East Anglia – February 2021 newsletter
Sadly the Covid virus is still with us and the chance of meeting face to face will have to wait for a little while longer so, again, we had to resort to a “virtuous” Zoom meeting. We welcomed Guy back after a brief absence and also “newbies” Jakob and Tarn Hows. ”Who are they?” I virtually hear you ask….well you should have been there shouldn’t you!
The traditional season opener is Drive-it-Day which this year is on Sunday April 25th. The feeling at the meeting was that, under the current regulations, a convoy of classic cars would attract the wrong sort of attention and it was felt that any decision regarding this event will have to be taken a while later. Perhaps we might all know a bit more after Bo Jo’s announcement of his “Roadmap out of Lockdown” on February 22nd. I feel this year it will have to be a rather ad hoc event with a number of cars just going for a run being the best we can expect.
I was hoping that a book I had purchased entitled “The S.U. Carburettor Workshop Manual” would arrive in time for me to show it at the meeting but, annoyingly, it was delayed and arrived the next morning. It appears to be a fairly comprehensive manual covering the dismantling and re-assembly of H, HD, HS and HIF type carburettors long with Enrichment Devices and both electric and mechanical fuel pumps. If you are proposing doing and work on the carb. Or fuel pump on your car I would be happy to email you a scan of the relevant pages should you need them. The charge for this service? Up to 2 pages free. Above 2 pages…. Buy me a pint next time we meet each other.
Continuing the theme of out-of-season servicing, I have come across the sale of a number of Trico vacuum diaphragms. These diaphragms are the “heart” of the Trico vacuum windscreen washer system fitted to quite a few models of post-war Wolseley and replacements have been unobtainable until a guy in Ely, who repaired them for a living, decided to retire and put his stock up for sale. I believe there are now some in the Register stores so, if you are interested, give Bob Langston a shout.
Continuing on the spares theme for a little bit longer, I picked up a cache of Austin A30 and A60 spares from a vintage car restorer in Rutland. At the bottom of the pile of bits and wheel rims (what I really was after) was this lovely large brass gauge marked out in both psi and feet of water. Pillinger & Co are still in business and supply mains water pumps and parts. I wonder if the “feet of water” referred to on the gauge are, in fact, in a tank on a water tower of the sort still quite common here in the Fens.
Well that’s about it until next month. Hopefully by then the restrictions we currently live under will be coming to an end and we will be able to start putting some plans together for the warmer months starting with Drive-it-Day. I presume though that the March meeting on Tuesday 9th will still have to be virtual and I’ll send out invites in the usual way.
East Anglia – Christmas 2020 Special Edition
Good evening, good evening, good evening and welcome to Christmas 2020!! Last Tuesday night, in normal times, we would have donned party hats and sat down in the restaurant of the Oliver Twist to “Turkey and all the Trimmings”. As it was, this year, all we could manage was 5 of us sat round a computer with a bottle of beer and a packet of twiglets! It sort of sums up the year doesn’t it?
Looking back on 2020 it was a very difficult year to plan and actually do anything what with lockdowns and tiered restrictions. The Register’s 2020 National Rally went the way of many other shows but will, hopefully, rise phoenix-like in 2021 with Holkham Hall and Kings Lynn at its centre. We only managed 3 outings this year with no shows attended. Our first road run was to Andy Brown’s restoration garage back in July where a number of us had a look around his very well ordered workshops. Then, in September just before tighter restrictions bit, we enjoyed a lovely afternoon beside the river in Thetford Forest at a picnic spot recommended by Roland. Those warm-weather blue-sky days seem rather a distant memory now.
Just before the cars disappeared for the winter we had one last chance to give them a run by forming a guard-of-honour for one of our members weddings in Kings Lynn.
And, I’m afraid, that was about it for 2020 and it must have been the quietest year since our little group was formed over 8 years ago. However. At Tuesday’s “Zoom” meeting, we started to make some plans for 2021 in the hope that next year will be a lot brighter with the promise of new vaccines about to launch. We are hoping to arrange one outing per month with a different member making the arrangements each time.
Between now and Spring we are going to press on with the “Zoom” meetings at 8 o’clock on the second Tuesday of every month until it is OK for us to return to the “Oliver”. If you want to keep abreast of what is being planned for next year, why not join us for forty minutes of light-hearted banter. When we do manage our first actual meeting Roger is going to announce the new recipient of the “Flying W” trophy which should have been sorted out at the Christmas meal.
