Spares Service Suspended

Due to the latest very necessary restrictions placed on the population due to the Covid 19 virus, the club has been left with no choice other than to suspend the spares service for the time being. This is because Ray can no longer visit the spares store to fulfil orders for members , as it is not classed as a necessary journey.

Club Magazine

It’s still not clear whether or not we will be able to get the March/April magazine printed and distributed. If it turns out that we cannot, then we will email a copy to everyone for whom we have an email address. The missed magazine(s) will still be printed and distributed as soon as the situation allows. If you haven’t previously provided an email address, or think that the one previously provided might be out of date, please email the club providing your name, membership number if possible, and the revised email address.

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Annual Rally 2020 – Important update

The ACCC Annual Rally on 20th/21st June in  Kent is CANCELLED.

Regretfully, taking into account the advice of the government in light of the Coronavirus crisis we had no other choice. This was not a difficult decision as the health of our members is paramount and many of the club’s membership are in the high risk group.
We intend to carry forward arrangements into 2021 but we will review this in the coming months in conjunction with Graham Potts. If you have made hotel reservations please contact the relevant hotel to cancel. Hopefully taking account of government advice there should be no problem with refunds of deposits.

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Excellent Somerset Coupé for Sale in US Auction

The 1953 A40 Somerset Coupé, belonging to member Ken McGuire is up for sale at a forthcoming Sothebys auction to be held in Elkhart, Indiana. This really is an outstanding example of this rare car.

Further details can be found here.

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Annual Rally 2020

This year’s annual rally will take place in Kent, at Mount Ephraim Gardens, nr. Faversham.

The main event is on Sunday the 21st of June, but as usual there will be trips etc. across the weekend, including a visit to the Canterbury and Whitstable railway tunnel on Friday 19th; and a road run from Judds Folly to Dover Castle on Saturday 20th.

Further details will appear in the next issue of ‘County Counsel’, together with a printed rally entry form. The rally entry form can also be downloaded here

For further details, please contact this year’s rally organiser Graham Potts the club’s used spares representative.

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Member Creates A40 Sports Website

Club member Dirk Backenköhler has created his own website, dedicated to the A40 Sports – it’s a very comprehensive site, and certainly will be of interest to ‘Counties’ members. You can find it at

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Renewals for 2020

Due to an oversight, membership renewal forms were inadvertently not sent with the Nov/Dec issue of ‘County Counsel’. In order to avoid additional postage costs o sending them separately, we have decided instead to send these with the Jan/Feb 2020 of the magazine.

Please note that if you do not renew following receipt of the Jan/Feb magazine, that will be the last issue you will receive – a similar reminder to this one will be included in the magazine. You can also download a renewal form via our Membership page.

Please renew as soon as possible – our loyal members are very important to us.

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Video of A40 Somerset from Haynes Museum

Ray Dawes has forwarded the following link to an interesting video provided by the Haynes Museum of their recently restored A40 Somerset…

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NEC Restoration Show

Yet Another NEC Success!

At the weekend’s ‘Practical Classics’ Classic Car Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC, our PR Representative and Stand Organiser Alastair While once again found favour with the judges who awarded the club ‘Best Club Display at Show – Small Stand

Below – Alastair with the trophy – congratulations!

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Australian Supplier of A40 Parts

Spares Secretary Ray Dawes has asked that members’ attention is drawn to a supplier of parts for the A40s of our era, some of which are cheaper than he can obtain them for – in particular remanufactured dashboard knobs (see picture below).

The company is called Old Era Services and their website can be found at


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Oil filter adaptor kit instructions added to ‘Technical Articles’ page.

Ray Dawes has provided some instructions for fitting the oil filter adapter kit (supplied by Hydrajaws)  to A40 engines. These can be found within the Technical Articles page.

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