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- GRASPING GOVERNMENT
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has
indicated his intent, of continuing to pursue the Classic Car movement...
For following hard on the heels of his abolition of the right to Classic
Vehicle status - so sensibly considered and bestowed in a rolling fashion by
the previous government - in its second trench of cuts the 'so called' new
labour government, has indicated that the status of Tax Exempt Duty now
renamed 'Historic Vehicle Exempt Class' will now ALSO be reviewed
this year - with the likely certainty (say Civil Servants who always seem
to be "in the know") of termination.
Along with their lack of
support of derogation for the continued production of Unleaded Petrol - and
this despite hard evidence to the fact that though there are now many many
more cars now on the roads, pollution from cars in particular has actually
been substantially reduced over the last five years.
wouldn't think it to listen to the apocryphal tales eminating from the new
house of 'Irn Bru'. There will be much more on the subject as the Historic
Vehicle Clubs are clearly now faced with a Government which has decided to
try to drive restored and preserved cars off the road. Classic Car Magazines
are already picking this one up, as it looks as though the efforts of the
past years to continue to preserve such visible evidence of heritage count
- The new "HIGHLAND MALTS" Rally
first Annual event was well subscribed 80+ cars turning out on day 1 of this
7 day excursion around the Malt Distilleries of Scotland, and covering a
great deal of country - including a visit to the Isle of Skye, via the
somewhat contentious new Toll road bridge now linking it with the mainland
at Kyle of Lochalsh.
The varied competitors and cars both international
and local included a Team of Bristol cars coerced - OK well led then - by
Alexa Scott-Plummer in her very early Type 400 nicknamed
"Lettice", with Navigator Sue Shoosmith. Michael Waller
was in his very well ventilated Type 401 (originally prepared for
the Paris to Peking Rally) and ably crewed by Navigator Spencer
Lane-Jones, and finally bringing up the rear a co-opted Navigator
David Tozer was with Jean Gorjat in his Type 401,
reported by Jean with a grin of delight on day 2, "to be running like a
The 400 was also in the Scottish Team entry weakly
branded the "Bravehearts" along with the Scimitar of Chris Tomlinson and
Heather Reeves(Nav.) and the Jaguar 3.8 Mk2 of Laurence and June
Granger(Nav.). Finally with crew Sue, the 400 conveyed the only all
Ladies Team entry. The event was won by the TR2 entry. The Bristol
400 netted the Silver Medal finishing 2nd. overall, Alexa
and Sue of course also were pleased to accept the Ladies Team prize,
whilst the 'Bravehearts Trio' of Scottish cars entered took the National
Team First prize. So presents of excellent Scottish Glassware and
equally fine Spirits were liberally doled out in abundance. A surprise
personal bonus to Alexa was her driving of "Lettice" unbeaten for
accuracy in the time trial of 4 laps held at the Knockhill Race
Track. So an unexpected personal best was achieved. Michael Waller
missed the Bronze Medal position placing by a whisker - a technical
infringement - which was honourably declared just, and thus that crew missed
out on the third substantial award.
Of the three Bristols entered the
toll of damages were varied, an Oil leak and a puncture on the 400,
a broken exhaust hanger and dented pride "in the Swiss qualities" of
the Gorjat car, whilst during the Rally Michael Waller's car was reported of
a broken fan belt on one stage - but sadly contrived to hole a
Piston only just after completing the event! What rotten luck they
Actually one more BOC member was entered in the Rally though it was
only disclosed later, and that was Anatoly Arutunoff from
Tulsa-Oklahoma-USA in his massive Cunningham C3 complete with what
appeared to be Cowhide covered seats.
Many of the entrants were reported
to be ready to take part again next year. Clearly this intended Annual Rally
got off to a very good start.
- 50th Birthday Celebration Tour by BRONZ
It is reported
that the BRONZ Bash in New Zealand was fully subscribed and was attended by
representatives of the BOC Dick Dixon and family in his 603 and Andrew Blow
and Susan in a 411s4 kindly loaned for the occasion. Andrew commented that
fuel consumption was averaged out at 13 m.p.g. - but since fuel in NZ is
half the price of the UK equivalent - this really meant 26 m.p.g. in
Isn't it strange how the facts are represented according to the
end view :)) Nevertheless all reported it was an absolutely splendid
Fortnight... and some of the group continued on for ANOTHER Week and a half
according to Registrar Lane Smytheman. They sure demonstrated they meant
what they said - when they indicated they were really going to push the Boat
out celebrating their Fiftieth Anniversary! Congratulations too from the
BOC.. We hope it will be reported and illustrated in the Bulletin.
- New VED Discs
Arising from the last Budget it has been
announced that Pre-1973 vehicles will now be given a Historic Vehicle Duty
Exempt Disc instead of an Exempted Duty disc.
