Welcome to Issue 70, which is the first issue of 2022.
We are still in the grip of the pandemic, which makes it almost impossible to plan events with any certainty that they will actually take place. I have missed the Totally T-Type 2 Autumn Tours and I know that the regular participants have also missed them. It seems ages since the last one in mid-Wales back in 2019.
No sooner it seems that we think we have ‘turned the corner’ with this dreadful Covid, than a new strain turns up and we are ‘back to square one’.
I was surprised, but delighted, to receive an email from Noeline Beswick, the daughter of Fullerton George Gordon Armstrong, who founded the Armstrong Patents Company (Armstrong Shock Absorbers) in 1926. Noeline was born to her parents in their later years (certainly her father’s later years) and is a septuagenarian She picked up my article entitled Armstrong Shock Absorbers, which was published in Issue 66 (June 2021) through a Google search.
I said that I was so pleased to have this link with the past (her father was born in 1885) and I have since sent her a copy of the magazine. She replied Yes, it’s strange that it all happened a long time ago – and I never really appreciated what my father had done.
She was keen to learn if I had any further information about her father and his company, but I said that I had published everything that I had been able to research. She understood, but was obviously disappointed because It’s my grandchildren who have taken the most interest of late. Asking me lots of questions, which I can’t answer.
UK members will know that the Government has decreed that no new cars with an internal combustion engine (I.C.E.) can be produced after 2030. The ban will not be extended to hybrids until 2035. From 2035 the only NEW cars for purchase will have to be electrically powered (EV). This legislation does not, for the present, apply to motor cycles, farm vehicles, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), aviation and ships.
A You-Tube video, well worth watching, presents some startling facts and figures on emissions. If you google ‘The End of Classic Cars?’ you might feel a little better after viewing this. Skip the adverts and settle down for about 20 minutes viewing. I must point out however, that as far as I know, the claims have not been independently verified.
You will have noticed that the legislation does not, for the present, apply to aviation; small wonder when it has been estimated that even with 30 times denser batteries, a medium size aircraft (A320) would only be able to fly one fifth of the distance and carry half the payload compared to what is achievable by power provided by current means.
The video presenter quotes the often-held view of Society in general that classic cars are bad for the environment. However, by using the average yearly mileage (1,200) of a classic car at 20 miles per gallon, it is claimed that the CO2 produced (651kg) is less than half of that produced if one uses a lap-top every day (1400kg).
Perhaps the most revealing (and comforting, if true) statistic for us is that it has been estimated that we can drive our classic cars for 36 years and only generate the same emissions as an electric vehicle emerging out of the factory before it has done even one mile. The stated reason for this is that the manufacturing process for electric vehicles is responsible for the lion’s share of its emissions, whereas we have no manufacturing process as ours were built over 85 years ago (for our oldest model) – sunk costs!
Later in this issue you can read the conclusion of my project to establish how many TAs are on the road in the UK. In broad terms, out of 600 cars recorded as being in the UK and identifiable from the DVLA search facility, over 300 (more than 50%) are taxed and on the road. I have worked with Stewart Penfound of the T Register and with Roger Muir of the MG Octagon Car Club and I am grateful for their assistance. The front cover ‘action shot’, taken by photographer, Mike Griffin, is of Bob Lyell in his TC on the VSCC’s Cheshire Autumn Rally. Thanks also to Jens Clasen from Hamburg for this wonderful seasonal picture.