Chairman Notes

In the last issue of Mechanalia the Chairman’s Notes are missing, this is because he missed the dead line!! Naughty Martin… So here is his report and photos…

Hello all.
It has been a busy few months for the LL club and me, here is just a few bits and pieces.
At work they always say I have too many bright ideas and never keep my mind on one thing at a time. When did bin men stop riding on the back of Lorries? They’re now called Refuse Operatives.
We had a boat trip in Chichester harbor – the weather was not too bad but could have been better. Many years ago I spent many a weekend sailing around the harbor, mainly in a Bowson boat. They were made for the Navy to train their personnel. They are built like battle ships and weigh almost as much. I was reminded that with my beard and long mustache that it was difficult to lip read me so sorry to anyone who tried. I have now trimmed both, which may help.
When did the The Grange get rid of its tennis court? Now it is more car park, they also used to play five aside football in the courts, now they have no outside sports facilities.
Dawn and I did Bognor Regis military day, we took the Land-rover and my ENSA bits, I was opposite the pier in the little park and it was a little difficult to maneuver the ambulance though the entrance. The paper work took some time with various Health and Safety adjustments.
We took mum and her spoons to Buriton fun day – quite a few LL members there. On the way back we were stopped at a junction and were hit by 4×4, as he turned in behind us he took it too tight and clipped our back bumper, Dawn jumped out to talk to him and all she got was “I wondered what that was?” Lucky no damage to the camper but did he not seem to care.
Mum and I did a 1940’s evening at Pendean – very good, we both enjoyed it and the singer was good.
I was nice to see so many of you at Dick’s funeral.
I was asked to do a Film show Pendean, we has the usual black and white film and some film from the RAF’s in-house news reels from the 1950’s, some of which seem dated these days. This was the same day I took Dawn back to Worcester, so six hours driving before the evening. Sometimes even I cringe on how some people do bad motor cycle over takes, can they see round bends or over blind brows, or do they hope no one is coming the other way and then they get five minutes up the road pull in to wait for their mates. Bar humbug!
We had a BBQ in the village and I was meant to do the P.A but there was a little mix up and did not need to do it so I managed to get to the Petworth park fete on one of the hottest days of the year but no shade in the middle of the field.
On my way to work I had a puncture on the Enfield and I thought that I hit a bit of oil on the road ,then a little later the front wheel was not right so I stopped it was a little flat at first so I tried to go on but chickened out 200 yard from garage. After calling the AA he turned up some 30 mins later he managed to over inflate it and I creeped to garage then repaired the tube making me only 1 hour late for work.
Two MOTs within a week, both the camper and Land-rover with the usual rust, brakes.
Thanks to the Brewers for the skittles night, it is always a good night out and a few laughs on the way.
Looking through an old car magazine I found an advert for a towing periscope not extension wing mirrors. It stuck on to your windscreen with suckers and had 2 mirrors to look backwards through the front and back windows of your caravan.
I had a trip to Scotland for my main holiday this year and it started with leaving at about 2 o’clock on Saturday after going to the bank in Chichester in the morning, as Midhurst bank has closed. My plan was to get half way for the night, stopping at a motor was service station just before the lake district. This time unlike the last I paid for the night not getting a bill for over staying the 2 hours free time. In the morning I went to the boat museum on Windermere (note there is only one lake in the lake district – all the others do not have lake in their name). I have not been there for many years and they have just re-built it and just after many years closed, I did not manage to get out on the water this time but maybe next time. On the way to Edinburgh I went through Bigger, it has a few museums in it. A  local history one with recreation of local shops and another with Alubiun lorry in. I had the use of a drive way to park up for the week getting there at about 7 0’clock, next day a trip to the Falkirk wheel. Having blocked the canal between Edinburgh to Glasgow they planned a new and first new type of boat lift. It is somewhat like a cross between a see-saw and a big wheel. You have 2 gondoliers or tanks, one at the top pond and the other in the bottom pond, the top one opens at one end letting the higher boat in and another boat (or it can be empty) goes in the bottom tank. Then the gates close sealing the tanks ends they then in a big axle rotate like a big wheel. The top ends up at the bottom and vices verses. The end gates then open letting the boats out. As the amount of water displaced is the same weight as the boat in the tank it is always in perfect balance and not much power is needed to move it. On the way back I visited the Kelpies. There are two massive horse head statues on the same canal, after a small detour due to my sat nave.
