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Autumn 2017 Issue 111


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Editor Owen There's been an awful lot going on since the last magazine in July. Wedding "season" has been extremely hectic and for those of us who own Beaufords & use them for Wedding hire will know -taking care of routine maintenance and making sure your car/ cars are all spick and span has been high on the agenda to enjoy the Summer months. For those owners that enjoy their Beauford as a personal treasure, I am pleased to hear from some of you about how you have been out & about plus attending shows throughout the country. In my opinion there is nothing better than tootling along the country lanes enjoying your own special classic car -the looks you receive & the driving pleasure. I have to admit that when I'm returning home from chauffeuring a wedding I like nothing better than keeping the top down & taking my time returning home in whichever of my Beaufords I have the pleasure of for that day so much better than driving my Daimlers. Michelle and I have been extremely busy away from our cars too, using every last minute we have left at our "new" property. Whilst our Bungalow has not yet been sold we are in the fortunate position to have possession of our former church & hall and we have made a start creating some temporary accommodation so we can live onsite whilst we carry out the major conversion work of making our very large new home inside the former chapel. We own a Renault Master van ( wheelchair adapted) that has been the main focus of my mechanical expertise over the last few months as all of my Beauford & Daimlers have been enjoying an extended period of good mechanical health. My Renault van finally suffered a worn out bottom ball joint ( not a difficult job you would normally say). I soon discovered that it was a pressed in ball joint that was in the substantially large lower wishbone and the alternative of replacing the whole wishbone was more than 10x the cost for the part & the actual removal of the pivot bolt was "almost " impossible as it is aprox 14" long. Even my local garage that specialises in HGV repairs were not keen to do the job as they knew they have a tendency to split the ring they fit into and

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thus require a whole wishbone. Long story short -I spent two days (and two ball joints) removing the failed one with lots & lots of heat & brute force and learned a new technique with a piece of scaffold pipe drifting the new ball joint into place, along with a heavily bruised thumb that even now 7/8 weeks later has a new bony lump in it. I have read with great interest whilst putting this edition of the magazine together the joys that Liz & Tony have been having this Summer plus our outgoing Chairman Dennis the simple day to day joys ( & not so joyful - failed coil) he has been having with his special classic too. Even more pleasing is hearing how members are helping each other through Liz with niggling issues they are having with their Beaufords and the excellent efforts that club member Albert Henneman has been doing compiling spare part guides & drawings that could help all of us with our pride & joy. My own unfinished project "Bridget" that featured for sale in the last issue also has a new owner & new club member Richard who has already updated me on his initial work dismantling to refurbish & complete the car I could not find the time for due to my building project now on my hands. I did provide Richard with an old ( not complete) "builders bible" for a Beauford so I'm relieved that other club members have continued to evolve the building process & I'm sure Richard will benefit from this in time. In this edition you will find an introduction from the new club Chairman Jonathon Berg, a Beauford owner for over 16 years and who has enjoyed his car as a daily commute, family tourer & wedding use in its time. He also shares an experience I am very jealous of as I'm a huge F1 fan—a drive around Silverstone with his Beauford immortalised in photographs & video. ( if your reading this magazine electronically then you can click this link & see the article on YouTube https://youtu.be/ YwWfnfD6uJs ) Also featuring is another great article from Tony Harkett –a low tech solution for cornering lighting fitted on his Beauford. -GENIUS !!

