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In view of the adverse weather forecast and the likely road conditions, that horrible grit stuff, it has been decided to POSTPONE the road run until 15th. April,2018 when, hopefully, Spring will really have arrived.



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Here’s hoping that you all spent a peaceful and happy period over Christmas and that everything you would wish for yourself and your nearest & dearest will come to fruition in the coming year.

Membership renewal forms are currently being distributed. (Many thanks to those who volunteered to pass some forms on, thus significantly reducing postal costs.) There is no increase in the subscription fee and hopefully you will have enjoyed and appreciated belonging to the club, which remains arguably the largest and most successful in the area. Members are asked to complete the Renewal Form, including current vehicles, and return with subscription to Andrea, our membership secretary. It is important that the form is completed, as it acts as a check against payments and is also, more importantly, used as our Audit for the Public Liability Insurance.

SOCIAL EVENT. BULLS HEAD. Sunday,21st. January, 2018.
Just a reminder of our “Hot Pot” gathering on 21st. January, 2018 from 12h00 onwards, food served until 15h00. Whilst many cars will be in “hibernation”, should the weather be suitable, the old ‘uns will be more than welcome.

Jan.21st.: Malvern Autojumble, Worcester
Jan.28th.: Newark Autojumble, Notts.
Jan.28th.: British Mini Club Fair, Bingley Hall, Stafford.

The information regarding this destination has been posted under the Events & Download tabs of the web-site

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Monday, 5th. February,2018.
Notwithstanding the excellent voluntary ‘non-committee’ help given by members, the current committee would benefit from being more numerous. Please give very serious consideration to the nomination process. Pinching the words of someone far more famous than this author “Now is the time to think not of what the club can do for you but rather what can you do for the club”. For those reading this newsletter online, please note that 2018 AGM forms are available on the Events / Downloads tabs.

This is currently being prepared but is not at the top of my priority list as HMRC returns take priority at this time of the year. (This is an example of where additional committee resource would be helpful.) Consequently it is not proposed to publish until March and will only be available either on our web-site or at our Monthy Meetings.

ANNUAL CHARITY COLLECTION. 16th. December, 2017.
As reported in last month’s newsletter it was not possible to hold this event this year. The ‘Public Realm’ works were apparently still ongoing and it was not possible to obtain the necessary licence from Cheshire East Council. Hopefully we will be in a position early in the year, March/ April, to have the event then and perhaps in a location other than Congleston, Middlewich for example. Nevertheless, despite this sad state of affairs, Beartown’s very own Santa Claus, Tony Leyland, was out & about. He subsequently presented me with the sum of £60 as a donation to the Donna Louise Trust. It was suggested and agreed that the club match this amount and send and interim donation for £120.

The raffle takings at the club night totalled £43.

Set of 14 inch MK1 GTi Steel Wheels (presumably VW Golf). Contact:

CHAMPION Spark Plugs. Brand New in Box (BNB). All types available, either for classic or modern cars. Volume orders welcomed, get yourself a bargain at 50p each + p.p. Contact Phil Moreton 07770837133

Technology moves forward and new products are constantly being launched with claims to improved formulations and performance. With bitterly cold weather in January antifreeze articles are often found in the press, with some alarming stories which at just seem to be about the well- known tendency of antifreeze to find the tiniest hole and cause leakages - but in some cases it has led to catastrophic engine problems.
Traditional blue ethylene glycol is a toxic but highly effective antifreeze and contains silicates as an inhibitor to help prevent corrosion in an engine with mixed metals in its make-up. Bluecol and Blue Star are well known brand names and both of these are declared suitable for classic cars on their company websites. Be aware that there are also new- or no-silicate ethylene glycol formulations (usually red) available which may not be suitable for all engines.
Propylene glycol is another well-known and less toxic antifreeze formula and usually contains silicates but Comma, the main manufacturer, have now discontinued it in favour of an ethylene glycol product containing 'bittering agents' to make it less palatable and minimise the risk of accidental poisoning.
Both of the above products use inorganic additive technology (IAT).
Recently problems have been reported concerning the use of antifreeze mixtures using organic acid technology (OAT). OAT was introduced in the mid-1990's and the products are biodegradable, recyclable and do not contain either silicates or phosphates and are designed be longer lasting. However these products do seem to cause problems in older engines; over and above the ability of antifreeze to find the smallest crevice and leak, OAT antifreezes have been accused of destroying seals and gaskets and causing a great deal of damage in 'old' engines. For this reason the manufacturers do not recommend their use in historic vehicles. These products are usually coloured red, pink or orange.
The final category is HOAT. These products use hybrid organic acid technology in an ethylene glycol base with some silicates in the formulation alongside the organic corrosion inhibitors. The product is usually coloured green and is not recommended for use in historic vehicles.
The Federation of Historic Motor Clubs are still researching this problem but our advice at the moment is:
• only use BLUE coloured IAT antifreeze in historic vehicles;
• only use OAT products ('advanced' or 'long life' antifreeze) if the vehicle used it when new and if specifically directed by the vehicle's manufacturer;
• never mix different types of antifreeze without thoroughly flushing out the system;
• always replace the coolant within the time scale specified by the antifreeze manufacturer as the corrosion inhibitors break down over time.

