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April 5th 2014

Can You Name That Car?

Adam Floyd

Last weeks Mystery Car at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.

It's a Mini based Austin Ant. Sir Alec Issigonis' second design of a lightweight military off road vehicle. Many people have heard of it, maybe even seen it, even if there were just a few over 2 dozen were made. Ian McGee knew it, followed closely by Alan Brand. Robert Carlile, Tony Fox and Gary Kiernan came in later. Peter Jones closed guessing down at Facebook, leaving Jim Ellis is still guessing.

Austin's first foray into a general 4-wheel drive military vehicle was with the Nuffield Organization developed FV1801/Champ military vehicle. Development prototypes of this vehicle, the Wolseley Mudlark, were built. The military originally contracted 15,000, but as the Post war, post Korea down sizing of the British Military decreased the number of military FV1801 built. Permission was given to build a civilian version called the Champ. This was a little less rugged; the engine in the Champ was from was the 4 cylinder Austin A90 motor, while the military FV1801 was powered with a Rolls-Royce motor. Somewhere about 500 of these were built.

The FV1801/Champ was almost double the price of the Land Rover, which was in military service a year earlier. The Landrover could do pretty much anything the Champ could do. All the Landrover lacked was the Champ's ability as a heavy work truck.

David Wood

Peter Brewster's Champ at Mount Forest ON, 2010

To replace the Champ development started on the Gipsy. The Gipsy was better competition for the Landrover, bettering it in some ways.

Wikipedia

Then came along the Mini. It was compact, light, nimble, and reliable. Why not try a military model based on it. Issigonis developed the Mini Moke for BMC. It had pretty much everything needed for a light four wheel drive vehicle, other than 4 wheel drive, ground clearance, and tire size. BMC tried getting around the 4 wheel drive problem with a dual engined car, one up front and one in the rear. It was a kludge that did not go far.

BMC then decided to sell the Moke as a commercial vehicle starting in 1964. The British Customs and Excise department classified it as a passenger vehicle, making it taxed at a higher rate. The Moke turned out to be successful, just not as an off road car.

David Wood

Moke at Bronte 2012

BMC then got serious and started developing the Ant (ADO19). Again it started out Mini, the motor was still sideways and it was tilted a bit to allow better suspension travel and body height. Front wheel drive was the normal two wheel mode, when four wheel drive was needed the rear drive was connected via a drive shaft, clutch and secondary gearbox to the motor. True to the Mini this take off was engineered into the motor casting.

Austin Memories

Early Ant

Austin Memories

Engine and front suspension

Martin Alford

Catton Hall Car Show 2010

Martin Alford

Catton Hall Car Show 2010

Robert Grounds

Catton Hall Car Show 2009

The Gipsy, and the fledgling Ant met their untimely end, when BMC was merged with British Leyland. BL brought to the merger the Land Rover, which would be the civilian and military four wheel drive vehicle going forward. It is thought that 30 odd Ants were built, half a dozen made it to the outside world. There is not so much a club but a world of admirers of this little car.

Austin's other military/civilian vehicles have numbers lending themselves to club formation. The Austin Champ Owner's Club can be found at austinchamp.com.

Gipsys can be found atThe Austin Gipsy Site and the Austin Gipsy Weblog.

The Moke has more clubs at, mokeclub.org, minimoke.co.uk, and Facebook Mini Moke Owners. If you want, you can head off to the Moke Club Monaco Cote d Asur Here is this week's Mystery Car!

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Our Mystery Car

E-mail me your answers to bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com

Cheers!

DW


Ancaster, Two Week Warning!


Fort Assiniboine to Barrhead Antique Car Run
May 31 2014

Roy Babiuk via Facebook

Upcoming Car Run!

For those in and around Alberta, the Fort Assiniboine to Barrhead Antique Car Run for 2014 will take place May 31 2014. I will have my 1970 Rover TC there, and we usually have a few Brit Bits like an Austin A40, Sunbeam Tiger and an Austin Mini show up. Would be nice to see some more of Britain's fine vehicles represented.

Register onsite in The Hamlet of Fort Assiniboine Alberta, beginning at 08:00. Registration is free and breakfast will be available at an extra cost. Cars will begin leaving Fort Assiniboine at 11:00 a.m. traveling The Grizzly Trail, Highway 33, to Barrhead.

The cars travel down highway 33 through Barrhead and turn right on 50th Avenue, just after the A&W.

At 51st Street, the cars will again turn right, traveling 2 blocks to 52nd Avenue and turn right.

When the cars reach 50th Street (Main Street) another right turn will bring into downtown where the volunteers will guide you to park. These wonderful cars of yesteryear will be on display in Downtown Barrhead from 12:00 to approximately 3:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!


Sea To Sky All British Rally
September 20th, 2014

We are delighted to invite you and your Club members to the second annual Sea to Sky All British Rally to be held on Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Please include this message and the link in your Events Calendar for this year. This event is sponsored by Silk Cat Automotive of North Vancouver, BC and is open to all British cars of any vintage. For more information please refer to our website at:

http://www.seatoskyallbritishrally.com

If you have any questions, not covered on the website, please contact greg@silkcat.ca

Thank you.

Michael De Wilde


Calling all British Cars

If you are in Burlington, Oakville, or just want to drive there, head off to Nelson High School for their annual Auto Club Car Show.

Show these kids some Great British Iron!!


Carpenter Hospice
Mark Forbes @ markf@bell.net
Julie Petranovic @ petranovicj1@hdsb.ca

I am the director of our school’s Auto Club. Nelson High School is home to our Automotive Club enriched with an excellent auto technology program and is host to the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, which prepares students for careers in the automotive trades.

Each year, our Auto Club hosts an auto show to generate interest in classic cars and the automobile trades and to raise funds for a local charity. The Auto Show is an important part of the school. The Show is planned throughout the year and students learn more about the wide variety of cars available. They also learn organizational and promotional skills. Ideally, the show displays a diverse cross section of transportation evolution.

In prior years, participants have enjoyed showcasing their vehicles. We have been fortunate in attracting the local Mustang club, independent owners, various dealerships and many, many classic car fanatics. This year, a goal is to have a wider variety in makes, models, and years.

I would like to inquire if you or any of your club’s members would like to participate in this year’s show. Our selected charity is Carpenters Hospice. The the show, this year, will be Friday May 16th, 2014 between 10:45 am and 4:00 PM at Nelson High School, located at 4181 New Street in Burlington. We would enjoy your support.

Mark Forbes
markf@bell.net


South Pacific Seat Count

22 Seats Sold, 12 available
Price Break Made!

Sunday June 8th at the Huron Country Playhouse
Grand Bend ON
Contact Tony Hughes at xj-sv121989@rogers.com

Check out:
Adam Floyd's Picture
Martin Alford's picture
Robert Grounds picture
Wikipedia-Austin Ant
Wikipedia-FV1801/Champ
Wikipedia-Land Rover Series
Wikipedia-Austin Gipsy
Austin Memories-Austin Gipsy
Wikipedia-Mini Moke
Austin Memories-Moke
Ancaster Flea Market
Austin Healey Club Southern Ontario
British Sports Car Club Hamilton
Austin Healey Club Of Southern Ontario
British Sports Car Club Hamilton
Ancaster Flea Market
Fort Assiniboine to
Barrhead Antique Car Run

Sea To Sky All British Rally
Carpenter Hospice
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David E. Wood
bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com
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