I bet you didn’t expect to
hear from me so soon. Unfortunately Adrian’s
father has just passed away and understandably he has a lot to cope
without dealing with the magazine etc. On behalf of all his fellow
I would like to offer our sincere condolences and best wishes to Adrian
his family at this time.
The subject of classic cars and the MoT test is still getting a lot of
inches in the comics. The argument appears to be over the classic car
test which is at odds with the required time on site at the testing
down in the VOSA manual for annual tests.
I am probably preaching to the converted but, the DVLA will text or
you an MoT reminder if you register your vehicle with their reminder
service. I had been meaning to do it for some time but as usual the
did not store the requirement and I forgot until the other day. I logged
set up a reminder, only to be informed that as my MoT had expired last
year, I was not eligible. That will teach me not to write things down,
although knowing me I would probably forget to read the reminder if I
write down. No wonder my diary has so many empty pages!
following article has been sent to me by Alan Broughton from the
Berkeley Enthusiasts Club and has been reproduced with their permission.
It is a legal requirement for the lighting
on all road going vehicles to meet the standards in place at the time of
manufacture. As you have probably noticed, light lenses are therefore
marked with the relevant British Standard which the unit met in its
original form (i.e. when fitted with an original type tungsten filament
In the UK the annual M.O.T. vehicle
roadworthiness test confirms physical functionality of all light units
in terms of visibility, correct colour and lack of dazzle from poorly
adjusted headlights, but does not confirm that the units are actually
fitted with the type of bulb with which they were certified.
Unfortunately, the lighting regulations
have been left behind by technology and still specify power rating
(rather than intensity) of the bulbs for different applications, but
technically speaking, there are two basic aspects to correct
Firstly, particularly when fitted as side
lights, tail lights and indicators, LEDS have quite narrow beam angle
(i.e. each individual LED looks bright when viewed head-on, but they are
pinpoints of light and virtually none of that light is visible when
viewed from the side), whereas traditional bulbs radiate light in all
directions and the reflector also redirects light outwards giving an
overall glow to the lens. This is a particular problem with early
generation LED 'bulbs', but has mostly been overcome with the current
generation, which LED's with a wider spread of light and pointing in
when fitted to headlights, which require light to be generated at the
same position as the filament of the original bulb in
order to function correctly/safely. Poor
positioning of the numerous LED's on the body of the 'bulb' assembly can
lead to dead spots in the resultant light pattern and/or high intensity
spots above the overall cut-off line of the dip beam. Again, latest
generation LED headlight 'bulbs' are much better than earlier ones, but
when fitting them it is important to ensure a good spread of light with
no dazzle to oncoming drivers. Undergoing an MoT test will obviously
give you certification of this, so is highly recommended.
However, the concern raised in this article
is that in the event of an accident your insurance company may cite the
fitting of LED 'bulbs' as a reason not to pay out, due to lack of
compliance with the Lighting Regulations (with or without a valid MoT
It is therefore recommended that you ask
your insurance company to confirm whether they are happy for LED 'bulbs'
to be fitted to your classic vehicle and (since the MoT test is no
longer a legal requirement for most of our vehicles). Whether they
recognise a valid MoT certificate as indicating that your car is fitted
with a safe compliant lighting system.
Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all..
Welcome to the first magazine of 2019 and my
first as editor so be gentle.
It would be remiss of me if I didn't say
thank you to Mike Jones for the sterling work that he has put in over
the years. I'm sure that it is only now he has stopped will we really
appreciate how much he actually has done for us. He is still intending
to be an active member of the club so I hope to still be able to pick
his brains for years to come.
We are a bit light on news this time of year
so this will be a slim volume, but if anybody has articles they want to
share, stories or anecdotes please get in touch for inclusion in future
our new magazine Editor
Magazine Copy to:
1353A Neath Rd
Swansea. SA1 2HN
CAN YOU HELP THIS LADY?
Further to our telephone conversation with regard the possibility of
hiring a vintage vehicle for Saturday 27/07/19 from Lampeter to Trefilan
Church by Talsarn, Lampeter and return journey from Trefilan church, by
Talsarn, Lampeter to the Falcondale Hotel in Lampeter. Due to the short
notice in terms of wedding planning we are finding it difficult to
secure transport as you can imagine, people plan wedding years in
advance these days. As the groom to be is in the military, we would also
be interested in army type vehicle, vintage bus or vintage cars for
bridal party. We understand that you may not be able to help but we are
truly grateful for your kind assistance and we thank you in advance and
look forward to hearing from you.
If any of you can help this lady, please contact her direct to her email
Just a little thank you for
the beautiful calendar
I will be resigning all my positions with
the club in December. It is time for someone else to bring a fresh
to the club. Consequently there will be a space on the committee for one
you to join in and help them with the running of the club. It would be
if the duties are shared and not left to one hapless committee member to
everything. Give me or any committee member a call to discuss how you
can help with your club. The club belongs to you the members.
