Science & Opinion
In thepast several limbshadbeen
proppedwith lengthsof yewwood and
two cableshadbeen installed to keep
the trunk from splitting. InFebruary
oneof the two cablebraces failed and
a large crack appeared in the trunkof
the sitewardens and the council’s tree
During the tree inspection closeattention
waspaid to thepatternof the crack to
ascertainwhichpartof the treehad
movedand inwhatdirection.The trunk
is very largeandmostlyhollow. There
are twodistinct stems,onemuch larger
than theother.The cable that failed
wasbetween the two stemsandwhen
it snappeda large longitudinal crack
opened –approximately 5cmwideat the
topand taperingas it extendeddownby
some sheer cracking.The crownof the
tree isasymmetric; the trunk leansand the
majorityof the crown is to the south-east
of the trunk. Itappeared tous that the tree
hadmoved towards the south-west.
Just2miles from the centreofBristol, the
AshtonCourt estate isamajor recreational
over 1.6million visitorsannually, it is the
UK’s thirdbusiest countrypark.With this
many visitorsanunstable tree requires
attention toprotect the visitingpublic.
After the inspection itwas clear that
swiftactionwasneeded to stop the tree
from collapsing.Wedecided that the
bestapproachwouldbe to replace the
oldprops toprevent the tree from falling
down.Two temporarybraces comprised
of ropeswithwebbing stopswere installed
immediately to try to stop further cracking
before thepropswere installed.Wealso
support for the largest limb. Thearea
around the treewas fencedoff toprevent
visitors from entering the target zone.
We contactedRupertNewmanofa local
firm calledWestwindOakwho specialise
thepropswithusandwithhelp from two
Wedecided tomake thepropsoutof
very chunkyoakbeams (25cm×15cm).
wedecided togo foranA-framewitha
beenused togive eachprop extra stability.
The scissorheadwasusedbecause trees
suchas thishave thepotential tomove in
severaldirections,and in this case there
wasa real riskof torsion loading causing
the tree to twist (severalof theold yew
propshad started to lean). Interestingly
a similardesignhasbeenused toprop
the famousKettsOak inNorfolk; thatwas
propped in the1960switha singleprop
and it remains standing today.
The typeof foundations tousewas
a cause for concern. The engineers
recommended concrete foundationsdug
into theground.Wewereagainst thisas
it could cause significant rootdamage.
We considered screw-pilesbutdecided
to employ contractors to install them in
precise locationsand itwouldalsohave
requiredprecision in theplacingof the
The two largestprops requiredmechanical assistance toput inplace.
It’s a Le Mans Wo
Zoos are great, but wildlife reserves are
better. To see animals in their natural habitat
is always better than seeing them on display.
And so it is with classic cars, which is what
makes Le Mans Classic so special.
The classic car spotting starts on the drive down to
the port.Aswe get closer the number of classics seen
in their natural habitat steadily increases, until in the
queue for the ferry classic cars are in themajority.
Once across theChannel and en route to LeManswe
continually pass, and get passed by, classics in the
wild. The Ferrari F40 is awonderful car to see at a
show, but it’s somuchmore impressivewhen you are
passed by one driven at full tilt, as itsmaker intended.
Wemade the trip to LeMans in a group of seven
cars, three of them oldBMWs:MartinRogers’ E3
2500,SteveHouse’s E12M535i andmy E9CSL.Driving
old cars long distances ismuchmore involved than
driving amodern.Wewere fortunate to off-load heavy
kit into themoderns so as not to stress the old frames
toomuch, butwe still drovewith half an eye on the
gauges and nostrils flared, ears pricked for unusual
smells or sounds (“Is that clutch smellme or the TR4
ahead?”) The old things didwell though, and easily
kept upwith themoderns, although theM535iwore
out awheel bearing and had to take the final few
hundredmiles a little easier.
LeMansClassic is held every two years and is 24
hours of classic car racing, but not continuously. There
are six categories of cars, from pre-war to 1979, and
each has three, one hour races in the 24 hour period;
one ofwhich is in darkness. The grids are hugewith
68 classic cars in each race and, given their value, they
representmanymillions of poundsworth ofmetal, each
ofwhich is determined to go faster than the one in
front. ForBMW fans,while the pre-war grid contained
three 328s,most interestwas in grid six for cars from
24hoursofclassiccar racingeveryother year–
‘animals in theirnaturalhabitat!’
