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Contents Page 6 –Chairman Dennis, Touring Great Britain Page 9—Ovendens Offering, business as usual for the club before holiday time in Cyprus Page 15—Editor, limited on magazine space for myself but still room for a comparison of care options for your Beauford soft top Page 16—Historic car tax rules, Does your Beauford fall into this now rolling annual rule? Page 18—AGM 2016, Minutes from this years meeting held at Stoneleigh Page 24—David Cornforth, “First encounter with a Beauford”

Page 26 -An alternative power unit. A club member inventing alternative propulsion sources ( Refinement required before its fit for your Beauford) Page 28 –And Finally –Great news with another IVA pass Next Edition .......... Two Old Crocks, an Old Car & an eccentric daughter The club Facebook group membership page is free and available for all members to post discussions. To add yourself go to www.facebook.com/ groups/952781594781755

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The Chairman’s Page Dennis

I’ve made a start on this piece on Sunday, 12th June, the day of street parties and picnics to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Down here in New Romney it has been raining overnight and it’s still cloudy with more rain showers forecast. Such a shame, let’s hope it dries up even if it’s not going to be hot and sunny. We were planning to go to the Hamstreet festival of motoring today. It’s only a 15 minute drive away so we’ll wait a bit and see how it goes. It was also hoods up weather in May when we went to Stoneleigh for our meeting at ‘the largest Kit Car Show in the World’ as the sponsors call it. This is the club’s main get together and where we hold our AGM. Although it is a big event with plenty of manufactures showing their new models inside and clubs having their meetings outside, I think that the number of stands selling parts, tools and accessories was down on previous years. I don’t remember seeing M&M who supply trim and upholstery materials, and they have been regular exhibitors for a number of years. I spoke to the chap at Car Builder Solutions because all they had was a small stand and a stack of catalogues. In previous years they have brought their large trailer up from Marden which turns into a fully stocked shop. He told me that as it takes days to load, set up, pack away and then unload again, and then to have to pay for travel, accommodation, fuel and exhibitor pitch fees that it was just not making economical sense for them any more. People are generally confident in using the internet now and so much business is being done in this way that we may see other firms deciding to cut back on their displays. Although it’s good to chat with people we meet only once a year, it would be even better if we could meet some new faces along with all the usual suspects. So don’t be shy, come along and say hello next year, we’ll be pleased to see you. Ken’s now famous sausage and bacon butties are well worth making the journey for. 6


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We stayed in a B&B just outside Stratford on Avon for a few nights while we went to the AGM on Sunday, but on Bank Holiday Monday we went into Stratford because we had entered for their Festival of Motoring. The options were to display your car in the town centre and join the cavalcade or to take part in a run as well on either or both days. We decided to go on the run and this turned out to be a pub cricket tour. Do you remember them? One run for every leg you see and a wicket for the word ‘Arms’ on pub signs. We had a 60 mile run through some very pretty Cotswold countryside and villages in the morning, looking at pub signs following a very clear route book. We parked up in the town centre for a couple of hours and then took part in the cavalcade round the town. It was all very casual and friendly but very well organised and really well attended despite some questionable weather. After our stay in Stratford which included a visit to the theatre and a river trip, we went on further north to Northumberland where we stayed for two weeks. While we were there we drove across the causeway to Holy Island. The next day we went to Cragside and were parked up at the side of the scenic drive looking at a waterfall when two chaps came up to us and asked how we had enjoyed our day at Lindisfarne. It turned out that one of them was a Westfield owner, they were on holiday without their wives and had seen the Beauford on the island. It still surprises me how often people will come up and start a conversation because of the car.

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We visited various National Trust properties and also went to Beamish open air museum. The entrance ticket here is valid for a year; we spent two whole days there, and managed to see just about everything and would gladly go back again. It really is worth a visit if you are at all interested in industrial and social history, particularly of the northeast.