I would like to thank every one of you for the support you have given me
over the last ten years or so.
A GUIDE TO MANUFACTURER
CLAIM: “Years of development”
TRUTH: “Hooray, it worked”
TRUTH: “Marginally lighter than Rugged”
TRUTH: “Too bloody heavy to use”
CLAIM: “Major technical breakthrough”
TRUTH: “It seems to work but we don’t know how why”
CLAIM: “All new”
TRUTH: “At least 2 different parts to the previous model”
CLAIM: “Customer satisfaction on delivery is assured”
TRUTH: “We’re so far behind schedule, you’ll be glad to get it at all”
CLAIM: “A number of new approaches have been tried”
TRUTH: “We haven’t got a clue why it worked in the end”
CLAIM: “Test results were extremely encouraging”
TRUTH: “We managed to get it running”
CLAIM: “Close project co-operation”
TRUTH: “We pinched the oppositions idea”
CLAIM: “It’s in the process”
TRUTH: “We managed to make it cheaper in the end”
The MoT/VHI saga
rolls on with a number of debates about the
vehicle definition and policing the vehicles declared as no longer
an annual test. There has already been a steep drop-off of the number of
eligible vehicles being MoT tested. The number of owners choosing to
an exempt vehicle is becoming the minority. I hope that those who choose
to save the test fee do not spoil things for the rest of us. As a
tester I could choose to do my own annual check over in a competent
manner, but I would far prefer an independent examination and
corresponding pass certificate that could then be held on file and
any insurance investigation should it become necessary in the future.
The new data
protection rules appear to be a concern to the classic car fraternity,
whereby a vehicle sold with a detailed and recorded history may
fall foul of the legislation by passing it on to the new owner. The V5
document is no longer going to show the details of the previous keeper
comply with the law. What price history in this sanitised world we are
Wendy Radcliff committee
has had to stand down as a full member of
I would like to thank her for all her help as a committee member and for
her assistance at our various events. Wendy has promised to help out
wherever or whenever we need assistance in the future as much as
possible, so will not be lost from the club.
Congratulations to our club President on
his long overdue recognition for his work with historic vehicles over
Congratulations to Guild
member and well-known motoring historian
Michael Worthington-Williams who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s
The official citation said: ‘His contribution to the field has been
through publications, books, magazine features and sometimes as the
editor of journals. However, an equally important part of his
over many years has been his unstinting readiness to help assist and
owners of historic vehicles, sharing his knowledge and being held in
esteem among historic vehicle enthusiasts.’
Commenting on the award to his local newspaper, the Cambrian News,
Michael said; “As I’m now 80 years old and I’ve been writing on motoring
history for 63 years my first reaction was; ‘What took you so long?’
“It was a pleasant surprise, if totally unexpected, and it is very nice
Message received from the Guild of Motoring Writers
have just heard that a past member, John Rogers, has passed
away following post-operative complications after his heart surgery. Our
condolences go to his sister Claire and family. The funeral details are:
Sketty Church at 1.15pm, followed by the interment at 2.15pm at
Rogers (right) at the Auto Jumble 2008 and 2009
changes since 21st May 2018
The new MoT changes are
now in place for eligible cars over 40 years
I have to say that when my
becomes eligible, I will continue to have my cars tested for peace of
Mike Jones Editor
TO THE COMMITTEE & MEMBERS OF THE
Thank you so much for the beautiful flower arrangement you sent to me
after my mini stroke.
Having spent nearly all my life in the flower trade, I can really
the artistry and work that went into the arrangement.
I have been told it is going to be some time before I am up and running,
I have every intention of being back behind the wheel of my little
Robin’s wife Jane suffered a small stroke and is
recovering at home. Robin is receiving instruction in the use of kitchen
equipment. Apparently he has mastered the use of taps and kettles! We
wish Jane a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them both at the
club as soon as possible.
Bradley RIP 9th
have to report the recent passing of long-time member Ken Bradley.
Our thoughts are with
Marryl at this sad time.
Funeral arrangements Thursday 5th April 2018
2 pm at Llanelli Crematorium
Michael Davies 2017
Sadly long time member Michael Davies has
passed away following a short illness. He was the owner of the lovely
Rover that Gordon Ratcliffe
bought and subsequently passed on to Brian Mepham who used it on many club
events. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time.
Bill is out of hospital
and is at home and getting out and about on foot as he is not allowed to
drive yet This is good news.
Sadly we have lost another member from Swansea Historic Vehicle
Brian Mepham passed away peacefully on the 26th of July at the age of 69
years, after fighting hard against his cancer. Brian had been a member
the last four or five years and joined in as many club events as he
and always had a smile for everyone even when wasn’t actually as good as
his impression would have you believe.
