The Wolseley Times
National Rally Special Edition
Over the Bank Holiday Weekend of August 27th to 31st around 60 Wolseleys, of very varying ages, got together at Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens for the 2021 (or was that 2020) National Rally. This event had been pushed back a year and pushed to a different date and finally pushed to a different venue so it was almost a miracle it happened at all!
The weekend started with a guided tour of Medieval Kings Lynn and, in true, traditional August Bank Holiday weather style, it was cold, blowing a gale and drizzling. The guide did really well to soldier on and we could only imagine how enjoyable the tour would have been on a balmy summer’s evening.
The next day it was off to Engine Farm for a tour of Gordon Easton’s fascinating collection of bygone machinery and farming items. Here a mixture of timing issues and low numbers put a bit of a crimp on affairs. The main event in the evening was the Register’s AGM which Chairman Colin (of “Piston Broke” fame) managed to steer through in quick time.
I spent the Saturday getting my cars ready for the main show but others enjoyed a run out past Sandringham to Hunstanton and the North Norfolk coast. That evening we all assembled at the Knights Hill Hotel for a Rally Dinner in the Old Tithe Barn. This was a great chance to catch up with old friends in the Wolseley fraternity and the meal finished with a magnificent cake celebrating 125 years (+1) of Wolseley cars. On our way home that evening Terry and I passed John and Anita Barnard in their 9hp Tourer 3 times and that was just in the hotel car park. Which way is the bloomin’ exit?
The weekend kept on improving as did the weather. Terry and I enjoyed a wonderful early morning run through Thetford Forest and, at times, our 2 Wolseleys were the only cars on the road! (Yes it was still a Bank Holiday!). The Register had lost its booking at Holkham Hall at the eleventh hour but I think the events team played a blinder in finding Bressingham. It’s one thing to park the cars in front of a crumbling pile (no offence National Trust) but to have the wonderful aroma of coal and steam oil wafting over the rally field is something else altogether! There was so much to do and see not least the wonderful array of Wolseleys from Andy Plummer’s 24/30 of 1913 right through to the “Landcrab 6’s of 1973 nearly covering the 125 years of Wolseley production. There were gardens to look at, a stately hall and some even used a railway brake van to get around!.
So there it was. The 2021 rally was a bit of a slow burner but really finished with a bang! Thanks to all who helped to put it all together particularly Andy and Elaine and the Ryders. The East Anglian Wolseleys Noggin and Natter will be on Tuesday 14th September at the Oliver Twist (PE13 4EA) starting, as usual, about 8 o’clock.
The Wolseley Times
August 2021 Edition
This month’s meeting at the “Oliver Twist” was a little unusual for a number of reasons. The first oddity was that, despite it being a fine summer’s evening, there were no classic cars in the car park resulting in this edition of Wolseley Times being very short on photos.
Secondly I was completely disorganised which is perhaps not all that odd when I think about it. My excuse is that I had been working up to the last minute to get the 15/60 fit for the evening. I was beaten by a brand new speedo cable being manufactured with the square drive 0.5-0.7 mm undersize resulting in a complete lack of drive to the speedo head. As is the way with these things, I checked everything else apart from the new part!! I found the problem the next morning and Andy Mac was able to help me out with a correct sized cable from his stock and now the speedo needle is steadier than it ever has been.
This little episode emphasises the advantages of getting together with fellow enthusiasts as does another problem I was having with my normally-reliable 15/60. How on earth can a car with a single carburettor produce spark plug colours as different as this pair?
Andy Brown and others were soon on to it diagnosing an air leak at the front of the manifold suggesting a gasket blow. I checked all bolts for tightness next day and squirted some “Start Ya Bastard” ether around the area but nothing changed. Finally the penny dropped and the culprit turned out to be the supply hose to the vacuum windscreen squirts which had come off the button on the dashboard. Not often that you can tune a car with the bonnet down!!