So far this year we have clocked up over 1700 miles which is already over half the allotted miles on the insurance. This has prompted me, at the risk of repeating what I said a couple of years ago, to once again ask you to write an article for the magazine telling us how much, or how little, you use your car. 200 or 20,000 miles a year? How many to the gallon? Is it for business or pleasure? Summer only or all year round? Trips to the shops or special occasions? For many members the magazine is their only link to the club and with relatively few members it needs an effort from a high percentage of you to keep things fresh and interesting. Still damp here, over to you, Dennis

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Ovenden’s Offering Liz It’s 10 o’clock at night and we have just finished watching the England match (the one which they drew 0-0), so thought I would come up and make a start on my article for the next magazine which will be out very shortly. Nails are filed down to a suitable length to enable me to type so here we go. So far this year summer briefly came about a month ago, unfortunately not in time for Stoneleigh, but it could have been worse – see my article. Our Beauford came out of winter hibernation and behaved itself beautifully. In the last magazine I wrote about how the container we keep the club trailer in got broken into but fortunately nothing was taken. Storage World promised to weld a box onto the front of the container so that the padlock could not be accessed with anything other than the key. When we went to take the trailer back after Stoneleigh, we were pleased to see that a security box had been welded onto the front of the container. However, our padlock key would not fit the padlock! It turned out that they fitted several boxes on containers at the same time and somehow the padlocks got muddled up and we had someone else’s padlock and someone else had ours. Why is nothing straight forward! Not sure how they did it but after a phone call the next day our padlock was back in place and we were able to open the container. However, as we opened the door the metal plate with the “loop” in it which the hasp of the padlock goes through fell off! We locked the container using the padlock in the old way and went home and reported it. Storage World said they said that they would get it fixed, so we left it a couple of weeks and went back – the lock was how we left it. Tony screwed it back on and closed the door and as he did so he heard it drop off inside, so opened it up and took the loop part home where he welded some nuts onto the back of the plate so that when the screws went in they actually held the plate in place. Came back and screwed it back on only to discover that now the plate was actually staying where it should be when the door was 9


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closed, but the loop did not come far enough through to get the padlock on. Back home again and this time Tony returned with a hacksaw and made the gap in the door bigger so that the plate went into the gap between the two layers of metal of the door and not through both of them. Hooray, this worked and we now have a secure container…but have we, you never know! Tony and I are off on holiday shortly for a couple of weeks in Cyprus, so I am under pressure from Owen to get my “offering” done before I go. However, by the time you read this we will be back as one of my jobs on return (apart from the washing) is to send the magazine out to you all. If you have tried to contact me by phone then you will know why I have not got back to you. I do however, pick up emails on holiday, as otherwise I might get Beauford club withdrawal symptoms! SUBSCRIPTIONS Many thanks to everyone who have sent me their subscriptions. However, once again it has been hard work and very time consuming sending out reminders. I have tried putting stickers on the front of the envelopes of the last magazine saying “subscription overdue” or wording similar but even now as I write this there are quite a few people who have not bothered to let me know whether or not they want to continue as members of the club. Those who have not paid by the time this edition goes out will not be getting it, and if they do renew afterwards I cannot guarantee that I will have enough copies left to send out to everyone. Fortunately as the subscriptions have gone up to £15 this does mean that the club is in better funds and it is not quite so imperative to get the funds from reluctant members. I appreciate that everyone has busy lives and it is sometimes easy to overlook the payment, but think of me trying to run my life, which despite being retired is still busy, having to 10


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cope with so many not paying and having to send out reminders. I think I sent out about 60 plus by email a month or so ago, and fortunately it did mean that payment was made by some but I still have about 30 odd outstanding. I have noticed a tendency that the majority of people who don’t renew are quite often those who only joined the club in the previous year or two and that the majority of members are of a long standing nature. As a suggestion, it is not too late to set up a standing order for next year! STONELEIGH First of all I would like to thank very much those members who turned up on the Saturday of Stoneleigh week-end to help set up the gazebos. We really did appreciate it and it meant that everything was set up in record time and we could set down afterwards and have a coffee and a chat. The same thanks also to everyone who stayed and helped pack up after the show on Monday. Things do quieten down in the afternoon and we usually start to pack up about 3.00 especially as it was starting to rain and the gazebos were getting wet. When we got home we had to take them out and let them dry out before repacking them in the container, so at least they won’t be covered in mildew next year. I have also decided to try and do something with the two panels on the backs and two on the front by sewing them together instead of relying on the zips which don’t always work well. Just another little job for me to do!

