Beauford Club Magazine - Spring 2013

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The Beauford Club

‘Spring’ 2013 Issue 94



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Committee Members POSITION





Dennis Murphy

27 Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent ME15 7SU



Neal Huitson

14 The Meadows, Sedgefield TS21 2DH

01740 620147

Secretary & Membership Secretary

Liz Ovenden

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



Keith Woolfenden

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



Chris Rudge

11 Honeybourne Road, Alveley, Nr. Bridgenorth, Shropshire WV15 6PR



Michael Crozier

63 Laurel Grove, Tunstall, Sunderland SR2 9EE



Bill Buckley

18 Kelsey Lane Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7GL



Paul Hicks

Rosehill, Kellow, Looe, Cornwall PL13 1LE

01503 262069

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



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David Young

07794 452034

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The Chairman’s Page Dennis

Welcome to spring! What a start to the year! We went away for a week over Easter with the Beauford, staying on a farm near Lydney just outside the Forest of Dean, but it was really bitterly cold there with a strong east wind blowing. Also it was frosty most mornings with some snow and sleet for good measure. There was a 40 mph

speed limit on the Severn Bridge each time we went across. Actually, that was probably fast enough and it certainly got the dust off the hood. Coming home, which happened to be on my birthday, we ran into a snow storm on the M25. And this is supposed to be spring be in the Garden of England! I know that we have really got off quite lightly here in the southeast, but there’s still a persistent east wind making it feel very cold. I can’t imagine what it has been like for farmers especially those

with sheep and cattle trapped in snowdrifts. No doubt there will be stories of wedding parties getting to their venues through snow and ice with four wheel drives and tractors to the rescue. I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon (it was very wet yesterday!) when we’ve just got back from the Detling kit car show but I’m afraid it was rather disappointing.

There just didn’t seem to be enough there. There were no crowds of people looking round the stalls or the cars. We saw three local Beaufords and some of the regular trade stands but only one insurance broker and no auto jumble types. A couple of stallholders I spoke to said it had been very quiet, one said they’d barely covered their fees and travelling expenses. A shame because they will perhaps think twice before coming next year.



The kit car show was in one hall and a quilting show in another, so we went and had a quick look round there. The first thing I noticed was that the refreshment area was an improvement on the kit car side, but again the people we spoke to said business had been slow. Maybe it’s the weather, the cost of admission or just a general lack of spending money, but the public don’t seem to be as interested as in previous years.

garage or put together at home by one or more people with no particular skills or training.

Back in February when I was phoning round for insurance for my car, I tried all the firms that advertise in the magazine, but was surprised to be told by Footman James that they no longer quote on amateur or home-built cars. I was going to ask the reps when I went to Detling what the reason was, but they weren’t there! Has anyone else heard of firms turning away amateur builders? Apart from people who have built their own cars and obviously know the full history, I wonder if someone who buys a Beauford second or third hand would necessarily know the vehicle’s background. It might have been made at the Beauford factory, professionally built by a specialist

The next date in your diary should be the National kit car motor show at Stoneleigh on the 5th and 6th May. This show is billed as the world’s largest and is your chance to meet other owners and do some serious shopping for all those bits and pieces you never seem to find elsewhere. On Sunday afternoon we will be holding the club’s AGM and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. If, like me you can only come on one day, please make it the Sunday and please do come to the meeting: it’s only an hour in the afternoon and you will be made most welcome, plus an excellent buffet lunch is included for all members beforehand.

On the V5 of my car (home built) it says: ‘kit built/converted - assembled from parts all of which may not be new’. Is this the same wording for all kit cars? If so, how would you, or an insurance broker, know if it was amateur built or not? What does it say on your paperwork?

