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Current Issue - June 2018, Issue 351

JUNE 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 June issue,CMM June, Issue 351  On Your Marques looks at the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club's chance for you to win an F-Type and more. Magpie examines Space - The Final Frontier, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & Clutches. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out a Fairthorpe Find 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 a superb Ford Anglia 1200 Super. Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports from Spring Beaulieu and the Donington Historic and more, plus a preview of the upcoming Bristol Classic Car Show (including a coupon for £3 off entry!). Landers Lobby says modern cars are Much Roo Complex 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 June issue!!

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AFTER THE VW DIESEL EMISSIONS scandal, another German manufacturer is likely to discover that a hard-won reputation can be lost all too easily.

A number of BMW models, built over the past decade, contain a potential fault that could cause them either to lose all electrical power or burst into flames. It seems that the specification of a vital connector - carrying positive voltage into the main fusebox - was downgraded from a silver-plated terminal to tin. BMW admits that this connector, “...may degrade over time due to frictional corrosion and vehicle vibration...” thus increasing electrical resistance between the battery and the fusebox, risking an excessively high temperature and/or electrical failure.

(It has to be said that problems with tin-plated terminals shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Back in the 1980s, cheap desktop computers often gave trouble for exactly the same reason: they had corrosion-prone tin-plated expansion terminals where more expensive machines used precious metals.)

An inquest has been held into the death of a motorist, whose car hit a tree in December 2016, while swerving to avoid a broken-down BMW at night. The BMW had lost electrical power, causing it to stall on a dark A-road; all its lights (including hazards) had gone out. The coroner heard that BMW had been made aware of this fault as early as 2011 and had subsequently recalled over 700,000 cars in North America, Australia and South Africa. However; there was no immediate UK recall. It’s alleged that BMW convinced the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) that the fault was under control; the DVSA says that BMW failed to provide it with proper information. [A charge that BMW denies.]

After the fatality, BMW issued a UK recall for around 36,000 petrol-engined cars - but a recent BBC Watchdog programme has shown that the fault actually affects more models, both petrol and diesel, and may also have caused a number of car fires. Following the Watchdog programme, BMW has announced that it will recall a further 312,000 cars sold in the UK since 2007 (including the 1-series, 3-series, Z4 and X1) saying: “We now recognise that there may have been some cases of similar power supply issues in vehicles not covered by the initial recall. In order to reassure customers with concerns about the safety of their vehicles, we are voluntarily extending the recall.”

Unfortunately, BMW has a track record here. The company followed much the same pattern of behaviour when turbocharged Mini Coopers started bursting into flames: ie. ignore the initial reports, then say only a handful of vehicles are affected - finally issue a recall. (When first challenged about the Mini fires, BMW insisted that there was “no particular problem”...)

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


LIKE MOST YOUNG DRIVERS OF the post war years, driving was a new freedom. Most of us couldn't drive and travelled by public transport or bike.

Cars were cheap, trouble was we didn't earn much so we couldn't afford a car anyway!

I was at a party on Boxing Day in 1959 when a budding weight lifter worked his MG TA into me for £110. I didn't haggle and I'd not seen it. But my hard earned dosh was transferred from my clerk's clean pingies into his grubby mitt and a few days later I was the proud owner of my 1939 MG.

Black as I recall, virtually no hood and what I later learned to be, dangerously low oil pressure. I borrowed a hand book and removed the head. My mechanical expertise had been confined to pushbikes until then, and I still don't know why I removed the head to increase the oil pressure, but I also removed the oil pump and fiddled with that before replacing it all as it was.

I didn't know that the plug leads had to be put in the correct order, so starting was a problem. But eventually, overcome. And for some magical reason the oil pressure returned. Then I learnt to double declutch; I learnt that because the gearbox was a little - no - very much crap - it is a skill I still automatically use today in things ancient and modern.

So, I was let out onto the highways. I wondered what its top speed was, and with a girl friend looking at the speedometer on the left whilst I sawed away at the wheel (while the TA tried vainly to put its bent front axle in a straight line for a few hundred yards) she yelled the speeds: "...60...63...68...68 and half!". And that was about it.