So until we meet again……. A Christmas Conundrum and a Carol.
Do you stand at the front of the class where you can write on the board but you can’t see what the kids are getting up to or do you stand at the back of the room where you can monitor behaviour but the board is well out of reach?
Teachers haven’t sorted this problem out….not by a long chalk…..
12 days of Christmas at the Wolseley Register Spares Department:
On the 12th day of Christmas the Spares Team sent to me….
12 Brake Drums Drumming
11 Tubes and Piping.
10 Radiators Leaking (surely not)
9 Vacuum Advancing
8 Indicators Winking
7 Upholstery Trimming.
6 Wipers when its Raining!!
5 PISTON RINGS.
4 Windtone Horns (Calling Birds out of stock).
3 Wolseley Pens.
2 Turtle Wax.
They’ve got parts for your classic Wolseley!!!!
(Shamelessly pinched from Peter Cope’s N.W. Newsletter and reproduced with kind permission of Geoff Craggs)
Wolseley 16/20 races at Brooklands October 16-17th 2020!
Member Roger Twelvetrees’ 1911 Wolseley 16/20 achieved a fantastic aggregate 13th position in this weekend of vintage racing at Goodwood. The car didn’t quite touch the hoped for 100mph because the back axle ratio was too high, so this will be changed over winter ready for another attempt next year.
East Anglia – October 2020 newsletter
Not a lot to report I’m afraid and I don’t see the situation changing any time soon. The only way that we can keep in contact is via our monthly “Zoom” virtual meetings. Guy helped us get started but, with the chance of real life meetings seeming to be receding, we went “solo” for the first time this month and it worked well. We don’t get as much time as we used to this way but it’s still a chance to see a few old faces (some of which are getting hairier by the month !!!). The time flies by and I would really recommend you find the time next month to come and join us…..you won’t regret it !!!
One thing we did sort out at our “Zoom” meeting was to lay on a few Wolseleys as a “Guard of Honour” for Simon Willey’s wedding in Kings Lynn the following day. Paul, Terry and I answered the call and the cars looked very good parked in the weak sunshine near the old Customs House. Simon is a fairly new Noggin and Natterer and we hope to see him at the “Oliver Twist”, once meetings resume, so long as his new wife will let him out !!
Normally, at this time of year, we would be making arrangements for our Christmas Meal held on the second Tuesday in December at the “Oliver”. I’m not sure that this will be possible this year but the Covid 19 goal posts seem to be moving every other day so I think we can only hope that things improve and we can all sit down together again.
That’s about it for another month. The days are drawing in, the cars are heading to their garages and the winter jobs and projects are about to start….it never stops does it?
Wolseley Register East Anglia Did Beat the Ban ! !
On Sunday a number of East Anglian Wolseley enthusiast headed for Thetford Forest for a picnic outing the day before the “Rule of Six” came in. The weather was fantastic and the river looked cool and inviting with kids splashing around in the crystal clear water. A good line up of cars made it to St. Helen’s Car Park. My 25 joined Hugh Langham’s 8 and Roland’s 6 making a Wolseley score of 39!! Also along for the picnic was Rob & Rog’s families with their Oxford (they’re like Ant and Dec to me….I can never remember which one is which and which car they own!). We were also joined by a Marina 1.3 struggling to find a parking space. It looks as though the cars have gone to the seaside which is quite fitting as the village that was here in the 1600’s was wiped out first by the black death and finally by sandstorms!!!!
It became so warm that we had to leave the cars and retreat under the trees to munch and drink which meant we missed meeting Andy Mac’s family who had arrived without him as he was at A & E with a neighbour’s bleeding leg.
Before leaving we went down to see the tiny church of “All Saints Santon” which is about all that is left of the village. Despite it’s small size the interior was lovely and cool with some excellent stained glass windows and still possessing its rood screen. A very good day out indeed and many thanks to Roland for suggesting the site and to everyone who turned up especially Hugh who had come all the way from Fakenham to be with us.
