DA7C NEWS PAGE
last update: 01/11/18
LATEST STATEMENT ON ETHANOL FUEL. Click here.
SUBS NOW DUE!! Please renew your subscription at November club night, or send the Secretary £38 if you require the printed Newsletter posted to you, or £22 if you wish to receive the Newsletter electronically (cheques payable to Dorset Austin 7 Club). Details in all magazines. If you wish to receive a printed copy of the December newsletter, your subscription renewal must reach me or the NatWest Bank by 15th November.
HILL CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP - FINAL RESULTS. Zak Cobb (Bernard's grandson) 2nd place; Bernard 4th place; Douglas 5th place and Bill 7th. Team Dorset flies once again!!
Tim Howkins is
organising a FOUR COUNTRIES TOUR in June 2019
for a maximum of six Austin 7's. So declare a serious interest
to Tim ASAP. Dorset members have the first opportunity, then
after November 1st 2018 he will offer the tour to others.
The route is Harwich to Hook of Holland (night crossing) to
Arnhem (Bridge too Far) and vg museum, Kleve (The Reichswald War
Cemetery), Soest (Mohne Dam, Dam Busters fame), Wolfsburg (VW
Factory and Museum), Berlin, Zagan (Stalag 111 POW Camp),
Colditz (Castle and Museum), Black Forest, Le Havre to
The above totals £2,000 per couple. So if you are interested please contact Tim on :
DYNAMATOR UPDATE: It appears that damage is also being experienced to the lower, brass, distributor wheel. If you still have your Dynamator fitted then you need to check this as well.
A note has been issued by
AccuSpark regarding the meshing to the dynamo gear and the cam
gear. If you have fitted one, please check it and follow
AccuSparks instruction, as follows :
It has come to our attention that some customers have experienced what appears to be excessive wear on the Camshaft gear after fitting our A7 Dynamator. We believe that this is be due to our new gear not meshing correctly with the original old gear on the car. We would advise customers to remove the unit and replace the front gear with their original gear. It was our intention to supply a complete ready to bolt on unit but it appears this may not be possible at present. If an original gear is not available then the new gear can be used but should be checked for wear at regular intervals. We are currently looking at the possibility of making a new gear or a matched set but cost may be prohibitive and may be some time away. We will advise of any future developments. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Regards Tony Ibbotson AccuSpark MD. YOUR COMMITTEE ADVISES YOU TO STOP USING THE DYNAMATOR IMMEDIATELY AS IT IS CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE TIMING WHEELS AND SENDING METAL FILINGS DOWN INTO THE ENGINE. Replacing the original gear should not be too difficult a job but check your top (camshaft) timing wheel for wear and change the oil. We will advise you of any updates as they appear.
DATA PROTECTION NEW LAW
DA7C PRIVACY and DATA PROTECTION POLICY
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - May 2018
V5C CLASS: if your Austin Seven is due an MOT from 20th May, you will need to declare it as a Vehicle of Historical interest when you renew your road Tax. The responsibility to ensure the declared vehicle is a VHI and meets the criteria, rests with the vehicle keeper as part of their due diligence. If a vehicle keeper is not sure of the status of a vehicle, they can consult a marque or historic vehicles expert, a list of whom will be available on the website of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. Click here for an advisory paper with more details.
MOT INFORMATION ONLINE For sometime you have been able to check to see if a car has an MOT and the Mot history, your car or any car you know. Recent updates to the on line service means you no longer need to enter the make just the registration number. In the case of some Austin Sevens the make is mis-recorded as say “AUSTINRUBYDELUXE ”. Now just enter the car registration and all the details are there for you. Click here You can also check the MOT history of any vehicle: click here
MOT CHANGES: The Substantial Change which is still draft but may impact on your car. “Most vehicles first registered over 40 years ago will as of 20 May 2018 be exempt from periodic testing, unless they have been substantially changed. Vehicles will not be considered of historical interest and will be continue to be subject to vehicle testing. If a vehicle has a power to weight ratio of more than 15% in excess of its original design, unless such a modification took place before 1988.“ From next year when you tax your car you will be asked to declare if it has been modified since 1988 and if it has been you will be required to MOT the car even if for the past few years you have not needed to. DoT - (full report on their website)
USE OF LEDs IN A7s: Click here for the FBHVC article on the use of LEDs. Also watch out for updates here.
