BB News July - August 2013

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So who’s been on a road trip? Why not send me your pictures and tell me about it and I will mention your club in the next edition of BB News.

Drive it Day 2013
IMG_9967As I mentioned ‘Drive it Day’ approaching in the last edition, I thought I would give you a roundup of the day in this edition. On Sunday 21st April members of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and other enthusiasts took to the road, setting off from various locations across the country, to celebrate and demonstrate the variety of motor vehicles on the road. The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon saw an estimated 300 vehicles taking part including an array of TR’s MG’s and Minis as well as some Gilberns, Gordon Keebles and Scimitars and a pair of BSA 3-wheelers which attracted a lot of attention. The Royal Oak in Bishopstone, near Swindon was the starting point for 120 vehicles, the oldest of which was a 1914 Stanley steam car. If you are interested in taking part in the 2014 Drive it Day, please see the FBHVC website:

Featured Classic: MG Midget
I thought in each edition, I would focus on a particular make and model of car that I have spotted while out and about. This month I am going to take a look at the MG Midget. This fun two-seater sports car was built by the British Motor Corporation between 1961 and 1979, and revived an old name from earlier models. The Mk1 was a small, inexpensive fast and safe car with easy and predictable handling. In 1963 the Mk1 was given a 1098cc engine with 55bhp as well as improved transmission ratios, which gave the car a competitive edge to the Triumph Spitfire which had just been released. Disc brakes replaced the twin-leading-shoe front drum brakes and centre locking wheels were also introduced as an option. The Mk2 was released a year later, with improved rear suspension, the doors were fitted with wind-up windows and a new curved windscreen was installed. The Midget continued to sell well into the Mk4 version but it was dropped in 1979, with many mourning its passing. However, today, Midgets are increasingly being restored to a high standard and still provide their owners with great enjoyment out on the open road.

Forthcoming Events


Saturday 6th July - Harlow classic car and motorbike show – Harlow Rugby Club. An array of vintage, classic, modern, American and military vehicles on show with Autojumble, trade stands, craft stalls and activities for all the family.
Contact Tracey Harvey for more information:

Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th July – Lichfield Cars in the Park – Beacon Park, Lichfield.
Regarded as the 2nd largest show of its kind in the UK, over 800 cars are expected to be on show. For more information please see

Sunday 7th July - North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Festival - North Norfolk Railway Sherringham.
The railway's annual Vintage Transport Festival has become one of the "must attend" events for owners of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. There is so much to see and do with everything from marine engines and bicycles to Rolls Royces and tractors on show. For more information please see

12 July 2013-14 July - Goodwood Festival of Speed - Goodwood House nr Chichester
With 150,000 visitors attending the event, the Festival, which takes place in the beautiful parkland surroundings in front of Goodwood House, attracts unique cars and legendary drivers from all over the world. It is the only event that most of the current Formula One teams attend outside of a Grand Prix, and it is confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will attend. Please see for more information

Sunday 14th July - Tamar Historic Vehicle Club Festival of Transport - Polhilsa Farm on the outskirts of Callington
Please email for further details

Sunday 21st July - Classics at the Castle - Bodelwyddan Castle Denbighshire
Over 20 classic car clubs are booked into the show with a further 250 private entry vehicles displaying in sections divided by decade. You can expect to see classics ranging from pre 1950 Singer and Morris, to modern day classics such as the MG, and E-Type Jaguar with BSA and Velocettes in the Classic Bike Section.

Ssaturday 27th – Sunday 28th July - Cumbria Steam gathering - Cark Airfield, Flookburgh
With 30 different classes of exhibit, the 40th Cumbria Steam Gathering is an opportunity for a wide variety of enthusiasts to enjoy a memorable weekend in the Lakes and be part of an event which attracts up to 40,000 visitors. All general enquires contact Tim Holt 015242 71584


Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th August - Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza - South Cerney Airfield near Cirencester
The event combines a huge Steam & Vintage Transport Show, Country Show & Aicraft display making it a unique value for money event for the entire family, young and old alike. See for more information

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th August - Mid-Norfolk Railway 1940s Weekend - Railway Station Station Road Dereham
A wide and varied display of classic cars, motorbikes, tractors and other pre-1950 vehicles at Dereham and County School Stations along with the sounds of the era. See for more information

Wednesday 7th August - Classics on the Green - Croxley Green Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
The Largest mid-week car show in the UK up to 2000 cars. Now in its 12th year, held on the Green at Croxley Green Rickmansworth, Herts. For more information please see

Sunday 11th August - Newbury Classic Vehicle Show - Newbury Racecourse, Newbury
The 21st Annual Classic Vehicle Show organised by the West Berks Classic Vehicle Club. All the proceeds raised from the show are donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Last year the show attracted over 800 classic vehicles. Refreshments, auto jumble, side stalls and live music. See for more details

Sunday 11th August - Ford Fair - Silverstone Circuit
Europe’s biggest and best Ford festival with incorporated campsite. They also offer the opportunity for you to drive your car around the Grand Prix circuit for a bargain price! Full details can be found at

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th August - Tatton vintage and classic show - Tatton Park nr Knutsford
26th year for the North West of England's biggest event! Up to 90 club displays, 2000+ classic exhibitors, Giant Autojumble with 250 plots, large car mart area, over 2000 cars each day (65% different cars on the 2nd day!!) Includes general traders, children’s rides and family entertainment.

Sunday 18th August - Yorkshire Thoroughbred car club - West Riding – Wolds Run to Thornton le Dale in Yorkshire. There will be approximately 100 vehicles setting off from the Humber Bridge at 10:00am to arrive at Thorton le Dale from 11:00am onwards. For full details please see

Sunday 25th August - Classic Motorshow Devon - Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh
A variety of vintage, classic, cars, bikes, American, Custom and 4X4s will all be on show. For full details, please see

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