“As we head towards the end of the Coronavirus restrictions on meeting our friends for social events, the Committee has been considering the issue of permits for NACC runs.
Section leaders are invited to apply for permits for events to take place after July 1st. Our Events Secretary, Bob Jeffcoat, has his spreadsheet poised and we look forward to filling in a few lines after waiting for so long to see a trail of two-stroke smoke on the breeze. This date builds in a margin of safety following the June 21st planned date for the lifting of the National restrictions.
We must stress that the permits for events are provisional and subject to not only cancellation but possibly local restrictions which may be in force after the June 21st date for ending the lockdown. Anyone planning to attend an event is advised to keep in touch with the organiser to ensure that it’s still going ahead and to give them an idea of how many riders to expect for catering and for any social distancing requirements.
It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to meet and I’m sure that this news will be welcomed by everyone.”
(Please visit the Club Calendar on this site for information on NACC and VMCC Cyclemotor Section events already provisionally listed for this summer)
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“The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has announced the appointment of Nigel Elliott to the Federation’s Legislation Team, in the role as Automotive Fuels Specialist, with immediate effect.”
The FBHVC have just issued a press-release as follows:
“The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs is sympathetic to the enormous challenges that the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency faces during the on-going pandemic. DVLA continue to receive tens of thousands of items of mail each week and the Federation believes that for a high percentage of drivers and vehicle operators, the agency performs a viable and efficient service. The Federation also acknowledges the efforts of the staff at Swansea in achieving the continuation of services during the current times, despite reports of a significant outbreak of Covid-19 within the Agency, with some 500 cases quoted. The impact that this outbreak will have on the DVLA providing services due to staff shortages is very understandable.
The Federation, whilst sensitive to the challenges we are all facing, has continued to work on behalf of the historic vehicle community during the pandemic. One of the key areas of the Federation’s work remains within continued dialogue with the DVLA on a range of matters on behalf of historic vehicle owners and clubs.
During the pandemic, the Federation has been pursuing five particular policy matters of significant concern to the interests of Federation members and the community that they represent.”
These five policy matters are listed on the FBHVC website, to read more use this link:
As of yesterday – Sunday 24th January 2020 – the NACC has opened a new Facebook group page, where you can see what fellow club members are up to, what bikes they ride, how they sort problems and other interesting items. It is not a public group: to become a member of the NACC FB group you’ll need to provide a paid-up membership number before being accepted.
You can instantly recognise the correct page by the image at the top, the same one as on this website.
From January 1st 2021 the regulations concerning displaying black & silver (or white) number-plates on historic vehicles will change. The DVLA have issued the following statement:
“This note is to tell you about important changes being introduced on 1 January 2021 that affect the ability of vehicles registered in the historic tax class to display the old style pre-1973 black and silver number plates.
Following the change in definition of a historic vehicle for vehicle tax exemption purposes in 2015, an issue was identified in the regulatory requirements for the valid display of a black and silver number plate. This resulted in an unintended consequence where any vehicle over 40 years old and registered in the historic tax class would be permitted to display an old style black and silver number plate. This was despite the law previously requiring all vehicles first registered after 1 January 1973 to only display the yellow and white number plates with black characters.
As this was never the intention, we have sought to rectify this through a legal correction which will shortly be implemented. The change seeks to prevent any vehicle constructed after 1 January 1980 from the ability to display the black and silver number plate despite being recorded in the DVLA’s historic tax class. Those vehicles with a construction date prior to 1 January 1980 will continue to be able to legally display black and silver number plates to avoid any undue costs of replacement.
Your members may also wish to note that from 1 January it will no longer be permissible to fix a new number plate displaying a Euro symbol. Number plates already fixed to vehicles are unaffected. We will also be introducing a new British Standard for number plates produced from 1 September 2021 which will mean all current style number plates that are first fixed to a vehicle from that date must meet the technical requirements contained in that standard.”
News reaches us the Jo started last week as Jo Stanley and ended it on Saturday 5th December as Jo Aston. Congratulations to both of you from the NACC, though the ceremony was limited to few attendees by social-distancing rules. Hoping to see you both out there on bikes in 2021.
One of the NACC’s major shows, at which we’ve had a stand for the past many years, is the Carol Nash Bristol Classic Bike Show, usually held the first weekend of February. However, we’ve heard from organisers Mortons that the February show has been postponed until the weekend of 24th-25th July 2021. This is in order to try to hold the show next year and avoid any new lockdowns. Let’s hope we can be there – at least the weather should be better!
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of the founder member of the NACC Northern Ireland Section, John Maconaghie. John passed away on the 20th November at the Foyle Hospice, he leaves behind his dear wife Rose and two sisters Ann and Nora. John had also just lost his mother in September. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in June, for which unfortunately there is no cure. He continued with courses of chemo and steriods, but the cancer returned in an aggressive form and sadly John lost his fight on Friday 20th November 2020.
John ran the first unofficial N. Ireland run in September 2010, starting from Portballintrae, which was attended by eight autocycles. This was the start of the wee club that has developed into what it is today so it’s all thanks to John. We as a group joined the NACC and have organised official runs since May 2011. John had a good knowledge and interest in Autocycles and had a soft spot for the JDL-powered bikes, I think he had up to seven at a time, including a Norman Model C, a Norman Autobyke, a Mobylette, an Excelsior, a Monet Goyon Scooter and he even added a Honda trail bike to his collection at the end, although he was never fortunate enough to get it out on a run. (Trevor Kirk)