Midlands and Yorkshire Classic Car Club

REGULAR CLASSIC VEHICLE MEETS

Our regular Summer 2022 Classic Car Meets are now underway.

We meet on the first Thursday evening of the month from 6pm, at the Black Swan, Brandesburton.

If there is a spell of warmer, dry weather between Meets we may also hold some unscheduled 'Last Minute Larry' Events. To ensure you do not miss these, check our Events Page regularly to see details or register your interest (see below).

GREEDY COUNCILS AT IT AGAIN

Commuters who drive to work could be charged hundreds of pounds a year for a parking space under the latest initiatives being considered by some councils.

Workplace parking levies are being contemplated in more than 12 towns and cities in England, supposedly “to reduce congestion”. Under the proposals, city centre businesses would be charged up to £1,000 a year for each parking space they have.

Council officials say parking levies are a way to reduce traffic congestion while at the same time raising money to invest in their pet sustainable public transport projects.

But this waffle cannot hide the fact that they are in effect a “tax on going to work” and employees are likely to be the ones who end up paying for them.

This is already the case in Nottingham – the only English city to have adopted the model so far – where more than half of the costs have been passed on to staff, including care workers, teachers and community workers.

Workplace parking levies are under discussion in Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Colchester, Leicester, Luton, Norwich, Oxford, Warrington and the London boroughs of Hounslow and Camden.

Councils in Cambridge and Hounslow are planning to charge the most, at up to £1,000 per space per year. Elsewhere, Leicester is considering a £550 annual charge, while Bristol is eyeing a £400 levy.

Motorists are already being hit hard by soaring petrol and energy prices and the cost of living squeeze, and the rollout of workplace parking levies will affect those on lower incomes the hardest.

Nottingham’s workplace levy was introduced in 2012. At present, the city council charges £428 per space, but this will rise to £458 from April.

As for the other councils considering schemes, a report by the Greater Cambridge Partnership estimates that a levy of £1,000 per space would bring in £13 million a year for the city.

In Leicester, the city council reckons it could raise £95 million over 10 years for long-term transport investment.

What these anti-car councils do not realise is that this is just another reason why more and more new businesses will continue to shun these unwelcoming cities, whilst more shoppers will either shop on-line or go to out-of-town shopping centres in greater numbers.

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: midsandyorksccc@aol.com with details of the make, model and your contact phone number and we will get in touch

WHAT THE HELL IS IT? 14

It is highly unlikely that you have ever seen one of these!

No, it is not an early VW camper but a ‘Dymaxion’ – the name being a portmanteau of the words dynamic, maximum and tension. It was an American vehicle, created by the inventor Buckminster Fuller, who had a rather odd name himself. He saw it as just phase one of the development of a vehicle that might one day be able to fly, land and drive.

Built in 1933, with aerodynamic bodywork to increase fuel efficiency, it had a rear-mounted V8 engine but was front-wheel drive and only had one wheel at the back, which steered the vehicle!

It was 20 feet long, seated four and was made of aluminium. On test it achieved a top speed of 128 mph. It had an astonishing 90% steering lock and could manoeuvre in a very tight circle but because of the configuration, it was unstable at high speed due to the rear wheel steering. Only three were produced, one of which survives.

'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: midsandyorksccc@aol.com, with "Last Minute Larry" in the subject box and we will keep you informed.

HOW GREEN IS GREEN?

New evidence shows there is no need to apologise if you are driving a classic car following the revelation that electric cars need to be driven for at least 50,000 miles before they become ‘greener’ than their petrol counterparts.

That’s the message from a new report which looks at the amount of Co2 created through the vehicle manufacturing process.

It claims that producing electric vehicles generates 63% more carbon dioxide than regular petrol vehicles.

The study’s authors say the results prove that electric vehicles are no ‘silver bullet’ in reducing emissions and they suggest that the government would be better advised in seeking to focus on reducing emissions in the vehicle production process.

 

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