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The Beauford Club Magazine

The Beauford Club

Autumn 2019 Issue 118


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The Beauford Club Magazine Committee Members Position

Name

Chairman

Currently Vacant

Secretary and Membership Secretary

Liz Ovenden

Magazine Editor

Owen Copeland

Telephone

Address

17 Brooklime Drive, Boughton Vale, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 0SF

01788 547033

liz.ovenden@beaufordclub.org.uk Summer Rose, Lydia Street, Willington, Crook, DL15 0AE

07519 654526

editor.beaufordclub@gmail.com Treasurer

Michelle Copeland

Summer Rose, Lydia Street, Willington, Crook, DL15 0AE

07595 631327

copeland.m66@gmail.com Webmaster

Tony Ovenden

17 Brooklime Drive, Boughton Vale, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 0SF

01788 547033

tony.ovenden@beaufordclub.org.uk Member

Dennis Murphy

6 Mabledon Close, New Romney, Kent TN28 8HT

01797 363886

dennisandmaureen72@gmail.com Member

Paul Hicks

Rosehill, Kellow, Looe, Cornwall PL13 1LE

01503 262069

paul.hicks@roaring30.co.uk Member

Keith Woolfenden

Oak Tree House, Green Lane, Pamber Green, Hampshire RG26 6AD

01256 851406

timtrav@aol.com Member

Colin Ingley

101 Fox Hollis Road, Sutton Coldfield, 2RN

B76

07940 260338

colingley@blueyonder.co.uk Member

Bill Buckley

18 Kelsey Lane, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7GL

01676 534877

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Editor Owen Hi everyone reading this Autumn edition of your club magazine. Its been a fairly OK summer this year and I have been pleased to see a number of posts on social media reporting from some of the Car Show events around the country. It pleasing to see new posts from different names too and I encourage all of us that enjoy our Beaufords and to continue to share the day to day pleasure that these wonderful & different motors give us. Regardless of your Beauford being for only personal enjoyment or if you have one or more that are used for Wedding duties –these cars deserve our equal pride in ownership and use. Liz has provided an update of her’s & Tony’s adventures over the past few months plus a round up from car shows that have taken place and some still to come. A small piece of administration—please note that my email address for the club has now changed to editor.beaufordclub@gmail.com For quite some time now I have been having various technology issues including not receiving editor emails until a few days after people have sent them to me plus I have not been able to send replies. I’m going to put most of my problems down to my aging laptop ( which I use to collate this magazine) which is having various age related “episodes” ( I know most of us can relate in one way or another) however I am now more up to date with a new chromebook. I am however missing my microsoft office ( publisher) and adobe pro software which I base the construction of the club magazine around. I’m also still trialing various new software that is now available to me in “app” format so if anyone has chromebook experience could you please send me suggestions of magazine publishing app software to my new email address , they will be much appreciated editor.beaufordclub@gmail.com 4


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Report on our club Chairman post Unfortunately, due to pressure of business our Chairman Jonathon Berg has reluctantly decided that he can no longer carry on as Chairman and has submitted his resignation to Liz with immediate effect. The position of Chairman is now available, so if anyone would like to take on this position please get in contact with Liz for more details. Meanwhile I, and I am sure all members, would like to thank Jonathon for his hard work and for all his innovative ideas for the future of the Club and wish him well for the future. My own input to this edition of the club magazine are again non car related as Michelle & I have been enjoying the past few months with an extremely varied mixture of building work, changing of our sons wheelchair accessible van which also led to our introduction & enjoyment as official “caravaners” this summer which has seen us clock up about 1500 miles touring around the UK to mainly Dog Shows as we both now show our Bernese Mountain Dogs and they have qualified to enter Crufts 2020. The addition of a caravan to our household has meant one thing to the Beauford Club—it now gives us the opportunity to attend Stoneleigh in 2020 as we don't have to try to make the 4-5 hour each way journey from our home. We attended Stoneleigh in the last few weeks for a Dog Show & spent a lovely evening with Liz & Tony at our caravan site sharing a bottle of wine ( or two) as we were only 10 minutes from their house. All of our efforts to do everything else in our lives has meant that I have not been playing with my Beaufords and still not been able to take them out for a spin or even out of storage so they will stay where they are, however I will have to plan in a major service for each in Spring 2020 as I have a wedding booked in. 5


