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In the March issue, On Your Marques looks at the relaunched Club Expo, MGLive!and more. Magpie chats Wheels Within Wheels, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & The Spellchecker. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out the relocated REME Museum 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 Mercedes Ponton. 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 Paris Retro, Malvern Autojumble, the Great Western Classic 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 March issue!!
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GETTING IT ALL WRONG...
HAVE YOU EVER HAD a ‘Routemaster moment’? If you don’t know what that means, it’s noticing an incongruity in a film or TV programme.
The term itself seems to have come from letters to the Sunday Times Culture Section, when various correspondents noted that some drama or another, supposedly set in London at the start of the fifties, had shown a Routemaster bus. But Routemasters didn’t enter service until 1956, as any self-respecting bus enthusiast can tell you (and will tell you, given half a chance). More errant Routemasters were duly reported. And then the net spread wider, to include other vehicles in the wrong place, in the wrong period - eg. train spotters pointing out that a particular locomotive was never used in the location shown, or had already been scrapped.
It’s good fun, finding these mistakes - especially for a pedant like me - but I have to admit that it can spoil the enjoyment for others. (As my wife keeps telling me...) Some errors are only too obvious: yellow road markings in a 1950’s street scene, or a distant television aerial breaking a Victorian skyline. But others are more subtle, and might not even occur to researchers who weren’t alive at the time. For instance: people who were apparently able to make long distance phone calls, without the aid of the operator, well before the arrival of Subscriber Trunk Dialling.
My own personal betes noirs generally occur in crime dramas set during the ‘60s and early ‘60s; needless to say, they involve classic cars. First: all the vehicles depicted are virtually brand new. That’s fair enough for the hero (invariably a detective-inspector), as the police would renew their fleet at regular intervals. But very few other motorists, or local tradesmen, were able to afford such a luxury.
As a child, I can remember that at least half of the cars in our street were pre-war, with most exhibiting various signs of damage and decay. Paintwork was uniformly black, usually lacking lustre and with primer starting to show through. Unfortunately, in today’s period reconstructions, all the cars are new and pristine - as if the set designers had thought: “Okay, this is 1954 - let’s assemble a mixed group of contemporary vehicles. What was on sale back then?” And, of course, they hire these cars from people who cherish them - so they’re super-shiny and perfect.
From The Landers Lobby in our March issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
SPANNERMAN & THE SPELLCHECKER...
FOR ME, IT WAS MY BOX of nails. Others had various other contributions. One said it was the constant re-polishing of an already spotless chrome bumper bar. For another, it was the re-drawing of a planned wiring loom for a proposed hill climb special. Perhaps I should explain.
We were talking down at the Chequered Flag and trying to find out how various restoration projects were going. It seemed that most of us had a reason why we hadn’t been out to our largely cold garage or workshop and started to crack on with the work that needs to be done before any of our cars will see the light of day. It was perhaps even all the more shaming for me, since the garage-cum-workshop can be adequately heated, but somehow I managed to convince myself that the box into which I tend to throw all my nails desperately needed to be sorted out.
After all, if you need a three inch lost head for a particular job, then that’s what I have to search for through my collection that ranges from one inch to six inches long and includes most types of nail known to the average carpenter. Not that carpenters are generally average, mind. I find the skill required to work with wood a most impressive one. It was of course Know-it-all Ken who provided further information. We were all suffering from the curse of “distraction activity”, apparently. Personally, I think he may have a point.
So before I have to send any more praise in Ken’s direction, let’s get back to a question that’s been kicking around for a while now. This question originally arose in last October’s Tip For The Month and it followed the receipt of a letter from Thomas Wardle. He had noted that some trucks use left hand thread wheel nuts on the left hand side of the vehicle. As I said at the time, I don’t know the technical reason for this being the case. I did offer an explanation as to why the left hand thread spinners on centre lock wheels are on the right hand side of vehicles, but I was stumped as to why left hand threaded wheel nuts are sometimes fitted on the left hand side of a vehicle.
I’ve decided to tackle the issue by splitting the problem into three categories. I’m going to think about having the left hand threaded wheels on the left side of the car and my three categories are as follows: first where the wheel nuts are tightened to the correct torque; the second where the wheel nuts are over-tightened; and the third where the wheel nuts are under the recommended torque setting.
Before we look at the three categories, I just want to clarify exactly what a wheel nut actually does. Let’s start by thinking about a flange onto which a wheel mounts and the wheel itself...
From Spannerman's column in the March issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
PONTON'S PAST - GLOBAL MERC
WE ALL ENJOY A MOTORING YARN, a tale of travel, ownership and resurrection; every classic club boasts dozens but when the story of one Mercedes Ponton was shared with me a while back, it quickly joined my ‘top ten’ favourite chronicle’s.
Mercedes adopted the ‘Ponton’ name across the model range from 1953-62 initially, basic 4-cylinder saloon models were produced but by 1954 the 220a six arrived, then two years later the 219 (W105) followed by a 200S in March 1956. Early models proved ideal taxi’s but as they became more luxurious sales increased and many found their way to the UK and ‘Stateside’ with soldiers returning from occupation duties. One war-time Polish Air Force pilot Jan Boleslaw Szulman flew with the RAF wearing the rank equivalent to Second Lieutenant.
At the beginning of May 1958 Szulman took delivery of a (W105) 219 Ponton at £900 finished in black which he proceeded to drive around Europe and beyond.
Evaluating the Purchaser Philip Curtis has been the current custodian of Jan Szulman’s Ponton for over 20 years, but it was long after he purchased the car that its history came to light.
A local paper contained the details of a car dealer in Hove who had removed the Mercedes from a lockup where it had remained since the 1970s. Philip remembers contacting the garage but prior the purchase he was interviewed by Mr Szulman to ensure he was a suitable purchaser. At this time the vehicle was in poor condition, asbestos within the garage roof had covered the cars paintwork.
A deal was agreed and Szulman informed Philip of additional paperwork plus an original owner’s manual he would locate and reunite with the car. The restoration underway, Philip kept Mr Szulman informed of progress and promised once finished he would take the 219 to its former owner and collect any paperwork. The car was completed in February 1998 but repeated attempts to contact Mr Szulman failed, finally his housekeeper answered the call.
Mavis Von Turha informed Philip her former employer had passed away, but instructions had been left to return some items to the Mercedes. Philip drove to the Szulman property to collect the manual and hopefully some Ponton related information, but nothing could have prepared him for the boxes of new parts (mostly 30 years old), literature, brochures and service books.
Information is every classic buyer’s dream and Jan Szulman kept everything, every invoice, date and mileage recorded and with Philip’s dining table covered in paperwork we looked back half a century to retrace the Mercedes history. As part of the original purchase, additional plans must have been in motion to take the car out of Europe as an invoice with a Cape Town address detailed the special equipment fitted for driving in the tropics...Information is every classic buyer’s dream and Jan Szulman kept everything, every invoice, date and mileage recorded and with Philip’s dining table covered in paperwork we looked back half a century to retrace the Mercedes history. As part of the original purchase, additional plans must have been in motion to take the car out of Europe as an invoice with a Cape Town address detailed the special equipment fitted for driving in the tropics......
From Fordie's Favourites in our March issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
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