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Club Annual Rally 2021

The club’s annual rally for 2021 is scheduled to take place at Mount Ephraim Gardens, Staplestreet, nr. Faversham, Kent on Sunday 27th June.

Further details, together with an entry form will be included with the next issue of ‘County Counsel’. The club events page will also be updated at the same time.

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 Mike Greasby – 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.

New Old Stock Spares

Spares Secretary Ray Dawes has some new old stock items for sale, which are being made available to club members.

Stocks are limited, and other items will be added from time to time as they become available.

See here for further details.

Spares Update from Graham Potts and Ray Dawes

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.

Graham Potts and Ray Dawes

Updates to website

After quite a few years of the previous version, I’ve finally found the time to update the site. Improvements include:

  • Better compatibility with tablet and mobile phone displays
  • A cleaner full screen width look to the site
  • Nicer graphics and images – hopefully members will like these

If any member has comments or suggestions about the website please email editor@austincounties.org.uk .

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