MAY 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 May issue, On Your Marques looks at the Morris Minor Owners Club plans for the beloved family favourite's 70th anniversary and more. Magpie examines Reverse Engineering, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & Plus Ca Change. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out the Lakeland Motor Museum's Ruby Anniversary 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 Traveller's Tale. Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports from Techno Classica Essen, Southern Classics season opener, plus previews of the upcoming Classic & Sportscar Show, Beaulieu Spring Autojumble & Donington Historic Festival. Landers Lobby says he'll Be Seeing You 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 May issue!!
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BE SEEING YOU...
YOU MAY DECIDE THAT I’M making a fuss about nothing - my wife would probably agree with you - but I am heartily sick of being patronised by advertisers, TV presenters and... now... road signs.
In the early days of desktop computers - when you had to do a significant part of the programming yourself - creating a personalised start-up screen was considered to be something vaguely amusing. While DOS was setting up your system preferences (anyone else remember AUTOEXEC.BAT files?), a cheery ‘Welcome’ message would appear. Innocent fun, seeming to give the computer a life of its own, even though you’d written it yourself, of course. But then MicroSoft began building such messages into the operating system - in a rather bizarre parallel to Harley-Davidson offering factory-built custom motorcycles. Or Levi selling pre-faded, artistically ripped jeans. Individual style statements turned into mass-production commodities; rebellious originality tamed and homogenised.
I’m not truly paranoid (yet), but I do seethe, inwardly, whenever I see ‘Welcome David’ on entering e-Bay. Worst of the lot, though, is the BBC’s web-site - which claims to be ‘Sorry to see you go’ whenever you sign out. This is not only irritating, but appears to confirm the implication contained in their sign-in message, ‘Lovely to see you here’. I, for one, wasn’t aware that the Corporation could actually ‘see’ the users who were logged on to their site, but (based on the evidence that they themselves supply) the BBC is clearly watching my every move! Perhaps this explains why so many people cover their lap-top’s built-in camera with sticky tape. I’m going to have to check on this... David Attenborough is prominently featured, so he must know.
Certainly, the ITV weather girl is quite adamant that she can see us - simpering, ‘See you again soon’, as she winks goodbye. I used to shout at the television: ‘I can see you but you can’t see me!’ I’m pleased to report that the latest medication certainly seems to have helped in that respect. Unfortunately; whenever the temperature dropped, her blonde colleague started telling me to, ‘Wrap up warm’, and I suffered an immediate relapse.
Now, even the road signs are at it. Enter a 30 limit a little too fast and a red flashing sign suddenly screams: ‘Slow down’. So you slow down, it changes to green and gives out a prim ‘Thank you’. I do think that being patronised by automatic road signs is about the pits, and rather sums up the more fatuous side of 21st century technology. Though, in fact, the basic idea behind this is much older - albeit without the flashing lights...
From The Landers Lobby in our May issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
MY FIRST CAR WAS A CITROEN Light 15. Built in Slough and a late '40s car. This was in 1960 so it was still fairly modern.
As previously stated in my first column, I knew nothing about cars and didn't even have a licence, but driving my Vespa GS through London's traffic pretending I had a gear lever on the floor and a throttle too, I mimicked a car's controls.
It was after some miles of Mile End road traffic that I realised that the clutch could be slipped, thereby making for less jerky starts, and giving me the complete set of thingies to play with!
In a few weeks I had to race in the Manx International cycle race on the I.O.Man. and I really didn't know if I and my Girl friend, Lesley, could could ride from London to Liverpool on a Scooter with a bike on it, so the hunt for four wheels was on.
I liked the look of the Light 15. Don't know why, I can't remember looking at any other makes; so after a quick gander at the Exchange and Mart, I got it on a Wednesday, everyone else had to wait till Thursday (it's not whatcha know etc.) and I found a likely Light 15 - £180.
I went to the Bank and as I was a responsible almost adult, they let me have £150. I sold a few other bits to raise the rest; at that time I was earning about £7 a week so you can see how much a task this was.
I took a lady neighbour who could drive and had a Morris Ten, and was a school teacher to collect the car. She had volounteered to take on the task of teaching me how to drive.
We went to see Citroen in Croydon and gave the money to the seller who was going to use it as a bit towards his XK120, which was a staggering £250.
My friend drove in front and I, having never driven a car before, and remembering my scooter self pedal lessons, drove behind. I pulled in for petrol in a garage, and behind me pulled in a large black Ford Consul with a bell on the front and flat hats on the occupants.
I hoped my knees didn't show the new dance they were practising, but the boys in blue just smiled and ignored me. I filled up with my ten bob and nervously drove off, hoping I'd not given a display of a novitiate.
I must add here that I had actually applied for a driving test a week before I bought the car, tax and insurance were not in the equation. My innocence had not embraced the need for these extra expensive items.
I drove the Citroen daily, and never having driven any other vehicle, it's dash mounted gear lever was a problem, though the synchros were never good. So I learnt to 'double de clutch'. and my self given scooter practices seemed to work okay. But I did ride the clutch on hills in traffic and wondered what the smell was...
From Barrie Carter's new column in the May issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
A TRAVELLER'S TALE
OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED SEPTEMBER 1960 with justifiable confidence, the press release proclaimed: ‘It’s wizardry on wheels, the Morris Minor Traveller dual purpose vehicle with room for four adults and with rear seat folded offers no less than 35 ½ cubic feet of luggage space’.
BMC had a winner on their hands, very few marques were able to compete with such a package at £623 including heater, over-riders and wing mirrors; interior mirror and seat-belts were still optional. The following year overseas buyers could order the ‘all-steel’ non ‘Woodie’ version and the fuel tank was re located under the floor at the rear for all Travellers. Constant, small but significant changes continued throughout the model’s production, including an automatic gearbox option and a replacement for the flat roof; this suffered from noisy vibration but the ridged version introduced in 1965 eliminated this.
A Mark 2 arrived in October 1967, largely unchanged but featuring the improved 998cc engine; the price altered very little from launch 7 years earlier, only £629. The following August saw the last major alteration within the Traveller range with an all-synchromesh gearbox as standard. 207,000 Countryman and Traveller vehicles were built between 1960 and 1969 and the final Traveller left Longbridge just prior to the 70’s, its production line taken over by the Mini Clubman, also available in an estate version.
“My Mark 1 was called ‘Harry’ long before we acquired it” restorer and current custodian Malcolm Cooper explained, “the choice of a previous owner, the name had stuck”. History checks revealed this Traveller had exited Westover Garages of Bournemouth in 1963; the first owner paying £627 6s 6d. The adventure for the Cooper family started with the hunt for Malcolm’s ‘retirement project’ in 2013 and an on-line auction bid that brought regret before any joy. Malcolm, along with daughter Lindsey were scouring the worldwide web for anything Mini when they were confronted with Harry. “That would make a good retirement project” Malcolm observed. ‘Retirement project?’ his wife Caroline questioned, “...let me have a look”, moving Malcolm from the prime bidding position.
Although he protested, Malcolm was not in charge anymore and with just two minutes left on the clock a bid was entered. When asked what she was doing Caroline replied: “acquiring your retirement project” the clock ticked down and they had purchased a Mini Traveller, the winning bid by just £10. Malcolm considers classic car purchases from a photograph not ideal and on viewing ‘Harry’ for the first time, he confirmed that given the choice, walking away would have been the cleverest option. Alternately, Caroline was fine with a long-term project, considering ‘that should keep him out of mischief’...
From Grant Ford's Fordies Favourites in our May issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
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