He purchased the ex-Michael Davies Rover 100 P4 from fellow member
Gordon Ratcliffe who had bought it earlier. We saw Brian and his ‘new’
Rover on a pub run in May 2016. It was a car he really enjoyed and it
used as often as possible.
We offer our deepest condolences to his wife Vicky and children Simon,
Emma and Ann and the rest of his family. He will be greatly missed by
who knew him.
Thanks for your friendship Brian.
ROBERTS 1933 – 2017
I first met Layton back in
the 1970’s, when youth was on our side and we
both had a full head of hair, his was ginger colour and mine was black.
In June 1990, Layton invited me to bring SHVR and the visiting Irish
Vintage Classic Cars Club to his Pontarddulais home to view his pristine
collection of old vehicles. We all had a fantastic welcome, and that was
start of the Irish connection and our Summer Rally, a connection which
continued annually to the family’s new home in Langland.
Layton was a great leveller of age and a highly talented practical
most of you have witnessed during our visits to his home. To have been
involved in the banter and borne the brunt of his fun was indeed an
Layton’s love of life and motivating enthusiasm in all he did, was
infectious and rubbed off on anyone who had the good fortune to come in
to contact with him. He was a very successful and highly respected
business man and entrepreneur, and gave employment to many families in
Let the banter
A true friend, he will be
greatly missed by one and all. Myself and SHVR
have been honoured to have had Layton as a friend and supporter.
Our thoughts are with Carol, children Lorna, Alex and Anthony and their
We have an update on the Millie-Scarlett Babypod appeal.
As most of you are aware Millie contracted Seps b and meningitis at 7
She was treated initially at Morriston hospital and then transferred in
special babypod by ambulance to the royal children’s hospital for
ill babies at Bristol. Where despite their outstanding care and
sadly fell asleep.
At the time there was only one transfer pod available for the west of
England and all of Wales and that was based at Bristol. The delay time
transferring the babies is critical.
Babies and young children were losing their lives because the babypod is
in high demand. It was for this reason that my granddaughter Stacey
decided to fundraise to buy another babypod for use in Wales and
hopefully this would reduce the waiting time by being readily available
give the babies a better chance of survival.
Initially our family was going to purchase the basic item. However,
some serious discussion and help from the Wallace & Gromit fundraisers
and yourselves at SHVR we upped the stakes and have now purchased
TWO fully equipped babypods, available for use in the said areas. Which
also have had the additional adaptations fitted for use in helicopters.
are well on the way to completing the final payment and are near to
£26,000. of the final goal of £30k..
We have had emails and thank you's from parents whose babies and young
children’s lives have been saved thanks to the babypod and your
You raised £2,800 on the summer rally & £800 on drive it day.
A Magnificent effort. We will be incorporating Millie's memorial run on
drive it day, with a free raffle!
Thank you all for your support.
Mike Palmer, Stacey & families
Singleton Show 2017
This year our Singleton Show is reverting
back to being a ‘classic car’
show. This has caused a bit of a stir on our Facebook page from the
modified car owners who will no longer be eligible to enter this year
overall, the response from classic car owners who have previously
boycotted the event, has been very positive. Please make every effort to
support the club at the show. We need to put on a good show of cars, and
we will need help on the day for a short period to assist with getting
cars in and parked up. Once everyone is in place we can all enjoy the
and it spreads the workload so that no one person has to do too much
ALAN’S AUSSIE ADVENTURE
LIFEGUARD Daniel Robinson's first
resuscitation has saved a family
holiday from ending in disaster. The man he saved, Alan Broughton,
cannot remember the incident but is truly grateful to Mr. Robinson and
the efforts of other lifeguards, paramedics and bystanders who all
bring him back to life.
Nearly a fortnight has passed since a man came running to raise the
to Mr. Robinson on November 7 while he was on patrol in the tower at
Bulcock Beach. "I could see people down at the other end of the beach
congregating," Mr. Robinson said. "I knew something was on straight
away. “You go from placid to hectic in a split second."
Lifeguard Daniel Robinson's first resuscitation rescue has turned out to
a successful one. Alan had been pulled from the water by his brother
Broughton and a fisherman who had noticed Alan was in difficulty.
Alan's wife Christine Broughton had also helped trying to keep her
husband's head above water.
They had been bobbing along in the incoming current, only a little more
than a metre deep, when Keith and Christine noticed Alan was getting
away from them. At first they thought nothing of it because Alan was
floating on his back but Keith went for a closer look after Alan put his
in the air. Keith realised Alan was in trouble as soon as he got to him.
"I don't think he was conscious at that point," Keith said.
The fisherman had seen the difficulty Keith and Christine were having
getting Alan out of the water and came in to help.
"We both tried to pull him in but the current was quite strong," Keith
Alan was unconscious, not breathing and had lost a lot of colour by the
time they got him to shore. "I will never forget that," Keith said.
