Newsletter – February 2019

Newsletter, February 2019

You should know that since the Newsletter in November we have two lots of sad news.   Firstly, was the death of John Smith, husband of Pat and more recently the death of Kenny Allen.   You can see details for both these gentlemen in the Past Veterans section.  The image above taken some years ago, shows Kenny Allen working at his desk with his famous Lotos Elan in the forecourt of his garage in Crossford. A good many members were at Kenny’s funeral, both at the Church Service in Crossford and later at the Crematorium in Holytown.

2019 Spring Run

Already, Bob Baillie has had 19 rooms confirmed for the Hotel headquarters.  One of the major highlights of this Run is a visit to M-Sport in Cumbria. Anyone who has visited this establishment raves about for a long time thereafter! If you are considering coming to this event I would advise getting your entry in ASAP before Bob runs out of accommodation!   In case you have misplaced  the Entry Form, etc, here they are again

7th V.S.M.A. Reunion 2019

If you remember from a previous Newsletter our next Reunion will be held in the Hilton Dunblane Hydo Hotel on Friday 25th October, 2019.  Details will be issued at a later date, however if you wish to reserve accommodation for the Friday evening clicking here will take you to the appropriate page.

New Member:

I am delighted to welcome the following to membership of the Association.  Their details can be found on clicking their name in the “Members List” on the website:
Tom Wilson, Lanark
Frank Lethbridge

Member’s contact changes:

Geoff Stone has changed his email address to

Member’s Stuff:

Just received member Eric Dymock’s latest Blog on the Morgan Plus 8.    Those with Morgans will surely find this an interesting read!

Bar Codes:

Here’s a few interesting things you might want to know about Bar Codes or really where stuff actually comes from.  With all the food and pet products now coming from China , it is best to make sure you read the label when buying products especially at Tesco / Asda. The whole world is concerned about China-made “black hearted goods” but can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or  China, or elsewhere for that matter?  Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA “, so they don’t show from which country it is made.
Many products no longer show where they were made, only   give where the distributor is  located. It is important to read the bar code to track it’s origin.
If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN  CHINA.
However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:
  • 690-692 …   Then it is MADE IN  CHINA
  • 00 – 09     USA   &  CANADA
  • 30 – 37….      FRANCE
  • 40 – 44...        GERMANY
  • 49 …    JAPAN
  • 471 ….     Taiwan
  • 50       UK
SO, if you want to BUY ‘BRITISH’ by watching for “50” at the beginning of the number.  Perhaps, it mat be worth printing this and cutting it out to have in your wallet or purse

Some YouTube and other funnies to hopefully brighten your day!

Where did I Park – Bill Barr.rtfd
Tom Rush – Remember Song
A Lucky Yellow Marble!
A Classic One Ronnie Sketch – For Computer Geeks

From Marylin Jack:

I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don’t really give a damn anymore.  
If walking is good for your health the postman would be immortal.
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.
A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so. 
Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, and the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

That’s all folks………………. !                                                               Stuart Parker, February 2019