Now then lets move on to events for the coming month. The “big one” is the Register’s National Rally now being held at Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum over the Bank Holiday weekend. The rally packs have been sent out but if you haven’t entered and you would like to come along, give me a ring and I’m sure I can sort something out.On Saturday 4th September there is a classic car show at Hemingford Pavilion, Hemingford Grey (PE28 9BX) from 11 am to 4 pm. Roland has an entry he is unable to use so, if you would like to attend, let me know. The next day (Sunday 5th) there is a show at Whittlesea. I’m told this event is along the main road and does not require pre-registration but I am struggling to find details of it on the internet.
Lastly Andy and Karen have announced that their Road Run will be on Sunday 19th September so please keep that date clear in your diary. The run will be in the Spalding area which is new ground for us and more details will be announced as soon as they are available. If any of you know of any events this autumn that are worth considering please don’t hesitate to get in touch either by email, phone or coming along to the next meeting at the “Oliver Twist” Guyhirn (PE13 4EA) on September 10th.
The Wolseley Times
July 2021 Edition 2.1
Welcome to the best-selling newsletter for Wolseley owners in Cambridgeshire and delivered to a computer near you. Thanks to the easing of lockdown restrictions, East Anglian Wolseleys have been a little busier than normal resulting in there being not one but TWO Wolseley Times this month. I can almost hear the whoops of delight!!
For this month’s outing Hugh promised (threatened might be a better word) to find smaller lanes and roads than ever before and I think he achieved his objective! No ‘A’ or ‘B’ roads here…we were much further down the alphabet with grass replacing white lines in the middle of the road.
A goodly number of us met for coffee in the delightful village of Castle Acres complete with its Bailey Gate. Paul and Jackie indulged in some synchronised parking giving Jackie a bit of a walk to the kerb and Hugh and Claire arrived in their Series III ‘8’. Andy and Karen gave their 6/110 a day off and arrived in a lovely Daimler, Michael was there in his trusty ‘Pop’ and Kev and Bridget arrived in their MGB Roadster. After coffee we all set off but Terry and I missed the first turning and took Andy and Karen on an unplanned diversion. We travelled some lovely little byways, some with the aforementioned grass in the centre, to arrive at County School station. This lovely station is hoping to welcome its first train in about 3 years time but, at the moment, there is a great cafe and picnic benches in the Station Master’s orchard.
After our lunch in the wonderful sunshine our cars behaved a bit like Cinderella’s coach and, on the stroke of one o’clock, turned into a pub car park! Suitable refreshed we made the last few miles to Dereham station where we were met by Brian who was resting his 1500 and brought a Standard 10. With the temperature climbing towards 30 degrees I had a brief opportunity to discover just how hot it can get in the cab of a steam engine with a blazing hot coal fire just a few feet away. Not a job for wilting violets!
Thanks to Hugh and Clare for putting this run into deepest, darkest Norfolk for us to enjoy. We won’t be having a run out in August because of the National Rally but we should be back on the road in September to see what Andy and Karen have found for us.
August Noggin and Natter:
Our next regular meeting will be at the Oliver Twist (PE13 4EA) at 8.00ish on Tuesday 10th August. I hope you can make it along.
NW Run Out: “The 3 Counties little car run” – July 15th 2021
On Thursday 15th July, 7 Wolseleys and an MGB met at Cinderbarrow Minaiture Railway for the start of a 45 mile through 3 counties – Lancashire. Cumbria and Yorkshire. The weather was superb as we drove through quaint villages, lush woodland and spectacular moorland, including some steep hills and very narrow lanes!
From Cinderbarrow, we headed for Kirkby Lonsdale and onto Barbon, a lovely little village well known for its historical hill climb. Climbing up onto moorland, we then headed towards Dent, before which a steep descent into Gawthrop tested the old brakes – although thankfully no one reported any brake fade….
Following the river towards Dent along the beautiful valley of Dentdale, the lane became quite narrow and there was some difficulty getting past some traffic. The whole of the village of Dent is a Heritage Centre, and the very centre is still cobbled and narrow. This place is well worth visiting in its own right, but on the day, we had to keep moving.