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Chairman Jonathon Berg It is with pleasure that I would like to introduce myself to the members of the club, both Beauford owners and Beauford admirers. My own history is that of owner since 2001 when I purchased a 2-door open tourer after being dared to by my wife, who had spotted it on a forecourt in Northampton town centre. Like many Beaufords, this one was marked out by a striking colour scheme in contrasting cream and purple paint and a wonderful deep sheen when polished. Following a brief test drive and being mesmerised by the rumble of the 3.5lite V8 engine I was easily persuaded and that day became a happy member of this august group. An hour after I purchased her I also started the long process of becoming familiar with the idiosyncrasies of owning a kit car when my new pride and joy stopped without explanation on the way home. There was power, the engine turned over, the tank was half full and I spent some time sitting at the side of the road frustrated at what could be wrong. Eventually I thought to call the garage I had purchased from, the owner of which had been the previous driver, and he asked what the fuel gauge was reading. I said it was almost half full. He explained that meant it was empty. My education had begun‌ I was curious about the car’s origins and history since 1979 when she was registered; reborn from the wreckage of a written off Cortina Mk 5. This was largely satisfied when one day I was pursued and flagged down by a driver in the Bringtons in Northamptonshire. The gentleman turned out to be the original builder, who lived in Naseby, and he explained many mysteries to me. That the gearbox came from a Range Rover, the engine from a crashed ambulance and the filler cap from an Aston Martin. He

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was particularly proud to explain the dashboard used to be his wife’s wardrobe door. I complimented him on building such a reliable and robust vehicle and assured him I would take care of her now she was in my charge. We parted as friends. Now, 16 years later, there is little I do not know about my vehicle. It is a loved member of my family and I am sure I share the feelings of many of you if I say it she not perfect but is appreciated as much for many of her small imperfections as for her virtues. My three children grew up experiencing the pleasure of being stared at and pointed out when driving, and my daughters in particular delighted in lying on the rear seat with their legs over the rear so they could look up at the sky or stars as we drove along. Hideously contravening modern safety laws of course, but a tremendous source of priceless memories for small children and experiences I know they carried into adulthood. So this brief history I put forward to support my claim to be qualified to take up the place of chairman of the club. I have used this car to commute to work, very occasionally for weddings and also seek out memorable outings, such as my short adventure at Silverstone which can be found elsewhere in this edition. I hope I am welcomed to take the position and I shall do my utmost to further the aims of the club, protect the good name of Beauford and seek opportunities to meet and speak with as many of you as I can during my tenure. Jonathon Berg

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Club Secretary Liz OVENDEN’S OFFERING I am now so pleased to let you know that we have a new Chairman, Jonathan Berg. Jonathon has owned a Beauford for 16 years so is ideally suited for this position. He has written a resume about his Beauford life which is printed under Chairman’s page and having recently met him I am convinced that he will do an excellent job. When Tony and I went off on our late summer holiday in September it was still summer here. When we returned two weeks later we found that it was now Autumn and some days feels distinctly winterish and have started to get shorter so quickly, as its now dark about 6.30 and getting colder. Whilst we were on holiday I think we must have undergone what a lot of people might class as a nightmare. Whilst we were in Cyprus, we met Ken and Carol Price in Paphos, and thought we might have a look at some properties for sale – there are loads at the moment. We went to look at one apartment which was on the second floor. The four of us got in the lift plus the estate agent, pressed the button, the lift started and then stopped. We could see the second floor through the door about a third of the way up the lift. The emergency bell was pressed, but nothing happened. Then the lights and the air conditioning in the lift went out. Now bearing in mind it was about 32 degrees outside, you can imagine how hot it was in the lift. We then discovered that if the inner doors were prised open about a foot the lights and air con came back on (thank goodness). We then discovered a note which said press the emergency bell for five seconds and then speak into a yellow light which came on. This was duly done and we got a recorded message to say that there was no one there to help us at the moment (it was lunch time). The estate

