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In the September issue, On Your Marques looks at the Jaguar E-type Round Britain Coastal Drive for Prostate Cancer plus Morris Minors on Tour and more. Magpie chats about a Postcard From Italy, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & Back To School. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out Roadside Assistance 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 Triumphant - The Himalayan Tiger. Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports from Dalemain House, Tatton's Passion For Power and more. Landers Lobby discusses Are Electric Vehicles Green? 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 and 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 September issue!!
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ARE ELECTRIC VEHICLES GREEN?
I'M GRATEFUL TO CMM READER Keith McCallum for providing the idea behind this month's lobby…
A recent White Paper, 'The Road to Zero', sets out the government's proposals for cleaner road transport, backed up by a report, the Transport Energy Model (TEM), that compares emissions from a wide range of vehicle types. The government clearly favours 'plug-in' electric vehicles (evs). Oddly enough, hydrogen-fuelled vehicles hardly rate a mention.
Moving towards an all-electric future, it's intended that new homes will have dedicated charge-points fitted. Local authorities will be required to provide charging facilities to cater for on-street parking, and we'll see many more fast chargers at workplaces, petrol stations and car parks. One major problem is that a number of incompatible fast charging systems are in use.
Home charge-points are usually 32amp rating (the equivalent of a cooker circuit), allowing a 7-8 hour recharge on most batteries. It should be noted here that serious doubts have been raised as to whether the National Grid will be able to cope with the demands made by vast numbers of evs. One solution to that problem may be the use of 'parked' ev batteries as grid storage capacity - so-called 'vehicle to grid' (V2G) technology.
This relies on the fact that many vehicles will only be used occasionally, for short journeys. Their batteries would be charged overnight at off-peak rates; during the day, at times of high demand, the batteries then send power back into the system. (Owners make a few pence profit, adding up to worthwhile annual rebate.) The entire process is computer controlled, taking battery condition into account, and leaving some reserve capacity for short distance use. On average demand patterns, a fully charged ev battery could provide up to three hours' power for fifteen other homes.
Clearly, once this technology is in widespread use, it could be the answer to fluctuating energy demands. Studies also suggest that V2G may actually extend battery life. [Despite life expectancy being partly related to charge/discharge cycles, computer controlled cycling is better for batteries than sitting idle.] Again, though, progress has been painfully slow due to lack of standardisation.
As previously mentioned, the government's decision to focus on battery-electrics is largely based on recommendations contained in the Transport Energy Model report. This covers a large range of vehicle types, from a medium-sized car to a double-decker bus, and compares every possible propulsion unit. (Well... bar steam!) We'll concentrate here on just two of them: petrol-engined cars and plug-in battery-electrics. As far as exhaust emissions are concerned, the ev is unchallenged.
But greenhouse gas is different. It is not only produced directly by petrol vehicles, it's also pumped out by power stations. And there must be a suspicion that the figures provided within the TEM show electric vehicles in the best possible light....
From The Landers Lobby in our September issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
TALES OF THE E-TYPE
WHEN THE E-TYPE CAME out in, I think '62, I was working in a shipping office in the City.
There was a car park for people employed in the area of the Tower at that time and it was on Tower Hill. Most people used public transport to go to work, but some of the bowler hats, striped trousers and watchchain brigade did have cars, and they liked to park them on the hill and walk to their respective orifices.
It was a free car show for all of us having our morning coffee at Fred's Coffee Stall.
The cars were lovingly and quite needlessesly shunted about from one place to another by a lovly attentive attendant called Jim who, as it was the day of the car key, carried an enormous amount of keys on a long chain that he boasted could open any car.
And he did...
Day after day he would shunt the latest models about, whilst us carless people 'ooohed' and 'awwwed' at the Gullwing Mercedes or the Ferrari that he was given free reign with. But we all looked especially for the new E-type Jag...
And then, there it was. B.R.G. and shining. Its new owner in full city uniform, incl. a rolled umbrella (of course), but with his bowler on the passenger seat, as he uncurled himself from the unexpectedly small, cramped but cosy interior, gave the keys to Jim 'the keys', and with a wink to us gob-smacked coffee spillers, walked off.
We were all over it; cor, look at that bonnet. Cor, ain't the wheels lovely (and other such remarks). Jim needlessesly moved it to another position in the car park, and we had to go back to work. The car changed places numerous times that day and we were all proud to tell our friends we'd seen the new E-type.
Little did I know that within 10 years they would feature quite heavily in my life, as I moved out of City life and into the wonderous life of motor racing and cars.
I was living in Godalming at the time, and took Motoring News, the motor-racing tabloid that was the province of those in the know and those who thought they knew. There was an advert for an E-type Roadster, with hard top for two hundred quid.
I took the current popsy, Madelaine, up to Notting Hill to see it. But first, dinner in Bertorellis Italian noshery nearby. Suitably full of ‘bon-hom’, I knocked at the man's door. I knew little about E-types, but it looked okay.. Little bit of gout here and there, but that was to be expected in a 10-year-old Brit car. And it was dark. And the car was black...