Mr Robinson arrived shortly after from his solo post a few hundred
up the beach. He immediately called for help from other lifeguards based
at Kings Beach. "He didn't look like there was any life in him," Mr
Robinson said. "He had his eyes rolled back in his head.
"He was out. He wasn't breathing." He got a defibrillator ready, opened
the man's airway and started pumping oxygen into him. Paramedics had
arrived by that time and were doing chest compressions. Lifeguard
brothers Aaron and Corey Jones then arrived from Kings Beach on a jet
ski. It was also the first time they had been called on to do a full
resuscitation. The lifeguards took turns doing compressions while the
paramedics used a suction machine and put the man on a drip to try to
boost his blood pressure. "He was full of water," Corey said.
full of water."
He said the paramedics told him, his brother and Mr. Robinson to keep
working on the man. "They were really, really good for us. They taught
Mr. Robinson said colour started slowly returning to the man as they
worked. "I couldn't believe I was doing what I was doing," Mr. Robinson
said. "But I just had confidence in myself. As we were doing
you could feel him trying to start breathing."
The man's heart started and paramedics were able to take him unconscious
to a waiting ambulance. All up, Alan's family believe he was lifeless
about 12 minutes. The lifeguards had some relief at that stage but knew
there was still only a slim chance of survival. They knew the man could
have suffered brain damage, or could have got an infection due to having
so much water in him.
Mr. Robinson said the good news came four days later, on his 25th
birthday. Alan's family had contacted the lifeguards in person to let
know Alan was sitting up in bed at Nambour General Hospital. He had
been in an induced coma for three days.
"I spoke to his brother," Mr. Robinson said.
"He said 'if it wasn't for you I wouldn't have a big brother'."
Mr Robinson said everyone at the scene had contributed really well.
Alan remained in Nambour General Hospital until Thursday.
He believes he may have had a medical episode before getting into
in the water but doctors have been unable to confirm exactly what
happened. Alan went for his first outing on Friday and has been
at his brother Keith and sister-in-law Vivian Broughton's Brisbane home.
He and his wife have been visiting from Swansea in their native Wales.
"Obviously I can't thank him enough," Alan said.
He is still a bit tender from the compressions but otherwise has been
the all clear to board a plane to fly home when he is ready.
Christine said she wanted him to get a bit stronger first.
She said she also wanted to personally thank the fisherman who helped to
pull her husband from the water. Vivian also wanted to show her
"We really appreciate what they all did," she said. "Young Dan, he did a
All’s well that ends well. Back on his feet again.
Taken from The Sunshine Coast Daily which covered the rescue and
reported on the
We have received an e-mail enquiry
from a gentleman residing in
Rudgwick West Sussex. He has acquired the Triumph TR4 previously
owned by late member Harold George.
Ian is hoping to learn more of the history of the car which Harold owned
from new in 1962. There are a great number of club magazines and some
trophies that were left in the boot, presumably before disposal, but
little of the vehicle’s history, regarding work carried out or any
work during Harold’s ownership.
If any of you remember the TR and have any information that may be of
use to Ian, please contact him via the details below:
JANUARY WEDDING 2017
Club members, Gordon and
Wendy, were married at the Registry Office in
County Hall straight after the Bank Holiday on January the 3rd.
I am sure you will all join in wishing them both a long and happy life
together as Mr & Mrs Ratcliffe.
Millie's Grand Appeal Summer
WINNING RAFFLE TICKET
Grand Appeal Summer 2016
Here is a short account
from the winner of the summer raffle for the
Millie's Grand Appeal. Despite having won this prize in July 2016,
because of the busy summer we were not able to cash it in till the end
We made arrangements with Sinclair Mercedes who offered the prize.
Booked ourselves in at the St. Brides Hotel in Saundersfoot. On the 30th
November we collected the car from Sinclair a beautiful dark blue
Mercedes 220 CLS. After a short familiarisation drive with Mr Jamie
Trollope, Sinclair's manager, Alison and I took off in the direction of
Normally speaking taking a
short break in November in Wales is asking
for a good soaking but the skies were blue and sun was out in full force
however not strong enough to lift the temperature just above freezing.
The route followed lots of minor roads through, Laugharne, Pendine, and
Amroth to Saundersfoot. The hotel is on the West cliff of Saundersfoot
overlooking the harbour. The staff welcomed us and booked us in for a
spa session and dinner. In the room there was a collection of
petit fours, strawberries, apples and complementary drinks.
The next morning we took a drive to Tenby and on our way home we
detoured to Colby Woodland Gardens in Amroth and had a look around.
We completed our day by driving home over the Black Mountains.
I would like to thank Mr Jamie Trollope from Sinclair Mercedes for
offering this prize.
