BB News March - April 2014

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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 2014
Drive it Day is the brain child of the Federation for British Historic Vehicle Clubs where they encourage all historic vehicle enthusiasts to take to the road for a day. It is held in commemoration of the 64 cars that left London on a 1000 mile trial in April 1900, setting off from London, travelling through Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester, before touring through Scotland and back to London again. This year it is to be held on Sunday 27th April 2014 and many clubs are arranging a specific route or event. Organisers from the FBHVC will be at Brooklands, Cotswold Motoring Museum, Bressingham Steam and Garden Centre and the Lakeland Motor Museum this year, any of which would be a good start, way-point or end-point location.
The Sunday Times last year estimated that there were 250, 000 historic vehicles on the road and it would be great to beat that this year. If you would like further details please contact your club or the FBHVC directly at

Jaguar E-Type
If you asked a group of people to name the first Classic car that comes into their head, a lot are likely to say the Jaguar E-Type. It is easy to see why this car became an icon of the sixties, with its combination of good looks, performance and competitive pricing. It was similar to the D-Type of the 1950s in structure and stylish curves but had steel alloys in place of the aluminium and magnesium. It had independent suspension at the front and the rear, fixed length driveshafts and twin coil spring/damper units. A 3.8 litre engine was claimed to reach a top speed of 150mph (241km/h) although the production cars did generally fall very slightly short of this. The model quickly became popular in sports car racing and on the open road and is one of the most sought after classics today. If you have an E-Type – why not send us a picture for our club gallery

Forthcoming Events


Saturday 1st March - Knutsford MC Tour of Cheshire - A full historic rallying experience along the popular lines of their previous events with interesting special tests, scenic regularities, quality venues and an array of rally stars of old.
For more details please see

Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd March - Bournemouth Aviation Museum Vintage transport day – This is the 6th Annual Vintage Transport Show and has an exciting line up of exhibits, live entertainment and classic vehicle section with a number of clubs having a stand.
For further information please see or contact Steve Tydeman on 07592 190059

Sunday 2nd March - MG and Triumph show, MAC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire – Live Promotions have this year combined the MG Show and the Triumph Show benefitting both traders and members of the public. This is one not to miss!
Further details can be found at

Sunday 2nd March – Newark Auto jumble - There are usually 1 or 2 large halls with acres of outdoor stalls plus a large display of classic cars and bikes.
Jeff Needham has more info - Tel: 01773 819154

Saturday 8th March - Wetherby Auto jumble & Classic Meet Yorkshire - Wetherby Racecourse Jct. 46 A1M - Classics over 25 years with specialist suppliers - stainless, oils, electrics, powder coating, machine tools, batteries, New old stock car and bike spares.
Contact Andrew for more details: 01642 438520

Sunday 9th March - Brooklands Morris and Austin Day - Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd, Weybridge - All types of Morris & Austin vehicles on display in and around the Paddock, with Test Hill in action and aero-engine runs (subject to serviceability).
Contact Paul Stewart on 01932857381 for more info.

Saturday 15th March - Malvern Heavy & Light Commercial Vehicle Show - Three counties Showground Worcestershire. A show for people who love classic and commercial vehicles; held in Wye Hall, entrance via Brown Gate.
For more information, please contact Independent Event Management. 01775 712344 or see

Sunday 29th March - Spring Transport Festival at Greater Manchester's Museum of Transport - a wide range of transport and local interest books, DVDs, photos and models. Why not enjoy a ride on their free heritage bus service too.
See for more details

Sunday 29th March - Vintage Vehicle Auction Perth Scotland - Vintage Vehicle and Machinery Auction - All vehicle types welcome.
Call 01821 642574 or see View Website: for full details


Friday 4th April - Merlin Spring classic Tour - Kettering Park hotel, Northamptonshire – A tour of beautiful Dorset with visits to Kingston Lacey House, Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens and Athelhampton House. Open to any cars introduced prior to 1980, plus later sports and grand touring cars and other cars of special interest.
Contact Keith McGee on 01935-474630 or View their Website:

Friday 4th April - Scotland Argyll Classic Tour of the Kingdom - An ideal event for getting the Classic out from its winter sleep and enjoying a tour round the Scottish countryside. Contact Caledonian Classic & Historic Motorsport Club to find out where it is actually being held.
Jim Paterson Email Address: or see

Saturday 5th April - Heritage Transport Show Kent - Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone - Large displays of vintage vehicles with new auctioneers and auto jumble section for 2014. Guest speakers, competitions and trade stands. Featuring the South East Bus Festival and anniversary displays.
Contact Lucy Hegarty on 01622 630975 for more information. Website:

Sunday 6th April - Newbury 4 x 4 & Vintage Spares - Newbury Showground, Chieveley, Berkshire - Biggest Land Rover Auto jumble in Europe plus added vintage section. 650 traders at previous events.
Contact Mark Woodward for full details: Mobile 07768 741610 or

Sunday 6th April - Crotch Cooler's Classics at The Chilworth Arms in Chilworth, Southampton - All classic car owners are invited to this opportunity to show off their cars, ride in convoy and meet up with some old friends. Please pre booking directly with the pub if you wish to dine.
Nigel Lewis has more info 02392 525100 or see:

Saturday 12th April - Somerset Rural Living Show - Taunton Racecourse - Classic Car Day as part of a charity craft and life style show to raise money for the St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton.
Contact Louise Walker on 01823 323363 if you want to know more. Website:

Sunday 13th April - Southern Classics Spring Show – Chichester College, West Sussex.
Please contact Richard Long on 07976 259290 for more details or see:

Sunday 20th April - Skipton Autojumble - Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Rd, Skipton - 4x4 and vintage Spares day
Mark Woodward has the details - 01253 407779 or mobile 07768 741610. Email

Sunday 20th April - Medway Festival of Steam & Transport - at The Historic Dockyard Chatham - A real celebration of transport through the ages. Hundreds of vehicles on display including traction engines, classic cars and motorbikes, commercial and military vehicles, buses and coaches. Rail Art - a temporary exhibition by the Guild of Railway Artists is open for the event too.
Call 01634 823800 Email or view the website:

Sunday 27th Aril – Chase Transport Show – Cannock, Staffordshire - An array of vintage and classic vehicles will be on display including steamers (large and miniature) tractors, military, commercials, fire engines and car enthusiast clubs. Also an auto jumble and trade area, vehicle commentary and demonstrations, funfair and children’s entertainers.
Email or view the website:

Sunday 27th April - East Yorkshire FBHVC Drive it Day, Scarborough Fair Collection Museum - Join the gang at this gem of a museum where they conclude their National Drive it day event. There will be approximately 60 historic and classic motor vehicles on show for you to enjoy from midday until about 4:00pm. Entrance to view the vehicles is free and normal admission prices apply to visit the museum.

Sunday 27th April - Standard Drive it day Hampshire - Standard Motor Club - All makes welcome of Classic car, van or motorbike to assemble from 10 am at The Bear & Ragged Staff, Stonymarsh, Romsey on the A3057. A leisurely drive through the beautiful lanes & villages of Hampshire & Wiltshire, arriving back at The Bear & Ragged Staff for an optional late Sunday Lunch.
Darrell Cunningham has the details: 01794 389165 or mobile: 07773 337583
View the website:

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