a bottle of wine for £25.00 (bargain or what?).
Trading was much of a muchness both days, with the Sunday just about taking the accolade biscuit - it had to be a biscuit because Helen (the cake lady from Wales) wasn't there - big shame - please come back! I had a lovely conversation with the lady who sells metal signs and railwayana. She had just come back from the Dominican Republic, where she attended a wedding and she couldn't get over the fantastic hotel she stayed at. If anyone wants the details - just ask.
I did buy some bits from Shirley's Autojumble plus some more from a guy I know, who was outside - very cheap.
The Volvo club were celebrating (I think it was) 90 years of the marque and I even got an invitation for some cake, wine and peanuts (yes, a strange combination, which set me off on a coughing fit - it was the peanuts governor - the wine soon put a stop to that though)....

From The Secret Autojumbler in our August issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!

SPANNERMAN & THE B WORD...

MOTORING HAS CHANGED IN MANY ways over a long period of time. Look back 100 years, and whilst not being unrecognisable, there’s no doubt that motoring today is different to what it was then.
But when did it change? You can probably imagine that a subject such as this is often a topic of conversation down at the Chequered Flag, and it is often agreed that change seems to take place slowly, with things evolving over time. Of course the one exception that most agree on is the introduction of the Mini by Sir Alec Issigonis. Such a dramatic change in the traditional front engine, rear wheel drive layout to the iconic front engine, front wheel drive format of the Mini had such a long-lasting impact on the design of many future cars.
And I’m mentioning this question of when things change because of a couple of things that have happened over the last month. First, I was somewhat taken aback by the announcement by Volvo of their plans for the engines in their cars. No purely petrol or diesel engine powered cars within two years, but rather they will all be some form of hybrid. Now of course I know that hybrid cars have been around for a relatively long period of time now, but it just seems to me that the two year time scale is, in motoring terms, quite short. And I don’t know why, but I’m left wondering why was it that it was Volvo that have made the major announcement on this issue? It’ll certainly be interesting to look back in 10 years time to see where we’ve got to.
And another thing I’d like to look back on in ten years time to see where we’ve got to is driverless cars. I was recently tempted to a TV to watch a programme in the Horizon series that looked at the development of driverless cars. The different levels which define the relative ‘driverlessness’ of vehicles were explained, and there were details given of where the different manufacturers who are involved in the field have reached. One of the things that these manufacturers are having to deal with is how cars will interact with each other, whether the car is driverless or not.
Apparently there is a system whereby one driverless car can communicate with another driverless car so that each knows where the other is and they share what the intentions of each are. But of course the driverless cars also have to take account of the cars still being driven by human beings, and this is apparently causing difficulties. I have to say that I was impressed by the progress being made, and much as though I am filled with dread at the prospect, I can imagine a future with roads filled with driverless cars.
But how do we get there? If I recall correctly, it was Sweden (or was it Denmark?) that most recently changed from driving on one side of the road to the other. It was a good few years ago now, and I have a memory that tells me that all vehicle movements had to cease at a certain time (4pm on a Sunday afternoon?) and after one hour, traffic could start to move again, but it had, obviously, to be driving on the other side of the road. Well that’s fine. A major change that affects everyone and the implementation can be undertaken with relative ease. But imagine a world where half the cars are electronically controlled to drive safely and to avoid accidents, and meanwhile a human clutching onto his steering wheel in a side road just decides to pull out into a stream of traffic. Would the driverless car be looking into the cockpit of the human driven car and upon detecting the carbon based life form automatically slow to prevent a possible accident? It seems to me that if the switch over is going to happen successfully, it’ll need to be universal with all vehicles going driverless at the same time. And somehow, I just don’t see that ever happening...

From Spannerman in our August issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!

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