HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Henry Grillet

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Henry Grillet
The LL club would like to wish our oldest member a very Happy 90th Birthday…
Have a great day.

The Next Newsletter

With the next news letter due in just a few days I thought that I should just add a note here.

Obviously I can’t go to our printers to get the next issue of Mecanalia printed as they are closed due to Covid-19 so it has been decided that I will be putting the next issue of the newsletter here on our website. Now I know not everyone has the internet so want be able to view it but rather than not doing anything I think this is the best option. If you speak to anyone then please pass the news around.

I will be putting it on here the first week in May so keep checking back and thanks to those who have sent me articles for the May/June issue.

I hope you are all managing to keep busy and staying safe.


(Newsletter Editor)

Latest News

Latest News from the committee

Cancelled – Drive it Day Sunday April 26th see attached press release from FBHVC at the bottom of this page, the Double LL Club will try and organise a drive it day later in the year if able to.

Other cancelled events.
Cancelled – Rogate Fete they hope to organise a celebration fete later in the year.
Cancelled – Netley Marsh rally
Cancelled – Community Day at Midhurst Rother College
Cancelled – Steam in the village
Cancelled – Club Rally Tilford
Postponed – Coach Trip to Hungerford in June postponed to probably September at least.
Cancelled – Coach Trip to Chatham Dockyard cancelled until 2021

Assume most events through the summer will be cancelled.
In the meantime stay safe.

Ian Blake
(Secretary Double ll Club)

Press release from FBHVC

23 March 2020
For immediate release 

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs updated statement on Drive it Day 2020


The FBHVC is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings pertinent to our member clubs and as such, the following statement replaces all previous correspondence regarding National Drive it Day during this fast-moving situation.
In response to the updated guidance and restrictions issued by UK Government, the Federation recommends that all activities that involve taking a historic vehicle out on the road specifically for the purposes of Drive it Day, now be abandoned.  All enthusiasts are now urged to stay at home on 26 April 2020 and not partake in any non-essential travel for Drive it Day and instead, get involved in a nationwide social media campaign to spread positivity around historic vehicles during this difficult time.
Currently, UK government are advising against all non-essential social contact. Our current general guidance to car clubs, that can be found on our website www.fbhvc.co.uk , encourages the cancellation or postponement of meets, events and gatherings of people. Additional advice has now placed restrictions on non-essential travel of any kind.
However, enthusiasts of historic vehicles are still encouraged to participate on 26 April 2020 in the mass sharing, via social media, of images and memories of themselves and their families out and about in their historic vehicles during a previous year’s Drive it Day.
Use your chosen social media platform to share images and stories of memorable trips with your historic vehicles or indeed, what you might be working on within the ‘self – isolation’ of your garage or shed.
The FBHVC are asking for all enthusiasts to share pictures using the hashtag #DriveitDayMemories.
Post your picture on to the FBHVC social media feeds or those of your member clubs. We will be monitoring those social feeds and public posts published with the #DriveitDayMemories hashtag will be gathered onto a special area within the FBHVC website galleries in the future.
As previously stated, with such a crowded event calendar, the possibility of achieving consensus for a revised Drive it Day date later in the year will be virtually impossible. Therefore, Drive it Day 2020 will not be re-scheduled for later this year, but will resume its normal format on 25 April 2021.
For the latest advice for car clubs, events and other news – keep up to date via the Federation news pages at www.fbhvc.co.uk .



Message from the Chairman

Martin our chairman has asked me to forward the following message to you all.

Good morning All.
I think we all know what was coming , our speaker for the last meeting not wanting to come , we all need to look after ourselves and others , sorry not to talk to you all But we had to make a plan and quick. So I and the committee did I will contact our next few speakers , and Heyshott hall for the sing-a-long . I will tell then we will try to re-book them for the end of the year , or early next. If we have a short AGM ( maybe there will be no prize giving) we could have another speaker then!
I suspect nothing will go on before August.
Maybe we all could do little bits for the web site just to keep every one in touch.A few nice light pics would be nice.
Many thanks to you all.


We have posted the following article here as it was meant to of been in the latest newsletter but Wendy never received it so it must still be out there somewhere! As Derek had taken the time to write the article and send photos we thought it was only right to share it here..