Coming out of Dentdale, we climbed back up to the moorland, going underneath the Dentdale Viaduct, and onto the top where great views of the “3 Peaks” – Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough were to be had. Passing the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, we had a short stop, before heading down into Ingleton.
From here, the roads were wider as we came back into Lancashire and through the villages of Burton-in-Lonsdale, Hornby and finally into Wray. The end of the run, some 3 hours later, was Bridge Farm Tea Rooms where we joined a monthly get together of Classic Cars, numbering several hundred in total.
The Wolseley Times
July 2021 Edition
Welcome to the best-selling newsletter for Wolseley owners in Cambridgeshire and delivered to a computer near you. I must apologise for the late arrival of this month’s newsletter but, after a holiday with my grandkids, I managed to catch another “Man Cold from Hell” and my typing finger lost all interest in bashing computer keys. Its amazing what one good nights sleep can do and both me and my finger are back in business. There are 3 items to cover this month and I intend to do them in calendar order.
Paul’s June Outing:
Last Sunday a largish number of us enjoyed Paul’s Right Rural Ramble through the leafy lanes of North Norfolk. A grand collection of 9 classic cars (5 Wolseleys just outnumbering t’others) parked up at the Knights Hill Hotel while their owners had coffee before heading out East into deepest darkest Norfolk. Following Paul and Jackie’s excellent route guide we all managed to find the way to our lunchtime stop at the National Trust’s Morston Quay on the North Norfolk coast. Here there was an excellent car park, a snack bar, toilets and a chance to stretch the old legs a bit. Morston Quay is the home of the largest Grey Seal colony in Britain numbering about 3000 seals. Apparently the car park can get really busy when the seal trip boats are operating so it was fortunate we managed
to time our visit for low tide giving us plenty of elbow room. A gentle 30 odd mile run back through Mid-Norfolk lanes led us back to our starting point in Kings Lynn and for a short time our numbers were increased further when an E-Type Jag pulled out of a petrol station into the convoy. The sun came out on the run back to really put the icing on a great day out in Norfolk. I’m sure we would all like to thank Paul and Jackie for their efforts sorting out a route that let us see “ducks”, “more ducks,” and “even more ducks”!! Now to the next item in the diary…
July Noggin and Natter:
Our next regular meeting will be at the Oliver Twist (PE13 4EA) at 8.00ish on Tuesday 13th July. I hope you can make it along.
Now to the last diary entry for this month..
Hugh’s Railway Roundabout:
(Itinerary and route are separately attached)
Saturday July 17th is the date for our next outing. Hugh has put together an outing in Mid Norfolk with a bit of a railway theme going on. We are meeting up at Whittles Cafe, Castle Acres (PE32 2AE) for coffee around 10.30 to 11.00 with a view to getting underway around about 11.30. We can’t let this time slip too much as some of us might have a train to catch!! This is a great chance for those living to the East of our area to join in and the forecast is for “Sunny Intervals and a Gentle Breeze”. You can always give me a ring on 01945 587004 if you want more details.
Another busy month in Wolseleyland.
So until we meet again…….
Drive Wisely–Drive Wolseley
Wolseley Register and Gartcosh Classic and Sportscar Club – 4th July 2021
The Wolseley Register and Gartcosh Classic and Sportscar Club had an informal show and shine at Gartcosh Social Club, North Lanarkshire on Sunday July 4th. The weather was warm and dry but with the constant threat of a downpour. The eclectic mix of vehicles ranged from a pre-war Morris 10/4 saloon to a 1980s Ford Cargo lorry. A handful of Wolseleys were in attendance, including a Series II, 4/44, 6/99, 1500 and Landcrab 18/85.
NW Region run out around Southport & Ormskirk – 8th June 2021
We were blessed with glorious weather, the near-perfect visibility giving excellent views across Morecambe Bay to the Fylde Coast. Coupled with this was the wonderful sight of 11 classic cars as viewed from the head of the convoy. It was especially gratifying to see the appreciative response of people around Southport. Our first stop was at Southport Model Engineering, where members Vic and Thelma Waddilove kindly let us use the attraction’s car park for photographs. There is always enthusiasm for seeing other members’ Wolseleys, and we were pleased to welcome new members Jim Walker and his friend Roy in Jim’s recently-purchased 16/60.
