The country’s oldest motor club, catering for both bikes and cars, is seeking a permanent sponsorship deal for their three annual long-distance classic trials, which have been held each year since the first decade of the last century.
Still retaining their original character, they are the only events of their type in the country. All ages of vehicle are catered for in the appropriate class, but the course remains much as it was in classic days, so today’s competitors can see how present machinery compares with their father’s.
When the Motor Cycling Club Ltd (MCC) was founded in 1901 by a small bunch of motorcyclists, the first major event was the London to Edinburgh Trial, followed a few years later by the similar Lands End and Exeter Trials, by which time cars were also admitted and soon outnumbered bikes by about two to one, where the membership of about 800 remains today.
The trials are true long-distance events, involving several hundred competitors on two, three and four wheels over several hundred miles of difficult roads and steep hills, occupying a full night and day, just as the originals did.
“Each event is regularly followed by several thousand spectators along the route, but – sadly – there are few places where admission can be charged” say the club.
“A sponsor would not only gain worthwhile publicity, but would show his interest in preserving classic values, by helping to keep these historic events running at a price enthusiasts can afford in this world of ever-increasing prices/”
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Club details: www.themotorcyclingclub.org
RISE IN REMOVAL OF DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTERS ‘WORRYING TREND’
The rise in the removal of diesel particulate filters in cars is a “worrying new trend” says London Assembly Labour group environment spokesperson Murad Qureshi.
He has lobbied the Mayor to raise awareness about the negative effects to air quality when people illegally remove these filters.
London Assembly Labour Group Environment spokesperson Murad Qureshi said:
“Air quality is already dangerously high in some parts of London and the rise in the removal of the diesel particulate filters is an extremely worrying new trend.
People should be aware of the dangerous pollutants that are escaping into the air because of the removal of these filters.
“Up until recently, the removal of DPFs was considered to be a legal grey area. However, latest government guidance puts the issue beyond doubt.
“To modify a vehicle such that it no longer meets the emission standards it was designed for makes the vehicle illegal to drive and potentially invalidates the insurance.
“The Mayor and Metropolitan Police should take action now to stop companies advertising the removal of these filters.
“It shows their lack of commitment to improving air quality, which is one of London’s biggest silent killers. “With potentially thousands of these vehicles on London’s roads it rips up the Mayor’s air pollution policies.
“The Mayor’s own research shows that poor air quality causes over 4,000 premature deaths each year. “In some London boroughs, as much as eight per cent of deaths are due to poor air quality.
“And in the face of this crisis, Boris has consistently dithered and made it a problem for his successor to tackle.”
Murad Qureshi has previously raised his concerns with the Mayor, who said: “I have written to both the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs raising the issue and calling for the removal of manufacturer-fitted pollution abatement systems to be an offence subject to a penalty (with limited exceptions, e.g. for those fleets fitting additional or enhanced retrofit equipment). I also believe that the Government should act to stop the advertisement of these services.”
(Source: London Assembly Labour group press release)