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AN ORGANISER WRITES...
FIRSTLY UPDATES FROM PREVIOUS years; none except for our stoned autojumbler
friend who on my arrival at the first Malvern event of 2014 was waiting
for me at the gate. On slowly winding his window down instead of saying:
“hello Andrew did you have a good Christmas?”, he simply regaled
me with a tune from a ukulele and smiled a very worrying and sinister
smile. At that precise moment, and not for the last time in 2014, I felt
that there was a parallel universe and that I was in it. So my 2014 awards
may reflect just how I felt at that exact moment in time.
GRITTING SEASON DOWN
AT the Chequered Flag. Now that’s not to say that we go inside
the doors of our beloved hostelry to find the floor liberally sprinkled with
grit, but rather we do find a number of our conversations have a grit related
It might be a story about how the gritting wagon held someone up, but it’s far more likely to be the old favourite about the gritting being done at a totally inappropriate time.
I know that I wouldn’t like to be employed to do the job of making the decision as to when and where gritting is needed, but I have over the years become quite friendly with some of the engineers at the gritting depot of our local council. It’s because of them that I know so much about the gritting process, and whilst they enjoy spreading grit, I enjoy spreading a little knowledge.
Like the fact that in this country the grit we use is good old fashioned rock salt, mined down in Cheshire. Now unlike some countries where a reusable grit is reclaimed from the road surface after use, the rock salt we use isn’t swept up, which is why it ends up on our cars. The type of product which can be re-used is inevitably going to be expensive because of the logistics of sweeping it up and storing it and this means it’s really only an economical option for the countries where the winters are long and hard. It seems that we use rock salt for a number of reasons. Included amongst these are its colour and the limited number of times in the winter when it needs to be put down. Now why should the colour matter always strikes me as the fairly obvious question to ask. It turns out that some years ago a trial was carried out using some imported salt from Portugal which was coloured white. When people saw it going down onto the road, they assumed the local council had gone mad and started to use table salt for gritting the roads. The trial had to be stopped.
Other products which can be used include “Urea”, which is a saline solution. This is apparently not as corrosive as rock salt, but is less effective when the temperature drops below minus six degrees Centigrade. I’m afraid I had to do the conversion to understand that figure properly. For everyone else that still uses old money, it’s equivalent to twenty two degrees Fahrenheit. At airfields, where corrosion is to be avoided at all costs, glycol liquids are used. These liquids are not used on the roads in this country because of their cost. In the United States, they use calcium magnesium acetate (or CMA for short). This product, whilst not being corrosive, is expensive. Whatever is used elsewhere, if your car has been used on the roads in this country when the rock salt has been down, make sure that you wash it off! Don’t forget that the salt will stay around for quite a few days after it’s done its work of keeping the road ice free, so a good regular clean into all the nooks and crannies of the underneath of your car is essential.
Tip for The Month
My TIP FOR THE MONTH is going to sound a little odd. I’ve had an experience recently when I was trying to cure a problem, and I was simply not understanding what it was that I was trying to do, and I wasn’t considering the full scope of the problem. So I want to advise all you problem-solvers to always stop and think about what it is that you’re doing, and to question yourself as to whether you’ve actually understood the problem you’re trying to solve.,,...
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London to Brighton 2014 – An Epic AdventureAFTER FOLLOWING THE PIONEERS that enjoy this fantastic event for the past few years as a mere onlooker, I was thrilled when offered the chance to find out what it is really all about from the rear passenger seat of a 1903 Darracq, property of the Haynes International Motor Museum in Yeovil; a car destined to become a real favourite ...for all the wrong reasons!
November had arrived and the unseasonably good weather continued, dry and warm right up to the moment some 450 veteran cars made their way south on the 60 mile test.
My intrepid pilots were Chris Haynes and his great friend Jim Grant; all three of us Veteran Car Run (VCR) virgins, the car though had done it all before. Our Darracq hails from a factory just outside Paris from where the marque was exporting cars across Europe; our 1903 Type L 8 HP Rear Entrance Tonneau was co-incidentally first UK registered in Brighton to a Gordon Scott in October 1904. The Darracq was found in a West Bromwich scrap yard in 1954 where it was purchased by veteran enthusiast Phillip Southall for £15.00 and it remained with his family until 1996 when the Haynes Museum became custodians.
At 5.30am on Sunday 2nd November I enjoyed the 15 minute walk through mainly deserted London streets to meet the car inside Victoria Gate, Hyde Park. My travelling companions looked splendid in their tweed refinery and ‘plus fours’ and our back up team of Simon and Janine Taylor had already unloaded our steed in preparation of the 7.30 depart time.
A few cranks of the starting handle and Simon forced the single cylinder engine into life and we headed for the Serpentine and our line up point at sector 7. Superbly well drilled the marshals called the cars up to the start and it was here that we were given an enthusiastic send off by Edd China of the Wheeler Dealers TV programme who knows the Darracq well having driven the car in last year’s VCR. I can’t tell you how exciting this moment was, lined up with dozens of veterans and waved off by a huge enthusiastic crowd. As the flag dropped Chris increased the revs as we jumped away, only 60 miles to go. The 2014 event had the honour of following a route last used in 1976; leaving Hyde Park, under Wellington Arch, along Constitution Hill and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Passed Horse Guards Parade and onto Parliament Square. Sitting at the lights across from Big Ben at 7.40am on that Sunday morning was a very special moment, pure pleasure as the Darracq crossed Westminster Bridge lined with well-wishers and photographers; a long line of veterans snaked south, many shapes and sizes of machines using petrol, steam or electric propulsion to get to Madeira Drive on Brighton sea front...
Grant Ford on the London to Brighton Run - read the full article in the current issue out now!