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Current Issue - March 2018, Issue 348

MARCH 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!

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In the March issue,CMM November, Issue 344  On Your Marques looks at the Jaguar XK Club's plans for XK70 and more. Magpie says Hi-DeHi!, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & More Wheel Nuts. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out a Singer 9 Utility Truck 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 Vintage Bentley. 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 Great Western Classic Car Show, The London Classic and the MG & Triumph Spares Day, plus a special preview of the upcoming Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC. Landers Lobby discusses The Licence Renewal Minefield 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 March issue!!

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THE LICENCE RENEWAL MINEFIELD...

A COUPLE OF MY FRIENDS are heading towards their 70th birthdays - and driving licence renewal. They wanted to know what they’d be able to drive, and tow, thereafter, compared to what their current licences permit - so I looked into it for them. I knew that the trailer regulations, especially, are complex, but I had no idea what I was letting myself in for...
To begin with, some jargon needs explaining. The terms ‘Gross Vehicle Weight’ and ‘Gross Train Weight’ - relating to the vehicle, and vehicle plus trailer - are officially obsolete. They have been replaced by ‘Maximum Authorised Mass’ (MAM) and ‘Maximum Combined Mass’ (MCM). The weight(s) that a vehicle is allowed to carry/tow are set by the manufacturer and will be found immediately below its chassis number on the VIN plate. The first ‘kg’ line is MAM; second is MCM. (Permitted axle weights come third and fourth.) Towing capacity of the vehicle is found by subtracting its MAM from its MCM. Trailers themselves have a similar plate showing their own MAM. In all these cases, of course, ‘Maximum’ includes the self-weight of the vehicle or trailer. [Nb. if the MCM line of a vehicle VIN plate is blank, it isn’t suitable for towing.] Everything clear so far?
Holders of post-1996 Category B car licences are limited to vehicles of 3,500kg MAM, and relatively small trailers. But the holder of a full UK car licence, issued before 1/1/1997, can drive lorries up to 7,500kg MAM, and minibuses (not for hire or reward). Heavy trailers can also be towed - but we’ll come to that later. At ‘Age 70 Renewal’ those existing entitlements can be retained. This would be significant for someone who owns (say) a post-1959 commercial in the 3,500-7,500kg weight range. [Pre-1960 commercials can be driven unladen on a B licence.] Or is a volunteer minibus driver, perhaps. However; most classic enthusiasts will value, in particular, their right to pull a heavy trailer - typically a car-transporter.
Working through the renewal options: drivers who don’t need to keep those entitlements can apply for renewal via DVLA form D46P - or online, if they’ve got a current UK passport. Relevant medical conditions must be declared, and this renewal process has to be repeated every three years. The new photocard licence will be stamped for Categories B1, B, and BE - plus any additional vehicles shown on your old licence, eg. Category A, motorcycles.
Category B1 is light 4-wheelers (effectively quad bikes). B is vehicles up to 3,500kg MAM with no more than nine seats inc. driver, with a trailer of up to 750kg MAM. A heavier trailer can be drawn if the combined MCM of vehicle plus trailer doesn’t exceed 3,500kg. Category BE, however, trumps this. Here is the official government description:-
“BE. You can drive a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kg with a trailer. The size of the trailer depends on the BE ‘valid from’ date shown on your licence. If the date is before 19 February 2013, you can tow any size trailer.”....

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

HI-DE-HI!