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh

Sunday and Monday 5th and 6th May

Beauford Club AGM

3.00 pm Sunday 5th May at Stoneleigh

Kit Car Show, Newark

Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th June

Powderham ‘Crash Box’ Show

Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th July

Kit Car Show, Donington

Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th August

Kit Car Show, Exeter

Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th October



From the Editor Well its Spring again, or so they tell me. Firstly, my thanks to Barrie at Louannon Cars in Plymouth ( for the cover picture to remind us what spring really should be like. Now I don’t want to make you envious but Pat and I went on our celebration holiday (our 65th birthdays) to the southern hemisphere. Warm weather and sunshine but all good things must always come to an end and we returned to a snowy Heathrow and rain soaked Looe. Nonetheless, what a lovely time we had. Somewhere that came as a complete surprise to us was the art deco town of Napier in New Zealand. I have taken the liberty of including a little article about our visit. One piece of excellent news that I have just received is that it would appear that we have been successful in our efforts to stop the Law Commission from recommending that wedding cars should become licensed taxis. I have included a copy of the Law Commission letter which I received just a few days ago. So well done to all of those who wrote to the Law Commission and their Members of Parliament and those who supported the National Wedding Car Association in their efforts to fight this silly proposal. Clifford Leask, one of our long time members, has written an interesting article for this magazine which includes some very useful tips. Clifford is obviously a very devoted Beauford owner. He has also brought to our attention his concerns about the increased use of ethanol in our petrol - it can be quite destructive. So I have taken the opportunity to include two related articles for your information. For those of you who don’t know anything about Ethanol, it is produced by fermenting and distilling grain such as corn, barley and wheat. Incidentally, fuel blends of at least

85 percent ethanol are considered alternative fuels under the Energy Policy Act of 1992. E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, is used in flexible fuel vehicles, which are now offered by most major auto manufacturers. Flexible fuel vehicles can run on gasoline, E85, or any combination of the two. The bad news is that Ethanol rots rubber, causes corrosion in unprotected metal fuel tanks and causes fibre glass to delaminate our poor Beaufords. What is worse, is that it absorbs moisture - fuel left lying dormant in your Beauford tank over winter will rot the bottom of your tank - water being heavier than oil so it sinks to the bottom. Thanks to the government’s Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation announced in 2005, which has already given us petrol containing up to five per cent ethyl alcohol (aka ethanol), scenario of rotting fuel tanks and leaking fuel lines is becoming increasingly common. Things can only get worse, because the permitted level is likely to be increased to 10 per cent – all EU countries were supposed to have introduced E10 before the end of 2010. On the bright side, the sun is shining here in Cornwall as I am preparing my Beaufords for the weekend. I am even hoping that we can have the top off - watch this space as they say. For those of you who may just visit Looe this summer, don’t forget to wave if you see Alfonso or Elliot drive by. Have a great summer. 7

OVENDEN’S OFFERING Liz It has been a long cold winter but now although not particularly warm, there is a distinct sign of Spring – daffs are starting to come out and Tony has been tinkering with the Beauford. The car did make a brief couple of appearances in December and January when we took it up to Spalding for the upholstery “tweaks” but on the way home the speedo stopped working. Since then Tony has made a couple of attempts to fix it but cold weather has driven him back indoors after a short while. However, on his last foray to the underneath of the car he came to the conclusion that the sensor had stopped working and this was confirmed when he removed it and checked it in our slightly warmer garage. Tony ‘phoned ETB Instruments who had provided the original sensor only to be told that they could no longer supply that particular make (but apparently they never go wrong), however the one they currently use should be compatible (thank goodness). The problem was that it would only read up to about 120 MPH! We decided to risk it; we would just have to rely on the sat-nav reading when in 5th gear. The replacement turned out to be about £100 cheaper than the original and made us think that maybe that’s why the original manufacturers are no longer around! This week the weather seems to have improved somewhat and he has now completed putting everything back in place including the dashboard which he is now an expert in taking in and out. In fact as I type this he has just come in to say that the Beauford is working ok now!

for Beaufords. I was recently having a scan through E-bay (as you do) and decided to have a search on Beaufords. There were one or two cars for sale but apart from there being some garage which was trying to sell a two door Beauford for £36.5k (in their dreams) I did come across a selection of quite nice wheel trims which would be more than suitable for our cars. Having originally searched on “wheel trims” and getting nowhere, under “Beauford” there were loads! Just thought I would let you know. Have you seen this car?

Over the last couple of months I have been making various notes on things to put in the magazine and having now dug them out I do hope I can make head or tail of my scribblings.

Doug and Wendy Payne who have been members of the Club for quite some time, sold their beloved Beauford some years ago and have contacted me to see if I knew who had bought it and if it was still in use. It was originally a long bodied car, in a maroon type colour, with beautiful wooden turned headlamps and was converted to gas with a tank on the back of the car inside a large type basket box. I have a feeling that whoever bought it converted it back to petrol. It registration number whilst with Doug and Wendy was OEW 21J so if you do know of this car’s whereabouts would you please let me know so I can inform Doug and Wendy.