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agent then phoned his office and told them we were stuck in a lift and where it was. Some minutes later the fire brigade turned up, managed to get the lift open and two hunky (well one hunky and one not quite so) got us out. Total time in lift 30 Minutes, and more to the point not one of us panicked. Our Beauford has been out on quite a few trips this year (we were at all the shows mentioned below) but the car has now had its MOT and is, I suspect, in the garage until next year. However, a couple of months ago Tony decided that our chrome radiator was starting to lose its chromeiness (is that a word?) and the blue undercoat was starting to show through in places. Rather than dismantle the car and take the radiator cowling off we decided that what we really needed was another one to work on. I vaguely remembered seeing one up the side of Ken Price’s house when we were there some years ago and on contacting him, as luck would have it, he still had it. (I never did find out why he had a spare one). We then took the cowling (having removed all the moss etc) to our local ding spray man and he primed it all for us. It was then taken to a chromers in Leicester for the final stage, with the promise that it would be done when we came back from holiday. On our return from holiday as luck would have it the man who was due to finish it had gone off sick and apparently has still to return to work, so as a consequence we are still waiting for it to be finished. I do hope that this is correct and that they are not spinning us a yarn because I do know that they are difficult to do. As and when it comes back a bit of a dismantling job will be carried out on the car but it should be bright and shiny for next year. Tony has also decided that he thinks he will revamp the dashboard as one or two cracks are appearing in it. He certainly does seem to have plenty of jobs to do at the moment as he is currently building a beautiful tudor style coaching inn dolls house for someone else, and I have got my eye on it! My thanks to everyone who responded to the plea for help from our member who was getting the wheel wobbles? He took note of everyone’s advice and ended up borrowing a set of wheels to see if it made any difference, and apparently it did, so he has now changed his wheel spinner wheels for a set of stud wheels and all is now fine.

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In the last magazine I asked about email addresses and mentioned talktalk not being in use. Unfortunately, I got it wrong and there is nothing wrong with talktalk, it was freeserve I should have said, but having looked through the email list of members we do not have any on freeserve anyway! Sorry to the few people who had a bit of a panic! Subscriptions Once again I’m very sad to say that a few members (9), despite reminders being sent out, did not bother renewing this year, for reasons I’m not quite sure about. On contacting some, they said that they would renew but nothing was received. If you don’t want to renew for whatever reason I would very much appreciate if you could let me know, just a short email will suffice. You don’t have to give me a reason, although it would be nice to know why – perhaps you are retiring, sold your car, got upset by something I wrote, but please do let me know, I won’t shout or swear or anything. E-mails Once again, I have been having problems with Beauford club emails. I did not notice this until we were on holiday when I realised that I had not had a single email in, not even a spam one. It turns out that because I have been receiving so many (about 50 a day) spam messages that my email quota had been used up. We have now upped it again to the maximum, 179,000 whatever it is, and I have been blacklisting a lot of domain names most of which are from aaa@aaa.date or aaa@aaa.loan but are an absolute pain. I really do not know how many people tried to email me whilst we were away for two weeks but my apologies to any who had their messages rejected. Since writing the above, we contacted our hosting company who were unable to help us but now Tony has discovered a way of stopping all these unwanted emails. In our email rules there is a place where you can block any unwanted incoming emails, which usually means typing in the whole email address, but by using the wild card *@*.loan and *@*.date all emails with the word loan or date in the domain name will automatically be blocked. It works a treat and no more 50+ junk emails a day now. 10


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Hoods I have recently received an email from Michael Wormall who is a current member of the club but a (lapsed) associate member of the Institute of the Motor Industry and also a (lapsed) member of the Institute of road transport Engineers-(all lapsed because of old age). Michael, who also included a piece about the wheel wobbles, has come up with the following regarding hoods which he said is not a definitive solution just a couple of ideas to throw into the debate on hood frames and that a differently designed hood frame would be the best solution:I have been playing around with some odds and ends which were laying around in the Garage to try to get ideas for a conversion to help a little. A problem I encounter almost every time is when putting the roof back up the bar that drops down and secures just behind the rear passenger door drops too early and drops onto the body work. A 12 inch strip of very stiff plastic riveted onto a domestic washing peg clipped onto that bar helps to guide it into the door aperture; a more permanent fix would probably be a fold down strip. Unless you are very strong and have 7 foot long arms lifting the front mounting from the back to the windscreen is a challenge a cheap load strap tied (no need to ratchet tight) from the removable bar behind the driver’s seat to the steering wheel enables it to be slid down to the steering wheel leaving a simple job of getting into the passenger seat and lifting it into position. A more permanent fix might be something that pivots forward from the cross bars or back from the windscreen area to enable the heavy part of the roof to be slid forward. Also a different securing system above the windscreen so that the weight of roof being lifted can be reduced would help. Mini Car Keys If anyone is having problems obtaining replacement keys for their mini based Beauford (and this also applies to Jaguars and Vauxhalls) I am told by our Member in Belgium that the blanks can be obtained from JMA-UN FS pages of catalogue 138-234, key basis Jaguar-Vauxhall, catalogue page 194-438 for door car locks The web site address is 11