UNDECIDED ABOUT CAMPING or glamping this summer? Then read on…
The recent announcement that it’s been three decades since the yellowcoats from Maplins were last on the small screen is yet another example of how quickly time passes.
Watching the antics of those who opted for a holiday camp for their summer break became a regular feature of the week for many, I’d guess, since older viewers could only too easily empathise with the trials and tribulations of what was yet another Great British Institution. 
Of course, time moves on, as I say – and the arrival of cheap package holidays, discounted air travel and a plethora of destinations sent us Brits scurrying for our offspring’s school atlas to look up where some of these places actually were. But not everybody decided that a drive to Luton airport before taking a flight to Spain (whatever happened to Torremolinos? It used to be a little fishing village…) was the way to go: for some, it was the open road and the campervan.
It’s impossible to state when exactly the campervan concept got going but VW is generally acknowledged as the driving force (pun intended) and that the first (official) models trickled off the production line in 1950.
These, of course, were the famous Splitty types and no-one, in their wildest dreams, could ever have imagined how sought after these vehicles would become in later years. If VW launched the campervan, it didn’t take other manufacturers long to cotton on to the concept and so the market was soon fielding examples from the likes of Citroen, Renault and Peugeot, as well as good old home-grown Bedford and Commer.
The attraction of taking your home with you, out on the open road, is something well understood by the snail; and indeed, less than complimentary motorists in cars queueing in country lanes behind a campervan have drawn the necessary parallels.
But that niggling problem aside, if all the “For Hire” advertisements are anything to go by, there seems to be plenty of interest in adopting a leisurely pace and spending a few days exploring the byeways of Britain (or further afield) in one of these charming, if quirky, modes of transport.
The beauty is simple: no pre-booking of hotels and no seeking out elusive camp sites. You can, in theory at least, pitch up pretty much anywhere for an overnight stop and simply enjoy life on the spot.
There are, of course, people who actually collect campervans – and I reckon that there are more out there than who’d care to admit that they are attracted by this genre of transport. It’s not terribly difficult to see why this is so, however: campervans come in all shapes and sizes and naturally, there is a huge variety in terms of paintwork. A few of these on the shelf would certainly brighten up any collection. I suspect that there is an element of the dolls’ house about this sort of collectable, too: after all, what we have here is a home in miniature. Okay, so even the biggest models (look out for the Sun Star 1/12 scale VW Combi, which is a terrific model, with lots of working bits) won’t have the picnic basket, tartan tablecloth and assorted crockery...

From Magpie's Collectors World in the March issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!

VINTAGE BENTLEY – BUILT FOR LIFE

AS WITH MANY INTERESTS, it often starts with a book. My father-in-law passed on to me Andrew Frankel’s impressive Bentley – True Story, a more in-depth account of the marque’s early days one may struggle to find.
This was followed by last year’s incredible performance by the 1936 Bentley Pacey-Hassan Special at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, driven by William Medcalf; more of him later.
It is no secret that Woolf Bernato had assisted the finance of Bentley during the golden years of Le Mans triumph and beyond but by 1932 the Company could no longer survive. As Rolls Royce took control, Bentley’s foremost mechanic Wally Hassan began working for Bernato, looking after the millionaire’s personal cars and with a plan to build the 8 litre Bentley Brooklands; an outer circuit single seater with a most definite eye on the outright lap record for the Surrey track.
Fellow Bentley racer and long-term marque enthusiast Bill Pacey approached Bernato and requested Hassan produce a similar 4.5 litre version, also for competition.  As a result, the Pacey-Hassan was born, but with one unique design feature only later admitted by Hassan. When he built the engine, he fitted several compression plates to the block.
Its debut at the 1936 Brooklands Easter meeting resulted in a race win, with laps of 117.46 mph; after which fresh handicaps were then applied. These proved quite harsh so Hassan pulled the engine down to make sure everything was at its best, but upon reassembly he forgot to fit some of the compression plates!
The handicappers were astonished that the car remained so competitive for so long but the practice of pulling the engine down and checking, maintained its performances at the sharp end. Eventually, when all the compression plates were exhausted, the car was no longer competitive. Hassan then moved on to supercharging and a 3-litre engine for the 1937 season.
The Pacey-Hassan achieved an ultimate lap of 129.03 mph around the banking. After the war it was fitted with two-seated coachwork but by the 1970s it had been returned to its original form and has been raced extensively and very successfully ever since.
The Pacey-Hassan is now cared for in the workshops of William Medcalf Vintage Bentley in Hampshire (marque specialist era 1922-32) and the chance to visit their collection and establishment was certainly grabbed with both hands. Arriving alongside the showroom in Liss, Hampshire just before 10.00am on a cold Sunday morning in January we found several enthusiasts already filling the car park. This was announced as a ‘Drive-out’ day, although minus the normal run through the South Downs. The building ‘open to all’ offered the chance to explore the workshops and facilities with Henry Platt the company's 'Manager Overseeing Benchmark Precision Engineering'. A long title that takes on many roles and the one that most interested me was ‘Parts Supply’. Many are manufactured ‘in-house’ and using modern techniques that allows for modification from the original pre-war specification, offering more efficient and longer lasting components.....

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

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