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Current Issue - November 2017, Issue 344

NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUE: OUR 28th year of publication, CMM is bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2018 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is COMING!

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In the November issue,CMM November, Issue 344  On Your Marques looks at the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register at the Rootes Archive, and more. Magpie looks at The Q Word, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & LJK Setright. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out Learning The Trade in a busy Wareabouts column, while Peter Love gives us another Love Steam and Commercial Break. 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 Final Flourish for 2017 Show Season plus a Have You Ever Owned featuring the Datsun Fairlady, we preview the big upcoming events with a focus on the NEC Classic and the big two Restoration Shows in November, plus reviews of recent events including the Sywell Classic and more. And of course our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit. Landers Lobby discusses Electronic Engine Conversions 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, plus, this month, we have a chance to win one of three prizes from Gunson. 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 November issue!!

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November Issue Previews...

ELECTRIC ENGINE CONVERSIONS - REALLY?

IT WAS A REMARKABLE NEWS report last month about the electric E-type Zero [Get Set, October CMM, Issue 343] don’t you think? This is based on a genuine Series 1.5 car, factory converted by Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
They claim to have retained the balance and driving experience of the original, while improving the performance. The electric powertrain and battery pack have been engineered to replace the XK parts in such a way that the conversion could be reversed at a later date.
Will this start a trend? Well... not at £300,000 a time! But what if prices fall, as technology advances? Performance, obviously, is not a problem. But range is still insufficient: 170 miles before a lengthy re-charge. That’s about three hours driving, even on our over-crowded roads; much less on the continent. What’s the point of such a car if you can’t enjoy some long-distance touring?
However; I’d suggest that the project is unlikely to attract classic enthusiasts for one fairly obvious reason: we don’t want to drive a vacuum cleaner, no matter how powerful. I suspect that, for most CMM readers, the engine is the heart of the car. They come in all shapes and sizes; some are pretty puny, I’d agree. Nevertheless, it’s the engine that largely determines a car’s character. I’ve been thinking back over some of the ones I’ve known and loved. Or occasionally cursed...
I haven’t driven a single-cylinder car - not even a bubble-car - or any with parallel-twins or vee-twins. My ‘hands on’ experience of those layouts is limited to motorcycles, though I do remember a noisy trip in a Fiat 500. (To be fair, the owner had tuned it well beyond Abarth spec.)
For some reason I missed out on owning a 2CV - everyone else seemed to have one, so I drove theirs. A real hoot, and a truly endearing engine, despite its dinky size. I did own a flat-twin, but, unlike the 2CV, mine had water-cooled, side-valve cylinders. That Jowett-Bradford is remembered very fondly. It would go anywhere (albeit slowly) and carry anything, to the accompaniment of a steady ‘bokka, bokka, bokka’ exhaust beat. A three-cylinder engine? Yes... of the two-stroke variety. I kept my Saab 850 for a couple of years. It was great fun: another interesting (shrill) exhaust note and really zippy on B-roads, provided you kept it revving...

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

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM?...

