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Current Issue - October 2019, Issue 367

OCTOBER 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 HERE!

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In the October issue,CMM July, Issue 364  On Your Marques looks at the Maserati Enthusiasts in Scotland and more. Magpie is Stuck On You, and in the Spannerman column it's Spannerman & More Lively Debate. Our column by former National Motor Museum Curator, Michael Ware, checks out The Lewis Collection 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 at the Jaguar XK120.  Our events section - the best in Britain - features all the best shows and 'jumbles for you to visit, and we've show reports and previews. Landers Lobby discusses how Cost Cutting Spares Cost More 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 and continue delving into the archive of the much-missed Lock Man. 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 October issue!!

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October Issue Previews...


I HAVE BEEN PREPARING the Panda for an MOT test. (Don’t worry. This piece isn’t going to be another lecture about the importance of MOTs - we had plenty on that subject last month...). The point here is that, while carrying out the pre-test checks, I was appalled to find play in both of the front, lower suspension balljoints.

Appalled, because one of them had been replaced little more than 18 months ago. The driver’s side, which actually has rather more play, hasn’t ever been touched in my ownership, and could well have been on the car for a very long time - so fair enough. But as for the other one: this will actually be the third time that I have replaced the passenger side joint in less than three years! These particular balljoints are pressed into the base of a substantial housing, encircling the hub, and getting to the housing means a lengthy disassembly process. First time I tackled it, I bought just the balljoint. After a long, painful fight (complete with the obligatory bleeding knuckles), I eventually managed to force the old joint out and the new one in. But this new balljoint hardly lasted a year before the suspension started ‘crashing’ once more. Inspection showed there was already serious wear and the joint’s pin was flopping about, uselessly. Next time, I decided to avoid the worst aspect of the job by buying the entire housing assembly, with a factory-fitted balljoint. (A convenient but considerably more expensive option.) And that’s the example that has just now started to fail.

For safety critical parts to show signs of significant wear after such short periods of use is unacceptable. And, in my experience, once a suspension or steering joint develops any play at all, it will deteriorate rapidly. Before you ask, the rubber boots were intact each time - so it’s not being caused by road dirt getting into the joints. Therefore, the inference that must be drawn is that these were poorly made, substandard components. Both came from a respected Italian car specialist, but neither was a genuine Fiat part. I remember thinking at the time that this current joint (ie. the one that came complete with a replacement housing) seemed like a good buy, price-wise. How wrong I was. My guess is that there’s now only one supplier of these joints - so whether you buy the joint separately or pre-fitted, it’s still effectively the same component. And it’s rubbish. So I suppose that I have to try and find a pair of new-old-stock Fiat originals before the MOT runs out... Talking to a friend in the motor trade, he suggested that there’s currently concern about remanufactured drive-shaft joints. A well known name is apparently involved, and standards have allegedly fallen after work was outsourced to the Far East...

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


WE GET MANY CONVERSATION TOPICS down at the Chequered Flag, and the sources of the topics discussed can be wide and varied. I have to say though that it is quite unusual that a single copy of Classic Motor Monthly should spark off so many chats.

It started when I was greeted with the comment “So it looks like you were right then.” The words alone are somehow not able to portray the tone in the voice as the sentence was said. I tried not to smile as I enquired about the meaning behind the faint praise that had been passed my way. “Well, that Graeme Forrester know what he’s talking about, and he calls it the ‘Blue Book’.” I then realised that this was relating back to my saying that “..the motorsport regulations were laid out in the RAC motorsport’s publication universally referred to as the ‘blue book’. Indeed, I believe the same publication with the same nickname exists today.” In Graeme’s Noggin & Natter piece last month, he had mentioned the “Blue Book”, and it seems that this mention was sufficient to earn me the begrudging praise that had been sent my way.

Next up was a discussion around the Ford Capri 2.8i that featured as Fordie’s Favourite last month. I know there’s a feeling in some circles that the Ford Capri was generally an underrated car, but the story behind the restoration of Fordie’s Favourite certainly showed the dedication to the Capri that was exhibited by Simon Coleman. It did look like a beautiful car.

But it was another of our number who linked the Capri to the photo of a Traffic Officer vehicle that appeared alongside my own piece last month. He told a tale of how the Greater Manchester Police owned a good number of Ford Capri models over the years, and whenever they bought them, the cars always hit the road with consecutive registration numbers showing on their number plates.

The claim that he then went on to make was that four cars were purchased in the 1980s and that these A prefix registration cars had the consecutive registration numbers 801, 802, 803 and 804. The odd bit of the tale was that 801, 802 and 804 were all displayed on marked police cars, whilst 803 was affixed to an unmarked police car. And that, we were assured, was a very useful piece of information to know back in the pre-M60 days.

Now whilst this tale was being told, Know-it-all Ken’s nephew was tapping away on his phone, and I really must have a word with him about that. Despite him breaking one of the Chequered Flag’s unwritten rules, he did report that whilst he was unable to find any images of any A prefix registration Ford Capri models clothed in the usual police attire, he did come across several D prefix Ford Capris. There was D439, D440, D442, D443, D444, and D447 all with KMV as the last three letters. Whilst this seemed to support the claim of the Greater Manchester Police using cars with consecutive registration numbers, it did seems strange that there appeared to be no record of the A registration cars. Does anybody remember these? If you do, please let me know at spannerman@classicmotor.co.uk...

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


WELL OUR CUMBRIA CLASSIC and Motorsport Show at the end of August proved to be rather damp! In fact, in terms of spectator attendance it was the worst in the last 10 years.

The weekend started off well with a full entry of cars on the Rose and Thistle Challenge Tour into the Borders which saw excellent weather and hoods down all the way. Another great effort by Ron Palmer and his team.

Sunday stated off dry, but a steady drizzle set in during the morning. All credit to the car owners and  trade stand holders who came, in fact the number of no shows was not that much greater than on a normal day (I’ve never understood why people enter and then simply don’t turn up.) A good number of spectators arrived early on as they had no doubt set off in the dry but after that the admission gates were very quiet.
There was a wonderful effort by the team and the  marshals to keep the event running and we brought the awards presentations forward an hour to let folk get away.

We are fortunate in that the parkland at Dalemain drains well and never gets chewed up even in heavy rain. I popped in to check the state of the ground a week later and you could barely see that we had been there. Sadly, so many other shows in August were cancelled due to the wet weather.

Sometimes a wet or cancelled show has a knock-on effect on the following year. People have short  memories; they are more likely to remember the rain and mud of last year but not the sun and heat of the year before!

Some traders might look at their accounts and see they did not have a good year at a show last year and decide to miss it the following year despite having done well in past years. The same with spectators -  bad memories last longer than good ones!...

From Noggin & Natter in our October issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!


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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

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