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Current Issue - July 2018, Issue 352

JULY 2018 ISSUE: OUR 29th year of publication, CMM is bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2018 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is HERE!

Subscribe now and you can get Britain's most comprehensive events booklet - the 2018 Almanac - FOR ONLY £1.75 extra; a genuine bargain for this essential publication! For more details on this super diary - worth up to £9.95 plus p&p alone, click here. As usual, in our latest issue - in the year where we celebrate our 29th Year of Publication - we've a run down on all that's best in your classic car world!

In the July issue,CMM June, Issue 351  On Your Marques looks at the ERA's Trans-America Challenge plus the P6 Rover Owners Club Northern National and more. Magpie chats about Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & Old Fashioned. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out a Rewarding Restoration 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 Jaguar Enthusiasts Forum Convoy & Meet. Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports from Castle Howard, the Burnley Classic, Tatton Classic, Bristol Classic, The Classic & Sports Car Show and more. Landers Lobby discusses A Green Brexit 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 continue delving into the archive of the much-missed Lock Man. We have Club Call with a run down of the best club to join for you. 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!!

Our letters page has, as usual, your views on the issues of the day and more. We feature more services and spares than ever in our ads section, a look out too for Klaxon's Readers Problems, the CMM Crossword from Alvina Williams where you can win fabulous prizes, On Your Marques, club news, Get Set, news snippets, our fascinating 'All You Wanted to Know' column with Minerva returns with a look at Cyclecars. Plus, our new columns from the redoubtable Barrie Carter - In The Rear View Mirror and Noggin & Natter with Graeme Forrester. There are book & video reviews, the latest products and services, and the biggest events section of any publication in the U.K., featuring all the events, autojumbles, auctions and collectors swapmeets that YOU want! Why not order your copy today and get the 2018 Almanac from just £1.75 extra - hurry! CMM makes the ideal gift! For subscription info., click here!

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THE GOVERNMENT - IN THE SHAPE of The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - has been putting forward its outline proposals for “A Green Brexit”. Comments are invited as part of the usual consultation process. If previous consultations are anything to go by, those comments will be studiously ignored, and the government will then go on to do whatever it had already decided to do...

The government’s intention is twofold. First, to attempt a belated rearguard action, aimed at meeting existing EU regulations on air quality; second, setting up a framework to decide what the UK’s own environmental policy should be once we leave the EU. And those two matters will inevitably be linked, because there’s a strong determination not to let our ‘green credentials’ slip as a result of Brexit. There won’t be a bonfire of EU Directives (in fact, there won’t be a bonfire of anything, because bonfires are going to be banned). As far as the environment is concerned, expect, if anything, a tightening of the rules.

“A new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure environmental protections will not be weakened as we leave the EU, the government has confirmed.” [Which, incidentally, is yet another curious case of the use of the third person in official communications - that quote actually comes from the government. Just like BBC news readers saying, “We asked the BBC to comment, but no-one was available...” Or Donald J Trump referring to promises “made by Donald J Trump” as if he were two completely separate entities!] Anyway, you get the picture. Just because we’ve voted to leave a hide-bound, Byzantine bureaucracy, don’t expect things to get any easier in the future. The aforementioned Bill is going to establish “a world-leading body to hold the government to account for environmental outcomes.” But that should be an easy enough task, because the government will itself enforce a “gold standard” according to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Well... subject to consultation, of course...

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


TALK TO ANY SHOW ORGANISER and they will tell you that their two biggest concerns are the weather and the number of “no shows”.

Now you can’t do anything about the weather, indeed you just must get on with things and make the best of it come rain or shine. Sadly, if you have a very wet event, you can find that entries are fewer at the next year’s show and of course the converse applies. If everyone had had a good day in warm weather, then they will be keen to come back.

However, a run of bad weather in successive years can reduce entries and attendances. This applies to all outdoor events, I’ve know some country shows move their date after four or five wet events only to find their original day turned out to be brilliant! You can’t win!

Entrants who just don’t turn up are another story altogether and it’s always been a puzzle. Having organised all types of motor sporting and touring events over about 40 years, the number of non-starters is very low, often none, and if people do drop out, due to illness or car woes, then they inform the entries secretary.