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www.jmakeys.co.uk/descarga.aspx. The blanks can then be taken to any shop that cuts keys. Wheel Wobble, etc I have now heard from Robin (ex wheel wobble owner) who acquired his Beauford after it had been built and then stored in a Barn for, if I remember rightly, over 20 years. Robin has named his Beauford “The Monster”. Wheel-wobbles. Finally traced to the wheels themselves that warped out of shape when the nuts were tightened. No alternative but to source 6 new (old) Sierra wheels and swap the tyres. Instantly no wobble. Unfortunately the new wheels gave approx 1.5mm clearance in the wheel arches so I have added spacers to compensate which gives a wider stance. Monster is also sporting six new "moon-disc" hubcaps similar to VW ones. Very similar to the original ones I can now experiment with colour coordination. On the engine front, after a while of running sweetly, a running problem was encountered which was traced to one of the two vacuum advance valves. Currently these are blanked off and the problem has been solved and Nissan are searching for a replacement part. I have a working dashboard - the lights in the back of the dials have been glued in to stop them falling out and new voltage regulator fitted to allow the dials to read correctly. “Monster” had also developed the habit of running out of fuel after only 2 1/2 gallons. This was traced to the fact that the fuel filler pipe had been laid across the top of the float sender unit - D'oh. so the pipe was being lifted out of the fuel by the fuel gauge unit.... I have even been given a 1930s hood ornament to add to the nose. So I now have a purring Beauford to unleash on Suffolk. Hood work next.

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I have also now received an email from our Beauford owner in Belgium, Albert Henneman who is an absolute mine of information. He has also sent an email to Robin and here is some information which may be of use to owners from both emails: When I went hunting for an old timer in the UK, I did not only look at a Beauford, I looked at NG TF, NG TC, NG TD models, Madisons, Naylors and other models/makes, only the cars from big manufacturers corresponded, fords, Vauxhalls Etc. My questions to these owner (potential sellers) was to give me a copy of the V5c documents as well as the MOT's; some refused to give it to me, others did and it was then that I found out that the real engine & chassis numbers did not correspond with the V5c and this was quite often. I mention this not to criticize, but to draw the attention that this may happen, if so, it is a hurdle in finding the required spare parts for both Engine & running gear, anyway I have succeeded in developing spare part files & drawings for all Items involved and can tell you that it is a work of Titans. I am willing to share to the Info with other Beauford owners upon request, as these files are of a large number of MB's it requires that fellow Beauford owners have a large capacity in their E Mail inboxes. Though I have too contacted Nissan for parts but they have generally scrapped their old system for Micro files and have thus no longer a source for information on parts, this leads to the fact that they are not able to help them unless you have the part numbers yourself. So, my engine is a Nissan/Datsun 280ZX design having a fuel injection system hence I developed a complete data base on the L28E engine and its original part N°'s, I am willing to share this info with you, but the file sizes again are substantial, so depending on your email box size. I can try to send it to you, it shows the engine drawings parts drawing and relevant part numbers. If you have a different engine, give me the engine type, and I can see what is possible 13