Departing from Southport, we headed out towards West Lancashire for our second stop on Clieves Hill, again panoramic views this time over the Wirral Penninsula and North Wales. A short run brought us to see our four-legged mascot (Victoria’s dog). Billy was judged ‘Dog of the Show’ and presented with a bag of meaty bones! In total, the run was 41 miles.
We believe this was a record-breaking event for our group – in terms of cars and members in attendance. A big thank you to everyone who attended on what was a most enjoyable day.
The Wolseley Times
June 2021 Edition
Welcome to the best-selling newsletter for Wolseley owners in Cambridgeshire and delivered to a computer near you. Compared to our last meeting the weather in Guyhirn was particularly balmy this month (almost as barmy as the car owners!) and we had a magnificent crop of no less than FIVE Wolseleys in the car park of the “Oliver Twist”!!!! Perhaps the most surprising visitor was Guy’s 12/48 back on the road after major repairs to steering and suspension. Apparently the car was still on axle stands the previous afternoon so the trip was a kind of “test flight”! Also on show was Kev and Bridget’s 14, a locally-owned Mark 3 1500 (alongside our 15/60) and Colin’s shiny black 16/60. It was probably one of the biggest and best turnouts we have ever enjoyed probably helped (particularly in the case of the early cars) by the late sunset at this time of year
As the meetings are still being held outside at the moment they are far less formal just being a chance to catch up and chat but there was one item of business to attend to. Roger had dropped round with the “East Anglian W” (remember that?) and asked me to present it to Andy Brown and Karen for kindly allowing us to come over to see his garage and car collection back in 2020. Normally this presentation would have been at the Christmas meal but, as that didn’t happen, Andy will only have about 6 months to decide who will be the next proud owner. Talking about dropping things off at my door; would the person who dropped off a lovely car cover at my door while I was out kindly own up so I can thank them properly. I think I’ve thanked everyone else!
Now the bit you’ve been waiting for….our June outing on Sunday 27th organised by Paul and Jackie. This promises to be a “Wight Wuwal Wamble” (Wow..that annoyed my spellchecker!!) around deepest darkest North Norfolk with visits to Walsingham and Morston Quay near Blakeney. We are meeting up at the Knight’s Hill Hotel (venue for the National Rally) for coffee around 11 o’clock with a view to getting underway about 11.30. The lunchtime stop is Morston Quay where there are picnic tables, a snack bar and the all-important Toilets. The only thing to note is that there is a parking fee at Morston Quay but it is free to National Trust members. Members from over towards the East of our area can join in at any point so just give me a ring on 01945 587004 for more details. After lunch we return to Kings Lynn by a different more inland route.
Next month Hugh is putting together a road run on Saturday 17th and this will have a railway theme so keep your eyes your eyes open for more details.
So there it is…another busy month in Wolseleyland. I hope you can join us on the 27th where again you can…..
Drive Wisely–Drive Wolseley
NW region attends the Gawsworth Hall Youngtimer’s Car Show – 31st May 2021
The North West Region attended Gawsworth Hall near Macclesfield on the bank holiday Monday, where we had a stand at the Youngtimers’ Show, (originally for post 1970 cars but as the normal show was incorporated into this for 2021, club stands could bring pre 1970 cars).
Six cars and eight members enjoyed a hot day amongst the more modern cars! A show well worth attending with about 300 entries.
The Wolseley Times
May 2021 Edition
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Whisper it quietly but things are stirring in Wolseley-Land and it has nothing to do with the Indian curry I had the other night! Since I last sat at the computer and bashed out a Wolseley Times we have enjoyed a road run and a meeting. Normally, these would have hardly caused the pulse to race but, given the year we have just experienced, they really do feel like the first green shoots of “normality” starting to show. (How about that for a seasonal reference in the first paragraph!!).
