What do you think?

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Isn’t it refreshing to see an advert which tells the truth, plain and simple?



Future Classics

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If we are talking about future classics, is it more likely to be those which have been reliable in their lifetime, or those which have been unreliable? Well, there are hours of bar room debate here, so the two sites below will provide a good starting point for research:

​On a personal note, after looking at the offerings, I didn’t feel the need to bother Ebay!

Paul Gough​

My Favourite Classic Car

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It’s a well known fact that the Lada Niva is the most capable and reliable four wheel drive vehicle in the world. What’s more, I have proof.

Have a look at this, but skip the silly advert, which comes first:

​Ok, so what’s your favourite?​

​Paul Gough​

Cats at Castle Combe

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As many will know, the world which exists over 3000 r.p.m is rarely visited by me! However, it’s always good to see Jaguars in full flight and the spectacle of pre 1996 ‘Cats’ at Castle Combe, last month, would have been worth seeing indeed!

Thanks to JEC for the link.

Paul Gough

Jowett Javelin

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Most  of us would love to have a Jowett Javelin in our garage. Last month one such was auctioned at Baron’s with a history to go with it. It was purchased by Brian May of Queen, for his father in 1982 .  After his Dad passed away, the car has sat in dry storage to date. Proceeds from the sale will go to the badger charity Save Me Trust.

Take a look

Paul Gough

Did you know?

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The Daimler Conquest of 1953 was so named because it was priced at £1066, the date of the Norman Invasion of England, while the 1954 Daimler Century was so called because of its 100bhp engine.

The first permanently enforced one-way street was applied to Mare Street, Hackney, London in 1924. There were no recognised one-way road signs at the time and so a banner was suspended across the road declaring “One Way Traffic – No Road This Way”

Paul Gough

Tech Tips

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A torque wrench is an important part of any tool kit. Treat it with care and use it often. Manufactures don’t list torque figures for nothing!

When you’ve finished, always ‘unwind’ the wrench returning it to zero. It will stay more accurate for longer, if you do!

When doing your under bonnet checks, cast a glance at the air vent in the master cylinder cap(s). The vent hole allows air in to replace falling fluid levels. If this becomes blocked a ‘spongy’ pedal will result.

Some caps incorporate a rubber bladder, which limits air contact with the fluid, as the mineral based fluid absorbs water from the air (hydroscopic).

Paul Gough.


Why anti-freeze is an ‘all year round thing’.

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Anti-freeze does more than ‘what is says on the tin’. It’s an anti-corrosive too. Get it wrong and trouble is around the corner.

Traditional blue ethylene glycol is toxic but a highly effective antifreeze; it contains silicates as an inhibitor to help prevent corrosion in engines with mixed metals in their makeup. Bluecol and Blue Star are well known brand names, both are declared suitable for ‘classic cars’ on their company websites.

Propylene glycol is another well-known and less toxic antifreeze formula and usually contains silicates.

Recently, problems have been reported concerning the use of antifreeze mixtures using organic acid technology (OAT). OAT was introduced in the mid-1990s and the products are biodegradable, recyclable, do not contain either silicates or phosphates and are designed to be longer lasting. However, these products do seem to cause problems in older engines.

Over and above the ability of antifreeze to find the smallest crevice and leak, OAT antifreezes have been accused of destroying seals and gaskets and causing a great deal of damage in ‘old’ engines. For this reason, the manufacturers do not recommend their use in historic vehicles. These products are usually coloured red, pink or orange.

Another category is HOAT. These products use hybrid organic acid technology in an ethylene glycol base with some silicates in the formulation alongside the organic corrosion inhibitors. The product is usually coloured green and is not recommended for use in historic vehicles. FBHVC is still researching this problem but its current advice is:

Only use blue coloured IAT antifreeze in historic vehicles. Only use OAT products (‘advanced’ or ‘long life’ antifreeze) if the vehicle used it when new and if specifically directed by the vehicle’s manufacturer

Never mix different types of antifreeze without thoroughly flushing out the system

The above article is courtesy of Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).

See Classic Chat, November 2016 for more information.

Paul Gough

Car Auction Update

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Car Auctions
The first car auction at SRS will be held on Saturday 25th March 2017.
Paul Gough

Car Auction

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Tyre Kicking

For those of us who enjoy ‘tyre kicking’ (the harmless pastime of looking at cars for sale without a serious intention of making a purchase) a treat is in store!

SRS Vehicle Services (, of Los Carasoles near Arboleas, are holding monthly car auctions on the last Saturday on each month. Entries are open to the public at a 0% commission to sellers.

So, dust off your Glasses Guide and look like a motor trader. See you there!
Paul Gough