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JUNE 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 June issue,CMM September, Issue 354  On Your Marques looks at the Jaguar Summer Festival and more. Magpie chats On The Buses, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & Changes. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out a JCB Factory Tour 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 Trojan Utility and his Have You Ever Owned? column asks about the Datsun 120Y.  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 Beaulieu Spring Autojumble, the Basingstoke Festival and more. Landers Lobby discusses Getting It All Wrong 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 including a previews of the new season 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 June issue!!

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DENY REALITY - BLAME CARS...

MONTHLY PUBLISHING DEADLINES mean that this news will be old news by the time you read it. But I can’t ignore climate-change protests that resulted in 1,100 arrests.

Extinction Rebellion believe in non-violent, high visibility action to raise awareness of climate change and wider ecological issues. They specifically want the government to enact legally binding policies that would reduce our current consumption levels, and would bring the UK’s net carbon emissions down to zero by 2025.

April the 15th saw the start of ten days of disruption in the capital, with Waterloo Bridge, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus amongst the thoroughfares blocked to traffic. The Metropolitan Police say that they spent an additional £7.5 million on overtime, extra equipment and relief support. That price, obviously, is ultimately paid by the taxpayer. Costs to businesses and the wider public haven’t been fully assessed - many Londoners were angry that they couldn’t get to work because buses were unable to run. (A typical reaction was that people with no jobs were preventing others from getting to theirs.)

The police proved unable to respond effectively - as soon as any protesters were removed, others took their place. And many arrests were made more difficult by protesters glueing themselves to pavements and handcuffing themselves to buildings. (I do hope that they were using eco-friendly glue, without any nasty solvents or plasticisers - and that the handcuffs were made with recycled metal, from furnaces heated by renewable energy.) About 25 teenage protesters then tried to block a roundabout on a Heathrow Airport terminal road but were moved on fairly quickly. They had no intention of preventing any actual flights, they said. (If they had, they’d presumably have brought a drone with them!)

Extinction Rebellion had some celebrity support - the glorious irony of high-living film stars flying in from America to preach about saving the planet... Aviation, of course, is a prime source of carbon-dioxide emissions. The protesters are certainly justified in highlighting the UK government’s hypocrisy in seeking to fulfill its international obligations on greenhouse gas reduction, while actively promoting an extension to Heathrow (already Europe’s busiest airport). The uncomfortable answer is that aviation isn’t covered by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change! So it’s only additional car journeys made in connection with the extra flights that would actually count. The environmental cost of the aviation fuel can be blamed on someone else - or simply ignored. This is a familiar theme: deny reality and blame cars...

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

SPANNERMAN & CHANGES...

THE CHANGES THAT ARE HAPPENING in the world of motoring are often the topic of debates down at the Chequered Flag, as I’m sure they are the land over.

But in the last couple of weeks, there’s been more discussion about the question I posed in last month’s Myth of the Month. I said there was a phrase which not many of us took notice of these days, and I thought that it really should have died out a good long while ago. I gave a clue and said you should think about the changes that have been made to petrol and diesel pumps over the years. So what is the one little phrase that has cropped up in our conversations down at the Chequered Flag?

The first suggestion I was offered was the possibility that it was “The pumps are not to be operated by persons under the age of sixteen.” I responded to that suggestion by saying that the restriction on younger people using pumps was likely to be in use today, and if anything might not have been in use back in the middle of the last century.

I asked the chap who’d put forward that idea to think back to early fuel pumps. Now I’m sure there are petrol pump historians out there who could give a run down on the development of roadside fuel dispensers, but my memory has two images that I can recall. The pumps had mechanical delivery counters which came in differing formats. The first of these looked like a clock face, with the shorter hand counting the complete gallons and the longer hand counting part gallons. There was, as best as I can recall, no counter totalling the price to be paid on this particular type of pump. The other type of pump which I recall had indicators for both the amount of fuel dispensed and the price to be paid.

The faces of these pumps had windows for each of the indicated values, and wheels numbered zero through to nine rolled in and out of view as the fuel was dispensed. There would have been special wheels for the shillings and the pennies on the price display, since these would have had to have accommodated zero to nineteen on the shillings, whilst the pennies would have had to cover from zero through to eleven as well as the ha’pennies and the farthings.

With either of these pumps, the first customer of the day would roll up and take, say, a gallon of petrol. As the second customer arrived, the mechanical displays would still be recording the first sale of the day. It was therefore very important that the second customer took heed of the warning sign that they should “See that indicator is zero before delivery commences.”

