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Current Issue - January 2019, Issue 358

JANUARY 2019 ISSUE: OUR 30th year of publication, CMM is bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2019 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is COMING VERY SOON!

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In the November issue,CMM September, Issue 354  On Your Marques tells hour to nominate your club for the National Club Awards 2019, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Mini and more. Magpie chats New Year Revolutions, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & The New Year. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out Timely Structures in a busy Wareabouts column, while Peter Love gives us another Commercial Break and Love Steam. There are news snippets galore, our Letters column, and our look at the world of the autojumbling with The Secret Autjumbler. Grant Ford's Fordie's Favourites looks Land Rover's OTAL.  Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports from the Essen Motor Show, InterClassics and more. Landers Lobby discusses the Brave New World and The Secret Autojumbler checks out a variety of recent events - where was the best business to be had, where were the best bacon butties? We also look at upcoming events including a previews of 2019 season, how Aridingly Autojumble has been saved, the demise of the Manchester Classic and continue delving into the archive of the much-missed Lock Man. We have Club Call with a run down of the best club to join for you. In our centre pages, we have the pull-out and pin-up Giant Diary 2019, Part 1. Look out for all the news and snippets, plus all those ads for upcoming events; no better time than now to think about that subscription than the January issue!!

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January Issue Previews...


WHEN I FIRST STARTED TAKING an interest in old vehicles, the new MOT Ten Year Test was the big talking point. Enthusiasts were concerned that this government ‘interference’ would force vintage cars off the road and into the scrapyards.

As we now know, those who looked after their vehicles properly had little to fear. Vintage cars did eventually cease to be used on a regular basis - but that was largely a matter of choice. They became more difficult and more expensive to run - and too precious to be worn out by everyday motoring. Much the same is true of classics today. Indeed; that tricky definition of a ‘classic’ [raised by a reader last month] surely includes the idea of a vehicle - for whatever reason - being cherished and preserved.

There’s no question, though, that we are facing new and bigger threats. They are more serious this time, because the very shape of motoring is involved. The cars that came into being after the vintage era were, essentially, the same. Although they looked different, they operated in exactly the same way and used the same types of engines and controls. Yet the cars that will arrive in the future are going to embody huge changes. For new UK vehicles, conventional engines are to be outlawed from 2040, and several manufacturers say that they will have ceased production before then. Despite various practical and legal problems that still need to be addressed, we are told that autonomous (or semi-autonomous) cars are almost ready for general sale. Does all of this this spell the end for classics?

A ban on new car fitment doesn’t equate to a ban on the use of petrol or diesel engines. And classics (or, more properly, ‘historics’) are being exempted from the limitations imposed by Low Emission Zones, which suggests that they’ll enjoy other special privileges too. (This reflecting their very small total number and low annual mileage.) More worrying, though, might be the future availability - and price - of fossil fuels. Nevertheless; hybrid vehicles will still need to fill up occasionally, so petrol stations shouldn’t disappear entirely - even if they do become few and far between.

Will autonomous and driver-controlled vehicles be able to co-exist? That, perhaps, is the crunch question. Yet it’s difficult to imagine fully autonomous operation on all of the UK’s road network. Guidance systems that can be shown to work successfully under ideal conditions (wide carriageways, motorway-style lane markings, etc.) are unlikely to be quite so trustworthy on messy rural backroads. Therefore, even with the most advanced automatic control, drivers will probably still be needed from time to time - which in itself implies a degree of co-existence.....

From The Landers Lobby in our January issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


AS WE MOVE INTO THE new year, we still have a good few weeks of dark evenings ahead of us, and I’m sure that conversations on motoring topics will fill much of our time.

But there will undoubtedly be non-motoring topics covered as well. Thomas Wardle has sent us a note on some of the details contained within the book “Chariots of the Gods” by Erich Von Daniken. He ends his note with the words: “I know this isn`t car related but you raised the subject.” Wonderful! This is what I like so much about conversations up and down the land. They can start off on one topic, and who knows where they will end up. We also received some information on steering matters from Ted Elwes, of which more will appear later, but I was also drawn to his final comment: “..and please excuse my metaphorically interjecting into your pieces.” That’s not a problem at all, Ted. Once again, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who comments, be it by letter, e-mail to spannerman@classicmotor.co.uk, or in person. I’m all in favour of stimulating debate.

And on that note, I’m sure you all know that the Chequered Flag is rarely short of discussion topics, and this last few weeks has seen several evenings spent talking over the changes to the MOT test, and there has also been many a heated word exchanged over the question of when is a classic a classic. On this last topic, I think the best way of summing things up is to repeat the thoughts of Robert Spence who said last month that: “The classic vehicle fraternity is a broad church and we should accept that there will be differing points of view based on an individual’s personal choice of vehicle type and age.”

Another broad church is the range of methods used to manoeuvre supermarket trolleys. Last month we saw Andrew Miles’s thoughts on this matter, and this month we’ve received correspondence on the same subject of supermarket trolleys from Dennis Davis. Well, okay, I will admit that Dennis’s thoughts cover related topics, but here’s some of what he says: “..With regard to the shopping trolley, pushers will be aware that the centre of gravity of the load also has an effect on the ease, or otherwise, of steering the thing. If the rear of the trolley is overloaded, steering is difficult because the front wheels are `light´. When my wife loads like this, I have to assist by hanging on to the side front of the trolley to control steering.”

