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Classic Motor Monthly, all the events, all the classifieds - subscribe todayOCTOBER 2015 ISSUE: OUR 26th year of publication, CMM is changing, becoming bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2015 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is here!
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. Magpie warns Caveat Emptor!, and in the Spannerman column the old boy talks about Spannerman & Two Strokes. Plus, our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware 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, and we have loads of show previews and more. We check out the big upcoming events, and take a look at the Manchester Classic Car Show, Cholmondeley Classic, Raby, Beaulieu International Autojumble, and more. Landers Lobby discusses Milking The Motorist, there are more Tales From The Lock Man another of Fordie's Favourites, and lots more. We also pay our respects to the late and hugely influential Lord Montagu with a centre page special, including CMM's own Michael Ware reflecting on the man he knew. Look out for all the news and snippets; no better time than now to think about that subscription than the June issue!!
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"...I WAS DRIVING THROUGH THE outskirts of a nearby town recently, when I noticed a car parked in a cycle lane. My first thought was: how inconsiderate. Second thought: that will be expensive for someone if the police spot it.
Then I realised that there were no roadside ‘prohibition’ signs. Just a dotted road marking to delineate the lane, which had cycle pictures painted on it at intervals. So was it a proper cycle lane, as legally defined? After a bit of research, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a surprisingly tricky subject.
It turns out that there are two types of cycle lane: mandatory and advisory. The first type is the equivalent of a bus lane. In order to establish one, the local authority is required to make a legal application (Road Traffic Order), and the lane itself must comply with rules set out in the Road Traffic Regulation Act.
It must be marked off by a continuous white line and must be accompanied by roadside signs detailing the class (or classes) of vehicle that can use the lane, plus the time periods during which the prohibition applies. (If no time periods are shown, then it’s a blanket restriction.) The law is broken if a prohibited vehicle travels inside the lane during the enforcement period. Curiously, though, a vehicle can enter the lane and then stop for loading/unloading purposes - provided that there are no other restrictions to prevent it.
Advisory cycle lanes are an entirely different matter. In effect, the Local Authority can plant these wherever it wants, so long as the positioning of the lane doesn’t create a dangerous situation for road users. The lane is marked by a dotted white line plus the painted cycle pictures - no roadside signs are required. The Highway Code says that other vehicles shouldn’t enter these advisory cycle lanes, or park in them, unless it is unavoidable. But none of that is actually enforceable. For example: it’s only illegal to park in them if more general parking restrictions apply. However; the Highway Code carries an element of authority beyond the precise wording of the law. I would imagine that - were an accident to be caused by a cyclist swerving out of an advisory lane to avoid a parked car - the Highway Code could be invoked to show that the parked motorist had behaved improperly...”
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"I REALLY SHOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT the sort of things I commit to print. You see, I’ve received a fair degree of stick for my comment that it was good news for me that the summer holiday period was coming to an end.
Most people seem to think we’ve barely had a summer this year, and many were not appreciative of my wishing away any chance of a few warm days before the long winter nights draw in.
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But whilst I’m not averse to a long, warm summer’s day, I do rather enjoy being tucked up in a corner for the evening down at the Chequered Flag. The log fire’s generally somewhere in its progression from roaring to gently smouldering, and the company is most convivial. And we get on with our little discussions. Like the one we had about carpet mats.
I think we can turn straight away to our TOPICAL TIP since the winter weather will inevitably bring unwelcome intrusions into our cars. From stray leaves to stones and from mud to water, there’s a whole variety of things that can end up being carried by our shoes into our cars.
The conversation was sparked by my comments about the purpose of drain holes in the foot well of a car, and I’d said that if these holes were left permanently open, then water from the road could splash up and find its way into the car, and could quickly start to soak the foam underlay of the floor or carpet mats.
Most people thought I was mad to think that they’d ever bother to check drain holes in a foot well, but one or two did own up to removing carpets to let them thoroughly dry out.
Quite a few others thought that having a set of tailored mats on top of the standard floor covering was a good idea. This allowed the over mats to be removed if they got wet or dirty whilst maintaining the standard fitted floor covering in good condition.