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The show itself went very well and we had quite a few cars (I can’t remember now but about 12, I think) on the Sunday and four on Monday, which was quite a record for Monday.

Ken Price surpassed himself on Sunday by cooking bacon and sausages for breakfast which went down very well with everyone and I would like to thank him for all his hard work with this and for getting the sausages and bacon, especially as he had only been back from holiday a couple of days having left his wife in Cyprus looking after her sick mother. It was lovely to see some of the more long standing members (was going to say older) and also new faces and to admire the cars and have a chat with everyone. We did notice that one of the regular traders, Car Builder Solutions, had changed their mode of selling at Stoneleigh this year. Instead of bringing all their spares and parts with them they just had a minimum selection of things you could order, and anyone wanting to buy from them could order at the show and it would be sent to them. I know that this as a lot easier for them but I wonder how potential customers thought about this as it’s always nice to be able to see what you want, buy it, and then show everyone back at the club stand what you have bought, especially if it’s a really useful piece of kit or a bright piece of bling. 12


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On Sunday we held the AGM in the Warwick Rooms at 3.00 as usual and there were 14 members present (see photo). At lunch time prior to the meeting we discovered that we did not have enough chairs for everyone to sit and eat – there are 14 director type chairs in the trailer. At the AGM we decided that we really could do with a few more chairs (fortunately a couple of the members had some spare chairs in their cars). As the trailer would not hold any more director chairs it was agreed that some fold up ones be bought, and this I have now done. We also agreed to purchase a kettle for the gas stove as the hot water boiler takes ages to heat up first thing in the morning and a kettle would mean quicker drinks. Don’t think the generator would cope with an electric kettle so it will have to be a gas one.

Monday we had a record number of cars present on the stand for the second day of the show and come lunch time there was plenty of food left over from Sunday to fill everyone up and not too much left over.

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FLYING LADIES Whilst at Stoneleigh I saw John who is making the flying ladies and he showed me one which was still in brass and I must say she was beautiful. I am very hopeful that by the time you receive this magazine I will have some of the finished flying ladies. I still am not sure how much they will be but probably in the region of (and this is a guesstimate) £140-£150 as they are solid brass and chrome. As soon as I receive them I will email everyone who showed an interest to let you know that I have them and how much they will be. I have a pile of boxes next to my desk which can be utilised to post them off in, so I am prepared for that. REGALIA AND SPARES

Non Members Headlamp rims pair £55 pair Beauford scroll £25 Heavy chrome badge £25 Blue/chrome badge £20 Sew on badge £2 Old style key ring £3 New type key ring £5 Lapel/tie/cap pin £3 S/steel bumper end tube £5 Bumper end tube caps £10 R/board strip end caps £1 each

Members £40 pair £20 £20 £16 £1.50 £2.50 £4.50 £2.50 £4.50 £9.50 £0.75 each

All the above prices are plus postage

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The Editor Owen Copeland It would seem that I am running out of space for my fourth edition of the Beauford magazine. It has been great to receive some input from club members with no limit on the subject matters but please do keep them coming in. I was expecting a large write up from Liz but combining that with the AGM minutes did lead to a bit of space juggling. This time of year is very busy for me with my Wedding business & I have the pleasure of covering many miles in all of my four Beaufords –most of which are for weddings of course bit I still cannot resist taking one to the local supermarket and taking up multiple parking spaces –of course! In the last 12 months I have registered one of my Beaufords as a historic vehicle thanks to the changes in the rules last year. This is because I am fortunate to have one that is registered 1974 due to its running gear & donor parts. I would encourage other Beauford owners to read page 16 relating to these rules that now affect cars that are registered as before January 1976. I also stepped away from my usual Autoglym products trying to restore some of the blackness to one of my Beauford roofs. After asking around on the Beauford Facebook page I bought myself the full set of Renovo products. They come in different colours but I just needed black. It was a leap of faith after many years with my Autoglym products but on balance I was very please with the results. It also was not as messy as some had reported . As for price this too was surprising with the set for £36 verses my Autoglym product costing only £18 trade. For restoring colour the Renovo was a great quick solution –for cleaning only the Autoglym is still my way to go 15


