DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE: OUR 30th year of publication, CMM is bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2020 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is COMING!
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In the December issue, On Your Marques looks at the Round Britain Coastel Drive and more. For Magpie it's Decision Time, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & Frayed Tempers. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out The Bristol M Shed in a busy Wareabouts column, while Peter Love gives us another Commercial Break and Love Steam. 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 looks at special Morris Minor Van. Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports - we have an NEC special! - and previews. Landers Lobby asks to Make Some Sort of Sense Then and The Secret Autojumbler checks out a variety of recent events - where was the best business to be had, where were the best bacon butties? We also look at upcoming events and continue delving into the archive of the much-missed Lock Man. 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 December issue!!
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December Issue Previews...
MAKE SOME SORT OF SENSE THEN...
I’VE BEEN SET A CHALLENGE this month: to make some sort of sense of the proposed ‘pavement parking’ ban.
Pavement parking had been discussed by a Commons Transport Select Committee before Parliament was dissolved prior to the forthcoming election. It was actually outlawed in London as early as 1974, and - following the Committee’s report - it now looks as if the rest of England will follow suit. (Similar legislation, to take effect in 2021, is already being considered in Scotland.)
Proponents of the ban claim that pavement parking is selfish, and mostly affects the elderly, disabled and vulnerable. At a purely economic level, councils are faced with significant costs repairing the damage that’s caused to kerbs and paving slabs. On the other hand; opponents point out that, if vehicles are forced to keep all four wheels on the road surface and never venture over the kerb, the result will be total gridlock. Narrow streets will become blocked by parked cars, and there’ll be a huge rise in the number of broken door mirrors and scratched side panels.
Yet, curiously enough, it has never been legal to park on pavements! However; current legislation is described as “a grey area” and legal action is rarely brought outside of London. Therefore a specific law, linked to a rigid penalty (£70 has been mentioned), would make prosecutions easier. So what are the present rules? The Highway Code states that motorists must not park on pavements in London [an order] and should not do so elsewhere [construed merely as advice]. Yet precedents (ie. results of older cases), on which English law is largely based, are far more explicit in their conclusions.
The fundamental principles concerning conduct on our roads (‘the public highway’) were developed during the days of horse-drawn transport. In the eyes of the law, the highway includes any associated verges and footpaths; all general rules apply to them too, although they are subject to additional legislation of their own. Essentially; every person has a basic right to travel on public roads, which are provided for movement not for parking. Parking anywhere on a road causes an obstruction - in the sense that another traveller can’t use the bit of road occupied by the parked vehicle. This might suggest that parking on a public highway is always illegal... but another important element of English law then comes into play: that of ‘reasonableness’.
The law weighs the needs of the person parking against those of the people who wish to use the road. Was the parking ‘reasonable’ - meaning was it necessary and of a suitably limited length of time? Were other people inconvenienced or (worse) put into danger by the parked vehicle? [Sight lines; children running out from behind, etc.] Lawyers can doubtless quote reams of precedent - noting that, when a parked vehicle totally blocked a road, an offence was committed even though no-one else wanted to use the road at that particular time...
From The Landers Lobby in our December issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
SPANNERMAN & FRAYED TEMPERS...
WE ENJOY A DEBATE ON A topic of the day down at the Chequered Flag, and we are rarely short of one of those. Of course, if all else fails, we always have the basic menu of climate change, electric cars, or that old British favourite the weather to choose from. The ban on the “B” word is still strictly adhered to.
So why have I chosen to mention this? Well a couple of weeks ago tempers did rather get frayed. The conversation started after one of our number had paid for his car tax via the new fangled online system rather than doing it the proper way at the Post Office. Okay, I know I’m showing a bias there, but I happen to think that local Post Offices are quite important and need to be supported to be kept open. During the process of paying for the car tax, there had been a recommendation to visit a website which extolled the virtues of electric cars. You could apparently use this website to compare costs between an electric car and a conventional car with an internal combustion engine. It seemed that the website would allow you make comparisons between the two vehicles, and a magical figure of how much you could save by switching to electric propulsion was put before you. But our friend said he had seen a problem with the information. He chose to ask for a comparison when he was making a 200 mile journey once a month, and the result he obtained showed no potential issues around the lack of charging options during the journey. Indeed, the only cost of electricity which you were required to input into the website was the cost you were paying at home.
The back and forth discussion soon started. It was pointed out that the simple inputs into the website were not intended to give a full picture of the change to an electric car, and the intentions behind the information were well meant. As the conversation progressed, the topic steered towards the importance of making the world a better place by ensuring that the effects of climate change were being mitigated. At this point it became rather obvious that our friend who had raised the matter in the first place was rather sceptical about what he called “..this so-called climate change.” That really set things off. It was perhaps inevitable that having already covered two of our basic menu of conversation topics, the third topic, the weather, cropped up next. The question was asked as to how anyone who had seen the latest occurrences of flooding that were affecting parts of the country could possibly think that climate change was not the cause. And so it went on. Raised voices were heard, and it took a visit from our landlady to eventually put an end to the shouting that had broken out. I somehow feel that this conversation will continue for a while to come...
From Spannerman's column in the December issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
CLUBS - TIME TO CHANGE OR DIE OUT..?
MY TRAVELS IN THE LAST month took me to the Algarve Historic Festival, as part of an autumn break which we extended by three days to take in the meeting at the superb circuit that was built about 12 years ago north of Portimao complete with linking roads to the main motorway network.
It as nearby, an off road and a karting facility. It was built with regional money and EU grants but actually went bankrupt and is now run by the regional government. Imagine that in the UK.
It’s a cracking circuit with quite a bit of elevation change and a variety of corners. The Festival was very much an end of term jolly for the top UK racers and there were some good grids but also some single figure ones as well.
The surprising thing was the poor turnout of spectators, just a few hundred on both days I would ting and this despite some great cars racing and on display, you don’t often see a genuine Ferrari 250 GTO racing these days for example. There were a handful of stalls selling the usual memorabilia and about 30 local classics on display which was strange as I understood the classic movement in Portugal was quite strong.
One of the star cars racing was a beautiful ex works Austin Healey 3000 driven by the equally lovely Katarina Kyvalova who told me it was raced by Jim Clark at Brands Hatch in 1960 one of his rare drives that was not in a Lotus or Ford powered car.
Something that has always amused me in historic racing is that the people who are now able to afford the cars raced in the ‘60s and ‘70s etc are quite mature and having usually enjoyed more than their fair share of corporate dining and are thus quite a lot bigger and heavier than the likes of Moss and Clark driving the same car went hey were new. Formula Juniors like the Lotus 22 are beautiful little cars and very slim. It was interesting watching some of their owners get in their cars. In one case the driver was literally shoehorned into his FJ by his team. It does make you worry about how he would get out in an emergency...
From Noggin & Natter in our December issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!