BMB MOTORING CLUB
The membership of the Motoring Club has rapidly increased and it is hoped that now it has become established,
the facilities offered to members will also increase. The Insurance Scheme is assisting members when they don't claim against their
own Motor Insurance Companies for small amounts, thereby saving the loss of the No Claims Bonus. Details of the benefits to members
can be obtained from any members of the Motoring Club Committee. The film show held at Head Office on 14th March provided an enjoyable
evening's entertainment and it is hoped that more of these will be held during the winter months.
The visit to Fort Dunlop was well
attended, our hosts giving us a very interesting evening. We were shown the entire process of tyre manufacture and given refreshments
afterwards. The Club is now endeavouring to arrange other factory visits.
We have entered a team in the R. E. Gillies Trophy Rally
on 3rd September which will take us on a course through the Welsh mountains and hopefully we expect to better last year's fourteenth
Other items being discussed at the moment include a treasure hunt starting at Shirley and covering about fifty miles, details
of which are now being finalised. A trip to London to coincide with the Motor Show is also being discussed and if arranged will take
place in October.
Several members have asked if it is possible to arrange outings to motor racing circuits and motor cycle scrambles
and the Committee are looking into this. Tickets for motor racing meetings at Oulton Park, Mallory Park and Brands Hatch can be obtained
by the Club at a reduction of up to 50p per ticket.
Over the next few editions of "Contact" I hope to be able to pass on a few hints
and tips that may be found useful.
Before a long drive, the four main things to check are:
Battery: - check water level. Top up
only with distilled water, covering the internal plates by no more than one-quarter inch of water. Ensure
that the terminals are free from dirt.
Radiator: - check water level and for leaks on the honeycomb.
Plugs: - check the leads are secure.
- check the level with the dipstick. Too much oil is as bad as too little. If the dipstick shows a black sludge instead of clear oil,
needs changing. If there are any tiny specks of metal on the dipstick an
engine bearing is wearing badly and needs immediate
If you are touring
on holiday this year you may find the following items useful:
Around Britain - First Aid Box and manual, gallon of petrol, petrol
funnel, list of car agents, temporary plastic windscreen, spare set of keys,
spare fan belt, tow rope, warning
triangle, fire extinguisher.
Abroad - the above plus a pint of brake fluid, tyre pressure gauge, set of contact breakers, set of spark
plugs, spare bulbs and fuses,
condenser, radiator hoses, rotor arm, radiator sealant and valve
In an emergency you may find that:
A sliced potato rubbed on the windscreen gives reasonable clearance from rain.
twisted nylon stocking can act as a fan belt.
A small coin is useful for turning some screws.