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The Beauford Club

Winter 2016/17 Issue 108


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Contents Page 4—Comittee Page 6—Chairman, Dennis Page 7—NAWCP using your car for Proms

Page 9—Club Secretary, Liz & Tony

Page 13—Regalia & Spares Page 15—Shows 2017 Page 18—Editor, Owen Page 20—Annual Service Page 23—Adverts Page 24—And Finally 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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Chairman Dennis For some time I have been thinking that the ride on the Beauford seemed to be getting harsher and was thinking about changing the rear shock absorbers to try and improve things. Although I fitted new ones when I built the car, they were simply Cortina ones from Partco, which shows how long ago that was. It would be a straightforward job to do, easier than changing the front ones, but the problem of course would be to know what and where to buy and in the end I did nothing. Then I read Tony Harkett’s very interesting article about the improvement to his car’s ride after fitting poly bushes front and rear. This has prompted me to think again about getting something done on my car to try and get a smoother ride over our potholed roads. Again I fitted new bushes originally, but they were rubber ones which seems to have a limited life according to some. I’ve looked at one or two websites and there are various ‘…flex’ bushes available to choose from, but not so many offering regular shock absorbers as opposed to ‘performance’ ones. So what I want from you, dear members, is any recommendations, tips and advice you can share regarding improvements to ride and handling. It doesn’t need to be an illustrated article like Tony’s, just a few lines in the next magazine would be good. At the moment the Beauford is in the garage, still on a SORN, where it will stay until the weather improves. The plan to get it taxed in March ready to enjoy some decent spring weather, so fingers crossed. I have to tell you now that I won’t be at the Stoneleigh show in May, so if you want to think about taking the chair at the AGM please get in touch with Liz and let her know. Happy New Year Dennis

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If wedding cars do proms what are the problems? NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WEDDING CAR PROFESSIONALS As promised we have taken considerable time to answer the vexed question which so many of you have asked in relation to school proms, parties and any other function you could use your wedding cars for. So here goes with what we hope is the definitive answer. If I do Proms, Anniversaries or any other work in my unlicensed Wedding Car what are the possible problems? Firstly if you are fully licensed by your local authority and have full private hire and reward insurance (not wedding hire insurance) then you have no problems at all provided the car is safe and roadworthy and is being driven by a fully local authority licensed private hire driver. The driver must be licensed by the same local authority as the cars. The potential problems lie with being unlicensed, they fall into three main categories 1. The local authority 2. The Police 3. Civil action (having an accident with passengers on board) 1. The local authority have inspectors who go to proms and the like, in order to check licences and they report back to their authority that they have caught you breaking the law. The Authority have several courses of action they can take. The most unlikely is to just issue you with a written warning, more likely is that they will bring a prosecution in the magistrate’s court for working unlicensed and finally they could report you to the police for illegally carrying fare paying passengers whilst unlicensed and uninsured. (You will be uninsured as wedding insurance only covers the carriage of passengers in connection with a wedding). If you have obtained full private hire and reward insurance it will only cover fully licensed vehicles driven by fully licensed drivers ergo without all the licences in place, valid and issued by the same authority, the full private hire and reward insurance will be repudiated by your insurance company.

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2. The police will take a far more robust view and will definitely prosecute. If at the time of the offence they realise the vehicle you are using is uninsured they will immediately impound it and you will not be able to retrieve it from them until you have produced a valid insurance certificate. To obtain a valid insurance certificate you would need to have the vehicle fully licensed by your local authority. The police won’t let you have it back until it is insured and you will have it tested and certified by the local authority which makes obtaining the correct licences almost impossible. Most local authorities won’t licence vehicles over five or seven years of age anyway. Impasse, the only way you might be able to ultimately get your vehicle back is through the courts – very expensive. Also remember every day that it is impounded the vehicle is racking up parking fees along with the cost of the original impounding, again very expensive. The final outcome could well be that you don’t get the vehicle back and it will be scrapped or sold to cover the fees. Needless to say for driving without insurance you will have your driving licence suspended for at least six months and that’s on top of very heavy fines. Very few if any local authorities, at a later date, would be prepared to licence you for private hire with that on your driving record. 3. Civil action is the worst case scenario. If you have a serious accident with passengers onboard and one or more is maimed for life or god forbid there is a fatality you will get all the problems above together with a probable prison sentence as well, but that’s not all. The victim’s parents could well sue you in the courts and if successful it could mean you have to sell all your assets, including your house, to meet the damages and costs awarded. One point before anyone says rubbish. Third party and passenger cover will still be met by the insurance company as required by law even if your policy is repudiated, but in every case the insurance company will always pursue you through the courts to recover all their costs so the outcome is the same, you could lose everything. The choice is yours. If you break the law you choose to accept the consequences!!

