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Classic Motor Monthly, all the events, all the classifieds - subscribe todayJUNE 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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"...THE INTERNET HAS CERTAINLY made the sourcing of spare parts easier, but it can bring its own particular problems.
I’ve recently been buying some bits in readiness for an engine change on one of our Fiat Pandas. Finding allegedly ‘difficult’ components without any trouble is a wonderful experience. For instance, there’s a water distribution pipe that I probably could have got - eventually - from a Fiat dealer. [Special order; none in the UK; not sure when... etc. etc.] But a few minutes on the internet provided a choice of suppliers, with each of them asking a fraction of the outrageous price that Fiat had wanted. Okay. It’s just a pipe, a very boring part - but a vital one. The perforated original was so badly corroded that any repair could only have been temporary, and the sealing arrangement to the waterpump (via a recessed ‘O’ ring) meant that a home-made copy wasn’t feasible. So I’m delighted to have found one - another item to cross off the list.
That list also included two engine mounts. And those threw up an interesting perspective on internet shopping. Again, quite a few firms offering them. Naturally, I chose the cheapest. This outfit claimed to have several of each type ‘in stock’. But only one arrived. The other type wasn’t available.
Their e-mail claimed that they’d been let down by their suppliers. Now that’s odd, when, according to the website, they already had plenty ‘in stock’. This particular mount is only used on a few old Fiats and Lancias, so it’s unlikely that there would suddenly have been a massive run on them. I telephoned the other firms that had also been offering this second mount. After checking, each one of them reported that they too had none available!
The obvious implication is that these impressively large websites - offering all manner of parts for virtually every popular model from the past twenty years or so - don’t reflect the real status of the companies behind them. I’m guessing that they are merely distribution centres; probably two-man bands in little industrial units.
No stock
They simply order parts, package them and send them on. The product lines on their websites actually show what they think they can supply - based, presumably, on their wholesalers’ lists. These people don’t hold any stock themselves - and it seems, from my own experience, that they probably all use exactly the same wholesaler/supplier...”
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"...IT’S STRANGE HOW SOMETIMES you get used to something being there, and you get used to the idea that perhaps it will always be there. You come to expect more of the same. Then something slightly different comes along and you’re not quite sure what to expect.
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What am I talking about? The coalition government being replaced by a majority government? No, don’t be silly. I’m talking about Myth of the Month being usurped by SON OF MYTH OF THE MONTH! We’ve spoken about little else down at the Chequered Flag during this last month. The reason for the increased chatter is all to do with the sudden influx of information we’ve received about the impending disappearance of the driving licence counterpart. You’ll remember that the counterpart is the paper part of the licence, and it’s on this that information about the history of current and recently expired motoring convictions is recorded.
The first new development we got was a press release from The Retail Motor Industry, who represent the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. Now of course the Chequered Flag doesn’t have a hotline connecting us to such bodies, so we have to thank Mr Editor and his team for forwarding on the press release. Here’s a flavour of what they had to say:
“From 8 June 2015 the paper counterpart of the driving licence (D740) is to be abolished and will no longer be issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
“There will no longer be a need for drivers to keep the paper part of the driving licence as the photocard part will be all that is needed going forward. More sophisticated on-line systems allow data to be stored about individual motorists driving offences making the counterpart driving licence effectively redundant.”
Well that seems fairly straightforward, and confirms what we already knew. But you may recall the question that we were asking which was about the usefulness of the paper counterpart of the driving licence when hiring a vehicle. Courtesy of my trip to a local car hire office, and in particular the customer in the office who happened to work for a major insurance company, we’d been told that there was already a scheme in place whereby companies could register to access the DVLA’s driver records to check to see what convictions a driver carried. The press release didn’t let us down when it came to information about that scheme.