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Annual General Meeting Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting held at the Warwick Rooms, NAC Stoneleigh on Sunday 1st May 2016 at 3.00 pm _________________________________________________ PRESENT Dennis Murphy - Chairman Liz Ovenden – Secretary Tony Ovenden – Web Master Bill Buckley Keith Woolfenden Ken Price Ted and Chris Byron Colin and Sue Ingley Maureen Murphy John Forbes Kevin Jones Derek Bracegirdle Apologies

Neal Huitson, Treasurer Owen Copeland, Editor Pete and Maureen Horsfield Carol Price

Dennis opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to the 26th AGM. Quorum There were enough members present to form a quorum for the meeting. Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting It was agreed that there were not any matters arising from the 2015 Annual General Meeting and the Minutes were agreed.

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Chairman’s Report Dennis thanked all those members who had come to the Show and were attending the 26th AGM of the Club. The Club stand was in the same position as last year and was in easy access to the exhibition halls. At last year’s meeting it had been mentioned that there was no message service on David Young’s phone and this situation had not changed since then. The Club are still being asked what the situation is with David and is Beauford Cars still in existence and most of my telephone calls are “how can I contact Beauford Cars”. As far as we know David says that he will still sell kits and can provide some spares, but what and how many is unknown. Treasurer’s Report Dennis read out the accounts which had been prepared by Neal Huitson our Treasurer, the shortened version being as follows: 2014/15 2015/16 £ £ Income 3657 3972 Expenditure 5145 2768 ------------Surplus/Deficit for year -1488 1204 --------------Opening balances 12610 11122 Surplus/Deficit for year -1488 1204 --------------Closing balances 11122 12326 ===== ===== Assets: The current value of regalia in stock was £1186 The generator, less 25% depreciation was valued at £575 and will be written off in two years.

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The expenditure figures for the year 2015/16 only took into account three editions of the magazine and not four. This was because the magazines had got out of sync with the quarters and therefore only three were sent out in the year, although one edition only slightly missed out being included in the year. Secretary/Membership Secretary’s Report The membership consistently seems to stand at about 200 members but currently about one-third have not yet paid up for this year. If a member does not want to rejoin, for whatever reason, I would appreciate it if they were honest and said that they were not going to rejoin as this would save a lot of time sending out emails, making phone calls, etc. Reminders were sent out with the last magazine by stickers on the outside of the envelopes, but are still slow in coming in. Any remember who does not renew will not receive the next magazine. The wedding page is still popular with an average of about 70 members having a listing on it, all of which goes towards the upkeep of the web site. Editor’s Report Dennis then read out the Editor’s Report : Since taking over the editor role from Paul Hicks I have enjoyed compiling and writing three editions of the Club magazine with a little guidance from Liz, Dennis and Paul. Each edition is getting easier as I now have the template in place with the established adverts from the various specialist insurers which help with revenue to keep the club and magazine going. It has been educational for me and at times difficult to concentrate on creating articles as I run a very busy wedding business with my wife Michelle. 20