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Club Secretary Liz OVENDEN’S OFFERING A very happy new year to you all. I expect most of you have now forgotten about Christmas (apart from the credit card bills) and are now looking forward to warmer weather and getting your Beaufords out. A little while ago I was beginning to think that it would not stop raining and that we might even beat Noah’s record of 40 days but the last few days has been almost dry if not colder and I have discovered that even at 10.30 in the morning you may still have to scrape ice off the car before being able to use it . I always thought that once I retired and would not have to go out so early in the morning, those days would be over. Roll on the warmer weather, as I am wanting to get out in the garden and start tidying up the flower beds, tubs etc which still have my six foot high bedding plants in them (did I buy the wrong seeds?) You will, I hope, all be pleased to know that my replacement hip was a success and I am now pretty well recovered although when I go out I do take a stick, because it gives me a bit more confidence and if I get tired I do limp more. Still every week I can notice a difference and its true what I have been told that hips are easier than knees to recover from. In the last edition I asked if anyone knew the actual law about Beaufords and Proms and Owen has come up with the answer and has printed this in the magazine. ( Page 7 & 8) I think some owners may be a little shocked at what he has found out.

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Subscriptions Subscriptions are due for all members (apart from committee members) on the 1st March and I am enclosing with this magazine your renewal notices. I will try not to send them out to those who have already paid and to new members who are paid up for the forthcoming year but if you receive one and should not have, then my apologies in advance. Membership is £15 per annum and £10 for the wedding listing. If a member wishes to advertise their Beauford for sale this is free but any other make of car will cost £10. ( see page 23) Any other items for sale are at the Club’s discretion. On the subject of the web site and cars for sale, could I please ask that if you have an advert on the site, then please let us know if it is sold or needs to come off. We initially put adverts on for a two month period after which time it should be removed unless we hear to the contrary from you. If you wish to pay your subs directly into the club’s bank account, details are as follows: HSBC Sort Code 40-39-11 Account 82095203 The Beauford Club Please insert as a reference your membership number or name (number is better as we do have a couple of members with the same name) All membership cards are in individual names not company names. Or if you want to carry on sending cheques then that is fine. Overseas members can, as previously use paypal by making a payment to payments@beaufordclub.org.uk again using your number or name as a reference. Those of you who made standing orders last year can change them via your own bank account, either on line or via telephone banking.

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Finally, if you make a payment early, then membership cards will probably not arrive until March as I make them all in one go and it is a bit time consuming. Beauford Registrations/Tale of Woe It is a year now since I last mentioned this but it appears that there are still Beaufords on the road which are running as Ford Cortinas/Sierras and have not been through an IVA and registered as a Beauford. The DVLA are starting to get on the ball with this and are now picking up on cars which do not comply with current legislation. What I don’t understand is that these non registered cars are going through MOTs as either a Cortina or a Sierra. Surely any MOT inspector would look at a Beauford and know that it was not a Sierra/Cortina and yet he would go on and test it. Having said that, however, there are certain cars which can be re-bodied, which means that they do not have to go through IVA, but I guess they still have to be re-registered. Perhaps it is not in an MOT tester’s job description to pick up on this. Now for the tale of woe. One of our members bought a car about a year ago which is still registered as a Ford Sierra. This car had been on the road for about ten years running with its original V5 and after he bought it the DVLA picked up on the fact that it was not registered correctly. Apparently it went through an SVA test (pre-IVA) and failed At this point the car was not re-tested and has been on the road for the last ten years under its original Ford V5. One of the problems now is that if he wants to put a car through the IVA test as an amateur build then he has to have been the person who constructed the car and it has to be for his personal use and apparently the DLVA can now ask for photographic evidence that he built the car,

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To qualify for an IVA as a class C build this means that the car has been built by a company and it is the company who have to apply to make the application which in this case he has confirmed is not the case.