I’m still not sure where we stand about meeting up again at Guyhirn. I’ve heard that it is OK to have a meet up so long as there are no more than 6 at a table and the tables are 2 metres apart but I’ll have to check this out with the “Oliver Twist” before making any plans for next month.
Oulton Park Gold Cup – August 30th 2020
East Anglia – Lockdown 2020 Special Edition!
Finally Wolseley Register East Anglia Does Something ! !
Quite a striking headline but there is no “fake news” here. Our little group finally got the cars out on the roads for the first time this year and what a joy it was!! At the kind invitation of one of our members, Andy Brown, a few of us drove over to his barn near Spalding where Andy takes on restoration work and stores his private collection. Although the parking was a little tight there was plenty of room inside the barn for everyone to keep the correct distance apart. Andy owns 3 Wolseleys (including a red 1300 automatic which was not on the Register’s List of Recorded Vehicles!), a wonderful 15/60 sofa and also he was working on a customer’s 4/44.
Talking to the guys on Sunday there seemed to be a feeling that, although badly attended, the Zoom meeting was a bit of fun and should be tried again. There also seemed to be interest in meeting up in a pub beer garden so I am proposing to do a virtual meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and a Beer Garden Gathering on the 4th Tuesday provided I can find a suitable venue. Please let me know your feelings about these suggestions and also if you know of a pub that has re-opened, that has both car park and beer garden and isn’t too far away from Guyhirn.
I’m looking forward to the day when we can restart our regular meetings at the Oliver Twist and that might be sooner than I thought. A friend who runs Alvis “Noggin and Natters” has read the guidance given by the government website and. Although he found it “unintelligible, confusing and contradictory” he has concluded that it is OK to start meetings again. I will check with the “Oliver” and can give you as much warning as possible as to when we can safely and comfortably gather in the restaurant again.
NW meet at the Archive Centre – June 25th 2020
Note from our new SE Rep – Stewart Payne
The South East Region had planned to mark the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs “Drive It Day 2020” on Sunday April 26th by attending the Kent Car Enthusiasts rally in the beautiful grounds of Aylesford Priory. An area was to have been set aside for us to display our Wolseley cars together. Quite a number of SE members had said they planned to attend and my wife Mary and I were looking forward to the day and to meeting up with everyone, my first opportunity to do so on becoming the region’s secretary.
Sadly, it was not to be, and we must hope that we can try again next year or maybe meet at a rally later in the season, as and when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
It seems that resourceful SE members did manage to mark Drive It Day with some activity related to their Wolseleys. For my wife and I it was a case of getting our 4/44 out of our barn and driving it 50 yards along the lane outside our house to park it in our drive. We then sat out in the late afternoon sunshine and enjoyed a drink with the car in the background.
I shared a photograph of this with SE members and linked it to a notification from the FBHVC, which is requesting that classic car owners send in a photograph or two of how they marked the day, despite “lock-down” restrictions, or memories of previous Drive It Days. It has created a special website for this – http://www.driveitday.co.uk – where there is a wide selection of photographs, including some Wolseleys.
This email prompted quite a few replies from SE members; some lamenting that they were unable to do anything on the day, some saying they had at least managed a polish on the the drive and others detailing what maintenance work they have underway in time for summer saunters – if restrictions have been lifted.
Our best hope is that the National Rally in Norfolk can go ahead in August. Planning for this must be a major headache for the organisers and we appreciate the work that goes into this. We will be there if it happens.
East Anglia – March 2020 newsletter
The colder winter weather was still with us at this month’s meeting so there was no sighting of the “First Wolseley of Spring” in the “Oliver’s” car park although I’m sure that the rising temperatures will soon encourage one or two cars to leave their winter roosts and put in an appearance. This weekend the Wolseley Register AGM is at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland Lancashire and, hopefully, the East Anglian area will be represented by Paul, Jackie and Andy.
I must start off by issuing an apology. In the events list attached to my last email the 9th August static display during the Wolseley Register National Rally weekend is given as being at Houghton Hall. I’m sure Houghton is a very nice hall but it is NOT where the rally is. The Sunday “Shine and Show” is at HOLKHAM HALL just up the road and an even nicer hall.
