Beaulieu Autojumble with expert advice.

With less than two weeks to go until the greatly anticipated return of Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble, there’s still time to get involved with the buying and selling action and meet classic car experts at the packed event on 14th and 15th May.

Looking to snap up spare parts for that unfinished lockdown car build? Then book your tickets for the unmissable chance to browse hundreds of stands, with bargains to be found, industry professionals to talk to for advice, and other enthusiasts to chat with and share hints and tips. Why shop online when you can search for everything you need as part of a top motor-themed weekend out.

Maybe you’re looking to sell your car? Classic, modern, or anything in between, Automart is the place where thousands of potential buyers will see your cherished motor up close, as they browse the diverse selection of vehicles on offer. For just £40 per car, maybe yours will be one of the sought-after motors that is sold within minutes of the show opening? Show entry for one is included, so take the stress out of selling as you enjoy the rest of the show and the Beaulieuattraction.

Trunk Traders may be sold out, but there are still a few stands remaining in the showground, so book yours now! Trade for the whole weekend from just £80 and move on your surplus spare parts, tools and motoring collectables without the hassles of internet trading. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy putting up a gazebo or tent – covered spaces are still available in the Grand Marquees, for dry trading whatever the springtime weather may bring.

Exhibitors can book online or contact the Beaulieu Events team at or on 01590 614614.

One-day and two-day Spring Autojumble visitor tickets can be bought online. For more details and to book your tickets, visit or call 01590 614614.

Impressive car club displays will be amongst the Spring Autojumble show highlights. Rare examples of the lilac-painted Morris Minor Million will be on show in Moggyfest, a packed display of Morris Minors and contemporary classics brought together by the Dorset branch of the Morris Minor Owners’ Club. The limited edition Million, which reached its 60th birthday last year, will be celebrated with this crowd-pleasing display.

Look out for a display from the Saab Enthusiasts Club, featuring a line-up of Saabs of all ages, marking the 75th anniversary of Saab cars, and in honour of all Saabs imported into the UK from 1960 until 2012. While the Austin A30 & A35 Owners’ Club will be displaying a fine collection of Austin A30s and A35s, with these charming ‘baby Austins’ reminiscent of a different era.

Fans of the nation’s favourite 4X4 won’t want to miss Land Rover Rummage. Taking place on the Sunday of the show, this trading corner of Spring Autojumble is dedicated to Land Rover spare parts, all gathered in one convenient area. Look out for mechanical spares, body panels, wheels, service items, accessories, and perhaps even complete project vehicles.

With event tickets also including all of the features of the Beaulieu attraction, make sure to head inside the National Motor Museum for more Land Rover highlights. New exhibition Bond in Motion – No Time To Die features many of the original vehicles, gadgets and costumes from the latest film, including Bond’s Aston Martin DB5.

Event tickets include entry to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the new Bond in Motion – No Time To Die exhibition in the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Secret Army exhibition, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens.

Christopher Macgowan


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Richard Sadler; SMMT Industry Forum appointment.

Friday 1 April, 2022 The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Sadler as the new Managing Director of SMMT Industry Forum.

Sadler takes over from Mike Baunton, who returns to the role of Chair of the SMMT Industry Forum Board after serving as Interim MD.

With more than 15 years of tier one automotive manufacturing and supply chain experience, Sadler’s career began as an apprentice, and has progressed to see him hold leadership positions in production planning, purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and operations. He joined Industry Forum in February 2020, as General Manager – Automotive and then Director of Business Development later that year, handling delivery of the multimillion-pound government-funded National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme to help manufacturers of all sizes and stages of development understand their competitiveness and develop the specific business capabilities needed to boost their performance.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Richard’s experience and expertise will play a critical role in ensuring Industry Forum helps automotive companies improve their competitiveness, productivity and skills at a time when the sector faces myriad challenges. With a career spent at the heart of the automotive supply chain, and ample experience supporting businesses through demanding times, he will provide energetic leadership that will help inspire many more companies to seize opportunities for growth ahead.”

Richard Sadler, SMMT Industry Forum Managing Director, said, “I’m delighted to take on this new role at Industry Forum, building on the work of the team at such a vital time for manufacturing. With the sector desperately trying to build back following the pandemic while facing ongoing supply challenges, the importance of productivity and competitiveness improvement cannot be understated. Many of the sectors with which Industry Forum works are also embarked on a journey towards decarbonisation, so the role of Industry Forum in helping businesses to develop and grow has never been more relevant or vital.”

Sadler officially starts his new role on 1 April and will focus on developing new service offerings to enable manufacturers to prepare and meet the challenges of sustainability and a post-2030 electrified future – supporting them in increasing their competitiveness in a time of escalating energy costs.

Industry Forum was established by SMMT, vehicle manufacturers and government to improve the competitiveness of UK manufacturing. It has more than 150 cross-sector industry specialists and is active in 30 countries. Over the past two decades, it has delivered more than 400 competitiveness and productivity programmes and trained more than 25,000 people across a range of manufacturing sectors, including aerospace, automotive and other diverse industries.

