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Current Issue - July 2019, Issue 364

JULY 2019 ISSUE: OUR 30th year of publication, CMM is bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2019 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is HERE!

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In the July issue,CMM July, Issue 364  On Your Marques looks at the Mini Moke Club at Nurburgring and more. Magpie chats Neglected Classics, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & Sat Nav. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out Britain's Largest Private Car Collection 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 the Jaguar Tour and his Have You Ever Owned? column asks about the Reliant TW9 Ant.  Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports from the Super Scramble at Bicester Heritage, the Bristol Classic and more. Landers Lobby discusses Playing The Numbers Game 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 July issue!!

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THIS COLUMN WAS PROMPTED by a phone call from a reader. He claimed that the DVLA was refusing to allow him to keep a potentially valuable registration number. Moreover, he was convinced that ‘they’ wanted his number so that ‘they’ could auction it as a personalised plate.
Certainly, the matter of number plate retention is a vexed one - encompassing vehicle identity, and the level of renovation/alteration work that can be carried out before the original vehicle ceases to be. Further confusion has been caused by the ‘Vehicle of Historic Interest’ [VHI] bracket, offering road-tax and MOT exemption, but using different eligibility criteria.

The DVLA is charged with keeping an accurate and up to date register of UK road vehicles. Not just those currently ‘on the road’ but all the others that are still registered and could come back into use in future. Clearly, where older vehicles are concerned, that’s a problem. In the days when scrapping was uncontrolled, many vehicles simply disappeared; log books (or registration documents) were not necessarily handed back. So there’s no way of knowing now whether a long dormant plate belonged to a wreck that was cut up long ago - or is still attached to a complete vehicle that may re-emerge as a ‘barn find’.

Tighter regulation means that the fate of newer vehicles is clear - a Certificate of Destruction removes that vehicle, along with its number plate, from the record. But there are still old ones out there, in limbo. Undoubtedly, some exist only in the form of a log book - a log book that could have considerable value if it enables another vehicle to be created around it. For those with the money to spend, perfect copies can be built of highly desirable, top end classics.

Obviously, such ‘new-old’ cars aren’t acceptable to the authorities. That’s not to say that they can’t be built; but, if they are to be DVLA-registered, they must conform to current requirements. Otherwise, they are destined for track use or static exhibition only. Faithful representations of older vehicles would, of course, be unable to meet current safety and emissions rules - hence the underground trade in orphaned log books.

Brand new ‘classics’, created from scratch, are one thing. But genuine vehicles with an authentic history, that have been given new life, are quite another. Owners are justifiably upset when the DVLA questions their right to retain the plate. Looked at from the other side, though, who’s to say that this ‘restored to perfection’ beauty isn’t a new build, sheltering behind a dubiously acquired identity? Suspicions will be raised whenever the vehicle and/or the reg number are particularly valuable...

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


WE’VE HAD AN INTERESTING DISCUSSION on the nature of change. And when I say change, I don’t want yet another smart Alec making a reference to the loose coins that we might find in our pocket or purse.

The question we were musing over was whether or not change was something that happens gradually, or was it perhaps a case that some change can simply be put down to a single occurrence. I have to own up to be the instigator of the conversation, and it was the most everyday situation that got me going down this line of thought.

Myself and my good lady were walking up the road to the centre of the village, actually on a mission to peruse the vegetables on offer with a thought towards making a purchase to contribute to that evening’s meal, when a white van coming towards us started to noticeably slow down. The passenger window was being wound down. Without a thought, I said “Here’s someone who needs directions”. Sure enough, the white van stopped alongside us and the passenger enquired how they might get to a place I had not heard of. Not a good start there, then.

The chap had a road atlas open on his knee, and in response to my “Oh, I’m not sure where that is”, he showed me a small dot on the page which indicated a small hamlet about eight or ten miles to the south. I knew straight away where the place was and how the chap could get there. I went into what I call my driver’s mode and explained how with a u turn, the sighting of one obvious landmark, and a left turn about one hundred yards after the landmark, the chap would be on the right road to take him to his destination. With a quick thank you from both passenger and driver, the van was on its way.