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I have for some time considered adding power to my cars as I do miss my V8 Beauford “Ruby” which I sold earlier this year. There are a lot of modifications that can be done to a Ford Pinto engine ( sorry to readers who run different power units ) . I have been researching some of the options available and whilst what I'm going to share with you goes into “race” preparation territory—a place that has no business for a Beauford , I hope some will find it useful. Ford SOHC (Pinto) Tuning Guide Introduced by Ford in 1970, the Pinto was one of the first production engines to carry the cam on top of the head, driven by a toothed belt. There are two main versions - Cortina / RS2000 and Sierra. The latter was mostly unleaded. The Pinto was manufactured in Cologne and was naturally fitted to many German cars such as the Taunus, including the 1293cc version also fitted to early Sierras. The most common to us are the 1593 and 1993cc derivatives. A 1796cc version was introduced in mid-life Sierras and an E-Max 1.6, introduced in 1984, sharing the 1.8 and 2.0 litre rods. You’re likely to find a Pinto in Mk3 / Mk4 / Mk5 Cortinas, Capris, Mk1 / Mk2 Escorts, Granadas and Transits. All engines have a rear-bowl sump with the RS2000s being alloy. The engine is crossflow type with the carburetor on the right, exhaust left (when viewed from the front). Cam geometry can be a problem so it’s recommended to use a complete kit to ensure components match, such as Kent. The non 2 litre engines are particularly troublesome in this area so its not recommended fitting anything more than a base, mild / fast road cam in these. A new spray bar is also valuable insurance on any engine. As usual, the 2 litre is the tuner’s favourite with the 205 ‘Injection’ block being the most suitable base - these are better at taking the maximum re-bore of 93mm and are most suited to 2.1 litre conversions. Cortina blocks usually have the capacity in small numbers on the side - 16 and 20 respectively. Later Sierra blocks have 165, 185 and 205. 6


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The early Cosworth YB also used a ‘selected’ 205 block. It is fairly common to use 2.8 V6 pistons coupled with a 93mm bore but traditionally, machining is involved - the block needs decking, whilst the rods need the small ends narrowing. Skimming can raise compression to a 10.5:1 maximum and beyond this you’ll need forged pistons, to a safe 12.0:1. It is best to check the size of the combustion chamber on any used head by having it cc’d first. This not only guarantees the compression but can also help with checking the valve to piston clearance too, which can be an issue with previously skimmed heads. The Pinto’s crank is able to out-rev the rods, which can be a weak link 7500 is the absolute maximum recommended, although this really only applies to the later wider injection rods, which are stronger than the early type. The 2 litre heads have massive ports to start with so good gains can be had by merely fitting a Kent FR32. Even the best standard Pinto carb a 32/36 DGAV twin choke, is enough to power the engine to 135bhp. A Stage 1 head, suitably set up, will reach these levels and feature proper valve guides in place of the standard cast-in type and raised compression. After this level, the next step is side draughts and it’s best to go straight to 45 DCOEs since the inlet ports are huge. 44 IDF down draughts are a good alternative, but they are much more expensive. Add a Kent FR33 and a stage 2 head and you should see 150-155bhp. Beyond this and you’re into fast road bordering on race, which means, depending on carb size - 48s and even 50s - you should be seeing an easy 185-200bhp, plus.