Dennis then goes on to mention various types of light aircraft configuration, and he highlights the importance of the position of the centre of gravity of the craft compared to the position of the main wheels. I’ve still got some way to go with the steering system yet, but the importance of the centre of gravity of a car and the related topic of corner weights will be addressed in future months....

From Spannerman's column in the January issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


A WHILE BACK I SPENT a day with Phillip Bashall, custodian of The Dunsfold Collection and a walking encyclopaedia of all things Land Rover; he passed on the 50-year long story of the OTAL. What's that? Let me explain...

When the Government of Robert Menzies announced increased involvement in the Vietnam conflict in April 1965, Land Rover looked to supply Australian forces with the perfect vehicle for operations in south east Asia. Issues with crossing heavily flooded paddy fields had come to the fore and the Army realised their need for a rapid all-terrain vehicle with the ability not just to wade but swim. The OTAL (One Ton Amphibious Land Rover) was constructed by Land Rover Military Engineering Department with a 97-inch wheelbase, especially for the Australian Army as a Commanders/Radio car.

Their brief was ‘a vehicle which has all the characteristics of a Land Rover but in addition is able to cross inland water without special preparation and minus flotation kits’. The OTAL never reached the Red River Delta or even Vietnam but was tested extensively at the proving facility of Monegreeta north of Melbourne and crossed Canberra’s Lake Burly Griffin in a bid to impress the military hierarchy, although further orders were not pursued.

Whilst it is known that the OTAL was well tested in Australia why it wasn’t suitable remains a mystery, the Army opted to ‘airlift’ their Land Rovers over Vietnamese water instead. Upon arrival on a new continent in the first half of 1966 the OTAL received an Army number plate of 108-430 and although it survived testing in New South Wales this all-terrain vehicle would become redundant on its returned to Solihull.

The OTAL found its way to Eastnor Castle, home of Land Rover testing since 1961. Deep in rural Herefordshire the 500 acres have offered test and trails to all wheel drive vehicles for decades. The OTAL faced a coat of Ferguson Tractor grey and was adapted for use as a snow plough with a 1969 civilian registration TVJ 237J. Fitted with chunky Firestone Super All Traction rubber the OTAL was often used to rescue everything from gas cylinder delivery trucks to holiday makers and their caravans. It was around this time a 12-year-old named Phillip Bashall first saw the ‘Landie’ of his dreams, a ‘must have’ passion that ensured the OTAL can be nearly fifty years later.

Whilst at Eastnor it became apparent the steering was becoming heavy so checks were carried out to isolate a fault but mechanically nothing was discovered until water was found inside the front wings; after drilling a hole in both, around 40 gallons escaped thus its drivability returned. The OTAL was often seen at Military Vehicle events during the mid-1970s but by 1983 it resided at the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire....

From Fordie's Favourites in our January issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


RECENT ADDITIONS TO CMM'S Facebook page include:

A Photo album for the The Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show 2018

A Photo album for the Restoration Show & Great British Autojumble 2018

A Photo album for the The Footman James Classic Car Show Manchester 2018

A Photo album for the Beaulieu International Autojumble 2018

A Photo album for the The 30th Cumbria Classic & Motorsport Show

A Photo album for the Passion for Power Classic Motor Show 2018

A Photo album for the The 19th Leighton Hall Classic Car & 'Bike Show 2018

A Photo album for the The Burnley Classic Vehicle Show 2018

A Photo album for the The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show 2018

A Photo album for the The Tatton Classic & Performance Car Spectacular 2018

A Photo album for the The 2018 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show

A Photo album for the The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2017

A Photo album for the The 17th Classic Vehicle Restoration Show 2017

A Photo album for the Malvern Festival of Transport 2017

A Photo album for the The Footman James Manchester Classic Car Show 2017

A Photo album for the Beaulieu International Autojumble 2017

A Photo album for the August Bank Holiday Cheshire Classic Car & Motorcycle Show 2017

A Photo album for the Cumbria Classic & Motorsport Show 2017

A Photo album for the 2017 Classic & Performance Car Spectacular & Cheshire Autojumble

A Photo album for the Bristol Classic Car Show 2017

A Photo album for the The NEC Classic Car & Restoration Show 2017

A Photo album for the The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2016

A Photo album for the The National Restoration Show 2016

A Photo album for the The 27th Malvern Autumn Classic Car Show & Autojumble

A Photo album for the The Footman James Classic Car Show Manchester 2016

A Photo album for the The 50th Anniversary International Autojumble

A Photo album for the The Passion For Power Classic Motor Show 2016

A Photo album for the Lytham Hall Classic Car & 'Bike Show 2016

A Photo album for the Ackworth Steam Rally 2016

A Photo album for the Leighton Hall Classic Car & Motorcycle Show 2016

A Photo album for the At the Bristol Classic Car Show 2016

A Photo album for the Lancashire Automobile Club Manchester to Blackpool Run

A Photo album for the 30th Tatton Classic Car Show

A Photo album for the Capesthorne Hall Classic Show

A Photo album for Beaulieu Spring Autojumble

A Photo album for Malvern Spring Classic and Mini Show

A Photo album for Spring Vehicle Meet at The British Commercial Vehicle Museum



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