He started it up...and 170 greenies changed hands. Madelaine drove home in the Peugeot 404 and I, of course, drove the E-type. It was only 30 miles home on a nice summers evening and the Drink Drive laws had yet to be imposed. And it was nearly midnight, and it was boiling; not the weather, the flippin' car..!
From Barrie Carter's new column in the September issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
TRIUMPHANT - THE HIMALAYAN TIGER
NEXT MONTH, THE WATERLOOVILLE Motor Cycle Club will join 100s of classic owners at the Isle of Wight Extravaganza; among their number will be retired GP Irfan Sheikh and his Triumph T100; a Tiger whose tale began in 1954.
Motorcycle exports to the sub-continent were limited during the early 1950s and chassis 56009 would have arrived in India for one of two purposes. Either chosen for official duty as a Police outrider or most likely a rather indulgent purchase by a Maharaja or merchant. Arriving in 54, this motorcycle pre-empted the import ban of 1956, its post war upgrades from a pre-war design turned heads, especially in India. Fast forward a decade and one Delhi motorcycle dealer was ‘most proud’ to offer a 1956 Triumph Tiger T100, especially in a low mileage, pristine condition.
It’s not unknown for a few miles to disappear from a bike’s history but this Triumph’s lack of use and immaculate appearance allowed two years of life to be wiped away with the aid of false paperwork. The Vintage Motorcycle Club were able to date production to 6th August 1954 and research confirmed that the bike was first registered in Bombay and into the hands of a wealthy owner.
After a couple of years, the T100 was sold on and received its second registration number APU 7269, the first two letters signify the State of Andhra Pradesh some 500 miles’ distance west from its previous east coast location. Obtained by a rather cunning Bombay dealer, the fuel tank had received the later models chrome plated Triumph monogram, 24 months of existence just vanished.
The registration date implied it was one of the final batch of affordable imports, as duties applied after 1956 saw new Triumph’s face a 200% price increase; ensuring that most two-wheeled transport remained home grown. Registrations for 1956 (the false age of this Tiger) stood at 41k but by 1963 when Irfan took possession the figure increased to 140k. Fast forward to 2002 and 37 million scooters and motorcycles covered the country; India holds the highest population of two-wheel transport in the world.
Irfan admits to being totally smitten by this Tiger in July 1963. There were other options open to Indian bikers during this era when Enfield and Lambretta dominated the market place; AJS, BSA and Norton along with Triumph machines were coveted by the wealthy or officials.
During the previous decades his mother had purchased a couple of properties, the rental from these had allowed young Irfan to continue his medical studies. His mother’s death contributed to a low point in Irfan’s life and thus the Tiger wasn’t just a means of transport, he hoped it could offer a fresh and exciting road towards his future. As Irfan explained ‘medical students have a reputation for being somewhat less than rational, the study of illness, death and dying is initially a bit of a shock to someone just out of their teens.
Any outlet is therefore essential and mine was the Tiger and it also saw me through some difficult times’. His home base of Delhi enjoyed similar biking café culture to the one pursued on the North Circular Road, cruising the boulevards and young ladies riding pillion (side saddle avoiding Saree with chain combination). Expresso bars offered meeting venues for young bikers, a juke box played whilst they enjoyed a relatively new beverage to India; Coca-Cola. Irfan relished the chance to ride with friends but soon took to longer journeys, some through choice, many were a necessity. His studies took place in the valley of Kashmir some 550 miles from Delhi and the Himalaya’s stood in the way. Probate legalities from his mother’s estate ensured the Tiger earnt its keep making the journey two or three times a year, often to complete official paperwork.
My host explains in a ‘matter of fact’ fashion that in the 1960s the ‘roads’ travelled were little more than dirt tracks. Leaving Delhi just after sunrise at 744 feet above sea level it was 150 miles to the next town, refuel and onwards taking the Grand Trunk Road across the Plains of Punjab, the same distance again before a night stop under the stars in Jammu, at the foot of the mountains.
This journey was rarely taken by private car and it was unheard of for motorcycles to attempt the mountain passes during the period; little more than a pony track the road that existed was primarily used by large trucks. The terrain was savage in places and even the military didn’t attempt such a feat on two wheels, so they would often stop and try to dissuade Irfan from attempting the climb.
Pre-dawn starts for a 250-mile mountain crossing, up to 9300ft during the summer or through the Banihal Tunnel at 6600ft in the winter. The higher and shorter mountain pass is closed for six months of the year, impassable due to snow. How did he cope with the freezing temperatures on the winter runs I asked: “To keep the cold at bay I would turn my tweed coat round so the opening was at the back” came the logical reply! Irfan explained that bespoke biker jackets hadn’t reached Kashmir and suitable gloves were a rarity...
From Fordie's Favourites in our September issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
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