The next day I wanted to go to Rosslyn chapel I decided to walk from the park below it, in the valley there use to be a gun powder factory, as well as a castle and coal mine.
Wednesday walked around and met Dawn in Edinburgh
Thursday walked down to the Parliament, I met Dawn and confused her university friends and lecturers. We went in to the into actors center and saw a very good play with them in one of the venues (The Pleasance).
Friday – Went to the Zoo. Like most of Edinburgh it is on a steep hill, I was surprised how many big animals it had from zebras, rhinos, and pandas, but were not seen the public. It also as one of the biggest penguin pools in Europe, they usually have a penguin parade in the afternoon but on one of the hottest days of the year the penguins were not wanting to take a walk and the sight of 200 people after waiting for 20 minutes for the event when it did not take place. On the way back the motorway was very slow, we found the problem was a 1960 jaguar car over heated in the slow lane. I stopped in front and gave the m my spare warning triangle and magnetic flashing light to give other driver a warning.
Saturday – Dawn have the morning off before handing out leaflets so we went to Dynamic earth. It is an interactive museum with rooms of various themes on volcanoes; another ice fields another with a piece of an ice burg in it. The last part was a film show in a dome yes you guest a dark room, warm, laying back in a comfy seat. I may have missed a few minutes of the show (I have history of dozing off in similar shows). In the afternoon we went up the Royal mile to hand out leaflets, every 2 steps forward you get offered a leaflet for one of the over 8000 shows in the fringe. At 4.10 we went to see the other Worcester students’ show.
Sunday – I met Dawn in the middle of the city and went to the Surgeon’s museum, 3rd time on this trip I got asked if I was a senior and they gave me a discount entry and Dawn got in as a student. Not to my taste, but very interesting. It was Dawn’s crew’s turn do their 1st play at at fringe. So I let her get ready and I went to the Scottish national museum. Lots to see and I could spent days in there but I had a show to go to . All student participants to the fringe can get ”a see all other student” ticket for a low price. But have to pay, paying public in first get in first so I went to the front of the queue. They all did well and not forgetting  lines. After the show I went on to Ayr for the night to see my cousin and spent the night in Ayr.
Monday and I went to see the Boat museum Ivern they moved the main building from another  port. At the entrance to the harbor there is a new bridge to nowhere. There was meant to be a sports center the other side of the river but it was never used. Having an overnight stop at a  service station.
Tuesday and leaving early I wanted to go back to Bletchley park. Last time we went the camper dropped its clutch so we did not have long there. The original Enigma machine is housed there and was for communal use for translating secrets for the army.
Looking forward on the 10th to Yapton but to the high winds and not being able to put up their tents it was canceled. It was also the Heyshott flower show on the same day but luckily they managed to get it all into the village hall.
I went to the saddle and steam show at the Weald and Down with the Land -Rover and the ENSA display, I did not get there till Saturday morning just as well as everyone there said was there a lot of wind and rain on the Friday. Having both a military vehicle and display I ended up in with the green and black group.
At 10.30 the doors opened and it was not long before we were in the thick of the public. On the mill pond there had model boats with guns on them, the ducks did not find this fun when they started to fire. We had the magician opposite us and I managed to see him 5 times over the weekend, one on Saturday night just for the exhibitors, we also had a free sausage and beer.
Sunday morning at 6 o’clock was glorious sun shine but by 9 it was tipping down it lasted a little over an hour then it cleared up again for a sunny day.
In the way home I came up behind a threshing drum being towed by a tractor, luckily he pulled in and let the queue behind him pass. Around the next corner was a traction engine towing 2 trailers, even the Land-rover managed to pass it using its full revs.
Our LL evening for August was a walk around Petworth, our guide was expecting about 10, there was many more of us than that. Mum took her electric car but we did not know how narrow some of the pavements are. There was only one part we could not get to but the rest was ok and sometimes having to go on the road in places.
Well I am already late sending my newsletter article in . So I am singing off now. Looking forward to Graffham, Balls cross, and harvesting the old fashioned way being almost the last of the season.