Ron van Heeswijk
LETTER FROM RAY LEGATE
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you together with
the Officers and Committee Members, both past and present for their
enthusiasm and dedication which has resulted in the Swansea Historic
Vehicle Register achieving its 40th. ANNIVERSARY this year.
Congratulations also to those long-standing and more recent club
members for the important contribution they have made to the
success of the S H V R by planning and organising a full diary of
motoring and social events throughout the year for the enjoyment of
all club members.
I signed up as a member of the S H V R when I attended my first
Singleton Park Rally in 1979 and am confident that the club will go
from strength to strength as it caters so very well for owners and
enthusiasts of all types of vintage and classic vehicles.
My very Best Wishes to everyone in the S H V R.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR EDITOR
The above letter was received from member
Ted Beaumont and is
reproduced in full with the exception of a small PS paragraph at the
bottom on a different matter.
On behalf of the club officers and committee members I would like to
thank Ted for his kind comments in his letter.
I trust he will remain a member for the next 40 years and keep an eye on
us to make sure we behave!
SHVR Member John O’Shea, shown sitting in-between daughter Pat and
Tony Jones, passed away on the 26th of February in Prince Phillip
Hospital following a heart attack.
John’s interest in cars started at an early age starting with an
apprenticeship at Daimler Cars of Coventry. He also worked for other
manufacturers in the Coventry area, no doubt as part of the absorption
into the BMC/BMH conglomerate.
In later life John worked as an Insurance Assessor. It was during this
time that I first met John. Inevitably conversations would veer onto
other than the one he had come to see as latest acquisitions were
compared. John was a good conversationist as anyone who knew him
would confirm and he enjoyed life to the best of his ability.
Our thoughts and best wishes go to daughters Patricia and Susan, Brother
Brian and the rest of the family.
Sad news received from our twinned
club, the Kinsale Vintage and
Classic Car Club. Long standing member Hans Hellsten finally lost his
long battle with cancer and passed away at the beginning of the month.
Hans will be remembered for his immaculate big Mercedes saloon,
which was a regular visitor to our Summer Rally weekend. One year,
having met up with the Irish visitors at Fishguard, Hans needed to get
Auto Windscreens in Swansea to sort out a chip in his windscreen. Sally
and I were to guide him to their depot and set out on the road home in
Marlin which had a rather good turn of speed Forgetting Hans was
behind, I dispatched an idiot on the dual carriageway who had been
driving erratically and showed him a clean pair of heels rapidly.
Remembering Hans a bit late, I looked in the rear view mirror to see how
far behind he was, only to see a very large Mercedes grille which
appeared to be a part of my rear bumper and a smiling face in the
windscreen. I had forgotten that the saloon shared the same running gear
as the Gullwing and had no difficulty in keeping station with us much to
the shock of the stunned looking driver of the Golf which had just been
dealt with by what he had taken to be a couple of old cars
Good memories of a genuine car enthusiast who will be a great loss to
the Kinsale club and the classic car movement
YOUR EXPIRED TAX DISC
Is your expired tax disc going to get
you in trouble? It could do!
A number of motorists still have their expired tax disc on display
as a memento or just because they have forgotten about it, although
is no longer any legal requirement to have one on show.
A discussion with member Ken Bradley, told of two cases where the
owners of cars displaying their expired excise disc on the windscreen,
have been prosecuted and fined with penalty points for doing just that.
The problem concerns ‘modern’ type discs with a barcode on the front.
Earlier type discs not showing such a code are apparently alright to
display on your classic, as are replica representations of early tax
which can be purchased to match the year of your pride and joy. I am at
loss to know
Worryingly, this information does not appear to have been made public,
so a number of motorists, classic or modern, could be subject to the
heavy handed approach reported above. The cynic in me wonders if this
is just another revenue stream for cash-strapped police authorities.
a friendly warning from the officer at the time would have been a far
more sensible way of handling the issue!
Sally would like to thank
Sally would like to thank you to all of you
for the massive support she
has been given and for all the goodwill messages she has received from
you at her mother’s passing. Thank you very much
from three years to four years
I wonder how many of you noticed that during
the Budget speech,
mention was made of the intention to extend the time for a vehicle’s
MoT from three years to four years. I must admit to being one of those
who missed that bit at the time. Since then there has been a lot of
discussion in the industry publications, as to the safety of this
Apparently quite a number of three year old vehicles fail to pass the
without some remedial work being required. Although it has to be said
that the MoT test in Northern Ireland is already every four years.
There is not much time left before we head off to the Restoration Show
in November. If you want to go and you have yet to let Patrick know, do
so straight away so that you don’t lose out on the bus. Don’t leave it
Sally would like to thank you to all of you for the massive support she
has been given and for all the goodwill messages she has received from
you at her mother’s passing. Thank you very much.
Sadly we have received news that Alan
Saunders, a member of the club
has passed away on the 9th of September. We do not have any further
details as yet, but will pass them on when we have more news.