Christopher Macgowan


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Simply Ford returns to Beaulieu for spring | Newspress UK

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Salon Privé London

  • Girardo & Co enters Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica with amazing race history
  • Classic Motor Hub to showcase Mille Miglia class-winning OSCA MT4
  • The Octane Collection enters an iconic BMW CSL
  • Rare TVR Trident prototype presented by DT Vintage
  • Salon Privé class-winning Alfa Romeo entered by Barkaways

Renowned specialist Girardo & Co is the latest dealer to sign up for the Concours de Vente at Salon Privé London, which is set to take place from 21-23 April 2022. The groundbreaking concept will feature 60 of the finest collectors’ cars, all of which will be entered by the most respected specialist dealers from throughout the UK – and all of them are for sale.

Girardo & Co has built an enviable reputation for sourcing the most significant and desirable competition cars, and it will be appearing at Royal Hospital Chelsea with a Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica that boasts extensive period race history.

‘HBC 1’ was one of only 34 examples built and was sold new in 1950 to respected racer Bob Gerard, who drove it to class victory and third overall in that year’s Tourist Trophy at the daunting Dundrod road circuit. He repeated that feat the following year, and in 1952 Gerard and David Clarke finished fourth overall in the Goodwood Nine Hours.

Having been fitted with a Le Mans Replica Mk II-specification engine, the car was then raced at the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, where Gerard and Clarke were forced to retire on the Sunday morning. Gerard continued to race the Frazer Nash into 1954, his final outing with it being at that year’s British Empire Trophy at Oulton Park.

The Classic Motor Hub will also be at Salon Privé London, with a rare 1954 OSCA MT4 that was built for Italian racing driver Francesco Giardini. Chassis number 1143 boasts exceptional competition history, including an outing as a works entry in the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours. Giardini and Jacques Péron were leading their class when Giardini crashed out of the race with only two hours remaining.

The OSCA was also driven on the legendary Mille Miglia on three occasions – winning its class in 1956 – and twice tackled the famous Targa Florio road race in Sicily.

It will be joined at Royal Hospital Chelsea by a 1974 BMW 3.2 CSL entered by The Octane Collection, evoking one of the golden periods of Touring Car racing, during which BMW enjoyed so much success. This Chamonix White example has recently come out of a two-year restoration in which all of the original panels were retained, and the interior was painstakingly redone in order to retain the factory finishes and colour scheme.

The original 3153cc M30 straight-six engine was rebuilt, as was the Getrag gearbox, and the car is one of only 57 final special-order Phase 2 ‘Batmobiles’, which had their own specific chassis-number range with the ‘4355’ prefix. It was delivered new to the Bahrain Royal Family, and is thought to have covered only 36,000km.

East Yorkshire-based DT Vintage, meanwhile, will be taking part in the Concours de Vente with the last of only three 1965 TVR Trident prototypes. Designed by Trevor Fiore and handbuilt on a stretched Griffith chassis by Carrozzeria Fissore of Turin, it was displayed at the Italian city’s Motor Show in November 1965 before being sent back to TVR. There it was dismantled and stored, before finally being restored during the 1980s by Don Haldenby, who was formerly a racing mechanic for Stirling Moss.

Fitted with a Ford 289ci V8 engine, the striking wedge-shaped TVR has recently been treated to further restoration work and was displayed at Blenheim Palace during the 2021 Salon Privé week.  

And finally, there is a 1963 Alfa Romeo that won the hotly contested Pininfarina class in last September’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance at Blenheim Palace. The Giulia 1600 Spider is being entered by Barkaways and is one of only 404 right-hand-drive examples that were produced for the UK, Australian and South African markets. In 2014, the owner commissioned Barkaways to carry out a full bare-metal restoration to concours standard, and the project was eventually completed in 2016.

Christopher Macgowan


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The Story of Motoring in 50 Objects to celebrate golden anniversary of the National Motor Museum | Newspress UK

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How DWP hired 13,500 new work coaches – without meeting a single one.

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There had to be a degree of reimagining how this might work,” says Nick Heckscher of Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL).

This seems something of understatement.

The ‘this’ in question is the delivery of a programme announced by government in July 2020 to double the number of work coaches employed by the Department of Work and Pensions by recruiting an additional 13,500 people.

The ‘reimagining’, meanwhile, was required as a result of the need to run centrally and on a nationwide scale a process that is normally managed by individual Jobcentres. Another, not insignificant, challenge was the need to do so without meeting a single candidate in person.

The timeframe also offered little margin for error, with the government expecting that the first tranche of 4,500 new starters would be in post within three months of its announcement of the recruitment drive. 

To fulfil this huge hiring programme, the DWP appointed SSCL to support its delivery; the supplier is a joint venture created by the Cabinet Office alongside consultancy Sopra Steria, with a remit to deliver tech and operational services to government departments and the wider public sector.

According to Heckscher, director of the company’s resourcing unit, an initial imperative of the programme – given the massive number of recruits required – was to broaden the pool of candidates and attract applications from those who might not previously have considered such a role. 

