The Home of Austin Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles from 1939-54

2022 Annual Rally

The club’s 2022 Annual Rally will take place this year on Sunday July 10th at The National Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire.

The rally will be part of the annual BMC/BL rally held at the site, and this year our club will be the featured club.

As advertised in ‘County Counsel’ issue 279, the Saturday evening meal will be held at the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel (tel: 01789 335960), and organisers of the rally, Chris and Joy Cole, have negotiated a discount for members. In order to take advantage of this discount however, you must book by Friday 15th April.

The club’s preferred supplier of new spares, Longbridge Motor Spares will also be at the event. Please note you do not need to bring a ‘Counties’ car to attend.

Sales & Wanted Page

As visitors to the site will know, we have a ‘Sales and Wanted’ page, where parts can be advertised for sale, or the need for a part advertised.

Unfortunately, it’s in the nature of such pages that they sometimes attract people who are dishonest, and we’ve recently seen an example of this, whereby someone has claimed to have parts to sell and then wanted payment in bitcoin, and the same person has responded to another advert claiming to have parts for another car and demanding money up front.

Please be aware of this person trying to con you – the vast majority of our adverts are fully bona fide – but please check fully to your own satisfaction before considering parting with any cash.

FBHVC Announces Partnership with Digital Heritage Company

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs has sent a press release announcing a partnership with heritage digitisation specialists Genus.

Details of the partnership can be viewed here .

You might also be interested to know that the club maintains an archive of every issue of ‘County Counsel’ magazine, which is fully searchable.

If you’re looking for an old article you remember from years ago, please email including your membership no. if possible and we’ll do our best to find it for you!

Introduction of E10 Fuel in the UK

Members may (or may not!) be aware that many of the UK’s petrol stations have now switched over to using E10 fuel as the standard unleaded provision.

E10 is petrol with 10% ethanol mixed in with it. Whilst we have been using E5 (5% ethanol) for some time, the switch to E10 is likely, according to many credible sources, to damage components of our classic cars.

You should therefore try and use only E5 in your cars. E5 petrol is still going to be available, in ‘most towns’ we’re told, but will be branded as ‘Super Unleaded’ or similar.

You may also have to travel to an independent filling station to obtain it, as most supermarket retailers now seem to stock only E10, and of course, since there will be less demand for it, prices of E5 will be somewhat higher than previously.

If you’ve accidentally filled up with E10, don’t panic – the damage caused by E10 builds up over time, so the advice is to top up with E5 as soon as you can.

The FBHVC offers a comprehensive explanation of the perils of E10, and the situation in respect of future supply of E5 here and here .

Lord Austin’s Office Moved to Gaydon

Another piece of history has been removed from what was once the largest car manufacturer in Britain.

It seems that without very much in the way of consultation with groups interested in preserving the history of Austin at what is left of the Longbridge site, Lord Austin’s office, which up to now had been preserved at the site, has been unexpectedly moved to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon.

This has provoked a degree of controversy – as you can see in this article in the local newspaper here.

New – Pay for your Membership Online

You can now pay for your annual membership online by credit or debit card.

If you choose to do so, you will be taken to a secure Worldpay page to enter your card details – the club doesn’t see your card details, and obviously doesn’t therefore retain them.

If paying online, please ensure that you still complete and send a membership or membership renewal form to the membership secretary – we’re still very keen to know details of the vehicles our members own. Please do not include credit or debit card details on any emailed form – email is not a secure form of communication.

If you are renewing or rejoining after some time away from the club, please remember to enter your membership number in the space provided on the ‘Checkout’ page. For those that are renewing, you can find your membership number on the envelope you receive ‘County Counsel’ in.

You can find the link to pay online here or by visiting our membership page

FBHVC Statement Concerning E10 Fuel Introduction in the UK

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs has released a statement on the introduction of E10 petrol in the UK.

E10 petrol contains up to 10% ethanol. Ethanol has been shown to cause damage to various part of our old cars, including degradation of rubber and plastic components, such as hoses, seals, fuel lines and filters. It also absorbs water from the atmosphere, potentially leading to condensation and corrosion in fuel tanks, lines and other metal components.

The full statement from the FBHVC can be read here.

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