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Southern Classics

Society Newsletter

Issue 116 - August 2012

Club Events

Calendar for

2012 on Inside

of Back Page

Next events Sunday 19th August,

Car Show at Worthing

Rugby Club

(see page 16)

Saturday 1st & Sunday

2nd September,

Shoreham Airshow

Sunday 23rd Sept.,

Car Show at Chichester

College (see page 17)

Don’t forget - Every

2nd Monday of the

month is our Noggin &

Natter - See page 4

for the Latest On Our

New South Venue for

our Monthly GetTogethers

www.southernclassics.org.uk Southern Classics Society – Committee Chairperson - Garry Goodey Webpage Co-ordinator – Phil Webb 02392 257846 webadmin@southernclassics.org.uk garrygoodey@talktalk.net Newsletter Editor - Robert Spence Promotions Secretary - Richard Long 01273 462309 07976 259290 newsletter@southernclassics.org.uk info@southernclassics.org.uk Postal Mailing Address for Newsletter Items Treasurer - John R Leaney Southern Classics Society 01903 763703 (after 6.00 pm please) c/o Windy Ridge sujoco@live.co.uk 7 Downside Shoreham-by-Sea Membership – Peter Haynes West Sussex BN43 6HH PO Box 1212, Crawley, RH10 0GX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ membership@southernclassics.org.uk General Committee Members Regalia – Eric Wood 2 Forge Close, East Preston, Ted Preston (Seconded Member) West Sussex BN16 1HX 01903 782661 (6.00 – 8.00 pm please) Maria Cha

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Front Cover - John Easterbrook’s Stag in the Swiss Mountains - Picture by Eric Wood Disclaimer - The views expressed in the Southern Classics Newsletter are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the Society.

Newsletter Printed by Southwick Print 01273 595694 Chairperson’s Jottings Well folks we had a great day ay Brinsbury, with fine weather and some very nice cars well done to all the prize winners and a special well done to Terry Bray for the nice Ford Anglia which won the first ever presentation of the "Brian Bennett Charity Shield" which was presented to him by Phyllis Bennett.

Other things that have been happening in the chair’s fleet of cars is a new companion for the Riley RME (Muttey) of an Austin Healy Sprite Mk II for Sue who has named her "Millie" and just loves to drive her when ever she can, and now we have fitted the roof the weather is not a problem. As for "Muttley" she was on Wedding duty on the weekend of 16th June, as the wedding car for a very nice lady we met at the Riley Club Xmas Dinner who just happens to have the name Christine Riley who is the granddaughter of one of the Riley brothers who ran the Riley Company before it was sold to the BMC. I had to pick up Victor Riley, who gave Christine away, who is the Riley Club’s President from the Hotel then go to Christine's to collect the bride, so having such prominent Riley family members in my car meant she had to look and behave well, which she did with ease.

That’s all from me, just to say the AGM is being planned for Tangmere in October of which more info is elsewhere in this issue.

Regards Garry Introduction Although at times it has tried its hardest not too, summer has in general arrived for us in the South. More by luck than judgement the Bewl Water & Brinsbury Shows took place in warm and sunny weather. Reports on both shows later on and also on the web site.

By now most members will know that The Royal Coach in Shoreham, where we used to hold our monthly meetings has closed and the Committee has found a very good replacement venue. For our August, October and December Committee Meetings and Noggin & Natters, we will be using The Crabtree Inn, Crabtree Lane, Lancing, owned by club member Phil Houghton, see page 4 for more details. We look forward to seeing you there.

If the Society has your email address, then you should have received my first eNewsletter in early July. If you did not get it (and I tried!) but would like it, then please email me and I will email you a copy. It never ceases to amaze me with emailing, how I can send information to members without any problems one day, while next time I end up with a number of “undeliverables”! The joys and pain of modern technology! The next eNewsletter all being well should be with you in September.

And don’t forget, that if you currently receive your normal Newsletter via email, but would also like an A5 black and white printed copy, please let me know.

Kind regards, Robert Newsletter 117 - October 2012 Deadline for Articles by 10/09/2012 Membership Members are reminded that the Membership Secretary maintains an up to date and confidential database of members details. Any changes or additions should be sent, in the first instance, to me at the PO Box address on page 2 or via email to membership@southernclassics.org.uk Peter We would like to welcome the following new members;

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July Committee Meeting and Noggin & Natter at The Owl Public House, Dorking Road, Kingsfold, West Sussex, RH12 3SA The first Committee Meeting and Noggin & Natter at our new bi-monthly location was a great success, with some forty regular and new members turning up. The general consensus was that the venue and atmosphere of The Owl was very welcoming and we will be back at The Owl for our September and November get-togethers.

New Venue for the August, October and December Committee Meetings and Noggin & Natters Following the closure of the Royal Coach in Shoreham, the three remaining southern monthly meetings will take place at The Crabtree Inn, 140 Crabtree Lane, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9NQ. 01903 755514. The pub is owned by fellow Society member, Phil Houghton, who has kindly offered us the use of the wonderful “Spitfire” room. You’ll see why it is called that when you turn up on the 13th August.

RAFA Shoreham Airshow - Once the June Newsletter hit members’ doormats and email inboxes, the take up of allocated spaces to display cars at the RAFA Shoreham Airshow went within four days! The good news is that RAFA has kindly given us some more places and all members that applied will be able to display their cars and fly the flag for the Society on the 1st and/or 2nd September. Fingers crossed for some good weather and great flying over the week-end.

