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Classic Motor Monthly, all the events, all the classifieds - subscribe todayMAY 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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"...A FRIEND OF MINE HAS JUST BOUGHT himself a secondhand car. Not a classic (well, not yet; indeed, perhaps not ever). But it was too good to miss: a low mileage, one-elderly-owner example that has spent most of its 17-year life tucked up in a dry, warm garage.
It has all of its dealer service stamps, all its MoT certificates and even all the tax discs from day one. Now that discs are no longer issued, that must constitute a full set.
I’d agreed to drive him over to collect it. I was aware of the implications of the new road tax rules - but, just to be sure, I double-checked with the Driver Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA). My first question was this: as the car is known to have current tax, does it have to re-taxed the moment it changes hands? Or could it be driven back on the existing tax entitlement, and then SORNed? DVLA answer: it would be illegal to drive it home without retaxing. Why? Because the tax entitlement (now residing with the keeper rather then the vehicle) becomes null and void at the moment that the papers are signed to confirm change of ownership.
The previous owner could have used it right up to that moment - and will later be credited for any remaining full months of tax. But the new owner cannot drive it - even on the same day - without re-taxing. I was told that, if the new owner were to be stopped for any reason during the journey home, a subsequent check on VED status would show the vehicle to have been on the road without tax. Big fine...
Next question. My friend, being an honest and upright citizen, has already obtained insurance quotes, and can activate one of them, by phone, as soon as he decides to buy the car. But the DVLA won’t know this, because it takes several days to update the database. So how can the DVLA agree to re-tax the car if they have no proof of insurance? Answer: the DVLA still checks for MoT status (where relevant) but no longer checks for valid insurance cover before issuing road tax. Great! While everyone else is concerned about the number of uninsured drivers on our roads, the DVLA stops making one of the most basic checks of all! I’ve been a car/bike owner for a very long time, and it has always been necessary to produce a current insurance certificate before you could get road tax. Yet the DVLA has abandoned this vital safeguard simply to make its paperless system work. (Exactly the same applies to VED bought online or through a Post Office.) Cost savings are evidently more important...”
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"...WE’VE HAD PLENTY TO TALK ABOUT down at the Chequered Flag – there is an election coming up after all! To get away from such thoughts, it’s straight BACK TO BASICS.
It was last month’s mention of diesel fumes that got our minds onto the topic of the dangers of poisonous fumes produced by the internal combustion engine, and we were thinking about why we need to have an exhaust system fitted to a car’s engine. The very first reason is to take those fumes well away from the passengers.
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This is obviously even more important on a convertible car. That aside, the exhaust system also carries out the dual role of acting as a silencer system. And it’s here that it becomes obvious that a conflict arises when an exhaust system designer sets about his or her task.
As each combustion chamber empties its gases after they’ve been burnt, these gases are discharged into the exhaust port in the cylinder head and onwards into the exhaust manifold. To help the efficient running of the engine, each of these exhaust gas pulses must be carried away from the engine as quickly as possible so that there is room for subsequent pulses to leave and hence always room for the incoming unburnt gases to enter the combustion chamber. The manifold must be designed so that the pulses from the different cylinders flow smoothly together. Any slowing or disruption of the exhaust pulses causes a back pressure to develop in the engine and hence the maximum power is not achieved. But exhaust noise is caused by these gases, and the faster the speed of the gases, the louder the noise. If the noise were not a consideration, an exhaust system would consist of a series of pipes, with the length of each pipe finely balanced to help the gas speed. So the job of the exhaust system is to achieve the balance between power and noise.
Three types of silencer box are generally used. The first, less common, type is the expansion chamber. This works by allowing the gases to expand into a large, empty box. As the gases expand, they slow down, and hence are quieter. But of course, not many cars have room for a large box underneath their floorpan. So the second and third type are much more common. These are the baffled silencer and the absorption silencer. The baffled silencer works by making the exhaust gases flow over and around a series of baffles or metal plates set within the silencer. The route taken by the gases is a slow one compared to its passage along a straight pipe, and therefore the noise output is reduced. The absorption silencer consists of a central perforated tube surrounded by absorption material packed into the silencer body. As the gases travel along the tube, the sound waves pass through the perforations and are absorbed into the packing. This type of silencer is often also called a “straight through” silencer. We’ll carry on looking at exhausts next month when we’ll consider why an exhaust system might fail.