It is clear this will not
now roll on as the previous government decreed... but it is not clear if the
New Labour Government is using this as a means of eliminating this class of
Exempted Tax Vehicles in the future, or if a colossal mistake had been made
engendering the use of older cars to the dissatisfaction of the Car Industry
and a 'loss of easy revenue' to the Chancellor.
What is clear is that
the Common Market aspires to provide consumers with goods at the same price
throughout the EEC... there is clearly some way to go before the rest of
Europe catches up with our inflated prices and no indication whatsoever that
any UK Government will 'bite the bullet', and force both manufacturers and
retailers to trim their profits in order to provide UK customers with items
at the European 'mean price level. Advice and guidance is currently being
sought of the British Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs.
- NEW BRISTOL
promised Bristol Blenheim 2 was unveiled on the 14th.January 1998. As a
temporary measure details and Specification can be viewed on a new page from
this link to - The Bristol BLENHEIM 2. The page has
also been incorporated into the tour. Further details will be announced when
they are made available. Photographs are awaited, and will be included as
soon as is practicable to deploy them. Enjoy this taster and watch the
press. Members who were present admit they could not fault the level of
development from its predecessor. That augers well for its continued success
as the latest model in this long and meritorious line. Bristol Cars Ltd.
have also improved their own Web
Site and if you wish to view it from here you have just passed a direct
link to it. At long last it is worthy of a mention. It is not large but it
is well presented and to the point.
- BOC - CHAIRMAN's DINNER
Which took place on the 28th.November
1997 a little earlier than in previous years, was again held at the Royal
Automobile Club, London.
It was a great success with close to 60 people attending. This was a
significant increase on the previous year, and clearly this now
established footnote to the year's activities is gaining popularity.
- BOC - ANNUAL RALLY and CONCOURSE D'ELÉGANCE
Held on 7th.
September 1997 at Brooklands
It is reported that this venue was
extremely well attended and more detail of this and the Flying display will
be given in Bulletins.
If you have pictures or stories... can you please
send them to the Bulletin Editor by mail -
Address/contact data to be
found in back of current Bulletin -
or by E-mail direct to Bulletin
Editor; Graeme Browne
All contributions will be gratefully received.
- BOC - NORWEGIAN EXPEDITION
Dates: 8th. to 16th. June
This was your chance to see this wonderful scenic country, in a
guided tour, stopping at good overnight accommodation en route.
called first at Oslo(for a shopping opportunity), then moved onto
Lillehammer(visiting site of Winter Olympics/veteran car museum),
next stop was Geiranger(to see the Fjords), onto
Fjærland(visiting the Glacier Museum), on to
Voss(including a short ferry trip), finally arriving at
Bergen(for a visit Viking Ship museum/shopping)
The tour was
completed by 14 Bristol cars from the UK and was such a success another
jaunt may be arranged for 1999. On arrival at Newcastle some members were
interviewed and their cars photographed by a Japanese Automotive Magazine fo
an article to be published later this year.
Congratulations go to Trygve Krogsæter for a wonderful idea and
superb organization. See Bulletin for pictures and reports.
- CAR STOLEN
Type 409, Chassis number 409-7331, Body
Colour Silver, was reported by a loss assessor. UK registration
DHD 149D . See also note below next item.
- CAR STOLEN
410, Chassis number 410-7404, Body Colour Blue, was stolen in
London during Summer 96. UK registration RPL 675F.
Engine type and
number (now correctly identified thanks to the assistance of Bristol Cars
Ltd.) 318-9-21A ; note suffix is A not K.
N.B. Any owners or
traders offered 409 or 410 parts or a car without proper documentation,
should carefully check vehicle or parts number details. If either of these
cars are advertised or seen anywhere, please report details/location to the
Police and to any club official.
- NEW STYLE VEHICLE DOCUMENTATION.
DVLA at Swansea in
cooperation with the Club Registrar and the Manufacturers have now completed
their pilot study based upon Bristol Cars and as a result have set up
a section to deal with the revisions of V5 documents to hereon correctly
state Make and Type number as well as the full chassis number including
series version etc..
If you wish to take advantage of this development,
you will need to send your V5 with a covering letter, stating that it is
returned for correction and replacement to : VCS/MSU/DGFW, Ref/BRISTOL,
DVLC, SWANSEA, SA6 7JL. WALES.
MoT certificates are
not affected, and Road Fund Taxation Discs will be altered as
required on due renewal.
Please Note : This only applies to cars
registered in the United Kingdom.
This treatment of vehicle documentation
will now be expanded to cover the products of other low volume manufacturers
in the 'UK' and help in the development of newer documentation to be adopted
for the start of the next millenium.
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