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The New Year is with us and the Club calendar is reminding us of the need to renew our membership if it remains unpaid. The response by members paying so far this year has been excellent and many have taken heed of the ramifications of the use of Club plates for non-financial members.Our worthy calendar also reminds us to choose our accommodation for the National Rally to be held from Friday 2nd May to Monday 5th May 2014 at Maitland in the Hunter Valley.
Maitland is some 160 kilometres (100 miles) North West of Sydney on the New England Highway. A timely reminder about preparing your car for the Rally appears in March on the Club calendar. Looking at the events planned for the NSW Branch, there is indeed a busy time ahead.
Christmas Eve saw the delivery of a beautifully restored Hurricane to its NSW owner and I think many will be interested to see the car in all its glory at the National Rally. This car has been transformed to it's original livery from a very distinguished red Hurricane bearing the plates AS-056.
There are a number of cars presently in restoration phase and reality determines when they are ready for public show. The joy in seeing the Carson’s Sapphire restoration after eleven years of diligent work is one of the more recent examples. It takes time and resources to bring a car up to a good standard.
There is always ongoing maintenance with a motor vehicle old or new and it requires timely scheduling. Only the careless charge off to events miles away with barely a cursory look at the radiator and the dip stick followed by a casual kick at the tyres.
Penn Bradly advised me years ago that having a car maintained to a standard that I could drive to Brisbane and back with confidence was a good yardstick. Now I don’t always agree with our Club's distinguished Historian, but this is one objective I have always worked towards with my cars. It saves a great deal of domestic disturbance, public embarrassment, inconvenience and money in the long term. Hugh Boulter’s article published on our Club’s website using Armstrong Siddeley Sapphires and Stars as a daily driver can be very helpful in developing ideas on the current needs of our cars.
John Colebrook has advised me that he will not be standing for the position of Treasurer of the ASCC at the Board election in May 2014. I personally value John’s quiet sincerity and thoughtful advice as Treasurer and he will remain in office until May. Importantly for the ASCC and for me he is still at the end of the telephone. John is a pillar of the South Australian Branch and has been for many years, still with a Sapphire restoration underway. On behalf of the Board I wish John the very best.
Readers may recall an article we published about The Antiques Roadshow UK featuring Armstrong Siddeleys at Ascot. That programme went to air in the UK in September, 2008 and later on in Australia. The programme involved ASOC member Chris Allen and Hilary Kay, the AR’s expert on miscellaneous items. I notice early this year Hilary Kay is on tour in NSW with the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecturing on ‘Fakes and Forgeries’ - something I’m putting in my diary.
I’ve recently received my copy of 20 years Armstrong Siddeley Group Germany by Peter Brahm and Gary Hall. It is a delightful book containing many quality photos of the exploits of the group in Germany and would grace any coffee table. My congratulations to Peter and Gary for their efforts – the book is another that spreads the name of Armstrong Siddeleys in a most convivial theme.
Until next time,