Once again I have to stretch my memory, but I recall a mechanical lever on the side of the pump being used to reset the clock face type of pump, whereas I recall the action of removing the fuel dispensing nozzle from its holder being sufficient to set off a reset of the rotating wheels back to zero. I also pondered as to whether the phrase will be with us for much longer. It seems to me that with the use these days of digital displays, there is an accepted belief that the counters will be at zero as you start to dispense your fuel, and hence that’s why I believe there’s the possibility that the phrase will die out as we change to electricity as a source of fuel for our vehicles. I have to be honest and tell you that I’ve yet to charge an electric car, although I did once stand by and see a Nissan Leaf being connected to its charging lead. This was at a works premises that I was visiting, so there was no official looking dispenser, but rather just a lead that came out of the wall of the building. The electric charging point recently installed in the local car park doesn’t seem to have any warnings attached, other than the notice that it’ll cost 25p/KWh and 50p connection charge. I could get all fussy and point out that it should be a lower case letter k rather than the upper case letter K printed on the sign, but that would just be being picky, wouldn’t it?

Before we move on, I must say thank you to N.T. Reay of Shropshire who added to the topic of left hand threaded wheel nuts with the letter which was printed in last month’s Classic Motor Monthly....

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

TROJAN UTILITY – YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO WALK BY

EASTER SUNDAY ARRIVED BRIGHT and warm and a trip to Selsey Bill offered 100 plus classics on display plus a chance encounter with an engineering marvel that is the Trojan Utility.

Owner Phil Clark explained this was his first visit to a Manhood Enthusiasts gathering in East beach car park and interest was high as regulars took the opportunity to admire his Kingston built gem from 1924. The genius of Leslie Hounsfield brought forth the first prototype Trojan (known as No1) in 1912. Development was halted by the Great War but a collaboration with Leyland Motors operating out of the ex-Hawker aircraft factory in Surrey meant full production began in 1922. To say the Trojan design is unique would be something of an understatement; ‘Punt’ chassis with a 4-cylinder, two-stroke engine containing just seven moving parts, mounted horizontally beneath the front seats, solid tyres and a two speed (plus reverse) epicyclic gearbox. The 1527cc offered around 11hp and was water cooled using the thermo-syphon principle with reasonable acceleration up to 35mph and an impressive 40mpg. Hounsfield championed safe, affordable and reliable transport for the masses, his Utility design launched with a nine-minute film and sales leaflets that included their famous claim ‘Can you Afford to Walk’?

The calculation for this claim was made over a 200-mile journey where the average walker would require their quality footwear to be re-soled twice plus two pairs of socks and with shoe depreciation costs totalled £1 – 16shillings. The Trojan required 5 gallons of fuel and just over a shilling in oil and with solid tyres the total cost was £1 - 12s 1d. Whether this style of advertising would be accepted today is unlikely but in 1922 it succeeded and with the initial price of the Utility car being rather high at £230 but as production increased costs reduced, and those who waited for the 1925 version saved over £100.

The supplying dealer plaque reads A P Brown of Axminster, but this Trojan has travelled widely having somehow found its way into a ‘Stateside’ museum during the 1950’s. Originally finished in a rather unattractive green exterior with red wheels, old photographs offer the evidence of a location in Ohio before returning to the UK in 2007. My first encounter with a fully functional Trojan was several years ago at Amberley Museum in Sussex and it seems Phil acquired his passion for the marque via the same car; at the same venue. Once the decision was made to source what Phil refers to as ‘the perfect antidote to modern motoring’ the challenge was finding the Trojan of his dreams.

Mr Potter from the Trojan Club had this very car in Salisbury, thus visits were arranged and once convinced Phil was a worthy new custodian EL 9732 enjoyed a new owner. One of the younger generation (41) within the classic scene Phil’s engineering background will ensure this Utility is in good hands, as he possesses both the knowledge and equipment to keep it in regular use; although I was somewhat surprised to hear this 1924 vintage is often used for his 20-mile daily commute along the coast road into Portsmouth.

The inaugural voyage from Wiltshire to Sussex proved an adventure and a steep learning curve having decided against a trailer to transport the Trojan home. Along with his father, emergency tools, a map, several tins of ginger beer and a couple of scotch eggs they arrived in Salisbury on a cold October morning. Route planned, an early fuel stop resulted in the first two lessons learnt, ensure the starting lever is fully down and driving with the handbrake engaged causes even more smoke than usual. The journey took four hours and proved the versatility of the Trojan ‘it’s a vintage car yes, but one that encourages daily use; I often take it to the supermarket’ Phil explained...

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

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