Wheel Trims

2013 – to wed or not to wed

I remember asking in a previous magazine if anyone knew where wire wheel type wheel trims could be obtained which were suitable

I have on a couple of occasions recently (mostly at the hairdressers) heard that brides have decided to put off their weddings until 8

THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE next year as they consider the 13 of 2013 to be unlucky! Just wondered if any of you have noticed this and experienced a drop in weddings for this year. Subscriptions This year we decided to take two weeks holiday in February and on our return I was amazed to find so many subscription renewals awaiting me. My apologies to all those who sent them off straight away and then must have wondered why they did not receive anything back, but what with catching up on the washing etc it did take me a week or so to get the subscriptions sorted. Fortunately, we had prepared all the cards before we went. For all those who have not yet renewed I will be sending out email reminders so do hope I have all your latest email addresses. I will, if I get no response from emails, try ringing as it is my ambition to get everyone to renew. I thought last year I had almost done it as I ended up by only having three members who did not renew. If you have a listing on the wedding site then please remember that strictly you only have a month after renewal date to renew before your listing is removed. I am flexible on this and don’t usually tend to remove listings until after I have sent our reminders, but please remember if you wish to continue with your listing then the renewal fee is £20.00. Subscription monies can be paid by using BACS (internet banking) and for those of you who would like to do this the club’s bank account details are as follows: HSBC Sort Code 40-39-11 Account No. 82095203 In the reference please insert your name and membership number.

An email to me to say that you have done this would also be useful as that way I can go into the bank account and check for payments, plus I can also use your email as confirmation that you wish to renew your membership.. Beauford Registration Every so often we mention in the magazine about Beaufords which have never had their registration documents changed from Ford Cortina to Beauford and how this may result in a car having to go through an IVA test despite the fact that it has been on the road for a few years. I recently came across a case where a Ford Cortina was still on the registration documents of a Beauford which had been built some 22 years ago and had changed hands several times during this period. However, as the current owner wished to have the correct details on his papers (after all what happens if your car is involved in an accident and the police look up the registration number to find Cortina – this could be potential trouble). Anyway, our member contacted the DVLA and managed to speak to someone who knew about kit cars. The outcome was that because he could supply amongst other things, MOTs going back about 8 years plus a letter from the Club to state that the car really was a Beauford, the DVLA agreed that the documents could be changed and our member is now the owner, according to the papers, of a Beauford open tourer. A happy ending. Kit Car Motor Show Detling Did any member actually go to this show? I did not hear anything from them inviting the club to attend or to have a stand and I suspect that the same will now apply to Exeter in October. National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May You will probably receive this magazine about a week before this show, so hopefully



may keep it in mind that it’s a nice show to visit – currently possibly the best one around. The club will have its gazebos and full facilities at this show and even if you are not currently building a car then it is still a good place to go to meet other owners and their cars plus to have lunch and as much tea and coffee as you can drink. All we would ask is that if you come on Sunday then you attend the AGM at 3.00 pm It will only take up an hour of your time and we do like to have some input from members on how the club can go forward. Don’t forget kit car drivers enter for free and passengers are half price. Beauford Auto Jumble at Stoneleigh We tried this out last year for the first time and it seemed fairly successful so once again if you have any spare parts for a Beauford which are no longer of any use to you or superfluous to your requirements then please bring them along to see if they are of any use of another member. I will try and bring some sticky labels along so you can write on them your name and how much you require. Sometimes even the smallest of items can be of use to someone and as we all know it is not always easy to source them. Kit Car Show Newark 15th and 16th June This year’s Newark Show is on the 15th and 16th June and I have booked a club space. Unfortunately, however, although we are usually there on the Sunday, this year Tony and I have double booked and will not be able to attend the show. I do know, however, that they are trying to revamp it for this year and so it may be worth seeing what it is now like. Performance and Kit Car Show Donington 24th and 25th August I will be booking a club stand at this show which will be the second one they have put on here. Last year there was a good turnout

(although not of Beaufords) and although their entrance fees were a bit extortionate for 5 year olds, I will contact them about this as it seems a shame that adults who quite often bring grandchildren to shows like this will be put off from turning up because of the cost of children’s entry. The 40th Historic Vehicle Gathering of the Crash Box & Classic Car Club of Devon Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July Paul Hicks has sent me details of the above show which takes place at Powderham Castle, Kenton, Near Exeter every year. This is a fairly large show and describes itself as veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, classic commercial lorries, tractors, fire engines, ambulances, traction engines and steamers, classic car club stands and displays, trade stands, autojumble, craft stalls, children’s entertainment and refreshments “fun for all the Family”. The club can book a stand here but at the same time must submit a list of cars who will be attending. Paul has said that he will take his two cars on the Sunday and Tony and I have said that we will attend. Entry for cars on the club stand will be £5 (for both days) and this includes the car plus two passengers. I believe that if you were to attend the show as a visitor then the entrance fee per person would be a lot higher. The closing date for entry is 18th May so if you would like to attend this show then do please let me know and on receipt of your £5 will enter you for the show. Details of the show are also available on Baddesley Clinton Rally, Near Knowle, West Midlands Colin Ingley has sent me details of Baddesley Clinton a National Trust property in the West Midlands. He has made preliminary enquiries and they would be


THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE willing to let us hold a Beauford rally there. The only stipulation is that we arrive before 11.00 am and do not leave before 4.00pm and that drip mats are used to protect the driveway (as if we would have oil leaks!) The site is not far from the M40, M42 and M6 and has the usual national trust facilities and has very pleasant grounds.

our northern members to enjoy a local event. Broadsworth Hall is close to Doncaster being 5 miles north west on the A635 Barnsley Road, off the A1M. Details on 01302 722598

Again, if anyone is interested please let me know and I will try and organise something.

This annual event takes place on the 2nd June and promises to be a great day out. It starts from inside Brooklands Museum. Route guides are provided and on reaching Brighton there is afternoon tea and sandwiches followed by the award ceremony. Further details of this event can be found at,

Classic Car Show Sunday 17th June, Broadsworth Hall and Gardens, Near Doncaster Allan Razey has sent me details of this show which he says is a splendid family outing (and it is on father’s Day) and a chance for

London to Brighton 13th kit and sports car run – 2nd June

The Beauford Club ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Beauford Club will be held at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 5 th May in the Warwick Hall Conference Centre, NAC Stoneleigh AGENDA 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

8. 9. 10.

Minutes of the 2012 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 11

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News release Tuesday, 9 april 2013

Law Commission sets out early thinking on reforms for the taxi and private hire trades Following an extensive consultation on the regulations governing taxis and mini-cabs (private hire vehicles), the Law Commission has announced, in an interim statement, a change of direction on two key proposals: setting restrictions on local taxi numbers, and licensing for wedding cars. The Commission initially proposed abolishing the right of licensing authorities to restrict the number of taxis permitted to operate in an area. But it has been convinced that the benefits of change are outweighed by the advantages of continuing to allow restrictions. On the one hand, the Commission accepts that restrictions can have a place in combating congestion and over-ranking, and supporting a viable taxi trade to maintain high standards. On the other, there is no compelling evidence that de- restriction reduces fares or has a significant effect on waiting times. It will also recommend that areas where numbers of taxis are now limited should be able to retain their traditional “plate value” systems. If new areas regulate numbers, however, licenses would not be transferrable, preventing plate values from accruing.

The proposal to bring wedding and funeral cars into the same regulatory framework as mini-cabs has also been revisited, and the Commission will be recommending that they retain their statutory exemption from licensing, rather than relying on the Secretary of State or Welsh Ministers to exempt them. The Commission has restated its commitment to keeping the two-tier system that distinguishes taxis from mini-cabs. It will recommend retaining the local nature of the hackney trade, with only taxis being able to pick up passengers from a rank or on the street (“ply for hire”). Mini-cabs should continue to be restricted to offering a pre- booked service. Frances Patterson QC, the Law Commissioner leading the project, says: “The legal framework governing the taxi and private hire trades is complex and inconsistent. The purpose of our review is to improve and simplify it, and ensure it is fit for purpose. “We listened to a great many people during our consultation – drivers, operators, licencing authorities and passengers. They confirmed what we have always believed, that the two-tier system distinguishing taxis and mini-cabs should stay. And they convinced us that the trade and its passengers will benefit if licensing authorities continue to have the power to limit taxi numbers.” The Commission is half way through its review and expects to make final recommendations for reform to Government at the end of the year. In light of the consultation, which brought in more than 3,000 responses, it has reached a number of other early decisions on what it will recommend, including: •

Applying a national set of standards for mini-cabs.

Introducing compulsory disability discrimination training for all drivers, and making it a licence condition that drivers should not discriminate against disabled passengers.

The interim statement and responses to the Commission’s consultation can be found on The final report, with a draft Bill, will be published at the end of 2013. 12


My Beauford is my Passion by Clifford Leask

Dear Editor;

I would like to thank you for the continued high standard of the Club Magazine (presentation and content). Also, for the time and effort that must be required to achieve this.

Overhaul of the L28 engine – I have a fuel injected 280ZX in my Beauford.

