PAST TIMES - a look back at the archives of CMM...
IN OUR APRIL ISSUE 10 years ago we reported that 66-years-old Graham Bosworth was stepping down as chairman of the Midland Vehicle Preservation Society at the end of 2010, after eight years at the helm.
Coventy man Graham, famous for his work as a motoring artist, said that after seeing the MVPS through their 40th anniversary celebrations last year, he now felt that the time was right to hand over the reins. “I think I’ve done about as much as I can, and maybe it’s time for a fresh approach."
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In our April 2010 issue, we reported how 1000s of motorsport fans from all over the UK attended the 'Save Donington' Rally held at the then 'dilapidated' Leicestershire circuit.
The Save Donington movement was set up by Oxfordshire teacher Lee Coombs when Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd. went into administration in November 2009. His appeal, on an internet social networking site, lead to an estimated 8,000 people travelling to Donington to show their support as a huge day of racing celebrations took place. Many drove there in classic and sporting cars and ‘bikes from all parts of the country.
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We also told how A 1976 Ford Cortina 2000GT (pictured above) with a BBC pedigree was sold for £2,200 in the ‘Top Car Sale’ at BCA Blackbushe.
Many potential buyers were in the auction hall at Blackbushe for a chance to bid on this increasingly rare 1970s saloon, with others competing over the internet via BCA Live Online.
The Ford Cortina Facelift Mk3 2000GT was one of the very last GTs produced and was on a 1976 ‘R’ plate. The car had been owned by the BBC since 2007 and starred on the BBC's Culture Show in the summer of that year, visiting a series of famous UK film locations such as Trainspotting, The Wicker Man, Brief Encounter, The Full Monty, 28 Days Later and Gosford Park.
The Cortina was managed by Lex Autolease and featured as part of the Lex Autolease sale section at Blackbushe. The car sold to an internet bidder on BCA’s Live Online service.
The Ford saloon had covered 86,200 miles and was resprayed in the current finish of non-standard black approximately six years ago (2004).
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Michael Ware reported on 'Big Plans For Haynes Museum', reporting: "The other day I dropped in to see Mike Penn Curatorial Director of the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford in Somerset.
“He was telling me about some of their plans for the future, which include a complete revamp of the frontage of the Museum and when economic times improve, a hotel on the site. This will be of great benefit to the Museum and especially its conference business."
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Meanwhile one big question was ‘Will Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE be fit enough to flag entrants off at the start of the 22nd London-Brighton Classic Car Run on June 6th (2010)?’
Sir Stirling broke both ankles and four bones in his feet, as well as damage to some vertebrae in a freak accident at his home in March 2010. The accident happened as a result of a lift malfunction. The elevator doors opened on the third floor when the lift was waiting at the fourth floor. Sir Stirling stepped through the doors on the third floor and dropped three stories down the lift shaft to the concrete base.
The report said: "Moss was initially admitted to the London Hospital and then, following the intervention of ex-F1 medical doctor Sid Watkins, moved to Princess Grace Hospital where he was operated on. Moss was said to be in remarkably good spirits and soon complaining about the size and quality of the hospital breakfast!"
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CMM's April 2010 classifieds contained this gem: "BSA BANTAM PROJECT, 1949 Model DI, rolling chassis with separate rebuilt engine, frame and engine numbers correct for year, on SORN Good project. Cost to date £1,150, too many other projects will take £850". Bargain! And in our spares for sale section: "FORD 3-LITRE V6 ESSEX engine, factory reconditioned, never used since - £595 ono..."