COTHI BRIDGE BRUNCH RUNS
Welcome news. The Cothi Brunch meetings are
to re-start on the first of
August. The lengthy repairs to the fire damaged hotel have now been
sorted out and Terry, Sally and son Jonathon are ready to welcome back
club members to the monthly meetings.
As usual, we will meet up at Pont Abraham services at 10am, before
enjoying a small road run to the hotel in time for a natter and brunch
like-minded enthusiasts from other clubs.
Let me know if you are coming along so that we know who to wait for at
the start, or let me know if you are going to go direct to the Cothi
Members Information Note
We have been contacted by a company
called SLINDEN SERVICES
They are a company specialising in the repair and reconditioning of
cracked and damaged ‘Cast Iron’ cylinder heads, blocks and exhaust
manifolds, using their approved Lloyds Fusion welding procedure.
They also offer Metal Stitching, Machining and fitting of spare parts,
also full pressure testing.
Their details are:
Slinden Services Ltd
L3 Olympic House
Westminster Industrial Estate
Tel: 01530 274646
We are considering organising a club visit to the Morgan factory and
taking advantage of their guided tours sometime later in the year. It
would have to be a weekday trip to keep costs down.
If you are interested in going, please contact me so that we can
numbers and costings and dates.
Garage Space available for two classic cars. Very secure area, dry and
with battery maintainers available. Nominal rent. £50 per month per car.
Terry Davison 01267 290911 or 07785 366764 e-mail: email@example.com
Swansea Historic Vehicle Register has
lost another member. Godfrey
passed away suddenly at his home on January the 14th aged 76.
Godfrey was well known by many members and all his customers at
Northway Garage in Murton. Club nights would see Godfrey, Brian
Jenkins and before his passing, Frank Marsh, sitting around the table
with a number of magazines and catalogues discussing the classic car
scene and auction markets. It will be a quieter evening without him.
Our condolences go to his brothers, Courtney and Dudley and his sister
London will resonate to the sounds of
powerful V8 and V12 engines
early next year as the capital plays host to a new vibrant and exciting
classic car show. To be staged at the ExCeL Centre in London’s
Docklands from 8-11 January 2015, the first ever London Classic Car
Show will highlight examples of the most evocative classic and
collectors’ cars ever made. But these are no mere static exhibits.
A unique centrepiece will be a special ‘street’ feature – called the
Avenue – up and down which the show’s 100 top cars will be driven. It
will give visitors the chance not just to gaze at some of the most
and valuable classic cars in the world while at rest, but also to see
hear them in action. “The Grand Avenue will add an extra dimension to
the new London Classic Car Show,” says Bas Bungish, Event Director.
“Part of the appeal of a classic Ferrari is the snarl of its V12 engine
the V8 rumble from an American muscle car is music to the ears of every
Among the other attractions will be displays from premium marque
owners clubs and heritage showcases from leading manufacturers.
Historic racing and competition cars will be featured while leading
collectors will be invited to present a special car from their
Classic dealers will be on hand with desirable cars for sale, while
stands will highlight the skills of restorers and specialist suppliers.
will also be a large autojumble offering quality memorabilia for sale.
Further information about the Show can be found via the
We had forty two and a half million
of them in 2013…but now we don’t
have any. No I’m not talking about the people old Farage might…or
might not…ask to leave our shores for being scallywags of various
varieties, but the tax disc ! As just one who has recently wandered down
to the Post Office with his MOT and Insurance, and a cheque (remember
them ?) for such a permit to actually have one of my cars on a road, I
confess I left with a feeling of “I was robbed” even worse than
usual…without my little multicoloured disc…little enough, but at least
SOMETHING for my cash !
Gone. Like AA men on a motorbike & sidecar…dog licences…honest
bankers…petrol in gallons…border security at Calais…trustworthy
Still…here’s a tip. That monolith in Morriston ran out of perforated
discs near the end…so gave out plain sheets that you had to cut the
out of…in years to come they’ll be rare, as most folk cut them out…if
you didn’t…well…say no more ! The Tax Disc first appeared in 1921 I
gather…200,000 were issued that year, bringing in £2.8 million (you can
work that out in Guineas yourself !) and the cash WAS used for road
building. At least until 1937, when the Treasury snaffled it. At one
the discs had a rose, daffodil, thistle or shamrock, based on where
bought, with more complex designs later introduced to try to eliminate
those ruffians using labels off Guinness bottles…cunning devils ! That
took in the years from 1963 to 1978, with blue, brown, green and red
colours revolving annually. It all got complex thereafter, with
watermarks, embossing, barcodes and holograms all used.
Still, all of interest for the collector…Velologists they are called I’m
The older the disc the higher the value…one pristine example from 1921
fetched over £800, other 1920’s types going from £30 to £50 or so. How
much for an old Guinness bottle label I wonder ?