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Hopefully the members have enjoyed the editions I have created and will continue to enjoy future editions - unless someone else comes forward and wants to take the role of editor. I am more than happy to continue as long as I have the support of the committee members and the club members. Content for the magazine is the hardest part of the editor role but with my car experience and wedding business I can subsidise the content with my own experiences. Feedback has been very limited with less than 5% of club members contacting me about the content or provision of articles for publication. Photographs are also very useful for articles as they add another dimension to the written word. I had hoped to get to Stoneleigh and meet some of the club members but my wedding business with my wife takes priority as this is our living, so please accept my apologies for absence at the AGM Webmaster’s report The web site is still self-supporting, as apart from the income from the wedding page listings, there is also an income from the adverts page. Last year there were 19 adverts put on the site, 9 of which were paid for and 10 were free. Could members please advise if they have an advert for a car for sale on the site and it is sold so that the advert can then be removed. Election of Committee All Committee members had agreed to stay on for another year and on a show on hands this was agreed.

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Club Activities Last year, apart from this show, the club attended Powderham Crash Box, near Exeter, the Summer Show at Duxford (unfortunately there are no shows at Duxford this forthcoming year for the club to attend), and the Classic and Vintage show in Peterborough in September. We are hoping to attend the Powderham and Peterborough shows this year, so please let me know if you would like to go. Dates for this year are in the magazine and on the web site. Club Facilities Once again Ken Price had cooked a marvelous breakfast of sausage and bacon sandwiches this Sunday morning which were very much appreciated and Ken was thanked for his cooking. When it came to lunch time it was noted that there really were not enough chairs to go round but fortunately some members had fold up chairs in their cars and brought them out. It was suggested and agreed that the club purchase 6 of these type of chairs to keep in the trailer. There was not room for any more of the Director type chairs which we already have but fold up ones will be fine for “overflow� members. It was also agreed that we should purchase a new kettle which could be used to top up the hot water boiler and also drinks when waiting for the boiler to reach temperature.

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Any Other Business Subscription Charges: There had been no complaints about the increase in subscription fees, although a few members forgot about the increase when paying and had to be asked for the extra £5, but no problems were encountered with this. It was suggested that the Club should have a “best in show” type competition at Stoneleigh next year which would be held on the Sunday and would be voted by secret ballot by members present and by any of the general public visiting our stand. A suitable prize would be given to the winner. After general discussion this was thought to be a good idea and on a majority vote was agreed Derek Bracegirdle had designed a plaque which he had for sale. This incorporated the joining together of the Beauford Club and his old school. If anyone would like to purchase one they should see him after the meeting or contact him after the show. Derek had also written a lengthy article for the magazine. Liz was thanked for her help over the year and for providing lunch. The meeting closed at 4.00 pm

Minutes prepared by Liz Ovenden

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MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH A BEAUFORD David Cornforth Wharfedale Wedding Cars, West Yorkshire It was 2004, my wife and had towed our caravan to a beautiful small campsite on the Isle of Skye in Scotland overlooking a lovely bay. Whilst sat outside having an aperitif, A Beauford turns up towing a caravan and I was interested in how an “old” car was capable of towing a caravan, so being inquisitive I went over to chat to the owner as I had never seen a Beauford before. The guy explained the history of the car and I then learned about the modern running gear the car had and of course it’s ability to tow a caravan. I was a bit embarrassed explaining to the chap that I was an ex-mechanic and the car had fooled even me. After chatting away I asked him why he had come to the Isle of Skye and he said that he had come from the mainland to do a wedding the next day and thought he would make a weekend of it and brought his wife with him. I thought what a brilliant idea. At that time my wife and I had just sold our house and had downsized with a surplus of funds and also coming into semi- retirement thought what a fantastic retirement job. On our return to Yorkshire I started looking for a car and discussed it also with my two daughters, both they and my wife talked me out of it and one of my daughters asked me into help them buy a ski chalet in France which I did. In 2010 my daughter and her husband decided to sell the chalet and in turn I would get my investment back.

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It took 2 years to sell and in May 2012 “Hey Presto” I bought a Beauford, my dream had eventually come true!

