REGULAR CLASSIC VEHICLE MEETS
During the Winter we meet on the first Sunday lunchtime of the month, except January when we meet on New Year's Day. Our next Meet is therefore on Sunday 2nd February 2020, with cars arriving from Noon. We meet until 2.00pm at the Black Swan, Brandesburton, East Yorks. See the Events page for further details.
FREE PROBATE VALUATION
Depending upon where the vehicle is situated, we can carry out a free probate valuation of your family classic car.
Just send us an email to: email@example.com with details of the make, model and your contact phone number.
Due to presure from green groups and some farmers, most fuel sold in the UK now contains 5% ethanol. This is OK for modern cars but is best avoided on cars that are not used daily or those which were manufactured before 1980. 5% ethanol might just be OK for an old vehicle but there is a risk in using it and we do know that in higher quantities, it can block fuel lines and dissolve gaskets.
Three cheers then for Esso, whose super-unleaded petrol contains no ethanol whatsoever, outside of Devon and Cornwall.
So, unless you are in the South West, go Esso Super. It really is "the sign of happy motoring".
"HEALTH AND SAFETY" WAFFLE IS DRIVEL
Each year a number of second-rate classic car event organisers insist that classic car owners must arrive at their shows with their cars by some ridiculous early hour, like 9.00 or 9.30am, failing which they will not be admitted -and in addition -they sometimes insist that owners have to remain until a late hour, such as 5pm.
When challenged about this, these berks often quote non-existent "health and safety" laws.
Odd, isn't it, that at these very same shows the public are allowed to come and go at will with their cars, -with no safety concerns- but classic vehicle owners -without whom there would be no show- are treated in this appalling way.
There is one answer to all of this: don't exhibit at the shows that impose these totally unnecessary and dictatorial rules.
One of the worst culprits is the Malton Show in North Yorkshire, which has insisted that all classic cars have to be in place by 9.30am. Only a week or so later, one of the best and biggest shows in the UK is held at nearby Newby Hall, -also in North Yorkshire.
This is a far better show than Malton and all classics attending are allowed to arrive "up to 12.30pm" on the day and can leave precisely when they want.
Well done to Newby Hall and to the show organisers NECPWA for showing how a good classic car event should be run.
CYCLISTS 'should be given number plates'
A police commissioner has suggested that all pedal cyclists should be required to display number plates
Many people believe that cyclists who break road laws should be punished and one police commissioner believes identification plates may be the best way to ensure this happens.
Katy Bourne - the Sussex police and crime commissioner - is the advocate of the proposed scheme. She firmly believes that cyclists should be treated the same as drivers on the roads and if they are, it might "make life easier for everybody," she says.
Mrs Bourne added: "I would like to see cyclists wear some form of identification. "So when they go through traffic lights, you can actually identify them and then you can prosecute them for breaking the law."
She said that it was a "debate that should be had."
Many motorists who have witnessed cocky pedal cyclists' total disregard for stopping at red traffic lights would surely agree with her, as does Labour peer Professor Lord Winston.
WHAT THE HELL IS IT? 6
Is it a Mercedes, perhaps? Or even a 1990's Maserati model? No. It is the rare Cadillac Allante, arguably the most European-looking Cadillac ever made.
This is not surprising because it was partially assembled in Italy and shared nearly nothing with any other General Motors vehicle.It was a two door, two seater luxury convertible with a body built by Pininfarina. The bodies were actually flown from Italy to Detroit for assembly!
Introduced in 1987, the model was made for seven years during which 21,000 were built. It was intended to compete with the Mercedes SL models and used a modified version of Cadillac's 4 litre V8.
All models featured a fully electronic instrument panel, were front-wheel drive and came with a removable aluminium hardtop.
The Allante was chosen as the 1992 pace car for the Indianapolis 500 race but with sales only averaging 3,000 a year, production of this impressive car was dropped in 1993.
Sadly, no RHD models were ever made.
'INSTANT' CAR MEETS
How many times have you been sitting at home when the bad weather that was predicted doesn't materialise, the sun is shining, the roads are dry and you wish there was a classic car meet taking place but none are planned?
Well now, there might be one!
Our 'Last Minute Larry' initiative will be operating on occasions when there is an unexpected good turn to the weather but no car events are taking place nearby.
When this occurs, some of us will get together for a quick "pop up" classic car meet at a local pub or venue.
To be part of this initiative, send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Last Minute Larry" in the subject box and we will keep you informed.
POOR PUBS FAIL WI-FI TEST
Although some pubs are still struggling, more and more are doing their best to bring the punters in by providing free Wi-Fi for their customers.This is good news all round: it enables customers to check their e-mails whilst having a break and it doesn't cost the pub much to provide the service.
Indeed, recently one of our classic car owners was so impressed with the inn he was visiting, he sent an email from the Wi-Fi enabled pub to encourage others to join him and soon a spontaneous 'Last Minute Larry' classic car meet was taking place there!
Sadly, a negative experience happened at the Percy Arms at Airmyn near Goole when some of our members visited. This pub has wi-fi but incredibly, the wi-fi could not be accessed by our members because none of the gormless staff knew what their own security code was!! Clearly this is a pub to be avoided.
Similarly, at the Bay Horse at Cherry Burton, they claimed to have wi-fi for customers use but the person serving insisted it was so poor it was "no good and useless" and said she did not know the security code!
At the New Inn at Tickton, they had wi-fi but refused to share it with their customers. As a consequence, it was boycotted by many of our members: the pub is now closed!
At the overpriced Duke of York at Gate Helmsley they clearly like to think they are "with it" by having charging points for electric cars but, -unbelievably- they have NO wifi!
Pubs that can't be bothered to provide reliable Wi-Fi can't complain if they are increasingly shunned by networking youngsters, businessmen who need to check their electronic mail and the rest of us, who rather like to have the internet 'on tap' as well as the beer!