NEWSLETTER - September 2016
Bristol Bullet, the new £250,000 speedster
Bristol cars has launched its its first new car in 10 years, and only the 18th it’s ever built. It is called the Bullet, and it has made its public debut at the Salon Privé supercar show at Blenheim Palace on September 1-3. The Bristol Bullet is powered by a BMW V8 and is a hand-built, carbon fibre bodied speedster that brings this quirky, rare yet high-quality marque bang up to date.
Axle Tramps Karting Super Prix
14 members ventured over to just past Westpoint, Exeter for an excellent evenings Kart racing organised by the staff of Raceworld. The evening started with two practice sessions of 10 minutes each followed by 10 minutes qualifying for grid positions in one of two finals. Pole position in the 'B' final was taken by Peter Hadley and in the 'A' Final by, potential new member, Dave Luscombe. Both Pole sitters retained their positions throughout to take the honours in their respective races. The overall win and champagne going to Dave Luscombe, well done to all who attended and I think the event was enjoyed by everyone (at least it will be when John Bishop recovers from being 'spun off' twice by unidentified assailants!).
Blackborough House clearance
Even if you are not in the habit of frequenting scrap yards a trip to Blackborough House scrap yard is a unique experience that would never be forgotten. Now, apparantly closing down, this may be your last time to visit and experience the unusual atmosphere surrounding the setting. I have been there several times over the past 17 years and its memory will be with me for ever. I cannot guarantee that all of the cars are still there but it is still worth a look while you can.
Ottervale Auction Company are holding a clearance sale of the renowned scrapyard of over 60 years to include Classic Cars & Commercials, Motorcycles along with masses of Autojumble and Memorabilia. The Auction is on Saturday 17th September from 11.00am (Viewing from 9.00am and Friday 16th 9.00am until 7.00pm)
A takeover of Formula One by Liberty Media, rumored to be imminent, could be good news for the sport, but CEO Bernie Ecclestone is likely to remain at the helm of the series for some time yet, according to various reports.
Bench Racers - a 1950's slang term and a great Motorsports and Automobile tradition, "Bench Racing" is the art of story telling at its best. Although sometimes less than 100% factual, the stories are usually entertaining.
How can I remove oil stains from my driveway or garage floor?
Coca-cola. Often adequate for small stains on a drive or garage floor, cola is a good place to start. Pour the beverage onto the affected area and leave overnight, before rinsing it off with water. The effectiveness of this method will be greatly reduced on a sloping drive, and it really won’t work with large spillages, but if you’ve recently left a dribble of 10W40 on the drive and have a can or two of coke in the fridge, this could be a passable short-term fix.
WD-40. Using a similar method, spray copious amounts of WD-40 onto the affected area and then leave it overnight. Once you’ve rinsed away the ensuing mess the following morning, you should find that the WD-40 has cleared up most - if not all - of the oil. This will also work on oil stains in your clothes, though only clothes you don’t care about.
Detergent. While commercial detergents might seem like an obvious answer, the real solution here is in the scrubbing. A good brush with hard bristles should help lift the worst of the stain when combined with a frothy, ideally warm, mixture of soap and water. Depending on how delicate the affected surface is, a wire brush might be more effective.
Oven cleaner. Apply as much oven cleaner as you can spare to the oil spill, then wait at least 15 minutes for it to do its job. After scrubbing the area very hard using a steel or hard-bristled brush, you should find that most of the oil stain has been cleaned. Oil stains have a habit of reappearing, so you might have to do this twice.
If after trying all of these methods you still have an oily smear on your drive, it’s time to get serious and call a driveway cleaning specialist.
Motoring Down Memory Lane
A new 'Save our Classics' campaign is striving for the preservation of endangered British cars that were once a common sight on British streets. Using DVLA data the following list of the top 10 British bangers on the verge of extinction;
The 10 most endangered British cars
Make and model Number left 2015 Number left 2005 Amount built % lost
Morris Ital (1980-1984) 35 185 175,276 99.98004
Austin Maxi (1969-1981) 140 318 472,098 99.97035
Austin Allegro (1973-1982) 170 543 642,340 99.97354
Vauxhall Chevette (1975-1984) 202 765 416,058 99.95145
Hillman Avenger (1970-1981) 215 291 638,631 99.96634
Morris Marina (1971-1980) 273 550 809,612 99.96629
Austin Metro (1980-1991) 464 8395 1,518,932 99.96946
Vauxhall Victor (1961-1978) 828 1050 827,159 99.8999
Ford Sierra (1982-1993) 3350 67817 3,470,524 99.90348
Ford Cortina (1962-1982) 3580 4967 4,154,902 99.91384