This is my own 202 block ( late ford transit) which I took from a seized condition to full working order and now powers my self built Beauford “Phoenix” 7


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Club Secretary Liz OVENDEN’S OFFERING Since writing my last report, our Beauford has been out on several occasions and apart from one small incident has behaved itself. We visited the show at Oswestry in July, stayed overnight with no problems, used the car on several other occasions and then on the August Bank holiday we were off to Knebworth on the Sunday, staying at an extremely local hotel and would be attending the show on Bank Holiday Monday. This weekend was one of the hottest days of the year, and having followed the Sat Nav’s instructions we headed off down the M1 along with the rest of the country! We got as far as junction 15 when we hit the traffic, mostly at a standstill. However, we did the stop/start bit for several miles when the car just stopped. We were in the outside lane of the M1 just before junction 14, but luckily a car behind us stopped and four very helpful young men got out and pushed us over to the hard shoulder, and even gave us a couple of bottles of water as it was so hot. We sat there for about 10 minutes to let the car cool down and then it started ok. The sat nav was about as useful as a chocolate teapot and kept trying to send us back to the M1, which we knew would cause the problem again. We came off at junction 14 and turned the opposite way to being instructed and then spotted a garage, where we not only filled up with petrol but also bought ourselves a new map. Having decided that the best way to go was to head towards the A6 and go that way. However, having travelled some ten miles or so down the A6 we were suddenly confronted with a road closed sign, with no previous warning. We had passed several yellow diversion boards but as they never tell you what road they are diverting you from (we once followed diversion signs which took us round in a five mile circle and brought us back to where we started).

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Eventually we made it to be hotel, having done at least 100 miles more than we should have, but at least it gave us something to talk (and write) about. Apparently the problem is something to do with the new type unleaded petrol having a lower boiling point and this was causing the problem. The car has now been fitted with some form of refrigeration unit on the fuel line which should stop the problem. I believe this unit is also fitted on some BMWs and Porches. Hopefully this will work but we may have to wait until the next really, really, hot day to find out. Tony is currently working on trying to bring down the fuel consumption – on our trip to Oswestry it was doing about 160 miles per tank full!

Subscriptions This is just a reminder that subscriptions are due on the 1st March 2020 and with effect from this date will be £20 per annum (as agreed at the Stoneleigh AGM). I am sending with this magazine a new standing order form which is for everyone’s use. Please complete this form and either take or send it off to your bank. For those who already pay by standing order you can use it to update your current one, and for everyone else please, please complete it as it will make my life a lot easier and I won’t have to keep sending out reminders. I know a lot of you are busy but this time of year things, wedding wise, should be slackening off, so it is an ideal time to complete the form and will save you hassle later on in the year. As it’s a standing order form, you can cancel it at any time if you no longer wish to be a member of the club.

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Spare Wheels and Punctures I recently received an interesting email from Albert Henneman in Belgium about what happened when he changed one of his spare tyres: When removing the tyre we noticed that the previous owners (maybe a long time back) had had a flat tyre and injected a sealing liquid into it. This is something not to be done as such liquids are aggressive towards the light metal wheels. In fact the product stayed liquid all these years and attacked the base material of the wheel !!! We had to remove this slime and wash the wheel before installing the new tyre. The proper procedure is, when having a flat, to fit the spare wheel and not to inject these fluids. In my case, by injecting this fluid it messed with the Metal Tyre valve, it would not operate correctly nor could the valve core be removed which resulted in us having to remove the Metal tyre valve and replace it temporarily with a rubber snap in valve !!! Since I did not like this I went scouting for replacement Metal Tyre valves & cores, as standard Tyre dealers do not have them in stock, at least not here on the continent. I must enlighten this a bit, with modern cars some makes do install these metal vales but are equipped with pressure transmitters, such as BMW, Mercedes & AUDI, but they are different to the ones I have fitted on the Beauford wheels. I suspect that those Beaufords with their original Wheels (made by the German Company "Borbet") still have these original metal valves fitted. I found a company in the UK called Auto4 Limited which supplies all sorts of automotive equipment (https://www.auto4.co.uk/). They also have a downloadable catalogue https://www.auto4.co.uk/assets/AUTO4Catalogue-2018-Issue-5-Web.pdf (page 71 chapter G and page 72 for the metal valves. The one required is Part N°; 235020 and comes complete with valve core and cap, the assembly cost €1,01 each. If you would like to have replacement valve cores go to page 83 chapter H for the valve cores, Part N°; T72-20-201 TPMS Nickel valve core, they are sold in a box of 100 but cost very little, I paid €6,47 for this. The E-mail address for their sales department is; sales@auto4.co.uk (Paris Dineen, Freyja Barnett, Sarah Hodges. I must say I am very happy with their service Thanks to Albert for his usual thoroughness in giving us all the information we may need. 10