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For your wheels, having had the wire wheels, the hub is different, to return to the conventional wheel arrangement, you require to return to the old undercarriage configuration, for this you have to know if the system is from a Ford Cortina or Sierra !!!! If it is a ford Cortina MK4/5 undercarriage ( is similar to ford Taunus MK3), I have a full data base for parts on your wheels and other details. Many thanks to Robin and Albert for sending me this information, which I and I am sure other members will appreciate. Just as an afterthought, on the subject of the engine number being different on the V5 to that on the car, I remember when Tony built ours, that one of the first things we did was change the V5 to reflect the new engine number (especially on our first car when it was changed from a petrol to a diesel engine). Also, now when we need spare parts we have to always quote the number plate of the donor car as the new plate is not recognized on the data base. Not sure if the original number plate is always available to buyers of secondhand Beaufords, but it may be useful to ask the seller for this information. Ford still seem to have some parts available, but quite often only generic parts are available. Albert owns a two door Beauford, left hand drive, originally built by David Young, and he has sent me another email of useful information: Body parts. Some of the body parts stem from the Mini MK4, such as doors, door hinges etc, so that the Head lights and other fixtures do as well. For this purpose I have made a file showing the body parts with pictures and part numbers and where to get them. the Part numbers are the original Genuine Mini fabricator part numbers. Engine ignition leads For my Beauford engine, being a Nissan L28, 6 cylinder engine , I made a spec with lead length and type. It must be noted that the ignition systems for the L23, 24, 26 & 28 share the same ignition leads & distributors. Since I noticed that many Beaufords are equipped with these engines it could be of interest to the other owners. 14


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If anyone would like to have a copy of these files then please let me know and I will ask Albert to send them. And finally, from Albert Henneman, I have a file concerning the tuning data for the Nissan L28E engine, such as firing sequence, angle to set the ignition timing etc. Anyone who would like this please let me know. The British Ironworks Centre Oswestry On Saturday 15th July some of us attended the Transport Show at the British Ironworks Centre. Once again what a brilliant show with the entrance fee covering a meal and a drink, and although the weather was not as good as the previous year we had a wonderful time. The highlight of the show for me was seeing the Knife Angel and the Dragon on a Jaguar. Over the last year or so there has been a countrywide knife amnesty where knives could be handed in to various places with no questions asked. These knives were then sent to the Ironworks Centre where they were then sculptured into The Knife Angel, one of the most fantastic things I have ever seen, and it made you realise how many knives were, and probably still are around and being used to kill and maim innocent people.

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Regalia/Spares

Non Member A. Beauford scroll £25 B. Flying ladies £165 C. Heavy chrome badge £25 D. Blue/chrome badge £20 E. Sew on badge £2 F. S/steel bumper end tube £5 G. Bumper end tube caps £10 H. New type key ring £5 I. R/ board strip end caps £1.25 J. Lapel/tie/cap pin £3 K. Old style key ring £3 Headlamp rims pair £55 (not shown)

Members £20 £150 £20 £16 £1.50 £4.50 £9.50 £4.50 £1.00 £2.50 £2.50 £40

Postage £0.75 £10 (incl insurance) £2.50 £2.50 £0.54 POA POA £0.75 POA £0.54 £0.75 £5.00 (pair)

Bumper end Tubes The original bumper end tubes provided by Beauford Cars were originally sold without the split up the side and it was only when the Club started to sell them that Tony was cutting the lengths and putting the split in them. We have now found a local supplier who will sell us the tube in a larger quantity and will cut them into the required 11 mm lengths. We will therefore now revert back to the original idea of selling the tubes without the split, but will send out instructions with them on how they should be cut (as taken from the Beauford Build Manual). The result of all this will mean that we are now able to drop the price of the tube to £3 each from £4.50. Tony does not have any specialised equipment to cut the tube, but will no longer have to spend time and effort in cutting bulk tube into what we have been selling. 16


