We hope you have an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
Here’s to a much improved seasom of motoring in 2021!
From all at Lancashire Automobile Club
The DVLA have announced changes concerning information on black and silver number plates which will take effect from 1 January 2021.
The changes being introduced on 1 January 2021 will affect the ability of vehicles registered in the historic tax class to display the old style pre-1973 black and silver number plates.
For details please click on link below.
This short fact file contains results from the 248 club surveys which formed part of the National Historic Vehicle Survey.
A word from our Chairman…
What a year! Who would have thought if I had written this message twelve months ago that 2020 could unfold as it has?
Of course, there has been sadness, I have lost two close relatives to COVID-19 and many other enthusiasts have been affected in a similar way.
But equally many people have learned new skills, how many had heard of Zoom calls at the beginning of the year? These digital means of communication can open new horizons to clubs large, small or clusters of enthusiasts with an interest in a particular model. Many of you dialled in to our virtual AGM and it delivered our directors’ reports into many homes on a Saturday morning. Our President, Lord Steel, wrote to me immediately following the meeting to say he had greatly enjoyed watching the board members’ making their presentations and this will certainly be a facet that we adopt for future meetings even if they are more traditional in format.
What else that is positive has happened? Well, we have heard of many stalled projects being invigorated and we can all look forward to vehicles taking to our roads that we may not have seen before. A couple of weeks ago I ‘taxed’ my 1936 Carter Invalid Carriage for the first time in 24 years. It had been the sole mode of transport for a disabled lady, Elizabeth, for forty years from when she was aged 26 . . . and it is green being powered by a 36-volt electric motor, another addition to my fleet of historic electric vehicles!
Already many people are looking forward to the vaccines being in place and increasing freedom. We sense anticipation in the minds of enthusiasts who are looking forward to making up on lost ground in 2020. I received a Christmas card yesterday with a note saying the club had six race meetings planned next year.
We know Clarion Events are busy planning the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery for November and already taking bookings. They have prudently planned the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show for June and in these past few days my Inbox has been filling with further announcements from Beaulieu, Goodwood and others. I sense many celebrations in 2021!
The Federation has its own exciting development in 2021 with Drive It Day on Sunday 25th April being held in support of Childline®. There is no doubt the pandemic has caused angst in the lives of many children and we are pleased the historic vehicle movement is able to contribute to supporting our younger generation. Rally plates are on sale now on driveitday.co.uk and there is an opportunity to list the events you plan.
As I have been typing these words, the news broadcasts are full of the new and much tighter “Tier 4” restrictions now in place over Christmas but we are where we are. There is hope for the New Year and we should celebrate Christmas as best we can. The Federation team sends their best wishes for the holiday and we look forward to meeting you all in 2021!
Paddy Hopkirk MBE takes delivery of new Limited Edition MINI, named in his honour.
Northern Irish rally driver Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk MBE is among the first of just 100 customers in the UK to receive the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Limited Edition, named in his honour to commemorate his triumph at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in the classic Morris Mini Cooper S Mk1.
When asked what the special edition means to him Paddy said, “I’m so flattered to have a MINI named in my honour. Motorsport is long behind me now and for my win at the Monte Carlo Rally to be remembered in this way is a great thrill and honour. The designers at MINI have done a wonderful job. They’ve got a lot of the features on it just like the classic Mini I took to victory, with the number 37, the bonnet stripe and the colours – it reminds me of my very lucky days and wonderful memories.”
The Paddy Hopkirk Limited Edition is based on the MINI Cooper S 3-Door Hatch and available with automatic or manual transmission. The engine delivers 178hp and 280Nm torque, reaching 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds (6.8 manual).
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk clinched the first victory behind the wheel of the classic Mini Cooper S number 37 at the Rally in 1964. Driving the small British car with his English co-pilot Henry Liddon, Hopkirk overcame the odds against competitors with significantly greater engine power.
Reminiscing about the Monte Carlo Rally and his win, Paddy added “Everybody wanted to win the Monte Carlo Rally, it was a very glamorous event, so when I joined the British Motor Corporation and the Mini came along it surprised the world. It became a David and Goliath with the might of the other car manufacturers spending a fortune to try and win the event. We were beaten by the big American cars down the straights, but we would beat them on the twisty bits! For the Mini to win against really powerful cars, showed just how good it was – it made the car famous.”
The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition is available to order now at retailers nationwide, priced from £28,200 OTR.
Watch the full interview with Paddy Hopkirk here:
For more information visit www.mini.co.uk