WELL BOYS AND GIRLS - just two shows to report on this month, the first of which was the Tractor show at Newbury Showground (7th/8th October).
The organiser (Mark Woodward) had introduced commercial vehicles to this show, for both Saturday and Sunday. There were quite a few of these on the Saturday, but loads more turned up on the Sunday and made a super show of it.
Of course the main attraction were the tractors and yet more new turned up, that I had never heard of - more of that later. I had hoped I would bump into Peter Love, firstly to wish him a happy birthday, secondly to buy him an ice cream and thirdly to ask him a bit more about these very unusual new types of tractor that were on show. However I didn't see him (which is unusual at a tractor show), he was obviously unable to attend - I hope you are OK my old friend.
I motored down to Newbury on the Friday evening, hit the inevitable heavy traffic on the M40 and the A34 and swung into the showground with about 15 minutes to spare, before they locked the doors to the lovely new shed/hall. So out came all of the stuff, covered it over and left with the security staff chivvying and jangling their keys, to do their job.
Then it was off to the Travelodge (on the M4 Services) and I had a fairly decent meal in the Services Cafe. What was good though was that there was a 20% discount there if you were staying in the Travelodge, the discount also including alcohol (which I have to say wasn't that expensive in the first place) - so come on down to that. This was a very big and welcome bonus.
Next morning it was straight off to the showground - not very far away. I was welcomed by the security staff on the gate (yes, very friendly nice chaps). I then parked up and entered the hall and made big efforts to erect my stand and get my goodies out, then whip outside for a bacon and egg butty - which was unbelievably £5!!??? To add salt to the wound it was also the most tasteless one I had ever encountered; not doing that tomorrow morning I thought.
Inside the hall was a very fine display of tractors, farm machinery, models and useful stalls selling everything from spares, overalls, shoes, sweets, books and models. It all looked pretty good to me. The public eventually found us, but hands were very much
entrenched in pockets and very little bunce seemed to be changing hands, I popped outside to check exactly what was happening and found plenty of tractors and farming stuff, plus the phutt phutts (yes stationary engines to you and me), but not a lot of movement across the whole site. There was an auction taking place and there seemed to be plenty on offer including a 1920's McCormick in original patina - splendidly covered in rust with a dodgy looking radiator core to boot...

From The Secret Autojumbler in our November issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!

SPANNERMAN & LJK SETRIGHT...

WELL, I INVITED COMMENTS, and I certainly got them. The issue had been the existence on our roads of high-occupancy lanes.
Sadly, I didn’t hear in detail from anyone who regularly uses any of the high-occupancy lanes, but I certainly got reaction from people who don’t use them! It was what might most commonly be called the “angry brigade” who didn’t see why they couldn’t be allowed to drive in any lane. Their main point seemed to be that after all, they’d paid their road tax just like all the other cars, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to use all the available lanes?
I decided to try to see if I could win them over to an alternative point of view by a little bit of a slightly underhand method. I mentioned that I’d recently been travelling on a two lane dual carriageway road where there was a long steady incline that lasted for two miles or so. This situation had apparently often seen traffic delays building up when a lorry pulled out to overtake a line of lorries which were already travelling along in the inside lane.
The speed differential between the overtaking lorry and its slightly slower counterparts in the inside lane would not be great due to the steady incline, and this would result in the overtaking manoeuvre taking a relatively long time. Meanwhile, a queue of frustrated car and van drivers would build up behind the overtaking lorry.
At this point in the tale, I would often get offered the fact that the slow lorry scenario was one that had been encountered before, and there’d be agreement that it was frustrating. I could then reveal the good news that a solution had been found. All goods vehicles over a certain weight were excluded from the outside lane between six o’clock in the morning and eight o’clock at night. This meant that the cars and vans were no longer held up by the slowly overtaking lorry. Given how all these conversations had started, there was often a pause for reflection at this point when the complainants against the high-occupancy vehicle lanes realised that their view on being allowed to use all the available lanes might not be so advantageous to them in this case. If the conversation did go on much further, I found it useful to mention the amount of road tax that was due to be paid for lorries compared to the amount due for cars, and the point about restrictions sometimes being needed was often seen. Personally, I’m all in favour of making the best use of our roads, and the recollections I have of high-occupancy vehicle lanes are ones I’ve seen around Leeds, although I don’t recall that I’ve ever been driving near them during their operational hours.
Let’s get BACK TO BASICS where we’ve been looking at the topic of gearboxes. Last month I was offering answers to some of the questions that had been posed, and one of these was about the differences between rear wheel drive and front wheel drive gearboxes. I’d said that there were no basic differences, and it was simply the physical constraints of the positioning of the front wheel drive components that caused changes. I’d been thinking further about this and I was sure that I’d once seen a description of the various different types of possible layouts of the engine, gearbox and differential. I started a search through some of my motoring books, and I eventually found what I was looking for...

From Spannerman in our November issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!

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