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IS THIS CAR YOURS? I have received from Les Pearson an email and some photos (a lot actually but unfortunately we can’t print them all) about a competition back in 1990. Whitbread, the large brewing company asked Gordon Geskell the then owner of Beauford Cars to build them a Beauford to go with an advertising campaign they were running to promote their Country House Hotel chain (wonder who owns them now). At the end of the campaign they held a competition to win The Lansbury Flyer, as the car was called. This took place at one of their hotels, The Potters Heron, and Les Pearson’s wife (he has not told me her name) won it. They kept the car for two years, loved it and took it to one or two shows meeting other members and Beauford owners, but after two years they sold it. They are now both 80+ in years but still remember and have fond memories of the car and were wondering if it was still around and who owned it. Its then registration was RJP 480R.

If you recognise the car or even Les and his wife do let me know so I can pass this back to them. British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry – 14th July 2019 Once again a superb show and we had 5 cars present. A lovely day and good weather with lots to see. 11


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It’s a bit like visiting the local safari park, except all the animals are made of metal, some form of cutlery or even obsolete coins and of course, you can wander around amongst them. There are certainly some artistic people working there. The knife angel was back in place and they have now done a beautiful replica of a police Alsatian dog made entirely of knives – this is in tribute to all the police dogs which get injured in protecting their handlers. I am told that because the show is so popular and they were having to turn people away, that next year they plan to hold the show over two days so that everyone who wants to go can. Classic Motor Show, Knebworth, August Bank Holiday Apart from the car slightly overheating on the way to Knebworth we did eventually get there a couple of hours later than we planned. Having discovered that the local Novatel hotel was very reasonably priced we had booked an overnight stay there so we could get into the show before it opened at 10.00. An evening meal and a good catch up with Colin and Sue Ingley and Nigel and Jane Whitworth made for a very pleasant evening. The next day dawned bright and clear and the prospect of a lot of sunshine proved to be right. Fortunately, before leaving home on Sunday we had put our small gazebo into the back of the car and this proved to be most useful at the show and certainly stopped us getting sun burnt. 12


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Loads of cars of every make and era there, and as we had got complimentary tickets from Complete Kit Car magazine we were supposed to be near them but we could not find them anywhere. However, despite this there was a lovely half page photo of us in the last edition of their magazine. Visit to Beaulieu in 2020 We now have a new email address called activities@beaufordclub.org.uk and this will be managed by Keith Woolfenden. (He has an article in this magazine about the visit to Kop Hill.) I am just wondering if like me, who could not go because of holidays and did not realise that the date had been changed, some others may have been the same. As it turned out we could have gone, but because of the distance it would have been better for us to have booked an overnight hotel stay. I think this is what we will do next year and hopefully some of the other members, especially local ones, will join us for this event. I am sure a lot of you would like to visit to Beaulieu next year. The problem, however, is that it has to be booked in advance so once a date has been decided we must get numbers, plus a deposit from those who would like to attend. I am not sure of the mileage for us, but again hotel accommodation may be the easiest way to attend this venue. NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM

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Regalia/Spares

Top to bottom, left to right: Non Member Flying lady £165 Headlamp rim £25 Beauford scroll £25 Heavy chrome badge £25 Sew on badge £2 Blue/chrome badge £25 Bumper end tube £4 Bumper tube cap £10 Vin plate £10 R/Board strip caps 2 types £1.75 Lapel badge £3 Old style key ring £3 New type key ring £5