Hope to see you soon.

Dick Edney

As many of you know the sad news of the passing of Dick Edney a long time member and committee member of the club, here are a few words from some of our members and a lovely collection of photos of Dick…

Dick was a very early member of the LL Club but drifted away for a time then came back on board running the club magazine for a number of years also taking over the Chairmanship, again for a number of years, finally being publicity officer.
Dick and I first came across each other at the Blackmoor rally, then at the Midhurst Steam Rally where the LL club got involved with Buxworth Steam, after that the club ran another rally at Cowdray. At this time Stansted House wanted to put their estate on the map so the club under Bill Tull were asked to take part, T.M.S. (Dick) was engaged to do public address so an eventful association started, originally on the lawn in front of the house, it grew and had one of the best reputations for a family friendly rally around. He got caterers and tents for the rally, Dick was not an early morning person so he would always close the entertainment down at night and then Martin and I would be up early to greet the exhibitors and stallholders. In the height of rally organising I could ring Dick up till very late at night. After Stansted we tried to find another venue, Pump Bottom Farm and Brinsbury were tried but for various reason did not take off.
One of Dick’s earliest memories of me was when I helped run a rally at Stocklands at Liphook, I borrowed a horse box to carry club stuff and sleep in. Dick and Jean had an old caravan which they named brown owl (it was brown) which he would tow with his van, alright till the tow bar failed one day, well it was made of wood.
Where as I collect junk, Dick collected cars and at one time had them at various garages around the area. His relationship with the Late Ted Baverstock saw him build an Austin seven special and on taking it to the Beaulieu Museum show won prizes. Just before his demise he was still restoring a car and wished to get back out in his garage to finish it off. When Dick met Jean he took on her three daughters and at a birthday party they said how good he was as a father to them, also Nicky was supported in his drumming career.
Dick also was into amateur radio and also collected early portable radios. His favourite drink (non alcoholic) was Camp coffee and in our caravan and at home we always had a bottle, this lead to another collection of Camp Coffee artefacts and memorabilia.
He had a stall at the Grange Auto Jumble and then helped taking the money at the entrance, because he new a lot of the customers his queue was always slower he chatted with everybody.
I know he had good stories about me, we went to a  show, and we all had omelettes the others decided what type they were having, so I asked for an egg omelette, this sent the serving girl into a tizz as they did not do egg omelettes. As many of you of you know I have the ability to fall asleep anywhere and Dick could never understand how when playing scrabble I could nod off then wake up and have my go and win the game.
Memories of Dick include Tilly lamps, which Jean did not share his enthusiasm, Camp Coffee, gatherings with Gordon and Cath Cobbold, and Sid Sheppard with a tarpaulin stretched between the caravans to keep the rain off, him moaning at me for recycling last nights charcoal for the breakfast Bar-B-Que, he mounted a piece of charcoal on a plinth and presented it to me.
One of Dicks vans had a squeaky fan belt so you new it was him coming to committee meetings at the Grange, the engine went wrong and was replaced, guess what, the new one squeaked as well.
When the then Lord March decided to bring racing back to the Goodwood motor circuit he had an idea to have an event on his lawn in front of the house with a hill climb, Dick started to do the Public address, this has now ended up as the largest motoring event in the world, when he became ill I gave him a hand to clear up, I helped two others wind up cables for a day, that’s how big it had got. Likewise when the circuit opened Dick and his crew set up all the speakers for the race track, for virtually a one man band he had two world class events in his C.V.
He also did Pendean fete both ends of the business, Queen Elizabeth Auto Jumble, Lodsworth and Rogate fetes and many more, tales of him trying to put lights in marquees that were not put up. Another memory on days out was him saying “God, Rudwick you are tight”, just because I wanted to buy a small cake and cut it into four, to save money.
It was good that Dick’s last days were in Pendean and Jean was able to stay as well, not in hospital where it was noisy and I would have to pay to park!! he would have liked that.
God bless Dick, rest in peace.
Dave Rudwick (Daisy).

It is with heavy heart that I have to write about Dick’s passing, we knew that he had been unwell for sometime, Dick and myself had known of each other back to when he was working in Bognor & Chichester and I was an Electrician in North Bersted but it was through the Double LL Club that we really became friends, I remember when I needed a part for one of my old cars Michael Sedgwick said go down to Birdham and see Dick who at that time was running a spares workshop and yes he had the part I was looking for.
Also when we moved our business to North Street Midhurst we had people coming into the yard having a look around, so I contacted Dick and he installed a surveillance camera, and a beam detector and that put a stop to that.
Over the last years both Dick and myself had things wrong with us and we used to swap stories as to how each other was making out this was always light hearted banter, it would always start with hello Robert my reply was hello Richard I see we are both still upright, how are we both today.
We all know that Dick spent his final days at Pendean where he was looked after with so much care and love, so it was a great privilege to me when Jean said that Dick would like to see you after the Fete, thanks to David this happened I spent almost an hour with Dick and we had the usual banter as always but this time more subdued, we tried to work out the view out of his room towards the Downs and decided that it was to the left of the Trundle, we talked of course about his cars and what would be the best for them, also of times past and the little sayings we used to share, most of course was of a private nature.
It is so sad that Dick had to endure such a terrible illness but this was dealt with such great courage and I will always remember that.
Thank you Dick for being a good friend to me and thank you for all you have done over the years for the Double LL Club. I don’t know how many cars that need repairing up there but I am sure you will carry on doing just that.
Toodaloo old friend.
Robert (Bob) Lintott  (President  Double LL Club)