Whatever your take on the situation, I do hope we can all accept this tip. Do keep an eye on what’s happening under your feet. If there’s excessive dampness down there, you do need to investigate, find the cause and then provide a remedy. After all, it might be that a grommet has fallen out of one of your foot well drain holes!
We can now turn to think about last month’s MYTH OF THE MONTH which involved one of our number who was trying to fire up his two stroke chainsaw for the first time since last year, and he was complaining that the engine would start, but it seemed most reluctant to rev. It turned out that the petrol being used was of an unknown age, apparently at least three years old, and possibly older. I said I’d pop along to try to assess what might be causing the problem. Little did I know what I was letting myself in for.
When I arrived at the appointed hour, I saw that work had already started on the chainsaw. The top cover which normally sits on top of the engine air inlet was off, and the air filter had been removed. The tiny air inlet and the choke flap inside it were visible. Suspiciously close at hand was a can of “Engine Start”. I’ve seen this sort of product before, and after making the usual greeting, I leaned forward and picked up the can. A quick read revealed that it “Starts engines in 35 degrees of frost.” It could be used “..for petrol engines, diesel engines, marine engines, outboards, motor cycles & lawn mowers.” The next line was both in bold type and in capital letters...
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WITH HIS DEATH ON MONDAY 31st August the world of the heritage and historic vehicle preservation has lost a mighty champion - Edward John Barrington Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu.
He was 89 and had been suffering indifferent health for some time. Problems with his legs had resulted him using a mobility vehicle for journeys around the grounds of Palace House and into the rally fields to view events such as the annual Autojumbles. Latterly he had to use a wheel chair, but this did not stop him travelling to his London Flat each week and attending the House of Lords.
Lord Montagu’s father introduced the motor car to Beaulieu. In the summer of 1898 he purchased a new 2-cylinder Daimler (which was crashed and turned over by his chauffeur). The following year he bought the first 4 cylinder Daimler to come out of the Coventry factory. As the Member of Parliament for the New Forest he would speak up for the motorist when most were taking the opposite view. He was a pioneer motorist with a number of firsts to his credit. He competed in the Daimler in the touring car class of the Paris Ostend race of 1899 where he finished third in his class. It was a gentlemans sport in those day, he took his chauffer Teddy Stevens as his mechanic! Later Lord Montagu’s father became a Director of the Brooklands race track.
Neither Lord Montagu or the writer have been able to find any reference to Lord Montagu’s father having any keen interest in Museum’s as such. He obviously had an interest in early vehicle preservation as he donated his 1899 4-cylinder Daimler to the Science Museum and an early horse drawn fire engine from the Beaulieu estate to the go-ahead industrial museum in Kingston-Upon-Hull, where it still resides. Lord Edwartd Montagu never actually answered my question to him “Is your interest in all motoring matters inherited from you father, or self inflicted?”
Lord Montagu’s father died in 1929 when Edward Montagu was just three. His early years were spent on the Beaulieu estate, for part of the war he was evacuated to Canada, before attending Eton. He did his National Service in the Grenadier Guards, some of it in Palestine. On returning to civvy street, against some family advice he joined the top London public relations and advertising firm Colman, Prentice and Varley (CPV). One of his first jobs was to help launch “The Eagle”. He later became an Account Executive, a grounding which was to influence so many of the decisions taken at Beaulieu in the years to come. In 1951 at the age of 25 he inherited the 10,000 acre Beaulieu estate. He returned to Beaulieu to an estate which had been underfunded since the death of his father. In order to increase the estates income he decided to open Palace House to the public. The remains of Beaulieu Abbey which had been part restored by his Grandfather was attracting some 30,000 visitors a year so he had a basis on which to build. The house opened on 8th April 1952. Right up until the last minute Lord Montagu kept the secret that the front hall of Palace House was devoted to his father’s memory and included 6 old cars as part of the display. I have seen a memo dated a few months before the opening which talks of “my motor museum”. 1952 was just a taster for what was to come. Many people have expressed the view that it was the opening of Palace House with its old cars (soon to be known as the Montagu Motor Museum) and the film Genevieve a year or so later, which lit the touch paper for the explosion of interest in preserving our motoring heritage...
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