Information on oils – I have now changed to a more suitable lubricant.

Being in engineering all my life, I do find

The high capacity oil pump – which

the practical articles very interesting. Actually, I have my own workshop with the luxury of a Colchester Student Lathe, Elliot 10M Shaping machine, a J&S surface grinder, a Chester 836 turret milling machine, drilling machines and grinders – so you can see where my interest lies. Over the last year or so. I must say that I have found the following articles interesting and certainly very useful:

prompted me to fit one myself. Having fitted the pump, I thought that I might recount my experiences. I fitted the high capacity oil pump having purchased one from MTP Eastern Autos (tel: 01277 374201) which is where I get all of my Nissan car parts.



Although this pump is more expensive, it is of very high quality and an original Hitachi item. Fitting the pump is really quite simply and the benefits immediately obvious. The

immediate effect was that the idling mixture shot up to 30 psi and the running pressure to over 60 psi – what an improvement. Replacing the pump was quick and straight forward. The method that I used was as follows: As the pump and distributor drive shaft is driven by a pair of skew gears, if the shaft or crankshaft is not allowed to rotate, it cannot fall out. I removed the distributor cap and told my son not to let it rotate. As it runs counter

clockwise, a slight pressure on the rotor arm clockwise will tend to lift the drive shaft up. But note: that turning it the other way will cause the shaft to push out! I then removed the old pump taking care

to catch the small amount of engine oil that was contained in the housing. I lined up the drive shaft of the new pump to be the same as the old one, filled the housing with oil and replaced it using a new gasket. I ran up the engine and was amazed at the idle oil pressure. Also, the smooth running of the engine. I checked for leaks (there were none). I stopped the engine and waited for a while for the oil to drain back into the sump and checked the level and topped it up a little. I then tried it on the open road – 60 psi! Excellent.


THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE My Beauford is my passion and it gives me immense pleasure. My Beauford is an early 2 door and I believe it is still a ‘head turner’. I know just how Sam feels about his car in Florida! But I love tinkering and improving things, as you can gather from the oil pump episode. My recent exploits have been

with the electrics. I have improved all of the exterior lighting with led lighting, except the headlights and driving lights but watch this space. Most were updated with replacement led bulbs from Europa spares. The rear multi function lamps were replaced with part number 09760 from Europa which fitted perfectly. Do remember though, If you change the indicator bulbs for LEDs, just be aware that you will have to change the flasher

unit as well. The LEDs don’t draw enough current to activate the original unit, as I found out – mine stayed on permanently. The flasher unit from Vehicle Wiring Products (tel: 0115 9305454) was perfect – 2 pin: ref LED01 and 3 pin: ref LED 02 depending on your system.

I have also fitted LED daytime running lights. The do look stylish and are a real safety feature. I fitted them under the bumper with the control module under the bonnet. The parts (LEDRUN2KIT) were supplied by CBS (tel: 01580 891309). I hope that our members might find my experiences helpful. Ed Note: Clifford also mentioned his concerns over the increased use of Ethanol in fuel so I have included two articles on that subject.


A Visit to Napier The Art Deco Capital by Paul Hicks Now I may have mentioned that Pat and I were planning a little get away to help us celebrate our joint 65th birthday. Yes, we really are are kids of the 1940s. We started tour tour in the South island with a cruise around Milford Sound. A

where 20th Century design evolved. This is a small city that is quite unique. Napier, was rebuilt in the early 1930s following a massive 7.8 earthquake. Subsequent fires destroyed most of its commercial heart. By the end of the

fantastic experience. However, the highlight was our visit the Napier. Napier is a little town far from the world's great population centers and from the European and American cities

decade, Napier was the newest city on the globe. Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th 16


Century - in such a concentrated area. Napier's Art Deco is unique, with Maori motifs and the buildings of Louis Hay,

trademark, and surrounded by fertile fruit and grape growing plains, dramatic hills and the shores of the South Pacific,

admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright. Enhanced by palms and the angular Norfolk Island pines which are its

beautiful Napier is the centre of the Hawke's Bay region. In Napier, you can enjoy the legacy of its brave rebuilding

THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE and savor the spirit of the optimistic Art Deco era. We arrived in the passenger dock aboard Arcadia to be greeted by the self

What a surprise. It is straight out of the 1930s. Vintage cars everywhere. People dressed in the style of the period. A jazz band playing 1930s music ... fantastic.

appointed face of the Art Deco Trust stood in front of his authentic 1930s Austin. Pat and I were transported by the ports coach to the town centre.