Member £150 £20 £20 £20 £1.50 £20 £3 £9.50 £9 £1.50 £2.50 £2.50 £4.50

P&P £10* £5.00 £1.00 £3.00 0.60p £2.00 POA 0.80p 0.60p POA 0.80p 0.80p 0.80p

*includes insurance Postage is UK only and on Multiple items will be adjusted

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Stoneleigh National Kit Car Show Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd May 2020 This is not a Bank Holiday weekend but the AGM will still take place on Sunday but hopefully in the morning as breakdown of the gazebo will have to take place at the end of the show. I will hopefully have more information in the January magazine Other Events Now we are at the end of the season there are no more shows until next year so tuck your Beauford up for its winter hibernation, get your SORN and await the good weather of next year. The only other event I can think of is that Christmas will soon (just over two months at the time of writing) be with us, so happy shopping, keep warm and Tony and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas

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Beauford Club Activities At the Club AGM in May 2019 it was proposed that the Club needed some changes to prepare it for the future and to fulfil the needs of current and future members. The first event was at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon on Sunday 21st July. This date and location was chosen because The Old Ford Club was holding a big rally on that day and Gaydon is fairly centrally located and well served by the motorway network. The second event was the Kop Hill Climb Festival in September. This is a very popular event and even in May we were too late to book a Club stand. I promoted this event in the Summer issue of the magazine, with details of the event, the organiser’s website and the day on which I would be attending. I had hoped that a few Beaufords would turn up, but there wasn’t a single one on the Saturday. I would be interested to know if any turned up on the Sunday as the weather was rather wet on that day. If we want to organise similar events for 2020, then we need to start booking the venues in the very near future. The problem is, of course, that we need the numbers of participants to make it viable and who would be willing to pay a deposit to the club before we organise it. Even the Club AGM at Stoneleigh suffers from a lack of numbers This leads me to ask – “What do members want from their Club?” Do people join the Club to get a reduction in insurance premiums and have access to technical back up, without ever wanting to be more involved in the Club than that? Do members like to enjoy their Beaufords on their own, without participating in any organised visits to shows or other social events? Would members participate in events held in their own locality? In this case we would need local/regional organisers. With regional organisers it would be possible to tailor the events to the locality and have things such as Cruises in Company to a local event/Stately Home, pub or other venue, or even arrange a Treasure Hunt culminating at a pub etc. Is there anyone willing to volunteer for such a post? As a committee we need to know what you, the membership, want from your Club so we can plan accordingly. Please email your comments, even if you don’t want any change but would prefer things to remain as they are, to – activities@beaufordclub.org.uk Many thanks in advance for your help in this matter. Keith Woolfenden

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Kop Hill Climb Festival 2019 Keith Woolfenden. It was a fantastic day at the Kop Hill Climb Festival on Saturday 21st September 2019. The weather was superb, sunny with a breeze to keep the temperature at a comfortable level. There was a huge range of cars from a 1907 Berliet/Curtiss to a 2019 McLaren and motorbikes from a 1914 Sun Villiers to a 2018 Ducati V4. There were interesting people to talk to including Paddy Hopkirk with his Monte Carlo winning Mini, Edd China with his “bathroom” creation and Fuzz Townsend with a vintage Austin. Kit and home built cars were well represented in the Paddock with a Lotus Mk 6 and a Berkeley B95 from the 1950’s. The 1960’s era was represented by a Fairthorpe Electron Minor (the same model of car that my father drove in the 1960’s), and a Unipower GT. There was a Ginetta G15, a Clan Crusader and a Mini Jem from the 1970’s with more modern kit cars being represented by a Hawke AC Cobra, a Teal Bugatti, a Marlin, an Ariel Atom and four Caterhams of various specifications. The Marcos Owners Club was out in force with a display of 18 cars, ranging from a 1966 1800 Coupe to a 1996 LM500. There was even a Rickman Ranger in the public car park reserved for classic and “interesting” vehicles, but sadly not a single Beauford in evidence anywhere. 18