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The dragon on the Jaguar was a dragon which had been built and had spent the last year in their exhibition hall but had now been taken out of the hall and stood on a Jaguar XJ6, parked in the car park. On a point of interest for those ladies (and perhaps men) (or perhaps I should be PC and say people) who have an excess amount of unworn gold jewellery, there is a manufacturing jeweller on the Oswestry site who will convert your unwanted gold to a different piece of jewellery, plus he will do it as a workshop. Tony, who always like to try something new badgered me into sorting out some unused gold jewellery and then arranged to go up there for the day to make something out of it. I had not realised how much I had, (a lot had been left to me by various relations/friends) so having spent the day with the jeweller and following all the steps from melting the gold down, to an ingot and then into what is now a splendid solid king cobra snake bracelet and actually weighing in at 45 grams.

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Knebworth – 27th and 28th August With the compliments of Complete Kit Car magazine we were offered free entrance on the 28th being the Bank Holiday Monday to this show in the grounds of Knebworth House. An unusually hot bank holiday Monday meant that that several of us got burnt. A lovely show though with lots to see and do and there was a concessionary price if you wanted to walk round Knebworth House itself. Tony and I had a walk round the gardens which did mean that it was cooler and out of the sun under the trees.

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Classic and Retro Motor Show, Himley Hall, West Mids, Sunday 3rd September Another show based in the grounds of a stately home, but unfortunately on this occasion Himley Hall was closed to the public. Only a week after the very hot August bank holiday - this week-end proved to be cold and intermittently wet. Still we had a good look round and although we should have stayed until the end of the show and the prize giving they allowed us to leave earlier because of the weather. I have now registered the Beauford Club with Classic Motor Shows which means that the entrance fee is a lot cheaper than it would be for non-registered clubs. Through registering with them the entrance to most shows is now between £3 and £4. It also means that at the start of next year’s season they will send us a list of all shows and I will put them in the magazine as soon as they are received. Insurance – Proms The following is an extract from the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club which equally applies to Beauford owners and should be borne in mind when asked about doing Proms:

It is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE for a company to take payment and to provide classic, vintage, novelty or any other type of vehicle for hire for proms without the appropriate Licenses - i.e. Operators License, a Vehicle License and a Driver’s License to comply with the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 and Section 80 Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 All passengers will be travelling in an un-insured, illegal vehicle. 20


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A Licensed vehicle driver MUST be CRB checked to obtain their Licence to drive that vehicle. An un-Licensed vehicle is unlikely to have a CRB checked driver, another serious consideration for parents parting with their money to hire one of these vehicles. Most parents and certainly all of the children, have no idea of the Law surrounding Private Hire Vehicles. I do hope you will pass this important information on to the unsuspecting parents of those Year 11 pupils who are already busy trying to secure fancy transport for their child’s up-coming prom. It is disappointing for the children, but their safety and parents peace of mind trumps any disappointment felt. Only book a vehicle which is Licensed and can be verified. Wedding Hire is exempt from private hire legislation and therefore vehicles used exclusively for weddings are not required to have this licence. Finally This is the last magazine of the year, the next one will be sent out January/ February (ie WINTER) so I am taking the opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may Santa be good to you all. Liz

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Silverstone 2017 Jonathon Berg ( New Chairman) In early July this year I received a strange email, in pigeon English, asking about my Beauford. I used to run a wedding service with it and supposed they found my old website and were potentially contacting me for scamming purposes involving Nigerian princes and bank accounts . However, the enquiry said it was "to see if the Beauford was available for a non-wedding role" and this intrigued me so I replied. It transpired the sender of the email was a producer for Movistar Formula 1 - the equivalent of BBC Formula 1 coverage in Spain - and they fancied doing a piece at Silverstone in the lead-up to the British Grand Prix on 16th July by filming their hosts (equivalents to David Coultard and Eddie Jordan in the UK) driving around the track in a vintage car. Now, I explained the Beauford wasn't really vintage, but Elena said she didn't care - it looked the part. So on Thursday 13th I received circuit passes for Silverstone and joined the Ark-like trail of vehicles queuing to enter Silverstone, and found the other vehicles stopped at the various checkpoints while I was allowed to continue deeper and deeper into the site. It turned out very, very few cars get track passes around the Grand Prix weekend and I felt like Lord Muck actually turning onto the starting grid with F1 cars spotted about and team of mechanics milling like ants. There I met the Hosts, both young and beautiful Spaniards, whose English, of course, was better than mine and with only a little trepidation handed over my pride and joy. I then got to ride in the chase car while the photographers leapt in and out to get shots of the Beauford’s regal circuit of the track. In the chase car was an entertaining place to be as there was a lot of heated exchanges, arm waving and shouting, in Spanish.