Number of new work coaches DWP needed to hire – doubling the total number employed around the UK

Seven weeks
Amount of time between the launch of the microsite for work coach roles and the appointment of the first tranche of 4,500 coaches

2.8 million
New claims for Universal Credit between March and November 2020

Number of Jobcentres across England, Wales and Scotland – including 80 temporary locations launched to cope with growth in demand as a result of the pandemic

He says that work coach positions had traditionally “attracted a lot of applicants from other government departments”. 

“We built a new and different microsite for [the DWP], selling the work coach role in a fresh, vibrant and colourful way,” Heckscher adds.

The application and hiring process needed to be put together in a way that could be run centrally, while serving the recruitment needs of more than 600 Jobcentres around the country. It also had to be able to scale up in size to cope with potentially hundreds of thousands of applications, while strictly adhering to civil service recruitment principles.

“The process needed to be very fair, and there could not be any adverse impact on against any protected characteristic or part of the community,” Heckscher says. “Accessibility of work is at the heart of everything the DWP are trying to do.”

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The massive increase in the work coach workforce came following a similarly huge spike in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits during the early months of the coronavirus crisis.

Between March and May 2020, claims for Universal Credit expanded from 3 million to 5.2 million; by November this had increased to 5.8 million.

Work coaches provide support – in person, online, and over the phone – to UC claimants, as well as recipients of Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, and Income Support.

Their primary role is to offer advice and help with citizens’ job searches.

As part of the online application process, candidates needed to complete a situational judgement test. This 40-minute exercise included 20 hypothetical scenarios alongside possible response options which candidates could rank on a five-point scale from ‘extremely desirable’ to ‘extremely undesirable’.

Those who passed this assessment – which Heckscher says was “tested and validated with the work coach community” – and whose application met required standards were then asked to participate in a video interview.

Christopher Macgowan @chrismacgowan

SOURCE: Sam Trendall. Public Technology Net.

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Just occasionally I get to be a tourist.

Just occasionally there is a gap in my day and I get to be a tourist. Even on a bitterly cold January day which started out today at minus three degrees C there is still something immensely special about London.

Christopher Macgowan @chrismacgowan

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De Dion Bouton Model Q 6hp

Built in 1903 by De Dion, Bouton et Cie, Paris, it is one of the original five cars that launched the Montagu Motor Museum in 1952. This was the nucleus of what would later become the National Motor Museum and is a regular entrant in the London to Brighton run.

It is a particular favourite of mine for all the historical and provenance reasons you would expect but for a couple of other reasons as well.

I vividly remember as a child that whatever car my father owned he always turned the engine over a couple of turns using the starting handle before using the electric start. He had worked at Ford of Dagenham and claimed he knew about such matters and who was to question that? He was irritated beyond all measure when his latest car no longer sported a starting handle – a retrograde step in his opinion.

Coming rather more up to date, many will remember that for years new car showrooms had engine drip trays carefully placed beneath every car because of course the engine was expected to leak a bit and did so. Nowadays a consumer would be astonished but I guess finer engineering tolerances, better materials and the global adoption of the Japanese mantra “Right First Time” changed all that – thank goodness.

Built in 1903 the De Dion Bouton possesses all the features that make visitors to the museum love visiting to firstly look back with huge affection at the early days of motoring and then wonder later in their visit at the enormous strides that have been made and what the next steps might be.

Christopher Macgowan @chrismacgowan

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The Northington Grange

Located near Winchester this English Heritage property is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture. A lovely walk around the outside in rolling north Hampshire countryside.

Christopher Macgowan @chrismacgowan

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Bridging the Gap

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the resale of Category C (S) and D (N) vehicles is not controlled because there is no mechanism to determine whether these recycled vehicles are repaired to a degree such that they are secure and safe to drive. The concern is that these vehicles may be involved in road traffic collisions and as consequence cause injury or death to the vehicle occupant/s and/or possibly other road users. 

Prior to the study ‘Bridging the Gap’, the quantity of the circulation of these vehicles was an unknown throughout the British Isles (the island of Ireland and Great Britain). There was a huge knowledge gap between what is suspected and what the real effects of these insurance write-offs are on our roads. 

In spite of the dissemination of a survey online and through social media, the response was poor which based on the findings, appeared to be because potential respondents were unwilling to provide information which may have been due to the owners’ concerns of losing their insurance cover, or the refusal of insurers to pay out in case of an accident.

Given the poor response, the next step was to access data provided from official sources, other government agencies and find further information through journalists, police as well as the monitoring of vehicle auction sites. What transpired from these contacts and the information made available, was that there is reason to be concerned about the sale of unsafe vehicles which end up on public roads. 

The main recommendation of the study is that the logical solution is the regulation and control of the write-off category S by amalgamating it with category B to be broken up for parts. It is a solution that would benefit the insurance industry as the parts of these S category vehicles can continue to be sold. Any loss could be offset by the potential return of green parts sales, but the most important factor is that by doing so, it would make our roads safer.

Link to document

A report by Elaine Hardy PhD

This study was supported with a grant from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.

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