Hopefully by now, members will have received the May/June issue of ‘County Counsel’ and in most cases will have received either a membership card, or a renewal notice.
With the impact of the global pandemic, we’ve allowed quite a lengthy grace period, but if you are amongst the latter group (with a reminder), and haven’t already done so, or advised Membership Secretary Mike Greasby of your intention to do so, then can you please address this quickly, as otherwise you will not receive the next magazine, and will lose access to other club benefits, such as the spares service. We do value your membership and would like to keep as many of our loyal members as possible.
If you have previously provided the club with a valid, current email address, you should by now be receiving ‘County Counsel’ by email, as well as through the post. If you’re not receiving the magazine by email, and would like to, please let me know and I can update the list of recipients.
During the last couple of months Ray and I have had many enquiries and have been able to fulfil most of them. It has been good to talk to members, many of whom are busy with restorations or just servicing their cars. During these conversations or email exchanges we come across interesting discrepancies. The most recent is dealing with two overseas members who both have GS3 Devons but with a GS2 engine fitted.
As the restrictions ease Ray will be able to make infrequent trips to the club stores to obtain parts and will continue to avoid the Post Office. We have decided that we will have a ‘Spares Despatch Day’ each week. Orders will need to be received by Tuesday evening for packing Wednesday and despatch Thursday. Ray will continue to use various courier services for the delivery of parts which may incur an additional carriage charge. I will continue servicing any requests from the parts I have in my stores in Kent.
As the country continues to recover from the crisis we expect that some parts may be difficult to source particularly the New Old Stock (NOS) parts. These are either purchased from autojumbles, dealers or the general public which is impossible at the moment. Water pumps are still a problem. We have few to recondition and are having problems with our suppliers. We will continue with our efforts to resolve this. If you have any old pumps please let us have them.
My final comments refer to cheques. We are no longer able to accept cheques as we cannot bank them. The bank we use does not accept scanned cheques so they need to be paid in at the counter which Ray is unable to do. We have the facility to do a bank transfer and the details will be on subsequent invoices. We can also accept most credit and debit cards.
Ray and I would like to thank members for their support and understanding at this time and the cheery phone calls.
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.
Following the successful publication of the March/April magazine, and its secondary distribution via email, we are continuing with creating the May/June issue, which, all being well, will be distributed once again via both means.
I’ve managed to find a better means of bulk email distribution, rather than the slightly clunky MS Outlook means currently being employed. Next time you should see an email from ‘ACCC Editor’, which offers the option of downloading the magazine. I’ll send out a covering email via the previous Outlook method beforehand, just to confirm that I’m about to make this switch.
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.
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 www.austina40sports.dirksspacealbum.de
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!
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).