Midlands and Yorkshire Classic Car Club

REGULAR CLASSIC VEHICLE MEETS

We are holding our very first meet of the year on Thursday 5th August 2021 at the Black Swan, Brandesburton, East Yorks, YO25 8RG commencing at 6.30pm. We ask that you please bring a mask for safety purposes, as well as your classic car.

We will follow that the following month with our last 2021 Thursday Meet, on 2nd September, at the same venue and same time.

We normally meet on the first Thursday evening of the month in Summer and the first Sunday lunchtime of the month in Autumn and Winter.

We have made no decision yet about our Autumn and Winter schedule and will review these soon, so please check back here later for further details.

DVLA CHAOS

Classic car enthusiasts are suffering long DVLA postal application delays, with continued strike action threatening to gridlock paper applications for months to come. In September last year, employees started to take time off work “with stress” amid claims that social distancing rules were not being adhered to. By April, the DVLA had recorded almost 550 Covid cases amongst the 6000-strong workforce.

Members of the PCS union staged walkouts in April and May as they argued for staff numbers working in the offices to be cut. Strike action then continued during June as union bosses claimed a deal to solve the dispute had been on the table but was scuppered.

PCS has claimed the DVLA and Department for Transport were not interested in settling this dispute and said managers were hiring contractors to carry out the work of those on strike. The union said a new phase of “targeted and sustained” industrial action, which could last for months, was beginning unless the deal was put back on the table.

The DVLA, meanwhile, says it has taken measures to ensure the safety of workers and has followed official guidance.

The agency’s digital services are unaffected. Last June an online service was launched to allow addresses on V5Cs to be changed, followed in September by a service to get a duplicate V5C. Even so, paper applications continue to mount up. According to the Department for Transport, 800,000 items of mail had yet to be processed earlier this month, with about a further 60,000 arriving each day.

The DVLA says paper applications can take “up to six weeks to be processed” but that “there may be additional delays in processing more complex transactions.”

It has also asked owners not to phone to chase up their application as it is dealing with them all as quickly as possible.

Some applications cannot be made online, such as the V55/5 form to register rebuilt vehicles, used imported vehicles, and older vehicles that have never been registered.

The delays have led to a petition on the UK government website calling for an inquiry into the DVLA’s performance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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? 9

There are many famous and some less than famous exotic supercars produced around the world, but this is clearly not one of them.

It is a ‘Cicostar Matic 50’ powered, if that is the word, by a less than impressive, 50 cc engine. The vehicle seated two people and had a variable automatic transmission.

It had more going for it in France, where it was built, because over there any vehicles with a 50cc engine or smaller could be driven without a driving licence and by anyone over the age of 14 years.

The vehicles were made between 1971 and 1983 and for cash-strapped buyers who even found this vehicle beyond their financial reach, a more basic three-wheeled version was also offered.

Today, a typical car dealer trying to sell one would probably call it ‘charismatic and characterful’ which for the rest of us using non-dealer’s language, roughly translates, as ‘bloody awful’.

Frugal it was but there was a price to pay for low fuel consumption: It had a top speed of 28 miles per hour.

'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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