For some reason that does not apply to shows or displays which vehicle owners seem to treat in a much more casual manner.

The typical no-show rate can be between 5% and 20%.  Some can be attributed to weather, people not wanting to bring their pride and joy out in the rain of course. Some years ago, we had quite a high no show rate despite if being a dry, if dull day at the show venue. On checking the no shows, we discovered that most came from about 70 miles south where it had been quite heavy rain.

That did not stop some of the paying public asking why there were no many gaps on the field!

Many shows give out attendance awards and we tend to spend about £5 per car on them. If you have 750 entries do you buy 750 awards, you can’t always assume that there will be a percentage of people not turn up and others who don’t pick up their awards. Ultimately you must assume everyone will turn up and want their award, otherwise you will have to explain the lack of an award to some folk. Hence you always have a box of unused awards at the end of the day

From Graeme Forrester's new column in the July issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


BEFORE THE CURRENT DVLA DRIVING licence card and even before that we had a paper version, but before that we had a nice red driving licence book (but quite small though it was).

Inside the back cover was a little ditty stating the way you drive should encompass the three "C's" - this being the use of Care, Courtesy and Consideration towards other road users. Oh, how little does this stand for now.

One example of this was on my way to the Enfield Pageant of Motoring, on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. I came south down the A1 on the Friday and was doing a left for the M25 turn.

However I decided that a call of nature was required, this necessitated being in the LH (of three lanes) - the LH lane being for the South Mimms Services only. It was busy but the clown in the middle lane was straddling both of these lanes plus leaving a large gap in front. I did a little peep on my horn (made no difference), so a larger peep was made and with my arm gesticulating for them to move up and over out of my lane, this unfortunately met with a somewhat negative gesture.

The person had displayed none of the three "C's" - very sad really. My next problem was actually getting into the Services; everyone was trying to park in the nearest space, when there were loads of spaces a bit nearer the buildings. Anyway I got parked up, did what I had to do, got back in the car and tried to get onto the M25...only to find there were 10 lanes of cars, coming from every direction in the parking area, to get to the just two lanes leaving the actual Services - this took 30 minutes to achieve.

Guess what? I will not be using South Mimms Services ever again

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


RECENT ADDITIONS TO CMM'S Facebook page include:

A Photo album for the The 19th Leighton Hall Classic Car & 'Bike Show 2018

A Photo album for the The Burnley Classic Vehicle Show 2018

A Photo album for the The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show 2018

A Photo album for the The Tatton Classic & Performance Car Spectacular 2018

A Photo album for the The 2018 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show

A Photo album for the The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2017

A Photo album for the The 17th Classic Vehicle Restoration Show 2017

A Photo album for the Malvern Festival of Transport 2017

A Photo album for the The Footman James Manchester Classic Car Show 2017

A Photo album for the Beaulieu International Autojumble 2017

A Photo album for the August Bank Holiday Cheshire Classic Car & Motorcycle Show 2017

A Photo album for the Cumbria Classic & Motorsport Show 2017

A Photo album for the 2017 Classic & Performance Car Spectacular & Cheshire Autojumble

A Photo album for the Bristol Classic Car Show 2017

A Photo album for the The NEC Classic Car & Restoration Show 2017

A Photo album for the The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2016

A Photo album for the The National Restoration Show 2016

A Photo album for the The 27th Malvern Autumn Classic Car Show & Autojumble

A Photo album for the The Footman James Classic Car Show Manchester 2016

A Photo album for the The 50th Anniversary International Autojumble

A Photo album for the The Passion For Power Classic Motor Show 2016

A Photo album for the Lytham Hall Classic Car & 'Bike Show 2016

A Photo album for the Ackworth Steam Rally 2016

A Photo album for the Leighton Hall Classic Car & Motorcycle Show 2016

A Photo album for the At the Bristol Classic Car Show 2016

A Photo album for the Lancashire Automobile Club Manchester to Blackpool Run

A Photo album for the 30th Tatton Classic Car Show

A Photo album for the Capesthorne Hall Classic Show

A Photo album for Beaulieu Spring Autojumble

A Photo album for Malvern Spring Classic and Mini Show

A Photo album for Spring Vehicle Meet at The British Commercial Vehicle Museum

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