Since my last column, we have held the second meeting the new Board on Saturday, 15 August, 2015. In the interests of transparency, after each Board meeting, I will provide an appropriate summary of a number of highlights that we have discussed, understanding that for a variety of reasons we cannot always disclose everything.
Some of the key things we discussed were:
- Confirmation that the progress of the Vintage Bert Hinkler Armstrong Siddeley restoration in Bundaberg is on track for completion in July, 2016. This work is being carried out by the Hinkler Museum, with assistance and guidance from the ASCC.
- Some initial planning work is being carried out for the 2019 Centenary Rally in Canberra to mark a 100 years since the establishment of the Armstrong Siddeley marque. You may be interested to know that Armstrong Siddeley motorcars exclusively formed the first official Government fleet, and many were closely associated with the birth of Canberra.
- We have been put on notice that the business where the Victorian spare parts are stored is likely to be put up for sale in due course. The impact of this is that it may necessitate the removal of the spare parts however we are likely to receive a minimum of three month's notice in the event of a sale of the business. Accordingly we are exploring options for relocation at present.
- The 2016 Rally at Tweed Heads is progressing steadily, and some information is contained in the current Southern Sphinx magazine. Please note this in your diary and think about booking early !
- Work on the newly drafted Constitution is progressing steadily. We are currently on schedule in accordance with the timeline to allow your vote at the next AGM in May 2016. The first draft is expected to go to the Board on 15 September 2015 for review and amendment. A version for the membership's review will be made available prior to Christmas and importantly, we will be seeking your feedback, accordingly.
- In respect of ASCC name badges, it would appear that a standardised member's name badge is produced on behalf of both SA and Victorian branches, and the Board is looking to address this issue with Queensland members, the NSW, ACT branches and any Australian-based member that does not have one. This so that we can put a bulk order in and obtain a suitable discount. An expression of interest will be within the next Southern Sphinx.
- Spare parts are looking to remanufacture specification plates for 346 and 16/18hp motorcars out of the correct (modern equivalent ) polypropylene material which is far less likely to crack and warp, and metal plates for Star Sapphires. Additionally, new low tension and earth wires are being remanufactured for distributors and will be sold in a kit form. More details can be found elsewhere in the Southern Sphinx.
- I am delighted to advise that the ASCC has accepted Graham Carson's kind offer to be the 346 Sapphire Model Specialist. Given that Graham has done a superb ground-up restoration on his Mk 1 Sapphire, I think that we are most fortunate to have acquired his services.
- We are continuing and expanding the cataloguing efforts in relation to resources that the ASCC holds in terms of the John Bull collection, Lindsay collection, branch libraries etc, and also independently held collections such as the Mildenhall collection in the National Archives of Australia. I would like to specifically thank Ian Handley and Barbara Pennington for their efforts, so far, in capturing what we hold, so that the membership has a clearer idea of our resource base. Clearly, this is an important and valuable part of our heritage.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank our Board members for their time and collective efforts across a wide range of activities that they cover on your behalf and that are not always generally apparent. I am happy to take any questions and listen to any ideas you may have.
Yours in Siddeley motoring,