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December Newsletter

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Members News
We are sad to report the passing of Elizabeth Ashton Stretton one of our better known members in November. A charitable donation in her memory was made to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
December Meeting (4th)
Please note that the January 2018 meeting will be on Tuesday Jan 9th. The raffle raised £71.
Terry announced that the charity collection in Congleton town centre was cancelled due to ongoing refurbishment of the pedestrian area. An alternative fundraising event will be held next u year, if possible.
Christmas Lunch
Forty three partook of an excellent Christmas luncheon at the Best Western Hotel in Alsager on Sunday 3rd. Unfortunately, only 40 people paid resulting in a deficit to club funds of £61.50. Rather than having to chase you for the money please give the outstanding monies to John Baker or any member of the committee. We do not wish this oversight to mar what was otherwise a great event where I met a lot of members I had not known before.
Forthcoming Events
December 02 the Christmas cracker Transport Fair, Museum of Transport. Heaton Park, Manchester
December 03The Christmas Cracker Transport Fair, Museum of Transport. Heaton Park, Manchester December 10 Newark Mega Autojumble, Newark, Notts.
For Sale
CHAMPION Spark Plugs. Brand New in Box (BNB). All types available, either for classic or modern cars. Volume orders welcome, get yourself a bargain at 50p each + p.p. Contact Phil Moreton 07770837133
Review of Events in 2017
My thanks to Ray Yates for putting this together.
1.) Secret Bunker..Nantwich..2nd April.
Cold, very cold, damp and only 6 cars on show but also a jet plane, missile and anti-aircraft gun so a really unusual line up.
Mainly radio stuff and uniforms on the stalls but the cars were unusual as well with specialist Landover, Lanchester and a really weird Fiat---Scary man!
2.) Smallwood Show. May
Absolutely brilliant this year, it had everything going for it! Good weather throughout, well laid out, good crowds new events and drama.
But the outstanding part of the show on each day was the cars, such a huge variety ,all types, all ages ,all values and all immaculate!
And our cars were outstanding (the owners scrubbed up well too.)
The Shows Highlight?.....I don't know but I thought the Show ring was a lot better even if the "commentator" did say my car was renowned for rusting!!!
3.) Tatton Park in early June
Good weather again and again a very good turnout from the club not only on our stand but with members showing in other clubs where their numbers were down and in the very competitive general show area.
Our stand was full with "our bus" taking a prominent part in the display and with such a varied selection of makes, models and types of car on show we had a very well presented display drawing much attention and praise. This time the stand was in a more prominent position and certainly more noticeable.
AND I found that elusive spare part (window catch) on the autojumble --- good all round!

4.) Anglesey-North Wales-June.
The Motor Museum was the venue for this small local show on a very, very wet day but what a venue!
If you've never been there then you really must go, it's well worth paying the £6 entry fee to go into the museum. It's bigger than it looks, some wonderful cars of the 40's to 70's,a Vauxhall specialist section for souped up Victors and Lotus Carlton's, a Military section ,Tractors and equipment (well it is Anglesey) and even a bus, not quite as good as ours but well worth a look!
Good strong cup of tea in the Museum Cafe as well.

5.) Nantwich Show-- on a Wednesday in July
What started out as a very wet Wednesday turned out to be a very warm, sunny Wednesday and our club was out in force so to speak, a good line up, a good variety and very interested punters.
The bonus was the cheeses that were sold off cheap at the end of the one-day show and because it is primarily an agricultural show, in fact the largest one-day show in the country, the content was superb, we will be back!

6.) Middlewich on the 16th July.
Good weather ,good venue , again an amazing show content with friends and owners old and new in this very compact showground in the heart of the town led to a very good day! Beartown Club is also amazing because at this event were members who hadn't been at other shows so you really did meet club members on the showground for the very first time (outside the Bulls Head) It proves what an incredible varied membership base we have and although there were only a small number of traders again I dropped on a missing 3 litre badge for the motor and an incredibly rare book on the PMT bus co.....What a day!

7.) Tatton Park Show---19th /20th August.
Was a show in two halves! Saturday it threw it down looking like Sunday would be cancelled despite the efforts of the "heroic groundsmen". But No! the show went on with an absolutely great Sunday.
Given the conditions we had a full house on both days on the stand! Well we would have done 'cept Neil was diverted in his Bentley to the General area as the road had cut up real bad by then and he couldn't get to us!
Members again were showing on other club stands so it was once again a cracking turn out with us all trooping off to the Jensen stand to see Rob's latest acquisition! Did we tell you its mucky brown! Good motor though.
Fair do's to Terry he did a brilliant job in the circumstances, even Fred said so!

8.) Clonter Opera at the beginning of September
Is a good little show for charity where you can ride on a horse and cart ,eat Jerusalem cakes from the W.I. stall, buy better quality gear from the stalls or just circulate, enjoy the dog and music shows or even have your fortune told.
Our cars were shown off to good effect in this woodland setting and again were very much appreciated. It's a nice feeling taking part in a charity event like this one BUT we did notice, just like last year, that a certain person was very well looked after by the ladies when he went for a scone and cuppa!!! We won't say his name because of embarrassing him but he drives a Wolesey Hornet and a Singer Gazelle (not both at once).

Any other contributions or comments are welcomed.
If any of you want to send me a brief description of a show you have been to earlier in the year I would be most grateful. Please email them to

My chance to wish you all a Happy Christmas

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