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March 2021

The daffodils are starting to appear and it definitely feels like spring is on its way. If the brighter, longer days weren’t enough to cheer us up, the Prime Minister has recently set out the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions. Although, that means
another few weeks of not being able to go anywhere there is some light at the
end of the tunnel. Hopefully with the new rules allowing people to meet
socially outside and pubs and restaurants being able to serve customers outdoors, we should be able to arrange some short social runs to local establishments for something to eat and drink in April. Whether we will need to dust down our AA roadmaps for the club’s rearranged holiday to north Wales in June is, at the moment, not so certain, but fingers crossed that the coronavirus death and infection rates will continue to drop so we can get back to some form of normality soon.

Checking the roadmap on the way to Hayling Island, 2018

Mike Smith kindly forwarded the following article at the end of last year, which may be of interest to members with older cars.

DVLA release new laws on black and white number plates


The DVLA have announced changes concerning information on black and silver number plates which will take effect from 1 January 2021.

The changes being introduced on 1 January 2021 will 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, DVLA 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.

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. DVLA 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.

1968 MGB Roadster in British Racing Green

Re-shelled from a GT by it’s former owner in 1994 it sat garaged for 16 years before I acquired it and completely rebuilt it with lots of new parts including rebuilt engine (with Peter Burgess flowed head and 270 cam), new interior (cream leather seats with green piping), Aldon Amethyst mappable ignition system, polybushed all round. Minilite style wheels. It had a bare metal respray in 2014. Pretty much all of it has been stripped down and painted or powder coated. Not concours by any means but a well preserved example of its type. It would benefit from a rolling road session

to optimise the engine (suggest Peter Burgess as the expert). Currently SORNed but will have it MOT’d and taxed when allowed to get to a garage (It’s MOT exempt but I like an independent opinion of it’s condition).

I’m asking £11,500. Please contact if you need further info and/or more photos or just to come and kick the tyres! I’m selling because I have bought another classic.

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