There was a ‘taxi rank’ of 1930 cars with these most beautiful vehicles. Of course, as most of our members would, we had to go and see them. Of course, having seen them, we had to have a ride. 18

THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE An hours guided tour in a 1930 Buick was our chosen treat. Lesley, our lady driver was fantastic. As we drove off she leaned out calling “move out the way - woman driver trying to get through - you’ve been warned”. Everyone

replica. “Wow” said Lesley, you must come and see my boss and the garage. “He restores all of our cars”. Treat after treat, The owner, David Brock-Jest, had moved to Napier, complete with his cars after

moved. Lesley took us all around the town giving us the history and stories of the town. I had to mention that I was the proud owner of a Beauford which was a 1930

being won over by the town and its decor. We talked cars for 15 minutes or so when he mentioned that he needed 1930s chauffeurs uniforms so I put him in touch with Malcolm Parkes who has made 19


uniforms for several of our members and I think that Malcolm is now sending uniforms to New Zealand. So on with the tour. Lesley took us to the

A spot of shopping in the Art Deco Trust stores and it was time to sit outside the period pub, listening to the 1930 jazz, drinking a long cold New Zealand beer

wonderful Imperial Tobacco Company building. A superb art deco exterior with a fully preserved 1930 foyer. The tour ended with another drive through the town and back to the ‘taxi rank’.

but at very 2013 prices. So if ever you are in Napier, look up Hooters and mention the Beauford Club. I am sure David will do his best to make it a visit to remember. And pass on our regards to Lesley. 20




Living with a Tipsy Classic or

Your Beauford and Ethanol This article is reprinted courtesy of Zach Merrill of the FOOTHILLS BRITISH CAR CLUB In my youth, my father ran a car breaker service. As a result of my exposure to that sometimes-dreadful business, witnessing other people's hard-learned lessons convinced me that mixing alcohol and automobiles can lead to unfortunate consequences. That truism has never been more true than it is today. Until recently, it was only the operator who sometimes disastrously opted to imbibe. These days, our legislative officials have seen fit to force alcohol on our machinery as well. It is very difficult to avoid being forced to be a consumer of 10% ethanol mixed with 90% petrol. In ordinary operation in a modern vehicle, other than a slight degradation in fuel economy, the evil brew yields little to complain about. In vintage vehicles, small engines, and marine craft, however, it can be another matter entirely. Modern fuel injected vehicles with highpressure fuel systems and feedback-loop fuel management can generally burn 10% ethanol and be content. The fuel system samples the O2 output in the exhaust, enriches the mixture a sniff and goes on about its day. Use 10% ‘ethanol enhanced’ petrol (hereafter referred to as E10) in a carbureted engine with no O2 feedback, and the scenario likely won't play out quite as well. Toss in the additional issue of an atmospherically-ventilated fuel system combined with infrequent use, and you have the making of a very unhappy

experience. Even in the best of circumstances, a vintage carbureted engine running on E10 is compromised. If the fuel/air mixture had been optimized for petrol, it will be a sniff lean on E10. True enough, the mixture can be re-calibrated if someone knows how to do it and then actually follows through. Expect to lose about 7%(ish) fuel economy though and expect the engine to have some issues with hot weather drivability, but it will generally run more or less OK. There are some real potential issues with attack of rubber polymers and there is a risk of crud being dislodged and causing clogging. Still, most old cars sorta-almostnearly run OK most of the time on E10 if the engine is operated regularly and the fuel is not allowed to age more than a few weeks. Aging is a really bad thing. I am reminded with each look in the mirror, but even I age well compared to E10. Ethanol has a major affinity for moisture. Store E10 in a modern vehicle with a sealed (not atmospherically vented) fuel system, and it still only stays fresh about 12 weeks. Put E10 in your vintage classic with its vented fuel system, and within a mere month, the fuel is no longer fresh. Leave the fuel in the tank just a few months, and you are facing disaster. The alcohol absorbs moisture from the air. The fuel experiences phase change. The moisture laden alcohol separates from the gas and settles to the bottom. It becomes highly corrosive. As if that were not bad enough, the remaining petrol has very poor octane 22


and the whole miserable concoction has a terrible tendency toward oxidation. However, good old-fashioned red Sta-bil helps retard the oxidation, but it does not help with the moisture absorption and the phase change issue. For emphasis, let me remind you this moisture absorption happens because the alcohol sucks the moisture right out of the air and this condition occurs readily if the fuel is contained in a vented tank and/or fuel bowl (as is the case with vintage cars, boats built prior to 1977, and most small engines.) Until recently, I did not know of any off-theshelf product that solves the problem. Today, however, I discovered “Sta-bil Marine Formula” for ethanol fuels. Finally, there is hope! I spoke with a chemist at the