The first outing of 2020 is Drive-it-Day on April 26th. This year we are joining with the Wisbech & District Historic Vehicle Club to visit the Bubble Car museum at Clover Farm Langrick, Boston. The museum has over 50 microcars many posed in period displays. They also have scooters and some later cars such as the Bamby made in Hull in the 80’s. The museum also has a row of period shops showcasing 50’s memorabilia including Bakelite and chinaware. After the museum we are considering stopping at the Ivy Farm Swineshead for a Sunday Carvery. If you’d like to come along and join us please give me a ring on 01945 587004 or come along to the next meeting. I’ll sort out a detailed plan of the route we are taking ready for our next “Noggin” and I’ll also attach it to next month’s edition of this illustrious tome!!?
Our “group” meeting for May is John and Janice’s “Park up in a Brewery” at Elgood’s in Wisbech on Sunday 3rd which is always a great informal start to the show season (especially if the weather is kind) and it would be nice if we could organise a decent display of our cars.
The promoted meeting for June is likely to be the Crowland show on the 27th but if you happen to know of a show that might welcome a few old Wolseleys that month please let me know via the usual channels.
July sees at Parson Drove show where, with luck, we’ll be able to link on to the W & D.H.V.C. stand again. Also in July I am determined to attend “Thurningfest” on the 25th which is organised by Register member Derek Capps. This is a venue where we might get a chance to meet up with some of our friends from the Midland area of the Register.
Roger is doing a great job keeping our events list up-to-date with all these changes but he has managed to get “Events List Version 2.1” over to me and it is attached to the covering email.
The warmer days will soon be with us (honestly they will!) and before you know it we’ll be tootling down the highways of England at a sedate and steady speed much to the annoyance of other motorists!
East Anglia – February 2020 newsletter
The colder weather was still with us this month so I’m afraid there were no classics to be seen in the car park of the “Oliver Twist” but hopefully the dark winter nights are at an end and some of our good-looking cars could perhaps put in an appearance next month.
Despite Storm Ciara still shaking the trees, a hardy band of Fenmen were gathered at the “Oliver” although our numbers were a little down as Roger had decided to throw himself across a guitar case and break a rib! The first item for discussion was the Wolseley Register AGM at The British Commercial Museum in Leyland Lancashire on Saturday March 14th. This is quite a long haul from East Anglia and I don’t suppose that many members from our area will be making it this year. If I do go it will be in a modern and staying overnight. If there is any matter you would like brought up at the AGM please let me know and I will make sure your voice is heard.
The traditional season opener is Drive-it-Day which this year is on Sunday April 26th. For once we are actually ahead of the game and The Bubble Car Museum at Langrick is our destination where, I’m pleased to say, we will be joined by our friends from the Wisbech & District Historic Vehicles Club. I suggest we stop at “The Ivy Farm” Swineshead for a carvery Sunday Lunch on the way back as I have had some good reports about the food there. Before next month’s meeting I will put together a road run with starts at both Wisbech Football Club (if it’s still there after Storm Dennis has a go at it) and Long Sutton Services so we should have all the ingredients for a “cracking good day out Grommit” . Make sure to make the necessary entries in your diary before you forget!
Now on to Sunday May 3rd and our group will be supporting John and Janice at Elgood’s “Park up in a Brewery”. This is a show we have enjoyed for quite a few years now so just cross your fingers for good weather as it makes such a difference (photo of last year’s show with the cars basking in the glorious sunshine).
We were joined around the table by our old friend Guy Mackenzie who was trying to drum up trade for a Road Cruise to the Hydro Hotel at Peebles south of Edinburgh for the 5th-8th June. It would be a long run but we might be able to help the Scottish group hit their target of displaying 30 Wolseleys on their 30th birthday. Guy promised more details as they became available.
Also, perhaps in June, we could visit The Grange Collection which is a little nearer being at Palgrave just outside Diss. There seemed to be a bit of interest in this trip so I will make some more enquiries and, hopefully, update all at the next meeting.
Saturday 25th July is Saint James’s Day which means there will be a feast in the village of Thurning. Last year I missed this event, organised by a Register member, so I am determined to make it this year and, hopefully, drag a few of you along as well. Again more details will be available later but please note this date in your nice new 2020 diaries.
That’s about it for this month. I should have details of the Drive-it-Day route at next month’s meeting so why not pop along to the “Oliver Twist” (PE13 4EA) for 8pm on Tuesday 10th March.