Midlands and Yorkshire Classic Car Club

REGULAR CLASSIC VEHICLE MEETS

We are NOT holding our regular Sunday lunchtime Winter Meets this year.

Because of the Covid pandemic and the higher contagion risk sitting inside in Winter, there will be no more of our regular car meets until 2022.

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? 10

It is an FBS Census. And if you have never heard of it, we are not at all surprised. Launched in 2002, the car was made in Britain by a company named FBS -whose initials, incidentally, stood for the ‘Future of British Sportscars’. It was powered by a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine from a Ford Mondeo.

The Census was intended to take on the likes of the Mazda MX-5 and Lotus Elise and enjoyed a power advantage over these two rivals. Top speed was 138mph with the ‘ton’ attainable in a little over 15 seconds. All mechanicals were sourced from volume manufacturers in the interests of low-cost maintenance and servicing. Prices started at £26,635.

Despite the confidence of the company name, it soon became clear, when referring to this sportscar, that the future it certainly was not.

The motoring press were largely hostile and it was criticised for ‘dodgy handling’ and dubious looks, as well as the build quality, which apparently wasn’t great either.

FBS ran into financial difficulty and an Administrative Receiver was appointed in 2003. In all, just eight cars were made before the ‘Future of British Sportscars’ became the past!

'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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