Long time since writing to the newsletter but been suffering a bad attack of writers cramp, but it’s time to get my finger out and get it to work on the keys!
Not much on the telly, but a couple of programs with a bit of local. 4th. Nov. Alan Titchmarch “Fifty Shades of Green” showing 50 favourite gardens, one close to lots of us – started showing a Petersfield/Midhurst road sign then Terwick Church on the A272 with nice pictures of the field of Lupins in full bloom.
Another with local interest ‘Poirot’ the stolen aerpplane plans car chase over Two Bridges (Tilford) then through the ford at Frenshams small pond.
In the garden.
The Goldfinches are back, seen Song Thrush and several Starlings which are making a come back to the garden after several years missing. Blackbird feeding it’s family, a Sparrow Hawk decided to have his lunch of Ring Dove on the back lawn. The Holly had lots of berry’s until the Redwings arrived and removed every berry in two days. Our one and only apple tree (over 100 year old Newton Wonder) did us proud this year wiyh a bumper crop of Apples, The Oak also had a bumper crop of acorns not so good to ages to clear up!.
The Land Rover.
The Land Rover is making slow progress these 1948 had so many changes in the 1st. 1000 produced and ours being the 888 one fall in this group, Gearbox, Axle diff ratios, springs, spring shackles (front), wheels (valve hole position), brakes (cylinders, connectors, pipes, back plates, shoes), lights, grill and many more fittings etc. The early brakes were Girling HYDRASTATIC (self adjusting) the shoe lining was cut below the second row of rivets so tha the loewr section was held by two rivets only a hole was drilled in the metal shoe a spring and plunger was fitted which pushed that section of shoe to run in contact with the brake drum. OK kept the brake adjusted but in use in mud and water which got into the drum wore the shoes out rather to fast! so the brakes were changed to SEMI – HYDRASTATIC (adjustable). We found someone who remakes these shoes.

Hope to be out more this year, Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year, Roll on the Summer.

Club evenings for 2020

Please see below the list of events we have already sorted for 2020. We will soon be adding our 2020 events page to the website but this is the list of club nights and events going on so far in 2020


1st Wednesday                 New Years Day Party at Rogate Village Hall 2pm – 6pm.

15th Wednesday   CN      Collectors Night at the Grange Centre Midhurst starting at 7.30pm.


19th Wednesday   CN      Talk by J.C.Domonic a Wildlife photographer at the Grange Centre Midhurst starting at 7.30pm.


15th Sunday          CN      LL Spring Auto Jumble at the Grange Midhurst,from 10am contact Dave Rudwick 01730 859317 Mobile 07798 775319

18th Wednesday    CN      Talk at the Grange Centre Midhurst staring at 7.30pm..


15th Wednesday     CN      Talk at the Grange Centre Midhurst staring at 7.30pm..

26th Sunday                      Drive It Day starting from The Grange Centre Midhurst 10am. Further details in next newsletter.


16th & 17th Sat/Sun. CR       LL Rally At Rural Life Centre Tilford contact Dave Rudwick 01730 859317 Mobile 07798 775319


2nd Tuesday                         Coach Trip to Hungerford and Canal trip on Horse Drawn Barge Further details next newsletter or contact Ian Blake.


8th Tuesday                         Coach Trip Chatham Dockyard Further details in next newsletter or contact Ian Blake.


21st Wednesday        CN      Timespan will give their talk on Guy Fawkes at the Grange Centre Midhurst starting at 7.30pm.


15th Sunday                          LL Autumn Auto Jumble at The Grange Centre, Midhurst from 10am contact Dave Rudwick 01730 859317 Mobile 07798 775319

18th Wednesday        CN      Presentation of Awards 2020 and AGM at the Grange Centre Midhurst starting at 7.30pm.

Further Events and talks will be added to the website as and when our web master receives them.



AGM Winners

Double LL Club Cup and Trophy Awards 2019

Don Pinhorn Shield               Pre 49 Cars               Fred Carter
Don Collins Shield                Post 49 Cars              Fred Carter
Commercial Vehicle Shield  Commercial Vehicles  Pete and Jan Brewer
Tractor Shield                       Tractors                      John Stubbington
Motorcycle Shield                 Motorcycles                Gary Luff
Jack Harding Mem Shield    Stationary Engines      Arthur Carr
Collectors Shield                  Collections                  Pete and Jan Brewer
Don Windebank                   Shield Bygones          John and Mary Stubbington
Fosters Cup                         Family                         Paul and Carol Spooner
Sedgewick Cup                   Newcomer                   Cynthia Knowles
Ladies Trophy                     Ladies                          Fiona Goodwin
Dibble Hire Car                   Clubman of the Year     Dave Rudwick
Tim Harris Cup                    Founders                       Wendy Wakelin
Mechanalia Shield              Newsletter                     Ian Blake
Newsletter Cup                  Newsletter Challenge    Derek Leach
Model Bentley                    Presidents Trophy         Barry and Judy Kempster
Junior Cup                                                               Isla and Oliva Twine

Attendance Plaques
Arthur Carr
Fred Carter
Pete Goodwin
Fiona Goodwin
Derek Leach
Val Leach
Pete Brewer
Jan Brewer
Ian Blake
Gray Luff
Mike Stubbington
John Stubbibgton
Mary Stubbington
Ray Davey

Pictures from the Autojumble

Thanks to Derek for sending these into us, a nice selection from the event.

It was a good day plenty of people, meet some I only see once a year from Kent, London & Somerset plenty of talking, found a few bit for my collection Great Day.
Well done all the Double ‘LL’ Club organisers and helpers.


Collectamania Pictures

On 13th October the Collectamania event took place at the Grange Centre in Midhurst, here are a few pictures taken at the event by Derek Leach.

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.