“Dealers need to be aware that they will need to change their procedures if they lend courtesy cars or run self-drive hire fleets where they will need to check customers entitlement to drive. DVLA offer an on-line system to check driving licences which can be accessed for free at”
But as I read the information, something struck me. It doesn’t say anything about this service being for motor dealers only. So could I check my own licence? Or anyone else’s, for that matter? Even my still relatively limited computer skills allowed me to search the world wide web for this source of driving licence information. And when I say relatively limited skills, I reinforced that as I received the message “Cannot display the web page”. Ah well, maybe it is just for dealers. So I returned to reading the press release, and I saw what I consider to be a rather curious thing.
“Counterparts after 8 June 2015 will no longer have legal status and motorists are advised to destroy their counterpart after this date.” That seems fair enough, but it continued: “..the changes to the counterpart licence affect the UK only and if drivers are going aboard they need to check the licence requirements for each country before hiring a vehicle.” Now what on earth does that mean? The first part is quite clear. By the middle of June we should all have destroyed our paper counterpart licences. But as we read on, that only seems to apply to the UK, so if in early July we want to go abroad, are we expected to piece back together the ripped up paper counterpart..?
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I JUST LOVE GETTING INVOLVED in researching the history of a car.
Here is one story whose history took us completely by surprise. The 4th Earl of Craven was an early enthusiast for the motor car, owning a number of powerful Daimlers amongst other cars. It is known he had a 1902 2 seater with mother-in-law seat, a 1904 28/36 and in 1906 a 30/40 landaulette with body by Rothschild et Fils of Paris. The registered owner of this car was Cornelia Countess of Craven.
I have recently been to see my friend and restorer Richard Peskett who has been working on another of the Earl’s cars a 1907 50hp Daimler, previously owned by watch maker and Isle of Man resident George Daniels. The present owner Nick Whitaker, when researching the history of this car, found a photograph album previously the property of William Billingham, chauffeur to the Craven family. In it were several pictures of his cars.
On the strength of the work that Richard had done on this Daimler, Japanese Antique dealer Mr Ugai brought to Richard a 1906 Daimler 5 seat tourer to be refurbished and brought back to an MOT standard. This large car intrigued Richard as he was convinced that the body was not the original, it was not of the standard of the period, though the chassis, engine and running gear appeared all to be very original indeed. It was the wings and the body that did not look right to his experienced eye.
Looking through the photographs again he noticed that the registration on the car in his workshops, AC 752, was the same as the landaulette from the photograph album. This convinced Richard that the car has been rebodied at some time, possibly in the 1950’s or 1960’s. but by whom and why? We set to work to find out.
The present owner knew little of its history except that he was the third owner in recent years all in Japan. it was reputed to have come to Japan from Hawaii. I knew there was once a famous collection of cars in Honolulu owner by a Mr. Sullivan that had been auctioned years ago. I turned to Stewart Skilbeck who has been in the car auction business for years. I struck lucky as he had written the catalogue for the Sullivan sale conducted by Sothebys in 1991. He told me that the car in question was not in the collection when he catalogued it, but that three cars including a veteran Daimler had been bought by a collector in Japan. Sullivan had previously lived in Southern Ireland where he had made his money from a chain of supermarkets.
One of his best friends was Dennis Lucey from Portlaoise who had a collection of cars on show at his Motor Museum in Killarney. He bought and sold a lot of cars to Sullivan, especially after Sullivan had retired to Hawaii. Stewart Skilbeck was intrigued by my enquiry re AC 752 and in his records found it listed as Lot 37 in the auction catalogue of the A.W.F.Smith collection at Cross in Hand in 1968.
It was described as “1905 Daimler 30/40 hp chassis - VCC dated and some restoration work has been done”. Later this chassis was withdrawn from the sale as I had been part of the Veteran Car Club’s Acquisition Scheme. During the war if a veteran car was known to be in danger of being scrapped it was bought by the Club and after the war passed on to a suitable member. One of the covenants placed on the car was that if it was ever sold it should first be offered back to the Club. The A.W.F.Smith executors obviously did not know of this embargo on the chassis. I had taken the photographs for the Sotheby auction catalogue, but looking back through the negatives I see I was not asked to photograph this chassis..!
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