As we resumed our walk towards the local shop, I ran through in my mind what the lost travellers would have seen when they missed turning into the road that they needed to take. Their target road would have been a right hand turn on the apex of a left hand bend in the main road. The main road itself is not the widest of roads, although two way traffic easily passes. Or it would be able to pass if it wasn’t for the parked cars. As with many such small roads in villages throughout the land, there’s an unwritten agreed convention as to where cars park. On the approach to the left hand bend, the cars are always on the left hand side of the road, whilst after the bend the cars are always on the right hand side of the road.

Needless to say I’ve driven along this road countless times, and caution is the name of the game. If my good lady is with me, I know I will get an indication of any possible traffic on the road as we approach the first line of parked cars. When you combine her vantage point in the passenger seat with her knowledge of the shape of the road ahead, she can look to the left hand side of the parked cars to see if there are any cars taking the bend and therefore possibly coming towards us. I usually get “Road’s clear” or “Something coming” as a simple but invaluable aid. Of course, regardless of what I’m told, it’s always necessary to slow down and proceed carefully, and it’s only when I see the road is clear that I start to overtake the line of cars...

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


A BIT OF VARIETY IS NEVER A bad thing and heading out to the Jaguar-Forums UK Annual Convoy & Meet Event in Dorking offered the first show season run for my old Mark 2.

Organised by Steve Sheldon, the event is now in its eighth year and has grown to 140 plus Jaguars of all vintages travelling across the South Downs to the country’s largest winery known as Denbies. We chose to meet the convoy at the destination, avoiding an early start many enjoyed as they departed from Pease Pottage Services alongside the M23.

Unfortunately, arriving at the venue everything ground to a halt, resulting in temperature gauges rising as the queue to enter the show ground barely seemed to move; this situation is something Steve and his helpers vow to resolve for 2020.

With visitors having travelled from as far as Wales and Rugby to join the event it was a relief to take in the beautiful backdrop as lines of Coventry’s finest ticked themselves cool. From humble beginnings on a cold December day in Brighton, Steve has gradually grown this event from the original eight cars in 2012 with an aim to pass the 200-mark next year. The Sussex regions of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club brought 34 cars to the party and their spokesman Fred Bone explained his group enjoyed this very social gathering and praised the organisers for involving some impressive sponsorship. The welcome pack not only contained a copy of CMM (obviously) but also washing and polishing samples from Autoglym plus freebies courtesy of Harwoods Jaguar.

Talks and advice were available on valeting from experts at Pro Detailer magazine whilst the mechanicals were covered by Julian Ferraro Jaguar Specialist. Parts support from SNG Barratt and Simply Performance with bespoke luggage plus leather care and repair, every aspect of running a classic or modern Jag was covered. A very relaxed atmosphere with plenty of classic yarns to tell with one courtesy of E Type owner Tony Metcalfe.

His 1967 4.2 auto only became available after the previous owner spent some time at ‘Her Majesty’s’ pleasure after becoming involved with some dodgy substances, it needed to be sold rapidly and Tony was ready to oblige. For those who prefer more vintage in their Jag, a beautiful white SS 100 from 1938 enjoyed a constant stream of admirers and the moderns were well represented by the large XK Car Club display. For me a chat with classic racer Colin Youle resulted in a guided tour of his stunning XK120 from 1952. Fitted with an E Type gearbox plus a 3.8 motor fuelled by a triple carb combo this XK competed around the UK and abroad for many years racing in a variety of historic series.

Colin was involved in saloon car racing over the decades spending time in a Mini and also took part in Le Mans classic piloting a C Type.

Unfortunately, dark clouds gathered overhead by early afternoon but no doubt plans are already underway for next year and to be part of it contact Steve Sheldon via email at [email protected]...

From Fordie's Favourites in our July issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


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A Photo album for the Beaulieu International Autojumble 2018

A Photo album for the The 30th Cumbria Classic & Motorsport Show

A Photo album for the Passion for Power Classic Motor Show 2018

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

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