company. I have been assured that if “Stabil Marine Formula” is added properly to E10, the fuel will remain fresh for 12 months. The chemistry in the blue Sta-bil (not the red Sta-bil) addresses both the oxidation issue and the moisture absorption issue. The red stuff still works fine if the fuel is stored in a sealed container...but such is not the case in the fuel tank of most vintage cars. Be aware and be happy that there is now a solution....but do nothing, and prepare to be sad. Editor’s Note: Millers EPV and Frost’s Ethomix also offer a protection against the effects of Ethanol in your tank.

PERTH - An SAS trooper collecting toys for children was stabbed when he helped stop a suspected shoplifter in east Perth. The 'Toys-R-Us' Store Manager told 'The West Australian' that a man was seen on surveillance cameras last Friday putting a laptop under his jacket at the store. When confronted, the man became irate, knocked down an employee, pulled a knife and ran toward the door. Outside were four SAS Troopers collecting toys for the "Toys For Tots" program. Smith said the Troopers stopped the man, but he stabbed one of them in the back. Fortunately the cut did not appear to be severe. The suspect however was transported by ambulance to the Royal Perth Hospital with two broken arms, a broken leg, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, and assorted lacerations including a broken nose and jaw ... Injuries he apparently sustained when he tripped whilst trying to run after the stabbing. One of the Troopers said, "He really was a clumsy bastard."


Ethanol in Petrol (by kind permission IVVCC

RIGHT NOW: There is no definitive citable paper available yet that clarifies the problem of ethanol in petrol for old vehicles. What seems to be clear is that 5% ethanol in petrol has not proven to be a significant issue in old cars that are used regularly. The problems so far encountered seem to be related to long periods of non-use where the ethanol separates from the petrol and absorbs water resulting in a corrosive mix lying at the bottom of the fuel tank often resulting in tank perforation and fuel leaks --- a serious fire risk. Starting up such vehicles can be problematical. It seems that petrol with 10% or higher ethanol leads additionally to degradation of elastomer/ rubber fuel lines (Ford and VW had huge problems with this in Brazil some decades ago). Marine and aircraft manufacturers generally advise against ANY ethanol being used in their craft. There seems to be a body of evidence growing that ethanol corrodes zinc, brass, copper, aluminium and lead in addition to denaturing elastomer/rubber components. Ethanol vents off at altitude and can cause icing in carburetors. In April 2008 the German environmental minister cancelled a proposed 10% ethanol fuel scheme citing technical problems for older cars. The majority of cars produced before 2000/2004 are not E10 compatible. THE FUTURE: 5% ethanol in petrol (common now in Ireland) has not YET proven to be a major issue in older vehicles that are used regularly. The German government considers 10% ethanol mix to be unsafe for older vehicles, and so have continued to permit petrol sales with much lower ethanol

levels. The conservative position for old vehicles seems to be that ethanol is unsafe at levels over 5%. There is a high probability that ethanol will reach 10% in petrol after 2013, although 5% ethanol may be simultaneously available alongside it for a time. It seems certain that the minimum level of ethanol in petrol will be 10% from 2020, and that the actual level may be as high as 20%. It is clear that many old vehicles will need to have fuel system components changed to materials that are not affected by ethanol. Carburetors may need re-jetting, and adjustments may be required to ignition timing. Editors Note: This experiment is dangerous unless carefully managed and not endorsed by this magazine. You can measure the amount of ethanol in your petrol like this: On a tallish clear glass bottle make a permanent line about two inches from the bottom. Fill with water to this line, and then fill the bottle to the top with petrol. Put the lid back on tightly and shake the bottle well. Leave it to stand until it settles fully. Ethanol mixes with water and the two will separate out together as a single liquid phase at the bottom of the bottle. If the level of this mixture is higher than the mark to which you filled the water then the fuel contains ethanol. Super Grade petrol from Texaco/ Chevron contains no ethanol, and this may be the case for other suppliers also. Remember, ethanol as a fuel is of lower efficiency than petrol, and there is evidence that its use may be more polluting than the petrol it replaces.