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There were lots of other attractions to entertain the family, with live music on the stage, a Soapbox Derby over a quite challenging course, a huge Scalextric track, face painting, pottery and a funfair. Apart from getting up close and personal with all the cars and bikes in the paddock and talking to the owners and drivers, it was possible to get a good view from the grandstands and viewing platforms as the vehicles attempted the hill. The highlight of my day, if not my year, was a ride up the hill in the passenger seat of an Ecurie Ecosse 1957 Le Mans D Type Jaguar. Sheer, unadulterated brute power. On acceleration my stomach disappeared out the back of the car!! How anyone could race it for hours around the Le Mans circuit is beyond me.

An amazing, memorable experience to top off a fantastic day out. I shall certainly be back in 2020. Keith Woolfenden

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Bimbling in a Beauford Robin Beadle “Bimble” (verb):- to travel without real aim, yet in a friendly and harmless manner. It’s not required to achieve nothing, though it is a frequent side effect Some two years after bringing our barn-find Beauford to Suffolk and, having worked through the vast majority of the items on the “Fix-Me” list, we felt it was time to give “Monster” some proper exercise rather than just the local journeys. As we hadn’t visited the Dales for a while, the Buttertubs Pass called to be driven. Thought had gone into how the car was to be loaded with various suitcases tried for fitting in the rear box over the weekend before. One was found, loaded and the remaining space in the box filled with the smaller accoutrements you always take on holiday. The hidden area behind the rear seat was packed out with spare fuel can, toolkit, car cover, tyre pump, and a few spares. The removable roof sides were laid flat across the rear seat underneath the dog bed in case they were needed during the journey. As the weather forecast for the week was just shy of diabolical, and the luggage box did not have a weather seal around its interior, all items were transported in bin liners in the box whilst the opportunity was also taken to find and fill any small wiring holes behind and under the seat with flexible sealant to hinder the ingress of any spray. Oil, water and tyre pressures given a final check, the Border Collie installed on the back seat in his harness (much to his disgust), music chosen, roof lowered and my wife, Samantha, and I were ready for the off. If you have not driven a Beauford on a motorway before, you will find that you become an object of interest and there are three special types of motorist you have to watch for: Enthusiasts, Gawkers and Lappers. The Enthusiasts are respectful, admire you from a distance, often give you the thumbs up and are on their way. The Gawkers are those who slow down to stare as they come alongside (potentially stopping you from changing lanes to overtake something) before continuing their journey. Just smile sweetly and let them take their photographs if they have to. 20


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The worse ones are the Lappers. They start off as Gawkers, overtake you, pull into your lane and start looking in their mirrors at the Beauford front. They then slow down once in your lane, forcing you to overtake them so that they can look at the nearside of the Beauford. They then pick up speed, overtake you again and resume their journey. Of course, with the 2.8litre straight six in Monster, sometimes they get a shock as we accelerate away leaving them trailing behind‌ perfectly within the speed limits of course. Lappers and Gawkers notwithstanding, from Suffolk Coast to Hawes in the Dales took a relaxed 6 hours motoring, mostly with the roof off and the dog snoring in the back seat. The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the most beautiful and entertaining driving in the UK. Even in the summer, the roads are often quiet. We stayed at the Hawes end of the Buttertubs Pass which gave us easy central location to most of the Dales, choosing accommodation with private off-road parking. The Dales roads at the weekend are popular with car clubs coming from the cities and so from our location we were treated to a parade of Triumph clubs, Toyota sportsters and MG clubs as they drove the Pass and other routes. On one day, we encountered a procession of Lamborghinis gingerly winding their way between the stone walls on a single carriage lane but rather than force their way through, it was the sports cars who reversed and stood aside for our Beauford, some of the drivers taking pictures as we passed. This welcoming treatment of the Beauford was repeated everywhere we went. Parking in Hawes High Street for shopping, we would return to groups posing with it, tourists and locals alike wanting to ask questions about it and only rarely noticing the border collie still asleep in the back seat. Most had never seen a Beauford before, some had heard about them or seen them when they were first released and regretted not buying one. A few (husbands and wives, not just men) were so keen that I directed them to the Beauford Club website, Ebay and Car and Classic for adverts of ones for sale. Whether or not they will pursue the idea of Beauford ownership only time will tell. 21