A good friend for many years, we both had a keen interest in Austin Sevens supplying each other with parts and info to keep them going.
Reminiscing of an Austin 7 Autumn Amble in 1997, we had stopped at the half way stage at the Seven Stars at Stroud. When we were about to leave Dick noticed he had a flat rear tyre we all got together and the wheel was changed. Off we went Dick and Jean in the Lea Francis Ted Baverstock with Bob Elliott in the Morgan And I followed with Keith Elliott in the Austin 12 all ending up safely at The Royal Norfolk Hotel Bognor Regis. Great Days.
Dick was an early Club member, served on the Committee as Chairman, also was editor of the Newsletter with Jean for many years and lastly as the Publicity Officer.
We will all miss the TESTING – TESTING 1-2-3 echoing around the rally field.
Derek, Val & Ruth.


Dick Edney Funeral

Dick Edney.
Sadly Dick Edney passed away Saturday 8th June.
His Funeral will be Friday 28th June at Worthing Crematorium, Horsham Road, Findon,West Sussex .BN14 0RG at 11.40am.

Tilford Rally, Any pictures or reports?

We hope that all those who attended our club rally over the weekend at Tilford had a great time, we would love to see any pictures that we can share here and on our Face Book page for all to see. Or write a report to share, always great to hear members views of the weekend.

If you would like to send them in then please do, email them to


The Grange, 5th opening Anniversary

The Double ‘LL’ Club was invited to put on a small display to advertise the club at The Grange, It was the 5th. Anniversary of the opening of the New Grange, does not seem that long ago. I think our Auto jumble was the 1st or 2nd event held in the new Grange.

Several Clubs etc who use the Grange were there with displays, it was a bit rushed for us but we got a display of the history of the club and Martin, Dave, Derek, John and Pete were there to man the display and answer any questions. What does Double ‘LL’ stand for (Local Locomotion) where was that show?I know the person who owned that car! (we had lots of photo’s and DVD’s running of club events).  It was a pity there were not more visitors but it was a first for the Grange.


Douglas Hardwick Obituary

This was in our last newsletter (No-246 Jan/Feb) but thought I would post it here just incase anyone missed it in there, Doug was a long standing member of the Double LL Club and sadly passed away in November 2018.

Doug had great energy and zest for life, a strong personality, direct and pragmatic, a true Patriot of this country.
A man with a cool head, a tremendous sense of humour, also humility someone you could put your trust in, a real gentleman.
His great passion was motorcycles, he has a staggering amount of achievements. On the choice of motorcycle for the met police, representing his country in the Scottish six day trials, rode with the Royal Signals white helmets display team. I’m not sure his achievements will ever be equalled and still riding better than most of us into his eighties.
Doug was a gifted mechanic and engineer with a superb depth of knowledge, spending many hours in his workshop never happier than when making parts for restoring his classic bikes.
His 1935 Triumph Tiger 90 now saved for the nation and now in the Isle of man museum, his beautiful Ducatis now in private collections.
Along with friends including the motor strada lads here today we’ve ridden thousands of miles with Doug, his trips are legendary, superbly well organised across all of the UK, Northern Ireland and Europe, you never had a bad day or trip in his company.
Sadly missed by all.

John Stubbington 

Pictures of Members Exhibits

Here we have a large gallery of some of our members vehicles, collections and exhibits. I am not sure were these pictures were taken, when they were sent to me they were all in order with lovely caption picture by sadly my computer decided I didn’t want it like that so have completely jumbled them all up but hey there are some lovely pictures here from 2018. There are more to come in a week or so…

And thanks to Derek for sending them in.


Goodwood Walk 2018

Here is a collection of pictures taken in May last year on the clubs Goodwood Walk, looks a bit chilly..
Thanks to Derek Leach again for the pictures from his CD

Winners list for 2018

Below is the list of the winners from the AGM in November, congratulations to all


LADIES CUP                         LADY                                       ROSE SMITH
FOSTER CUP                       FAMILY                                    MIKE, JOHN & MARY STUBBINGTON
DON PINHORN SHIELD PRE-49 CAR                                ROSE SMITH
TRACTOR SHIELD                 TRACTOR                           RAY DAVEY


More pictures from Derek’s CD

Another collection of pictures from the CD Derek sent to me, I think these pictures are from Drive it Day back in the spring… Enjoy