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Website updated 15th February 2018

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Section Constitution

Welcome to the VMCC's Bedfordshire Section website.

The section meets at the Memorial Hall, Shefford on the second Thursday in the month from 8pm on.

The premier event for the section is the Albert Brown run which is usually held in early July. See the Albert Brown run page.

Entry forms are available for download here in Word format or here as PDF.


Unrest within the VMCC membership.

You may be aware of some unrest within the VMCC's membership. As there won't be another clubnight before the AGM I felt it worthwhile to take this opportunity to attempt to present the opinions as they have been aired in a number of mailnotes and documents. Click on the link here to see them.


The Arthur King Memorial Run

This year it will be held on Sunday 13th May. Entry forms are available here


Club Night

Clubnight on March 8th is the Intersection Quiz Night.


Forthcoming events:

February 2018 Thursday 15th  Mid-week Lunch. The Old Red Lion P.H. Bedford Road, Houghton Regis, Beds. LU5 6JR. Roger

March 2018 Thursday 8th  Intersection Quiz Night. Memorial Hall, Shefford, 8.00pm for 8.30

March 2018 Sunday 11th  Shuttleworth Breakfast Meet 10am All Welcome

March 2018 Thursday 15th  Mid-week Lunch. The Tavistock P.H. Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2SB. Roger

March 2018 Sunday 25th  Another Shuttleworth Breakfast Meet 10am All Welcome


Events in 2018

Available for download is the programme of events for 2018 either as a 'Word' document here or in PDF format here.


AGM 2017

The Chairman's, secretary's & treasurer's reports and the minutes of the meeting for this year's AGM are now available to browse here.


The website

When I took over the website it needed hosting. This was done thanks to the to the generosity of Section members Peter and Dot Jones who hosted the site on their server DJ Automation Engineering Ltd

For practical reasons DJ Automation can no longer host the site and I've therefore now moved it over to my server. I would like to acknowledge the contribution of both Peter and Dot, their support allowed us to keep on the net and helped the section to grow accordingly. Sadly Peter passed away but Dot still continued to help us, donating a really good projector that we use regularly for talks and presentations in the club-house.

For all of this the Section would like to say a heartfelt "Thank you", very much appreciated.


February's clubnight brought forth from Neil Cairns these images and the following notes:

"In 1952 Dr Joseph Ehrlich approached the Austin Motor Company with an idea for an economy car. This was very opportunistic because George Harriman, the Austin MD, had just introduced the little Austin A30 with its 803cc 4-cylinder engine. Austin had been considering making a two-cylinder version in a lightweight A30 body. Ehrlich convinced Hattiman of the benefits of his two-stroke, air-cooled, split-single engine, and he had a twin-cylinder engine already designed. This was two of his motorcycle 'EMC' engines side by side, giving 500cc. It ran up to 12,000 rpm and was very noisy. The engine was cast with a face so it could be bolted direct to the current 4-speed BMC gearbox in the A30. The gearbox dwafed the engine. At first the A30's fan was used but soon the engine was cowled as in the VW Beetle. He was paid £5000 royalties for his EMC engine by Austin, a lot in 1952. The 'new' smaller Austin A30 was called the A20 and weighed just 11.5cwt as some aluminium panels were used. During testing of the A20 air-cooled engine on the test bed, one day its flywheel sheared the key and came off at high rpm, so a couple of big dowels were added to locate it better. The EMC two-stroke twin produced 20bhp running on 24:1 petroil mixture and on test the car gave 49mpg. Its maximum speed was 52mph. Climbing a test hill where the A30 took 58 seconds to crest it; the A20 took 58 seconds and speed had dropped to 20mph. The engine 4-stroked at idle, and missfired below 25mph, popped back through the carburetter and anything above 40mph the engine vibrated badly. By 1954 Ehrlrich had produced a water-cooled version of his engine for Austin but by then the VW Beetle was selling well. The water-cooled version was to be fitted to a VW type rear gearbox/engine assembly but all this only was ever seen on the drawing board. The water cooled unit was fitted to the A20 and it was quieter but still vibrated badly. The cost of producing Ehrlrich's engine cost nearly as much as the 803cc 'A' series. The A20 had no fuel pump, its tank was above the engine in the dash. By 1958 Austin and Ehrlich parted company and the A20 was forgotten. It was scrapped in 1975 and its engine donated to the A30/A35 Owners Club."
Neil Cairns.

Bryan has forwarded these on to Jim Turner who gave the talk

Comments, suggestions and articles for inclusion to: Will Curry ()