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One visit to a pottery resulted in the potter telephoning his neighbours to come and look and visits to museums and preserved railways had the staff interested as well. There is a great enjoyment in Beauford driving. Not only are you driving something different from most others (but with modern (ish) performance, economy and handling) but you have a fantastic view along that gorgeous bonnet. With the roof off, you have also uninterrupted view of the scenery. For seven days, we pointed Monster’s bonnet at hills, passes and woodland and it responded with a healthy exhaust note from the 6-pot at the front. The only issues during the whole trip were due to operator error which Samantha wouldn’t let me blame Monster for, even if I dared. Handling the Beauford around narrow, twisty Dales lanes brings back some joy in driving as it really is not that wide and happily sweeps around curves. The length of the car is not really an issue either (unless you are trying to do a three-point turn in a confined space) until you tackle hump back bridges or tops of hills. Here that same long bonnet points skywards and stays that way, leaving you and your passenger to peer over the wings to see which way the road is actually going. Hump back bridges are always a concern with such a long car but we only grounded twice (and annoyingly one of those occasions was on a bridge that had given no problems whatsoever on the previous three crossings) Planning ahead and looking along the road (sometimes onto the next hill) is critical for advance warning of oncoming traffic and only once in 900 miles did we meet someone nose to nose and have to reverse.

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Although the forecast at the beginning of the week was dire, we did choose to take the Beauford rather than the modern SUV. We were very glad we did. Apart from some light rain and one terrific downpour which lasted only an hour (both times we had already had the roof up), we were blessed with sunshine and cloud and the promised rain by and large did not appear. Erring on the side of caution, however, every night the roof was put up and a car cover secured in case the threatened tempest did arrive. Having put the roof up and down a couple of dozen times over that week, we are now quite adept at it. Wind is not an issue in the Beauford at motorway speeds for front seat passengers although the mutt did look a little windswept after standing up for a stretch. Driving highlights of the areaThe Reeth to Tan Hill Inn road is very remote but generally smooth and a pleasure to drive. The Buttertubs Pass with its unique geological formations was enjoyed several times. The back roads from Hawes to Kettlewell and then to Malham Cove gave a long hard climb from Gayle before a descent into the tiny hamlet of Oughtershaw and a circular route from Hawes to Garsdale to the cobbled streets of Dent village and back via Ribbleshead Viaduct. Would we tour with the Beauford again? Definitely, without a doubt. Plans are already being made for a bimble to Wales and another to the Highlands. Does the Beauford live up to its looks as a long-distance car? Ours certainly does: I am disabled, not a small guy and found ample legroom and a comfy ride no matter the road. What downsides are there? You cannot be a shrinking violet in a Beauford. You meet friendly people everywhere, and at all speeds and at all times (just pulled into a motorway rest stop, just after you have bought a takeaway......) 23


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....but of course, everyone reading this article has probably already experienced this on more than one occasion. Luggage space? Actually, we found this to be one of the few restricting factors. Tour with two people and a mutt? Definitely. But touring with four adults and luggage wouldn’t be feasible. We are looking at finding a large wicker/laundry basket for future jaunts, however, so would be interested to hear from others who have and use them. It was with huge reluctance that we pointed Monster out of the Dales and back towards Suffolk (via the Gawker-gauntlet) a week later. Possibly the only one who was happy to get home was the dog because his bed stopped moving.

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And Finally

Ho Ho Ho Have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2020 Everyone

Lifes too short to only drive a boring car !!

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Beauford Club Magazine Autumn 2019 #118  

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