The DVLA have now stated that any future application becomes a Class R application which covers an assortment of European Type Approval Directives, including such items as air bags! The DVLA also say that the car would have to go through a few stringent tests to comply with the European Directives and each test could be in the region of two to three thousand pounds each. It has been suggested by the contact at the DLVA that the car should be stripped right back to its basics and he could start again from scratch taking photographic evidence as it is rebuilt. As our member is not a mechanic by trade or nature he is now at his wit’s end and is not sure what to do next, one thought being just to scrap the car, even though all he wanted was a nice car to use. Any suggestions for him would be most welcome.

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Regalia/Spares

Non Members Flying ladies £165 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

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Members Postage £150 £10 (incl insur) £40 pair £5.00 (pair) £20 £0.75 £20 £2.50 £16 £2.50 £1.50 £0.54 £2.50 £0.75 £4.50 £0.75 £2.50 £0.54 £4.50 POA £9.50 POA £0.75 each £0.75


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Shows - 2017 NATIONAL KIT CAR SHOW, STONELEIGH Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May As mentioned in the last magazine I can now confirm that the date for Stoneleigh this year will be held on the early May Bank holiday which is Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May. Once again we have booked the same spot as the last two years which is right opposite the top entrance to the cattle sheds (or Exhibition Hall 3 as it is now called). Hope to see you all there. I would mention that we will be setting up the gazebos etc on the Saturday and hope to get there by 2.00 pm. If anyone would like to come and help us with this task then it would be most appreciated. AGM I have also booked the AGM in the usual small downstairs room in the Warwick Hall Conference Centre at the end of Avenue M for 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 30th April. If anyone would like to add anything to the Agenda for the AGM then please let me know, but here is the basic Agenda for the meeting, the definitive one of which will be in the Spring magazine which hopefully will be sent out before the meeting Once again, I would appreciate if all members attending the show on Sunday give up one hour of their time to attend the meeting, which will ensure that we do have a quorum of members. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Beauford Club will be held at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 3th April in the Warwick Hall Conference Centre, NAC Stoneleigh

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AGENDA 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting to be approved Chairman’s Report Treasurer’s Report Secretary/Membership Secretary’s Report Editor’s Report Webmaster’s Report Election/Resignation of Committee a. Chairman b. Treasurer c. Secretary/Membership Secretary d. Editor e. Web master f. Committee Members Club Activities – different shows to attend Club facilities (improvements/changes) Any other business

Hollowell Steam and Heavy Horse Rally, Hollowell, Northants Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd July This is a show very local to Tony and I and if we are not on holiday we will definitely be attending it. We went a couple of years ago and it reminded me so much of the old Town and Country Show. There really were so many stalls there and steam engines, tractors, food outlets, animals etc as well as classic cars. The only thing I did not like was that they had Titan there, that huge robot figure which walks around, and is something my nightmares are made of. I appreciate that children love him but he honesty frightens me to death. If there are any other members who fancy going to this show then please let me know as I could then try and book us into the classic/kit car section and we can then park on the showground. This is also a relatively cheap show to go to as the land belongs to a farmer who lends it to the Rotary Club for the show.

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Again there is a web site for the Hollowell Steam and Heavy Horse Rally you can look at. CRASH Box and Classic Car Club Historic Vehicle Gathering, Powderham, Devon Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th July This annual event takes place every year in the grounds of Powderham Castle, Devon and may be best suited to members in the south west of the country or those fancying a few days holiday in the south west and stopping off at this show en route. Details have not yet been sent to me but again, they have a web site which can be looked at for details. Annual Transport Rally, British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry Saturday 15th July Last year four or five Beaufords attended this show at the British Ironworks Centre and what a fabulous day we had. Although I don’t yet know what the admission charge will be for this year, last year it was £3 per car and two passengers and for that you had vouchers for a drink, a sandwich(or salad) and an ice cream. We all gathered first in the car park of the Premier Inn, just down the road which meant we arrived in convoy and were able to park together. There were quite a lot of cars to see parked amongst the ironwork exhibits here, nice grounds to wander around plus a few craft type shops. If you fancy going to this show then please let me know and I will book you in. Alternatively you can look on the British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry web site and book yourself in. Peterbough Car Show, September Unfortunately last year the weather was not very good and it rained all week-end, so unfortunately the attendance of Beaufords was pretty sparse (none).To date I have not received any information on this show, but there should be more available for the next edition. 17