2012 Society AGM and Drive It

For the 2012 AGM, our Chairman, Gary Goodey, has arranged to hold the event at the Tangmere Aviation Museum, nr Chichester. If you have not been there before, then this is a great opportunity to take part in the AGM and then have a look around this great museum. The AGM will take place on Sunday 14th October, time to be confirmed subject to the “Drive-It” event beforehand.

Full AGM details and a Committee Posts nomination form will be in the September Newsletter.

Fun before the classroom!

Folks, as you may be aware, the SCS AGM will be held on Sunday 14th October, 2012 and as a thought, I am planning to organise a small “Drive-It” prior to the AGM. The “Drive-It” day earlier this year was well received and I thought it would be a good idea to suggest another to conclude this year’s events; especially as the club does not have an actual activity in October and with Autumn in full flow it may be the last run for some cars in 2012.

In brief, I’m looking to start the run late morning (venue tbc) which would then conclude at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. This would allow time to wander around the Museum prior to the AGM. I envisage the run lasting approximately 90 minutes – including a refreshment stop.

Additionally, it is hoped that by doing the run, it may encourage a better presence at the AGM.

Needless to say this is purely in the planning stage at the moment and I would welcome “expressions-of-interest” from members.

If interested, please drop me an email via info@southernclassics.org.uk or phone my number in the Newsletter. Further details of the “Drive-It” will be in the next SCS Newsletter.

Best wishes. Richard Long (SCS Promotions Secretary) Letters & Emails Hi Robert, I thoroughly enjoyed the Brinsbury meeting. I met some grand members, with some equally grand cars. I thought the photo quiz was a brilliant idea, and I think I might have got 7 right, but who knows.

You have a fine club there with some delightful officials and members. I wish you all well.

Jim Gavin; and here's a joke...

Only an Aussie could pull this one off! A true story from Mount Isa in Queensland...

Recently a routine Police patrol car parked outside a local neighbourhood pub late in the evening.

The officer noticed a man (a one Luke Sandery) leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles.. The man managed to find his car, which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night). Then flicked the indicators on, then off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights.

He moved the vehicle forward a few metres, reversed a little and then remained stationary for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left.

At last he pulled out of the car park and started to drive slowly down the road. The Police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyser test. To his amazement the breathalyser indicated no evidence of the man's intoxication.

The Police officer said "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the Police station - this breathalyser equipment must be broken."

"I doubt it," said the man, "tonight I'm the designated decoy"...

Friends of the Society - Shows & Events Listed on Pages 18, 19 and 28 Other News


Additives are available to protect against the main problems likely to be encountered for petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles (corrosion inhibitors, stability improvers and biocidal products).

A product for use with petrol has been designed to be added to the tank when re-fuelling to prevent degradation in storage in the fuel tank. It provides excellent protection against the possible corrosion through increased acidity which can occur when petrol containing ethanol is stored for any length of time. One bottle should provide a season’s protection – although this is obviously dependent on the vehicle and amount of usage.

A similar product for bio-diesel fuel (e.g. containing rapeseed methyl ester) has also been developed. There is no corrosion issue here but one of fuel filter blockage, injector fouling etc. It is also designed to be dispensed from a plastic bottle (with graduated optic) at refuelling time.

The stability additives that passed the (FBHVC) test are:

VSPe Power Plus, VSPe and EPS from Millers Oils email: enquiries@millersoils.co.uk; website:

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These all received an ‘A’ rating in the research which enables all these products to carry an endorsement from the FBHVC. The endorsement is in the form of the FBHVC logo and the words:

‘endorsed by the FBHVC as a fuel additive for protection against corrosion in metals’.

From Pistoheads - No More TVRs?

Nikolai Smolensky, owner of the moribund TVR brand, has officially given up any hope of restarting car production. Smolensky made the revelation to our newshound colleagues over at Autocar, saying that customer demands and costs of production are too high to make a return to building sports cars viable.

Since production officially ceased in 2006, Smolensky had been trying to return to building TVR sports cars and, among his weirder wheezes was plans to resurrect TVR using re-conditioned Sagaris, Cerbera or Chimaera models with LS3 GM V8s (not a bad idea) or even BMW diesels (utter madness), and a project to build a more or less all-new model.

But what happened? "We built three cars," he told Autocar. "A Tuscan Mk2 with a 400hp Corvette LS3 engine, a Cerbera powered by a BMW twin-turbo V8 diesel and a GT350 powered by a 100kW electric motor. They all worked well but the costs were high. We would have had to sell them at between £100,000 and £200,000, which was too high to make sense."

Smolensky has no immediate plans to sell the TVR name either and so that's it folks. TVR will not make a car again for the foreseeable future.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Drive-it Day - By Peter Haynes A number of members of Southern Classics Society took their cars out on Drive-It day back in April and this report looks at the popular event from a different perspective.

It all began during early 2011 when the Functions Manager at Rowfant House asked Maria if she could help organise a car show to be held in the grounds of Rowfant House (a listed building whose construction commenced sometime in the 16th century and has been developed and added to since). It is about 4-5 miles from Gatwick Airport and ⅝ miles from Maria’s house.

There were some problems perceived principally those of third party insurance and also Rowfant House is off the beaten track unlike, for example, Chichester College. However, after some lateral thinking Maria came up with the idea of using Rowfant House as a midway stop or ending to the annual Drive-It day organised by many clubs. This solved the insurance problem and provided car owners with a little map reading challenge! Around a dozen or so clubs expressed interest and so the ball began to roll. Rowfant House includes a licenced bar and kitchen facilities so a lunch menu was devised and everyone invited.

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