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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Get Keys to New Home
EHAA CEO Jane Gurney takes the key to their new home
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) our current charity have taken possession of it brand new purpose built airbase at North Weald following its completion by Barnes Construction.
Work on the facility began in February 2020 after planning permission was granted by Epping Forest District Council. The facility was designed by architects Harley Porte & Duell and despite the challenges of COVID-19 was delivered on time.
CEO Jane Gurney said, "The handing over of this building marks yet another milestone in what is a very important project for the Charity.
Work has now begun on the internal fit-out phase and the building is scheduled to be operational by June of this year.
COVID-19 Vaccine News
Third Covid-19 Vaccine gets UK Approval
A third coronavirus vaccine has been approved for rollout across the UK. It is made by US company Moderna, it works in a similar way to the Pfizer vaccine that is already in use with the NHS.
So far the UK has preordered 17 million doses, 10 million more than was planned however, supplies are not expected for delivery till late spring. Moderna vaccine is the last with final data published.
There are still hundreds in development, so we are awaiting for the data to be available.
With three vaccines now available, and the populous being slowly vaccinated, possibly in 2021 we may finally get to see each other.
Who will get the vaccine first and who yet cant be immunised
Age was the single most factor, everyone over 50 will be vaccinated end of phase one
The Government's joint committee on vaccination and immunisation has confirmed that its priority for the first phase of the UK's immense roll out, will roll out next week.
It comes as the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use.
The vaccine will be distributed by phases, the first phase will see a 9 list priority with residents in care homes for older adults and there carers top of the list with those aged 50 and over in 9th.
The £90k Plug In MGB Roadster
Watch Johnny Smith Drive This EV Roadster
What would a 100% brand new EV classic MGB 'Restomod' with German electric power drive like?
Jonny discovers the full build story behind the 160+ mile (260km) range RBW EV classic MG and reviews their Roadster in typical British weather. Do not mistake this car for a pure restomod or restoration project - look at the number plate. It is a new car, hand made to modern regulations, using a new British Motor Heritage bodyshell married to a Continental motor, control system and Hyperdrive (Nissan) lithium-ion battery modules.
German manufacturer Continental supplies motors and control systems to existing new EVs such as Renault's Zoe and Peugeot's e208 amongst many others. These batteries are manufactured for the Nissan Leaf. The RBW weighs only about 40kg more than the original MGB, but rides and handles better, thanks to tubular wishbones and coilover suspension all round. No more axle tramp.
It has 50/50 weight distribution and electric power steering. It has regenerative braking, Pioneer infotainment and a heated screen. The RBW MGB has an 8-year warranty is better made than any original MG ever was. Prices start from £88,000 for a built to order car with 70kW motor and 35kWh battery pack.
It's a crying shame there is no rapid DC charging capability yet, so for now the quickest you can fully charge the RBW MGB is 4hrs on a 7kW wall box.
Where Memories Begin.....
Bespoke Memorabilia are a small memorabilia business but offer quality products which, can give members or friends and family a unique present for Christmas as well as birthdays.
Whether it be acrylic plate prints or bespoke commissions for your cherished vehicles they offer quality merchandise that will last a lifetime.
Take a look at their website today!
The committee have made the decision to cancel this Sunday's AGM (Sunday 23rd August) after receiving legal advice and with the current situation of COVID-19, it was decided to withdraw this date. We have an 18 month window where we can hold the 2020 AGM and will look to set a new date once the restrictions are more favourable.
Members will receive an email/phone call advising of the cancellation and will be updated in due course, once a new date is set.
Listen to our BBC Radio Essex Show
Its not everyday you get asked to go 'live' onto anything but thats what happened for us.
BBC Radio Essex contacted us after looking at our website and found us to be of interest for one of their radio presenters.
Ben Fryer, who covers the morning breakfast show, needed convincing that convertibles were a great item to own, as he basically detests them.
Brian Applegate was given the task to show Ben why, we own our vehicles and why they are great as an all rounder not just for summer.
Listen to the show in the clip below.
Mid Essex MGOC AGM 2020
We had planned our AGM via Zoom however, on a trial run, it was deemed to be bit complicated and it would be a non runner.
So the Committee have decided in light that we cannot use the Top Oak as a venue for the time being, that we would hold the AGM 'outdoors' (as long as weather is permitting).
The decision has been made to hold the AGM at Hatfield Heath (by the Chuch) with a planned 1pm start. Members are advised to wear masks and bring sanitisers as well as chairs so that everyone is comfortable.
This is the time to have your say in the way the Club is being run. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Brian or Cathy.
Member's Drive It Day
With the current lockdown in place, a couple of our members took advantage of getting their MG's out for some essential shopping. They took a mystery tour which involved members input as to where they were going and ended up at Cammas Hall Farm Shop, this was a great way of supporting local business in the area and also showed our bond with our newly acquired friends. Take a look at the video and also in our 'photo albums' section to see other videos and pics. Well done to the Ironmongers!
A Message To Our Members
Our Chairperson and Club Secretary, took the time to give some light hearted relief as we pass a month into lockdown! Well, we know these two have their moments but i think this lockdown has taken its toll, the question is who threw the first punch and who came out worse?
Take a look at the video below:-
As everyone is possibly aware, the Coronavirus is the topic that is currently the most talked and televised pandemic virus on the planet!
With the goverment to put in place guidelines where there are mass gatherings, we have already seen the Premier League and other sporting events cancelled or postponed whilst preventative measures are put in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19!
What does that mean for the Classic Car Community?
Well, some events are already posting on social media as well as their own websites, that they are postponing and even canceling events or at best looking to move dates to later on in the year.
We are keeping a close eye on all events that we have currently placed on our website and will update you all on any information that we may receive.
For all our Members and visitors to the site, please be vigilant and be safe and follow the NHS guidelines on how to look after yourself against the virus.
If your unsure how to deal with Coronavirus, click on the link below:-
E10 Fuel - The Threat to Classic Cars
The Department of Transport has reaffirmed its intention to introduce a "greener"standard of unleaded fuel 'E10' by 2021.
This is all part of the governments standard of zero emissions by 2050. This new grade of petrol has 10% bioethanol and will help save 750,000 tons of CO2 each year.
The government estimates that this has the same effect as removing 350,000 vehicles off the road!
But this poses a major problems for owners of classic cars. Currently classic cars happily run on E5 petrol which is currently on sale however, E10 petrol has a higher percentage of ethanol and can cause all sorts of problems for them.
According to the Department of Transport, the potential issues are:-
Blocked fuel filters
Damaged fuel pumps
Degradation to flexible fuel lines
The government has pledged that E5 will still be widely when E10 goes on sale, although, there will be an economic sting in the tale for classic car owners, as it may be sold as "Super" grade unleaded.
If you like to read more on this article, go to our Blog page, where you can add your comments to this debate.