6/11/1940 - 17/12/2014
passed away peacefully
Swansea Historic Vehicle Register has lost another long time member.
Ted Purcell sadly passed away on the 17th of December at his home in
Pontardawe. He had bravely ignored his cancer which had returned
following a time in remission.
I first met Ted in 1968 through membership of Swansea Motor Club,
where we shared mutual interests in motorsport and old cars, and a pub
Ted was a keen competitor with his various cars. Motorsport in those
days was far more relaxed and you could use the same car for Autotests,
Rallies, Hillclimbs, and Racing. In fact any form of motorised
competition. He was well known for competing in his much modified
Fairthorpe, a car that was both fast and somewhat fragile, one engine
failure resulted in so much damage that we could only re-use the rocker
Ted was always cheerful and ready to have a bit of fun. His pipe was
always on hand, unless he was pinching a cigarette from you when he
allegedly ran out of tobacco. A frequent occurrence if I had any French
cigarettes on me!
Latterly Ted fell in love with Riley’s and many members will remember
his Riley Special that he built, making the body himself. A well-used car
it was a regular visitor to Kinsale and, like the Fairthorpe, it too returned
not so long ago on a recovery truck having been driven with enthusiasm.
He changed to a Riley Lynx Tourer and like its predecessor it made
many a trip to Ireland. On one such trip, he introduced his long lost
cousin Des to the club and Kinsale. Like an old married couple they were
arguing over the hood being up or down. Des won, down it came before
we left the carpark and it stayed down for the rest of the trip. Typical
Ted, that’s what you wanted, that’s what you got!
Unfortunately his cancer returned and the prognosis was not good.
However Ted and Linet were not going to let it get them down and to use
the remaining time to good effect. So it was decided that a project would
help Ted to keep his mind from dwelling on his health. Enter an MGA in
need of a lot of TLC (sales speak for ‘needs a rebuild’). Ted was
determined to finish the car in time to take it to Kinsale in the following
May. Cousin Des helped out with some of the heavy work and low and
behold Ted not only booked a place for Linet and himself on the annual
club trip, but they all made it to Kinsale in time for a night-cap or three.
Not one to give up and having a very supportive wife. When Ted
declared the MGA finished, Linet suggested he should get another
project. Ted became the owner of a very low mileage Riley RM Saloon
which also needed a large dose of TLC. Such was Ted’s determination
that he also finished the work needed to see the Riley take to the road
despite the fact that it hadn’t turned a wheel for a very long time. Ted
was able to have a last ride in each of his cars and I’m told that the grin
was from ear to ear with pipe in hand. The pipe was used to point
out to Des that the MGA did in fact have 5 gears by tapping on the
gearlever! May your road always be long and sporting and your fuel tank ever
full. It was a pleasure to know you. Our deepest condolences go to Linet,
Edward, Alex and Chris.
CLASSIC CAR OWNERS BEWARE
We recently had a clutch failure on
our MG C and what a job it was to
get back from Hampshire to Swansea; fortunately the ‘C’ has a large
engine with loads of torque, which enabled me to use top gear
away from halts, and then in and out of overdrive once on the move.
When we arrived in Swansea, it was straight to Kevin Penhale, who
spotted the problem straight away; corrosion in the master-cylinder had
formed a ‘gel’ in the pipe to the slave cylinder. No pedal despite the
master being full to the top and no release of the clutch.
The pipe and flexible to the slave were released and fluid pumped
through under very high pressure, until the blockage was cleared and
clean fluid was coming through. The master cylinder was also cleaned
out before new synthetic fluid was added and the system bled; great, we
had a clutch back.
LESSON: No doubt we all renew and bleed the brakes on our classics
at regular intervals, I do our MG, Mini and VW Golf every two years,
but do we think to do the same with the hydraulic clutch as fitted on
classics? Most modern cars have cable clutch operation so not many
mechanics think about the fluid in the clutch?
Personally I will now be changing all fluids every two years in the
Remember most hydraulic fluids are hygroscopic, hence the corrosion
over a prolonged period.
If you have had - or fear they may be
lurking - ill effects of ethanol
content in modern petrol then this may be of interest. BMH are to supply
two types of Ethanol free fuel, to safeguard classic and historic
that can suffer dire consequences of the appliance of science to filling
the tank...VP Vintage unleaded or VP Vintage Leaded.
The fuel is formulated by specialist American company VP Racing
Fuels, whose product C12 is claimed to be the most successful fuel in
American racing history...
VP seems relatively unknown in Britain, though it supplies fuel to sixty
major racing series around the world, including the IOM TT races and
The fuel has a shelf life of up to two years, and they say gives extra
protection against detonation, increases in bhp and torque compared with
your average pump juice.
