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From the Secretary
Roger’s Ramblings
During our recent trip to Holland, with Geoff and Sheila Mansfield, we had a problem with the PII, when the coil ignition stopped working. This was a minor problem as Mr Royce equipped it with a magneto ignition system as well.
Investigation with a multi-meter revealed 4.5 volts at the coil with contact-breaker point’s open but only 1.2 volts with points closed indicating a high resistance connection in the ballast resister. The ballast resister is a sort of electric fire element wound round a porcelain insulator, with the connections on the back crimped under a brass ferrule. 83 years of corrosion had done the damage.
Ten seconds of scratching with a penknife Martin produced out of his coat pocket, restored the connection, and the ignition system to full working order, old Rolls-Royce motor cars might have problems, but reliability is not one of them.



From the Secretary
The cancellation of the road run towards the Northern end of our patch scheduled for “Drive it Day” on 23rd April, because of a lack of support, meant that the first opportunity for me, personally, to turn out with my car of the marque was the visit to Ormesby Hall on 4th June.
This event was organised by Martin Vinson, but included members of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club which increased attendee numbers to 25, with representatives from just six households present from our Section.
A full report of the event is elsewhere in this Newsletter. I was taken by the three model railway layouts on display, and being operated, the biggest of which had taken 35 years for the builder to complete. This was a scale model of the Corfe Castle railway station on the London and South Western Rail network in the 1920’s. The operator advised that visitors from that area had identified, and authenticated, model properties displayed when visiting Ormesby Hall. He also advised that the roof tiles on one model had been applied individually which perhaps gives some insight into the level of detailing in the models, and explains why it took so long to complete.
The second model was of Pilmoor junction on the East Coast Main Line set in the 1930’s. The Pilmoor, Boroughbridge and Knaresborough Railway was a railway line in North Yorkshire, that connected Pilmoor, on the East Coast Main Line, with the towns of Boroughbridge and Knaresborough. The layout had taken four years to build from scratch, and provided an opportunity to operate models of the mainline steam trains of the era.
The third model was four separate ovals of track occupied by Thomas the Tank Engine, and friends, and operated individually by pressing a button to activate the trains. Strictly for the children, but also operated by adults!
Martin had booked the group in for a meal at the Treebridge Hotel, and as always the directions from Ormesby Hall were impeccable in their accuracy. That did not stop me leading astray another attendee, and ending up in a high end housing estate cul-de sac, but it does help if the navigator does read the first line of the directions, but no matter, the hotel was reached well before the time for the meal to be served.
The meal was excellent but the extras over and above the booking for two courses provided some angst in sorting out separate payments for those extras, but it all came right in the end.
Thanks again to Martin for organising a most enjoyable event.
Originally I had booked ten rooms at the Doxford Hall Hotel, as I was not sure how many would be interested in coming. Currently we are fully booked, and I have removed the booking form from the end of the newsletter. However, if you would still be interested in joining us, let me know and I will start a reserve list. Alternatively, we shall be at Cragside, Rothbury, from about 1.00 pm on Saturday, and at Chillingham Castle from about 11.00 am on Sunday, if anyone would like to join us. You will, of course, have to pay your own entrance fees!
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Roger’s Ramblings
North of England Rally - 5th & 6th August 2017
Now is the time to consider booking for the Harrogate Weekend and include the 38th North of England Rally, which takes place on the Sunday in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House.
This year’s 38th North of England Rally is going to be something very special.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the Club, so the Directors have agreed that entry to the Rally this year will be free to members. Yes - you heard that correctly, Free. Now you have no excuse. Get yourselves booked in. Fill your boots with picnic paraphernalia and come and join the fun.
Secondly. We are having a raffle for which the prize is! Are you ready for it? A test drive in one of the new Bentleys. How is that for something special? This is offered by JCT600 Leodis Court, the Bentley main dealer in Leeds. Half the proceeds will go to their corporate charity.
The booking slip for the North of England Rally is in this Newsletter. Booking slips are in the April and June issue of the National Bulletin and also available on the Club website, so you have no excuses.
We have again been invited to join the JDC at their stand at the Mark Woodward event at Raby Castle. A booking form will be included in the next newsletter, so in the meantime make a note in your diaries.
Raby Castle - Sunday 13th August 2017
Section Weekend: Friday 29th, Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017
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.
Annul Rally 2018