This area is little known except by the locals and yet its stone and thatch villages are a match for any of the well trodden tourist trails.
Six cars (and John Parkinson) lined up outside Thorney Abbey and made their way to Burghley House via some lovely country lanes with a coffee stop at the Yew avenue at Clipsham. The weather was kind with only a few drops of rain and the cars looked very good indeed parked on the grass at Burghley. I was unaware of the delights of this region and I must take my hat off to Kev and Bridget for finding and planning such a lovely route.
He has chosen Sunday June 27th, meeting up for coffee at the Knight’s Hill Hotel around 10.30 and getting underway just after 11 o’clock. Kev and Bridget have set the bar high but I’m sure Paul and Jackie will do their best to come up with something special.
On Tuesday evening we had our first real, live, non-zoom meetingin absolutely ages. The weather was decidedly iffy with some nasty looking black clouds circling but, never- the-less, 14 brave and hardy Wolseleyists gathered on the patio of the Oliver Twist. As you can see from the thick coats and blankets it was not exactly the warmest May evening and the gathering had to come to an end when the rain finally did arrive but we still had time to talk cars and swap parts just like the old days.
Two classic cars braved the elements and improved the look of the car park! We are going to do it again next month but the date will move back to our traditional “second Tuesday of the month” ie June 8th but, because regulations say it must still be outdoors, we will gather at the less-usual time of 7.30.
So there it is for another month. A month that has seen the first chances to get the old cars out and mix again without having to stare at that little “eye” on the top of the computer monitor.
So until then………….
Drive Wisely–Drive Wolseley
Drive It Day – South East region – April 25th 2021
Wolseleys were much in evidence on the highways and byways across the south east of England as Register members flew the flag for the famous British car marque on annual Drive-It Day 2021.
The South East Region committee and others were out together – keeping a respectful Covid distance – driving across beautiful countryside in the Surrey Hills, heading out from Epsom Racecourse and over the North Downs to Dorking.
Jim Beaumont led the way in his superb 1937 Wolseley 14/56 Tourer. Appropriately, Andy Bradley was his co-driver, for it was he who came up with the route. Jim is pictured beside his car with Andy in the passenger seat checking his map. His route, taking in charming villages, avoided the crowds and even the inevitable cyclists, but sadly no pubs were visited as we would have broken the rule of six.
Nelson Ferreira was at the wheel of his 1935 New 14 Deluxe to complete the pre-war brace. Alan Simmonds, the Register’s vice president, and his wife Sheila shook the dust off their 1954 6/80 after its enforced lay-up during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the post-war presence was completed by Alan Blackbourn’s 1954 4/44, Stewart Payne’s 1956 4/44 and two 1500s, a 1958 model driven by Andrew Bull and the “baby” of the gathering, Geoff Hunt’s 1960 example.
Elsewhere in the South East Region, members were out taking drives close to their homes. Peter West reports that he took his 1946 14/60 to a windy Walmer sea front on the Kent coast with his family. Jeffrey Bridges took a 40-mile spin in his 1958 6/90 across rural East Sussex, taking in a visit to Battle Abbey.
Stan Wright had not been out in his 1956 15/50 for 18 months due to Covid restrictions, but had a trouble-free drive to Chilham in Kent and then on to Folkestone where he and Pam took a stroll.
Other reports of Drive-It day jaunts are still coming in. But what is clear is that you cannot keep a good Wolseley down and the Register members seized the chance to be out in their wonderful cars, even if the usual social niceties will have to wait for another day.
Our thanks go the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs for promoting Drive-It Day, and we hope that Register members will make a contribution to its chosen charity, the NSPCC’s Childline. The link to donate is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/driveitday-supportingchildline
Drive It Day – North East region – April 25th 2021
Three cars (or correctly two cars and one van) and four members met at the Bridge Hotel, Walshford for a very pleasant afternoon tea outside in the Courtyard restaurant. Geoff and Betty Craggs with their 15/50 from Boroughbridge, Sam Priest from Askern a rare outing with his Morris series Z van and myself from Leeds with the New Fourteen. The weather remained fine although it started to get a little cooler as the afternoon passed.