Dear Editor; The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a 'Honk if you love Jesus' bumper sticker. I was feeling particularly ‘sassy’ that day because I had just come from a particularly thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting. So, I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Oh Editor, I am so glad that I did; what an uplifting experience followed. I stopped at a red light at a busy road junction, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good he is, and I didn't notice that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn't honked, I'd never have noticed. I was delighted that so many people love Jesus! While I was sitting there, the young man with long platted hair and pretty rings through his nose behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, 'For the love of God!' 'Go! Go! Go! Jesus, GO!' What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love! There must have been a man from Newquay back there because I heard him yelling something about a sunny beach.. I saw another young man waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. I asked my young teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant. it was probably a West Country good luck sign or something. Well, I have never met anyone from the West Country, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back. My grandson burst out laughing. Why even he was enjoying this religious experience!! A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I am sure that they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, I smiled and waved at all my brothers and sisters and just drove on across the road junction. I noticed that I was the only car that got across the busy road junction before the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared. So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the West Country good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful people!! Love, Grandma 25


‘A Matching Pair’ Reunited after 8 years by

Sam Savage So I bought this Harley Davidson in bits in boxes 16 years ago.

stated ‘once out of his yard, if anything falls off its not down to him’.

We I got the bits out and started sorting them out, I discovered that it was a 1942 WIA Harley Davidson 45 despatch riders bike left in the UK after the war.

Bearing in mind, i had never ridden a bike or trike before and it was in the middle of winter at midnight, I had to travel down the M1 and round the M25. His cheerful parting words filled me with dread - “I had an Indian, roughly that age, and it never got me home once”. Not exactly

I took it to a biker who called himself called Desperate Dan (that says everything). I

gave him a wad of money, told him to convert it to a trike and to finish it in the 2 colours that matched the Beauford. I then just let him to get on with it. Six months later he called and said it was finished. I got a lift up to Milton Keynes where he had his workshop. What a great job he had done - or so it appeared. He waved this MOT in front of me. He then made me sign a horrendous disclaimer that

reassured and confident, I set off. Many hours later i arrived back at work, at Hounslow near Heathrow. I was cold but in one piece. Some time later i thought that I should have a Harley expert look it over so I took it to the Main Harley Davidson dealer in Fulham, Fred Warr. Fred was the local an expert on 45s. He took one look at it and said that obviously it didn’t have an MOT. I 26

THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE dually produced the MOT certificate. With much head shaking he just said that it would cost me a further ‘wad’ of money to make it safe and legal. Mind you, after he had finished with it, even i had to admit it looked fantastic and certainly felt much better. I then enjoyed it for 8 happy years but then found myself needing £5,000 pounds quickly - as you do. A good friend of mine who was a tattooist

obliged with the cash for the trike. He used to park it on the pavement outside of his shop in Uxbridge to attract custom. The bikers used to come over to have a look at it and then end up in his shop getting a tattoo. For the next 7 years, every time i came back from Florida, i used to ring him and asked for the trike back. Of course he declined. But last year when i rang, he said that he was so upset with the wet weather that I could come and get it.

It cost me 7 grand but i would have paid 10. Hence the heading ‘re-united after 8 years’. I immediately took the trike to Southampton and put it aboard a boat bound for Florida. I must admit that It was easier the second time - you may recall my story about exporting the Beauford. It and I arrived in Florida at the same time - ready for a warm Florida winter. The Americans loved the car when they first saw it, although they didn’t know what it was. Now they love the trike but this one really is

american and its been properly restored. And the matching colours of the Beauford, it blows them away - it certainly turns heads. One note when Desperate Dan made the double seat at the back 16 years ago, the idea was that i could have two girls on the back rather than just one. I should have got that as a written guarantee because i,m still waiting for that to happen. Happy cruising Beauford Club members!



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Hard top for a Beauford 2 door. I haven’t used it and its been hanging up in my garage for the last 5 years since I shipped my car to the USA. Really good condition. (Library picture below for guidance) Price £450 Contact Sam Savage or Elaine on 07766 546913

for my new build Beauford • A set of rear bumpers for • A luggage trunk • A full set of spoked wheels qty 6 Any condition considered Call Andrew on 01579 351051



And Finally

I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold beer. The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking on various topics. Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the nuts? Women always maintain that giving birth is the most painful experience that a person can endure and certainly more painful than a gentleman getting kicked in the nuts. Well, after another beer, and some heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question. Getting kicked in the nuts must be more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason for my conclusion. A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, "it might be nice to have another baby dear." On the other hand, you never hear a gentleman say, "You know dear, I think I would like another kick in the nuts."



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