Three and a half years on I am enjoying my dream job, the best job in my whole life except it isn’t a job it is fun and pleasure. I just have the one wedding car “small is beautiful”

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Clockwork Power for a Car? As we know, the Beauford kit allows for fitment of many power units to propel your pride & joy along the British roads. There has however been talk of “older” classic cars emissions coming under pressure to reduce pollution & in fact the whole automotive industry is always looking for greener fuels & more efficient power units for our cars. F1 has been running hybrid engines for the last 2 years. After coving basic elements of some of the typical Beauford engines in previous editions it would seem that the Club may have an answer for the 21st century to in the shape of an inventor & entrepreneur –Keith Chidwick. Keith is a retired gymnasium owner who used to watch his customers having a good workout and thought of all the energy that was expended going to waste but could it be collected & stored? As a time served engineer, Keith has now developed a Mobile Exercise Machine for home users. It incorporates seven different exercises with each exercise connected to a large spring that absorbs the energy from each of the exercises being used. A few minutes of exercises each day can be taken without releasing any of the stored energy & can be accumulated over a several days/ weeks.

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After a period of exercising workouts and with a fully charged torsion “clockwork” spring, the operator can now climb inside the mobile exercise machine and take it for a drive by releasing the stored energy into the road driving wheels. Keith has calculated that the operator should be able to travel about one mile on a fully charged machine, but longer runs may be achieved by some further roadside exercises. Although he stresses that he was not trying to develop a new form of transport, he was intending to answer his own conundrum of being able to collect & store the energy that would normally be wasted by human effort.

Keith said his “Mobile Exercise Machine” works; but his crude prototype needs more refined engineering. He would welcome offers of help & development from anyone who wishes to create a unique business . The opportunity is open to all.........

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And Finally Those of us that have built our own Beauford have an understanding of the dreaded 299 pages of rules & guidelines. However earlier this year Liz received the pleasing report from Peter at Klassic Cars for Weddings that a car that they had been building with a great deal of help from John & Mike had passed its inspections & granted the status of a new build car with age related parts. Sadly Mike did not see the final result of the car passing IVA as he died but all involved in the car & the business will always be grateful for his help.

Hopefully later this year I will be able to report from Ronald Featherstone who reported in April that he had finished his build & applying for his IVA with a car powered by his Nissan 6cylinder L24 engine

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RH Specialist Insurance Appoints new Legal Protection provider. In a bid to continually improve RH’s benefits to its clients, a new legal provider (Arc Legal Assistance, Ltd) has recently been appointed. With effect from 4th April 2016, clients who select this benefit will be provided with cover for Motor Prosecution Defence and Motor Contract Disputes (up to a maximum limit of £25,000) in addition to the existing £100,000 limits for Uninsured Loss Recovery and Personal Injury cover. How does this affect me? What do I need to do? · If you’re an existing client with legal protection cover you don’t need to do anything You will automatically benefit from the enhanced levels of cover at your next renewal date Your existing legal provider (ACM ULR Limited: 0844 809 4953 ) will continue to handle new claims until 4th April 2017 and existing claims until resolved. If you insured with RH (and selected legal protection cover) after 4 th April 2016 the contact details for your legal provider are: Uninsured Loss Recovery & Personal Injury Claims: 0330 123 5992 All other Motor Legal Expenses Claims: 0333 005 0351 Address: Arc Legal Assistance Ltd PO Box 8921 Colchester Essex CO4 5YD Tel: 01206 615000 Email: customerservices@arclegal.co.uk Please quote ‘ERS Motor Legal Expenses’ when calling to request advice and obtain a claim form. The best news! The annual premium for this cover remains unchanged at just £10.50 inclusive of IPT (insurance premium tax). If you’re an existing client and haven’t previously selected this benefit, you’re welcome to add it to your policy for just £10.50. Contacting RH is easy. You can either email the Team (classicuw@ers.com) or call them on 0333 043 3911. 29


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Long Body Beauford hardtop for sale . Offers invited Tel: Alan Best 07831556520. AB Wedding Cars Newcastle upon Tyne To Advertise here Contact Liz.ovenden@beaufordclub.org.uk

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July 2016 edition of the Beauford Club Magazine for members

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