Drive It Day – South and West Wales region – April 25th 2021
Sadly, due to the on-going Covid -19 restrictions in Wales, no formal arrangements were made for Drive it Day. However, Janet and myself again decided to “go it alone”. I persuaded “Jacko” out of hibernation a few days before. A quick check of the important items (unable to get a proper MOT at short notice) and a short burst around the block and we were all fit to go.
On Drive it Day, picnic in the basket, we headed off West on the main A40 to Whitland, where I decided to drive through the town rather than continue on the by-pass. On the outskirts of the town, pulled over to assist another Drive it Day enthusiast. His Morris 1000 had given up on him. A few basic checks and I confirmed for him that the ignition coil had failed. (It was almost red hot, too hot to touch).
We re-joined the A40 to Haverfordwest and then the A487 to Newgale. Absolutely stunning views on this beautiful day. (Newgale is famous for something that no other village has or ever will be famous for). But that is another story.
A short break and we continued on to St Davids. This is Britains smallest city, with a population of only 1,600. St. David, Patron Saint of Wales was born here in the year 500. The area and the beautiful Cathedral has an amazing history with Christianity. (see Google for full details). After a tasty picnic in the sunshine, we continued on the A487 to Mathry, a small village with probably the most “Western Style” country store you can imagine. We then headed across country to re-join the A40 at Letterston and continued back home to Carmarthen by 6pm.
By now, we had travelled a total of 118 miles and as always, “Jacko” behaved impeccably, not missing a beat. Then our son Mark wanted to celebrate Drive it Day, and he took Jacko to see some friends and added another twenty odd miles on the car.
A thoroughly good day was had by all.
Ernest and Janet Jones.
The Wolseley Times
Drive-it-Day Special Edition
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For this year’s Drive-it-Day we weren’t able to have an organised Road Run as normal due to the
various Covid-19 restrictions in place, instead we had an ad-hoc picnic in the car park of the visitor’s centre at Grafham Water. We used this venue way back in 2013 and boy the car park was a lot quieter then! This year, parking spaces were at a premium and there was no hope of having the cars all together which might have been a good thing as we had a very-impressive turnout of 9 Wolseleys and 2 other classics.
Peter and Jo Jollyman made the trip in their excellent 6/110, as did Andy and Karen in another “Big Farina”. Kevin and Bridget brought their New 14 with Paul and Jackie bringing their “his and hers” Palmer cars.
Terry and I managed to slip
our 15/60 alongside the very rare sighting of two “6’s” next to each other. Also showing off his Wolseley was Rod and his trusty 1500. 2 non-Wolseleys put in an appearance in the shape of a white Ford “Pop” and a light blue Renault Caravelle. It was excellent to have a chance to meet old friends and blow the winter dust from our classic cars even if the choice of venue was a little more crowded than expected.
Our next outing is being organised by Kev and Bridget on May 16th, meeting up at Thorney Abbey car park at about 10.30 am to get underway just after 11 o’clock. I’m sorry but I can’t find a postcode for the abbey but the car park lies just to the South of the traffic lights in the middle of the village.
Our first post-lockdown meeting at the “Oliver Twist” is on Tuesday May 18th rather than our usual “2nd Tuesday” as this date is just after a change in the rules on gatherings. I have booked some outdoor tables just outside the restaurant window so pray for good weather. If only 6 of us turn up we will be allowed to use our usual restaurant venue. As the meeting is outdoors I have moved the time of the meeting forward to 7 o’clock so it doesn’t go dark half way through.
So until then………….
Drive Wisely – Drive Wolseley
Drive It Day – South West Region – April 25th 2021
The two cars were registered in August and October 1936 and have very close chassis numbers, suggesting that they could well have been in the factory at the same time and separated at the gates. One was originally registered in Scotland and the other in Wiltshire. After 85 years, both cars now live in Cornwall and are only 15 miles apart.