ASSOCIATION GREY MAG OPT OUT Some of us receive duplicate copies of the Grey Mag from other clubs. To save the trees, if you wish to not receive one from DA7C, please let Roger Ballard know before the next committee meeting on 16th March. E-mail: email@example.com
CLUBNIGHTS - Following requests from members, clubnights will start promptly at 8 pm from now on. The Bridge House carvery is £5.95 and well worth it. There is no need to book ahead as 20 places are reserved for club members every month.
TYRE DISPOSAL - For those who change tyres at home Councils are changing their policy re disposal of tyres. Dorset from the 1 September 2016 charge £5; Hampshire will no longer dispose of tyres; Wiltshire appear to still dispose of tyres for free. Anyone with any alternative legal way to dispose of tyres contact the club so we can share.
DVLA Updates on vehicle registration - click here.
Consequences of Discontinuance of the Tax Disc. DVLA, accurately in the vast majority of cases, has been referring to the tax ending on ‘sale’. But actually the tax ends on change of keeper. Not all changes of keeper are the result of a sale. To take one instance, if you pass on your treasured historic vehicle to your son or daughter you probably will not think of that as a sale. You will more likely think of it as a gift. But to make it work you will have to complete the relevant parts of the V5C to provide notification of change of keeper to DVLA. When you do that, the tax ceases. It is automatic so there are no exceptions. So don’t be caught out. Simply, whenever you change the keeper you need to renew the tax.
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard
driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by
The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could
not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories
you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. View our
information about the driving licence changes. Please note, this does not
affect photocardlicences issued by DVA
in Northern Ireland. This service replaces the
of your licence from 8 June 2015.
You can use this service to: view your driving record, eg vehicles you can drive, penalty points and disqualifications & create a licence check code to share your driving record with someone else, eg your employer or a car hire company. The check code will allow someone to see what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications, your name and the last 8 characters of your driving licence number.
You can’t use this service: if your licence was issued in Northern Ireland; to check the progress of a licence application; to check historical information, e.g. expired penalty points or old driving licence entitlements
What this means for you:
Customers with existing paper counterparts: If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.
Customers with paper driving licences: Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed. If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
Penalty points (endorsements): From 8 June 2015 new penalty points (endorsements) will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. From this date, if you commit an offence you will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit your licence to the court but the way the court deals with the paperwork will change. For photocard licences, the court will retain the paper counterpart and only return the photocard to you. For paper licences, the court will return it to you but they won’t have written or printed the offence details on it. This means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post. The courts are unable to respond to queries about the destruction of your paper counterpart. Any concerns about this process should be directed to DVLA.
SORN DECLARATION: There is one detail that emerged from the recent DVLA changes which may be of interest and relevance to Club members, which may not be common knowledge: It is no longer necessary to make a SORN declaration annually. Consequently, reminder notices are no longer being sent to owners. The only time that a vehicle already with a SORN declaration must be re-registered is when it changes ownership. The SORN status of a vehicle can be verified on the DVLA website using the 11 digit reference number on the V5C log book and the registration number.PETROL WITH ETHANOL IN IT ABSORBS WATER which results in phase separation with the pink petrol floating on top of the milky looking ethanol/water slurry. The product life of petrol is only 30-45 days in our open petrol tanks which means that at this time of year with the infrequent use of our cars, combined with the high levels of humidity in the atmosphere, we need to be particularly concerned about rusting of the petrol tank and damage to everything down-stream, as well as the lowered octane and the ethanol/water mix causing problems with the running of the car. Ethanolmate may help to overcome some of the problems with ethanol in petrol, but there is no better solution than regular use of the car.