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I cannot say how surreal this all was. Being Spanish, the team were running late and their booking of the track time had passed so we clashed with the racing teams walk-around, where each driver accompanied by race directors and other team members walked around the full track looking at details. We therefore forced each team to move out of the way as we made our way around, but rather than being annoyed, the drivers seemed amused and some said complimentary things about the Beauford and its V8 rumble. Finally we returned to the starting grid and the car was handed back to me. I basked in the reflected glory a little longer and enjoyed the clicking of many shutters as the ever-present photographers turned their lenses to my pride and joy. Fair to say this was a good day out! To see the finished film for Spanish TV, go here: https://youtu.be/YwWfnfD6uJs

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Cornering Lights Tony Harkett Many years ago I had one of these and the Spotlamps turned with the steering thereby illuminating the corner that you were about to go around. It was a fiendishly clever system of wires and levers, yet surprisingly simple. When I got one of these I thought that it should do the same, but not wanting to trip over red tape, or upset Policemen and MOT testers I decided to leave the headlamps where they were and to see if I could make a steering spotlamp. Drawing on the ingenuity of the Citroen designers, I devised a simple way of making it happen. The photos show the workings and it really needs no great explanation. A £2 Bicycle front brake cable from Halfords is attached by a simple homemade clamp bracket to the nearside track rod which pulls the inner cable when the steering moves to the left. The other end of the cable is attached to a lever underneath the Spotlamp, which then moves with the steering. There is a spring attached to the lever which pulls it back the other way. The Spotlamp is a CIBIÉ Ž unit from a scrap yard Subaru and lends itself nicely to a simple modification of the mounting bolt which now goes through a bracket made from a piece of engineering plastic bearing material all mounted nicely on the front valance where there is plenty of room underneath for the lever. 24


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I put a few holes in the lever to experiment with the amount of steer....... longer lever, less steer, shorter lever, more steer, so that it corresponds with the angle of the wheels. It all worked out very well and is a welcome addition to the cars Glow-worm headlamps. It’s never been a problem for the MOT, in fact my MOT man and his mates have a good giggle at it every year.

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A Day in the life......... Dennis I suppose it had to happen one day – we had a breakdown in the Beauford and had to call out the recovery people. We had spent the night in Eastbourne and on the way home in the morning stopped for some ‘cheap’ petrol at the garage which has the lowest prices in the area. After three or four miles the car started jerking and spluttering and I thought it might be dirt in the fuel system. This happened again and again, but each time I managed to restart the car and get a bit nearer home. Eventually though we ground to a halt in Rye, right in the middle of the town which was full of tourists. Fortunately it was a warm sunny day and we made the call to our breakdown service who were with us before we had finished our coffees from the nearby café. Back home I had a look under the bonnet and discovered that it was the coil that had failed so apologies to the petrol station. I don’t remember ever having a coil fail before, but I fitted a new one and all is well again. I wonder if it’s worth keeping a spare in the car? The reason I’m telling you all this is because the paperwork for the insurance and breakdown cover were in the glove box which doesn’t lock. These show our home address and it occurred to us that if anyone found them they would know that we were away from home and might think about a break in. So now they are safe and sound out of sight in a plastic wallet Velcroed onto the inside of the luggage box lid, which is padlocked. VIN Plates If you are a builder check the IVA rule book. When I took my car for its test the plate had to show axle weights, so I had one made up at the local trophy shop as the original Beauford plate didn’t have 26


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spaces for these. Of course if you are just replacing an existing one there’s no problem.

