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From the Secretary
Beware if you have a car registration num-ber that has the last letter as an ‘O’ (letter) then the DVLA can confuse it with the number ‘0’ (zero). This caused a diffi-cult confrontation with the traffic police.
I see in the Sunday papers that the av-erage speed of cars in cities has dropped from 18.1mph to 17.2mph in 3 years. The comment was that with electric fuel duty at zero and increasing con-gestion some form of road usage tax was inevitable.
How does this affect historic vehicles? We are not internet enabled. We are custodians of a past age of motoring. I expect trouble.
Happy motoring……. while it lasts.
The only event held since the AGM on 14 th January 2018 was the traditional event of a lunchtime gathering to mark the start of another year of activities attended by 34 people coming from near and far which is re-ported elsewhere in this News-letter.
This leaves only the weather to comment about – and what weather !
It has been amusing to listen to the media and chattering classes working up an almost frenzied hysteria around the prospect of a snowflake falling on London. Clearly, the South West and Wales have had difficulties as have many places north of London includ-ing Scotland
Here in the North East the A1 north of Morpeth was closed with windblown snow creating drifts allegedly 8 feet deep and all other roads to Scotland were also blocked. The branch of the Super-market chain I use is supplied with fresh fruit and vegetables from a depot in Livingstone in Scotland which meant no deliveries were made and the weekly shop was met with empty shelves and lim-ited choice.
Snow ploughs soon had the A1 cleared, though driving conditions continued to be hazardous. It was interesting to hear on the televi-sion news that snow ploughs had been deployed on the M62 cross-Pennine route.
I lived in West Yorkshire when the M62 was being built and much ado was made of the claim that this brand new cross-Pennine ar-tery would always be free of snow because it had been designed in a manner that would ensure that the winds would blow the snow off the road.
Does that mean that the winds of today are different from those of that time?
Happy days, so onward and upward with the prospect of more snow for Easter.
Where we are going
Save the date:
The 2018 Annual Rally & Concours d’Elegance will be held at Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018.
The annual is a great event to meet up with friend, find that illusive spare part, attend seminars and look at and admire some of the most beautiful Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars. Make a note in your diary, an event not to be missed.
Annual Rally 2018
We are organising a weekend at Cottage Lea's Country Hotel near Pickering North Yorshire for Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September. The cost of this is £320 per double room a £180 per single room. This covers Dinner Breakfast and gratuity. A deposit of £40 per room is required on booking. We have not yet organised trips for Saturday and Sunday, but this will be done in due course. We hope you will come and enjoy this weekend.
Follow the link below:
Section Weekend to Cottage Lea's Country Hotel Pickering
ROLLS-ROYCE ENTHUSIASTS' CLUB NORTH OF ENGLAND RALLY HAREWOOD HOUSE SUNDAY 5th AUGUST 2018
The East Midlands, Northern, North Eastern, and Yorkshire Sections once again combine to organise this annual event in the grounds of Harewood House (Post Code for your Sat Nav LS17 9LQ), the home of Lord Harewood. We are privileged to be able to display our cars on the North Front and, as usual, there will be a parade of selected cars with a commentary describing them. Cars will be parked in various rows and trophies awarded for the usual catagories.