But for a quick TIP FOR THE MONTH, how about looking under our cars sometime soon to see the state of our exhaust system. Good or bad? And how are the exhaust system brackets looking?
And now, for one month only, it’s SON OF MYTH OF THE MONTH! What’s brought this madness on, you might well ask? Well if you remember last month’s myth, it has been about the impending disappearance of the driving licence counterpart. The counterpart is the paper part of the licence, and it’s on this that information that is likely only to be valid for a few years is kept, including the history of current and recently expired motoring convictions. The conversation down at the Chequered Flag had been about the question of vehicle hire and how car and van hire companies would be able to check the potential hirer’s conviction history...
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OH ROLL ON THE WARM WEATHER! As I write, these shows seem to get colder and colder - in fact it is nearly always colder in the hall than outside; you couldn't dream it up could you?
My first report features the Jaguar show at a chilly Stoneleigh, which took place towards the end of March. This is held in the old decrepit sheds, numbers 4 (I think) to about 10. Well, anyway, it takes place in all of the older sheds, which haven't been refurbished since Noah was about (and I am not talking about the latest Russell Crowe's film). They are old, draughty and cold, but maybe that's how the Jag boys and girls like it - they seem to come in their droves each time and spend in varying ways.
The last show in October I did exceptionally well, but the March show dates always seem to be lacking. Could it be that the cars are just emerging from their winter cocoons and need this spring time to blow out the cob-webs, having been worked on throughout the cold months of the year? I really don't know - it is always a mystery to me, however I didn't do particularly well and I couldn't find one thing to buy either, so double trouble in that respect.
I think this reflected on most stall holders and their ability to take some money - not good there at all. I did have a quick look at the cars for sale and spotted an X type 2ltr with virtually (if not all) every extra, cream leather interior, it was a 2004 plate, with 94,000 miles on the clock, immaculate condition, full service history and the price was just £1,495 - what value for money.
The owner had driven it up from Abergavenny on the Sunday morning, and then drove it back again because nobody bought it. Maybe it was sold in the week after? It was extremely cold in the sheds, the cafe did a huge trade in bacon butties and soup, but I still had to suck a peppermint to keep warm. It was so much warmer outside and when it came to pack up it was fabulous to get into the van and heat up. You will probably remember that a couple of years ago it snowed at this same event, with snow wafting in through the roof vents!
This is also the fourth or fifth time some guys from Eastern Europe had brought along some Jaguar body shells, beautifully crafted - this time it was an E-type and an XKand again I think they went back with them, or maybe, hopefully they were sold and dropped off at their new owners. The guys seem to make a superb job and are true craftsmen.
The following weekend was the second NEC Restoration Show in Birmingham, this is such a great location, with road, rail and plane access, all on hand and all used. A big crowd came over from Ireland and must have had excellent fun getting their purchases back through Customs, these guys have the gift of the gab so hopefully there weren't too many problems.
The autojumble was mainly in hall 4, and hall 5 had cars for sale and club stands. It was nice and warm in this old part of the NEC (it might be old but it is much better than where we were last November at the Classic Car Show).
My only slight criticism was that the Sporting Bears cars were located in hall 4 - these give rides, in super cars/classics, to members of the public, for a fee (going to charity); nothing wrong with that, except there were two large doors open (all of the time) for the cars to exit and re-entry, having done the circuit around the NEC. My old bones...
Some of these car owners were rather over exuberant with the "go" pedal - creating quite a bit of noise from the exhaust and tyres - there seemed to be a bit of a contest as to who could make the loudest din (and equally one who had the smallest brain!). Some of the 'jumblers over on that side of the hall were moaning about the draught, but there again some said it was OK. But as said, a good cause and all that...
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