A frightening experience in the joys of handling vintage beam axle cars. But the bug had taken hold. I loved the thrill of 60-miles-an-hour and was soon doing race starts down Oxford Street beating all and sundry from lights.

This new found hobby soon came to the notice of the gentlemen in blue and the nice linen bound driving licences that we were given soon became rather full of endorsements, from one court or another, and I had to apply for a new one. The TA was getting a bit tired now; lights didn't work properly, hood was a rag, rust bubbling evenly over the body in ugly bue-bos - it was a not a pretty sight.

Then one evening, coming home from work in the dark, and at a velocity that did not appear on any of the street limit signs, I was overtaken by a heavily swathed Policeman on his Triumph Speed Twin (I later had one of those, and it was ex-Scotland Yard...I digress).
He waved me down, and I stopped by the kerb, well, sort of, it's grabbing brakes sort of meandered it in and out of the kerb 'til the old TA finally came to a halt. Said constable was keen to point out that, apart from me hitting a dizzy 45mph and reducing any traffic light competitor to a distant second, not many of my lights were actually lighting...

From Barrie Carter's new column in the June issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


CERTAINLY, I AM BIASED AS Ford’s Anglia was my first car at 17 and so spending a day with Terry Bray and his 1200 Super brought back great memories; although mine wasn’t as pristine as this, it was my ‘pride & joy’ back in 1980.

Several cups of tea offered the chance to find out how this enthusiast has also gone ‘full circle’ returning to his first foray into four-wheel travel with half a century past.  Early in 1968 Terry chose to part exchange his BSA 650 Lightning Clubman (a very rare machine back then with only 200 ever produced) for his first car; a 105E finished in Ambassador Blue.

On the forecourt of Garratt Lane Autos at £299.00, Terry confessed: “I wasn’t looking for an Anglia, I just wanted a car”. A £150 part-ex allowance for the BSA sounds like the car dealer did well from the transaction, even more so when further investigation confirmed the Anglia had exceeded the 40k miles displayed on the milometer; by the same again.

A flickering oil light should have acted as a warning for the eventual engine failure but at a time when a reconditioned motor was just over £50 the 105E was soon returned to the road. The following year a trip to North Wales with his future wife Linda piled on the miles and the Anglia proved reliable; Terry cannot remember why or where he sold the Ford but from then onwards his ‘tale of transport’ becomes fascinating, if occasionally a little unfortunate!

Post the Anglia came a split screen Morris Minor, purchased for £15.00 complete with recon engine and a new battery; ‘sounds like a bargain’ I concurred even in 1970. Slight corrosion behind the driver’s seat meant a garage plus welder would be sought before attempting to better the MOT testers clip board. Parked outside his parents house in the meantime the ‘Moggie’ collected a £5.00 fine for no tax. This prompted a decision to move the car on ‘toot-sweet’ and a local dealer paid £5.00; ‘I have never made a profit on my cars’ Terry confirmed. A 1956 Morris Oxford came next, this required £40 and offered a year’s motoring with a mere £20 loss at the end.

Whilst reminiscing over a fine list of British cars two things became apparent, Terry never had the same car twice and he remembers the registration of virtually all of them. It must be a car enthusiast trait, we can be accused of forgetting many things (anniversaries etc) but forgetting our old registrations is not one of them! The list continued in 1971 including a column change, two tone blue Vauxhall Victor FB (379 RWC) then a Rover 2000 at £80, a rusty Hillman Avenger, Triumph 2500S and a Mk 1 Escort Estate.

This Escort secured Terry a minimum £1000 deposit on a Cherry (ALP 428Y) from the Land of the Rising Sun via Dan Dan the Datsun Man (Perkins). The Cherry unfortunately met an untimely demise buried in the rear of a Royal Mail van, so a Renault 16TL was acquired and the list continued through the 1980s until in 1993 Terry decided he wanted to buy a classic car, his desire an MGB...

From Grant Ford's Fordies Favourites in our June issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


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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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