I noticed that some of the blue enamel was missing from my club badge, probably due to stone chips. The cream ‘B’ was OK so I cleaned off the rest of the blue and painted it with what I had left over after the car was sprayed. Close up it’s a bit rough, but it doesn’t look too bad from a distance.

Our first trip out in the Beauford this year was to the tip with some bags of rubbish. Needless to say we got some funny looks.

A day ( a few anyways) in the life of a Beauford owner..........

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And Finally Life is now We keeping waiting for that amazing thing to happen in the future that will be the key to our happiness. But this is it. Right now. Life continues to be a series of right nows. So learn to love right now, and you'll have an amazing life Fear is an illusion (mostly) Most of the things we fear never happen. Or if they do happen, they are rarely as bad as we fear they will be. For most of us, fear is the worst thing that will happen to us. Reality isn't as painful. Relationships rule At the end of the day, what matters most are the people in our lives. Put them first every single day. Before work. Before the computer. Before your hobbies. Treat them like they are everything to you. Because they are. Your kids aren't you You are the vessel to bring your children into the world and their caretakers until they can care for themselves. You can teach them, love them, and support them, but you can't change them. They are unique individuals who must live their own lives. Let them. Things gather dust Time and money spent accumulating material things will one day irritate you. You must clean, maintain, and move stuff. The less stuff you have, the more free you are. Purchase mindfully. Fun is underrated How much of your day is fun? Really fun? Life is short. We should enjoy it. Don't make things serious that don't have to be. Create more fun in your life. Don't worry about what other people think of your fun. Just enjoy it. Failure is good We try so hard to avoid failure, but failure is the real evidence that we've tried. If you avoid failure, you avoid taking action. Expect and accept that failure is part of the experience. Learn from it and move on. Friendships need care One of the top five regrets of the dying is that they let their friendships fade away. Friendships need time and attention. Nurture them like a prized garden. The payoff is so worth it. Experiences first The pleasure and positive memories afforded by great experiences far outweigh material things. If you're trying to decide between the new sofa or the family trip, take the trip every time. 28


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FOR SALE Beauford long bodied, split windscreen. Old English white with black mohair roof ( fitted in 2015) Pale grey leather with dark blue trim interior and dark blue carpets. Stainless steel spoked wheels with whitewall tyres, plus all the usual Beauford exterior items including twin horns and klaxon. Windscreen mounted spotlights, leather straps to the rear box are also fitted. The car was registered as a Beauford 1st of May 2005 and has been used exclusively as a wedding car, it has been dry stored all its life. Sierra based, using the 2ltr DOHC engine and automatic gearbox, the underside has been Waxoyled twice in its life. The car is currently on SORN but will be sold with 12 months MOT. More photographs can be seen on our website WWW.WINDSORCLASSIC.CO.UK. Car is for sale as we are retiring and looking forward to more holidays! Selling due to retirement ÂŁ18,000 ono Phone 01207234956 (Reg) email brown.reginald@sky.com

For Sale 2 door Beauford in two tone gold and cream with cream leather throughout and red claret carpets. built in 1990 with a 1980 Cortina donor car. 1593cc pinto engine, rebuilt last year with electronic ignition and waterless coolant in the system. Full stainless steel exhaust. Chrome wire wheels with fairly new white band tyres 12 month MOT for buyer. Well maintained to keep it running as a good and reliable car for our wedding business. Selling as need to downsize to a more manageable level. Price ÂŁ12,500. Contact Kevin for more details or viewing. Kevin Short 07817 725328 / 01304 365131

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Beauford club magazine autumn 2017 #111  
Beauford club magazine autumn 2017 #111  
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