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Editor Owen Here we are with my 6th edition of the club magazine—its amazing how time flies since I offered to take over as the editor and in that time so much has happened in my life. I am now the proud owner of yet another Beauford project that needs the whole registration & IVA process to get it on the road, never mind the mechanical requirements and coach building so to read the item in Liz’s section of this magazine does present me with some worries. I am not in a position to tackle that project just yet as more importantly I need a home for my wedding anniversary present –a four post car lift ( traditional gift was Iron for 6 years) which will make my life with a chronic back problem so much easier to manage. As for the home to put the lift, our initial plans have changed and we are working on an alternative. For those on our Beauford facebook group & friends with me or Michelle there will be more details revealed as new plans progress on there. Currently all of my cars are parked in garages & SORN as we made a decision to not do a wedding in January of February this year unlike previous years knowing we were going to be settling into new business premises. Even though plans are now different, it has been nice to settle back over these past few weeks . We were nominated and became Finalists in The Wedding Industry Awards and attended an event at Rockcliffe Hall Nr Darlington in December. We met a number of other wedding industry providers from Cake Makers to Tailors – even though we didn't win overall we had a lovely evening. Later we received our scores & bride comments showing us above every average score for every question plus amazing feedback from our couples which to us is much more important than any award 18


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Dennis has spoken about & asked in his section matters relating to a smoother ride for his Beauford & coping with the modern road surface ( i.e. potholes). I too echo his request for feedback, advice, small or large articles relating to how you have improved the suspension & ride of what is after all running gear that is 30-40 years old & not as efficient or comfortable as modern car standards. To start off the thinking on this matter, where does a Beauford owner source parts from? Sadly Dave (Beauford cars) isn't really an option as we all know so where do we all go? Local motor factors? Halfords? Online with EBay or Amazon? Overseas somewhere? Burton Power? There is a huge world of options so share your stories. Send them to Liz or Dennis or me at editor@beaufordclub.org.uk. What about the parts themselves –do you use OEM parts like rubber bushes or have you treated your whole Beauford to a full set of Polybushes? Shock absorbers –do you stick with original shocks front & back or have you upgraded to Gas shocks or adjustable ? Springs too, original or lowered (personally lowering the front will give an improvement to handling). The anti roll bars fitted to Cortina’s & Sierras were pretty skinny and gave far too much flex and body roll –have you made changes with these & what kind of improvement did it make? Was it a swap out for thicker bars with minor adjustments to clamps or have you made a major adjustment with a rear pan hard rod conversion? Camber settings -what have owners done that have improved handling & ride? Yet another option & often overlooked is wheels & tyres. Cortinas were originally fitted with 13” wheels & Sierra 14” yet most Beaufords are 15” wheels so what have you fitted to your cars & what tyres, modern or classic tread patterns as this can make a big difference to the quality of the ride.

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Annual Servicing Lots of Classic car owners tuck their cars away into hibernation at the end of Autumn and don't re-emerge until spring is well & truly sprung. The same is true for many Beauford owners as these cars do look better when the sun is shining & the rain is not pouring. There are of course exceptions such as the owners who use their Beaufords all year round for Weddings. There is a downside to this of course as most Beauford heaters come from a classic mini system which blows out a whisper of warmth that is basically useless in a convertible car. Maybe this is why we hibernate our Beauties. Finally the air starts to warm up for a few days in a row & of course the Annual Stoneleigh show date is fast approaching so your Beauford emerges from its winter hibernation –so what next? When was the last time you thoroughly checked your car over? -I don't mean when was the last MOT & what were you told about your car but when did YOU take a long hard look at your pride & joy. An annual service can save you money on long term ownership and also safety is extremely important with any car never mind a kit car that was built with older car parts & does not boast modern safety standards such as airbags, impact bars, crumple zones etc etc. An annual service & safety check is about reducing the risk of mechanical breakdown & attending to safety items that may have been put off until tomorrow. Engine oil changes –if your using a mineral oil, it doesn't last long. Modern semi synthetic or fully synthetic oils can lubricate your engine ( no matter what your choice of power plant) efficiently for much longer mileage & time but they still needs changing at least every 2 years. Please remember your old engine may have sludge build up over years of use & if you are not aware of every flushing your oil the this should be considered in your ownership to allow the oil paths the opportunity to do their job efficiently and avoid engine wear. Air Filter changes –Please note –if you have a pinto engine with a standard carburettor & round plastic air filter cover that contains a paper filter, these are potential fire hazards.