The fuel is supplied in 19 litre drums that can be collected from the
warehouse in St. Helens (the Merseyside version, rather a cricket
or delivered to your door...
A special easy pour spout and vent hole is a feature of the drums so no
spillage should occur when filling up the classic!
Specifications are VP Vintage Unleaded 100 octane - light red drum,
VP Vintage Leaded 100 octane - light blue drum.
Further details can be seen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org_
passed away after a
sudden change in his condition on the 14th October. He will be greatly
missed by all who knew him. He was a gentleman who never had a bad
word to say about anyone.
Our deepest condolences to his wife Donna and family.
We have lost a good friend
RIP Trevor we will all miss you.
Trevor on the right with his friend Patrick Burns
Trevor in his Buggatti
Car Show at the NEC 2013
understand that the coach outing to the Classic Car
Show at the NEC was a success and I understand that
no one bought a new car. I spoke to a friend of
mine from Solihull over the weekend who went to the
show and commented that the quality of cars there
was mostly very high but certainly not as high as
the prices being asked for some of them. He has a
pagoda Mercedes and was amazed that a couple of
examples were nearly £100K.
Frank as Compo in the Fancy Dress Party
Lorimer Marsh. 1926—2013
was a long time friend and active member of SHVR who
attended and supported all the clubs activities.
could be seen regularly driving round in his green
MG TF; Frank also attended our autojumbles with an
amazing array of toys and autojumble.
and his late wife Betty attended the first toy fair
and they both had stalls at all the major fairs up
and down the country'
true gentleman and a great leveller of age, He will
be sadly missed.
condolences go to his family.
SHVR donation to Singleton
Maternity Department 2013
Grille and badge-bar
badges are now available to purchase on club nights. Limited stock!
contact Mike Jones 01792362281
It is with regret that I have to
announce the passing of John Huxtable who was a member of
SHVR and attended many functions. He was well known for the
Gilbern which he completely restored in his home garage.
John used to run several garage
businesses in both Baglan and Carmarthen, before working in
the Ford Motor Company.
He was a larger than life real
gentleman who was passionate about his love for classic
cars. He was also passionate about touring in his caravan
with his family both in the UK and the continent.
We extend our condolences to his
wife Rowena and their two children on their sad loss.
club members who have not yet heard it is my sad duty to
report the loss of another long standing member.
(Nee Skyrme) died suddenly last Saturday afternoon. Thirty
six hours previously she had been enjoying a pub lunch with
Sally and Mike Jones. Our sympathy and best wishes go out
to her family and friends.
The funeral took place at
Swansea Crematorium on Tuesday 8th October 2013, and was
very well attended by both ex police colleagues and club
the avoidance of doubt Anita and I are NOT planning
another Singleton Show.
club wants the show to run in next and subsequent years
then someone, one of the people reading this, has to
pick it up and run with it. The show will not organise
If no one volunteers to organise
Singleton it will not happen.
If we have a volunteer I will give them
all the data and plans that we have developed over the
last five years.
In a similar vein. I gave notice at the
AGM in March that I will be standing down as Chairman in
March 2014 and a new Chairman will be needed. It would
be very useful to have a Chairman elect now as one of
the new persons tasks will be to renegotiate the
contract with Studt’s Fairgrounds, that is if the club
wants Singleton to happen next year. It is not right
that I renegotiate the contract.
On a lighter note I look forward to this
current weather continuing and the sun shining on our
summer runs. Our recent Drive it Day run was rather a
washout but full marks to Graham who braved the elements
in his MGA without hood. Twenty two of us then enjoyed a
very pleasant lunch in the Butchers Arms at Alltwen.
As I write this after Singleton Show I
hope that the group of members who are leaving for
Kinsale tomorrow have a very enjoyable trip and renew
old friendships with the Irish. We look forward to
hearing their report on the trip on May club night.
motoring! John Dorney
PAM & DAVE MEMORIAL RUN
Our remembrance run for pam and Dave took place on the
23rd of July. The turnout of members and
friends was marvelous. I’m sure they would have been
very flattered that so many friends and acquaintances
took time out to join in their run.
The run was originally planned by Pam and Dave for a
club run, although for some reason it was never brought
up to the club and was never used. After a
reconnaissance run over the route, we decided to shorten
it slightly and to use a finish venue that they had both
been to with the club in the past.
Leaving the Pont Abraham services, we made our way up
the A483 towards Ammanford where we turned right at the
square and made for Glanaman and on to Gwaun-Cae-Gerwen
and up over the mountain.
Although it was dry, there was still a bit of a nip in
the air but it meant that it would be clear enough for
everyone to see the views that Pam & Dave had intended
enroute to the finish at the Gwyn Arms near Dan-yr-Ogof.
The owners of which had reserved the top room for us to
eat together and compare memories of our two absent
Both of whom were no doubt with us in spirit, and
knowing Dave he would have been laughing his head off.