Drive it Day – Midlands Region – April 25th 2021
The Midlands Region kept Drive It Day “low key” under the current
Government guidelines but several members took their Wolseleys out
individually for a drive on Sunday. They were pleased their cars ran well
but were surprised not to see many other classics on the road.
On Saturday, several cars in the family fleet were displayed on the front drive of the
Midlands Chairman’s home and one or two friends and family popped in for a
look at the cars and refreshments in the garden, spread across the day.
The display included the 1500 Loan Car which is nearly ready to be handed
On Sunday, 4 Wolseleys met at a Garden Centre near Lichfield and enjoyed a
picnic on the grass behind the cars. Three of the Wolseleys drove on to
Chasewater Railway for the afternoon, although trains were not yet running
it was warm and sunny. A few other classics were spotted at the Garden
Centre and en-route.
We all look forward to a more traditional Drive It Day next year.
Drive it Day – North West Region – April 25th 2021
NW members met at the Archive Store and then went our own ways through the Trough of Bowland (6 Wolseleys & 2 Jaguars). The weather couldn’t have been better and it was great to be out and about again.
A small group of our more ‘northerly’ NW members enjoyed a drive through the beautiful Howgill fells on Drive-it-Day. Even ignoring last year’s “Covid enforced” lack of activities, this run was the first time out for both cars and members for several years. Bob’s 14/60 was on its first run out following a 2nd restoration over the last 18 months; Keith and his 12/48 had been unable to join in many club events over the last couple of years, and Dale brought his recently acquired 1500 for its first outing at a club event.
Meeting just north of Kendal, we drove over Lambrigg Fell and its windfarm before entering Sedburgh. Circling around the town, it was decided that with the number of people milling around, we would move on towards Kirby Lonsdale. This lovely old town is known as a mecca for motorcyclists where hundreds congregate every Sunday at Devil’s Bridge. On this day, being Drive it Day, even more bikers were out on the road, and it was certainly a noisy drive towards Kirby Lonsdale!
Therefore, rather than fighting more crowds in the town, we stopped in a lovely little church’s grassy car park, surrounded by wild flowers, where we enjoyed our socially distanced picnic, before taking our respective routes back home.
East Anglia – April 2021 newsletter
Our gathering this month was still “virtual” on Zoom but that’s about to change for the better shortly I hope. At the meeting it was decided NOT to have an online “Noggin and Natter” on May 11th but to delay it by a week and have a REAL, ACTUAL, FACE TO FACE, IN THE FLESH, AT FIRST HAND, IN PERSON MEETING at the Oliver Twist. This will be the first such “Noggin” since well. Er since, Um well blooming ages ago. I have spoken to the people at the “Oliver” and they are generally OK with the idea but I am going over to see them on Sunday to sort out the final details and I will report back.
The first item on the agenda was our upcoming outing to Grafham Water for Drive-it-Day on 25th April. The FBHVC has had agreement from The Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport through the Tourism Alliance (who knew?) has confirmed “that an event such as the Federation’s Drive-it-Day may go ahead provided that:- The event takes place outdoors (tick) – Attendees will arrive and leave in a staggered manner (tick) -Rule of 6 or 2 households at one time applies”. They hope that anyone with a road worthy classic car will blow the winter dust off and take it for a drive and I hope the East Anglian Wolseleyists will join in. Terry and I have decided to arrive at the Visitor’s Centre Car Park off Buckden Road (PE28 0BH) for a bit of a picnic. Apparently the Visitor’s Centre will be offering take away food and drink and the toilets will be open!!! There is a parking charge of £1.70 I’m afraid. If you just happen to be there about 1 o’clock we would be delighted able exchange waves and a bit of banter as there is plenty of space for social distancing.
We should be in a position to have a slightly more organised outing in May and Kev and Bridget deciding to organise a road run from the Abbey at Thorney to Burghley House on Sunday 16th May. They are suggesting meeting up at Thorney around 10.30 with a view to getting on the road by 11 o’clock. The idea is to picnic at Burghley but I’m told take away sandwiches and tea should be available. I’ll let you know more as details become available.