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Cortina’s in particular often suffered carburettor backfire, especially when laid up for a while then reused. Minor deterioration in the distributor, HT leads & spark plugs only need to create one “pop” out of the carburettor to start a fire. This claimed many Fords in the past & I have seen Beaufords destroyed in the same way too. A simple solution to this problem is an all metal air filter such as K&N which can cope with a carburettor backfire without the danger of fire. Fully servicing your Distributor , Coil, HT leads, Spark plugs & gaps plus strobe setting your timing will of course be the real solution to avoiding backfire & making your Ford engine run smoother and with more energy. Simple fuel additives will help with jet cleaning but don't forget to change your fuel filter regularly as part of your service routine to improve efficiency and avoid fuel related breakdown . Don't forget your cooling system. Hopefully you don't have any core plug problems due to lack of antifreeze (although UK temperatures haven't been harsh enough). Do you know the Antifreeze mix of your cooling system? There are simple tools on the market that can be used to check this but for those of use that still use glycerol antifreeze & water, an occasional full empty, flush & refill is warranted plus your water pump & thermostat will appreciate fresh fluid. There are of course modern mixes now available that can be used for your cooling system . Tyre inspection for uneven wear, damage to sidewalls or foreign objects should all go without saying on an annual service but should always be a visual check each time you get into your pride & joy.

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Don’t forget to dig deeper into your inspection examining steering components for wear & any loose items and ensure the rubber gaiters are not split allowing for dirt to get into the steering rack & damaging the components. Ball joints for excessive play, Springs for damage & shock absorbers for leaks & deterioration. Your braking system should never be taken for granted. When was the last time you examined all of your Discs, Pads, Drums, Shoes, Pipes, Master unit & servo, Brake Cylinders, Handbrake cable & brake fluid? There are no pad wear components on standard Cortina or Sierra wheels meaning routine examination is necessary for your own safety. If you are not confident with all of the braking components on your Beauford then a trusted local garage should be employed & where possible remain with them whilst the examine your car. Most of the components will last for thousands of miles & many years so don't be taken for a ride by a “sales machine” garage who want to get as much money as possible from you – your braking system on a Beauford is quite simple and the typical routine wear will be in the front brake pads followed by rear cylinders & less frequently rear shoes, flex hoses and copper piping. ( its worth remembering that copper brake pipe can be bought in a roll, enough for a whole Beauford for less than £20 and a reasonable quality flaring tool for about the same price) Even though your Beauford may be emerging after its hibernation into a lighter world with the clocks going forward & more daylight hours of driving ahead of you, all of your lights should work so test them all. Dennis shared in the last magazine about electrical failure of his wiper switch at the steering column which is a reminder that we are all driving cars that have parts 30-40 years old. Its also worth while checking wiring behind the handmade dashboard of your Beauford –you will probably be amazed at the mess of wires you find. Once again old wiring looms & DIY connections. I recently had an earth short on one of my cars that created a large cloud of black toxic smoke in seconds whist the covering of the wire smoulder off for 12 inches. Thankfully the fuse also did its job so all I lost was the use of the oil pressure gauge & temperature gauge for the rest of my journey but it could have been a lot worse. It pays to look after your Investment! 22


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FOR SALE Retirement Sale - One owner 4 door Long Bodied Beauford 25241 miles from build. White with Black running boards and Cream Leather Interior. Stored in a centrally heated garage , Wedding use only To be sold with a host of spares including a Pinto Engine and Whitewall tyres. ÂŁ19500 ono Contact -- David Webb 07770396173

Bentley Turbo R 1996 (N) Original White in colour with Cream Leather Used for Wedding hire Lovely example Mot and Tax Covered 78000 miles Full History Private plate not included in sale ÂŁ14995 Telephone : 01536 746060 Mobile : 07771544687 car can be seen on our web site, www.exclusivecars.co.uk

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And Finally Last Friday I had an appointment to see the urologist for a prostate exam. Of course, I was a bit on edge because all my friends have either gone under the knife or had those pellets implanted. The waiting room was filled with patients. As I approached the receptionist's desk, I noticed that she was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler. I gave her my name, and in a very loud voice, she said, YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE. YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT? All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at me, a now very embarrassed man. But as usual, I recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied, NO, I'VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON'T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS. The room erupted in applause. DON'T MESS WITH OLD RETIRED GUYS. WE'LL WIN EVERY TIME.

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To Advertise here Contact Liz.ovenden@beaufordclub.org.uk

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