Now we come to the sad and sorry tale of Woolie, Guy McKenzie’s steed, and her reducing number of wheels on the road. Guy reported that his Series II 12/48 has decided to throw a shoe or, more precisely, fracture her stub axle assembly meaning that only the offside wheel is actually doing anything about the direction the car is going, the nearside track rod is hanging down and the lower king pin bush is about to break free from the casting. Add a broken spring and the situation is not good but Guy reports that all is not lost. New springs, king pin sets and track rod ends have been sourced and there is the possibility that he might have found someone to re-machine the whole stub axle assembly from billet steel so all is not lost for Woolie. Smugly I mentioned that, now I have a spare, the number of road wheels on my 15/60 is going up at the same rate as the number of working wheels on Guy’s car is going down. I have a nasty feeling that comment could come back and bite me on the bum some time in the future!
Looking to the future and the summer days ahead in Flamin’ June Paul is organising an outing. July was going to see us attending a show in Hugh’s village but I have just heard it has been cancelled and Hugh will be putting something else together which may take us over to the East of our patch. As soon as I hear more I’ll let you know.
If proof were needed that that warmer days are almost here I received a photo from Dominic of his Wolseley 6/90 waiting outside the Maybush in Waldringfield just waiting for it to open. It looks like Dominic is going to extraordinary lengths to be sure of his position at the front of the queue at the bar.
So that’s it for another month. We are hopefully closer to the end of government restrictions and perhaps we will fit in a few car shows this summer….I certainly hope so.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 18th May (NOT the 11th) at 8 o’clock at the Oliver Twist in Guyhirn (PE13 4EA). You know it has been so long since I have typed anything like this I had to check the postcode!!
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 – March 2021 newsletter
At present all gatherings are restricted by Covid regulations and so our monthly get-together is still “virtual” on Zoom but that’s better than nothing I guess. I expect this to continue through April and May but, according to the governments “Roadmap to Freedom” (given away free with 4 gallons of Shell) we MIGHT just be able to have a proper “Noggin and Natter” in June.
The first item on the agenda was the sad news that one of our original “Natterers” is selling his Wolseley. Eric has had to put his 14/60 up for sale due to mobility issues so, if you know someone who would like to own one of the sweetest sounding 6 cylinder engines I’ve ever heard, point them in the direction of Eric’s advert on the Register’s website.
The next item was Drive-it-Day on April 25th. The FBHVC hope that anyone with a road worthy classic car will blow the winter dust off and take it for a drive and I hope the East Anglian Wolseleyists will join in. We won’t be far enough along the “Roadmap” for us to organise a run together but you will be able to exchange waves and toots on the horn when you see other classics on the road. Terry and I have decided to take a run over to the Grafham Water (PE28 0BH) for a bit of a picnic. Apparently the Visitor’s Centre will be offering take away food and drink and the toilets will be open!!! There is a parking charge of £1.70 I’m afraid. If you just happen to be there about 1 o’clock we would be delighted able exchange waves and a bit of banter as there is plenty of space to be 2 metres apart.
We should be in a position to have a slightly more organised outing in May and we have Kev and Bridget deciding where we go (if they can fit it in between holidays. How the other half live!!). As soon as details are available I’ll let everyone know.
The forty minutes we are allowed on Zoom fly by but there was just time to show some of my latest eBay purchases. I am delighted to have come across an Upper Cylinder Lubricant dispenser similar to the type used on my Drop Head. It was made by Drok Oil of Staines Middlesex but that is all I can find out about it. The other items I’ve picked up are a Measham Used Car Price Guide from June 1959 featuring a review of the 15/60 and a marvellously weird vacuum wiper motor by Trico which even parks the wipers and stops the air flow when the control valve is turned!
So that’s it for another month. We are hopefully getting close to the end of government restrictions and perhaps we will fit in a few car shows this summer….I certainly hope so. Our next Zoom meeting will be on Tuesday 13th April at 8 o’clock and only lasts for 40 minutes. You are more than welcome to drop in for 10 minutes if that is all the time you have free and it does keep us together. 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 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.