A ‘wrong’ turn findsuson thecircuit
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Science & Opinion
Tony lane is the senior
consultant of a M lane ltd,
Tree and Safety consultants,
and practises in arboricultural
consultancy as well as giving
safety advice to businesses
in the land-based sector.
This is his account of a ‘once
in a lifetime’ arboricultural
“Young Guns – Born to win”
Welcome to The 2012 Festival of Speed
racers includingJensonButton, LewisHamilton
andMarkWebber screech their F1chariotsup
thehill.Youcouldn’t seeamorediverse rangeof
anywhere.The spectrumondisplay ranged from
200mph supercars to steam-poweredcarriages
of the 19thCentury,and from 3000bhp top fuel
dragsters toclassic rallycarsevena racing
truck.This year’s FestivalofSpeedattracted
theheroicand theevocative fromeveryera in
anexuberantdisplayof style, sound, smelland
Britain’spreciousmotoringand racing traditions,
embodied this yearbyJaguarheroesSirStirling
MossandNormanDewis,who took repeatedly
to the track,waving to theeffusivecrowd, in
pointon the start line theywerechatting so
animatedlyaboutoldadventures that the starter
had to interrupt them todrop the flag. Itwas such
sights thatmade thewhole thingworthwhile.
The 2012 FestivalofSpeed themewas
talentand insatiable thirst for speed shocked
theestablishment,affording them immediate
arrivalon theworld stagewithperformances so
stunningas to instantly rewrite the statusquo.
Emerson Fittipaldiand LewisHamilton,Mike
andColinMcRae,allmadean impact thatwasas
immediateas it is indelible.
The 2012 FestivalofSpeedcelebrated the
careersof theseovernight sensations– some
ofwhom fulfilled their fullpromise;otherswho
secured theirown specialplace inmotor sport’s
Alongside thiscentral theme, the 2012
Festivalcelebrated thepast,presentand future
achievementsof Lotusas thispioneering
British raceand sportscarmanufacturermarks
anumberof importantanniversaries in 2012.
Inspiredby the incomparableColinChapman,
technical ingenuity todominateall levelsof
motor sport, fromclub racing to Formula 1,
from F1, Indycars, saloonsand sportscars,were
akeyattractionat this year’s Festival.
Trader, returned for the third timeonThursday in
2012. It isan importantaddition to the Festival
ofSpeed,enablinga limitednumberof lucky
chance to see the very latestmodelsupclose
for the first time in theUK,and in somecases,
alsoclimbaboardandexperience the vehicles
first-hand strictlyat the invitationof the
a fleetof F10M5s to shoot luckycustomersand
corporateguestsup theHill throughout theday
TheMovingMotorShow isadirect response
to thecontinuedenthusiasmanddemand from
vehiclemanufacturersandmotoring fans for
LordMarch and theGoodwood organisers
have a genuine passion formotor sport.After
all,motor sport is in their bloodwithmotor
racing roots going back to the 1930s.
In the summerof 1936 theEarlofMarchand 9th
DukeofRichmond–betterknownas the talented
aprivatehillclimb for the LanciaCarClubat
GoodwoodHouse.Hewon it,naturally,and in
doing so inspiredhisgrandson, thepresentEarl
ofMarch, tocreateanewandexciting racing
eventathis familyhome. The resultingevent
was the FestivalofSpeed.
The inauguraleventwasheld in the summer
of 1993,andattracted 25,000 spectators.
Today, the FestivalofSpeedhasbecome
withadmission strictlybyadvance ticketonly.
Visitors travel fromallover theworld toattend.
TheGoodwood FestivalofSpeed isnow
considered tobe the largestmotoringgarden
party in theworld.Normallyaunique summer
weekend thatbrings togetheran impossibly
headymixofcars, starsandmotor sport ‘royalty’
tocreate the largestcarcultureevent in the
world.Theonly thingmissing this yearwas the
wall towall sunshine,aprettyconsistent feature
ofmostevents this summer.The Festival,held
in the immaculategroundsofGoodwoodHouse
a truecelebrationofmotor sportandall things
automotive. Luckily, intermittent sun shone
enough through theweekend tomake thisoneof
thehappiesteventsever,andoneof the largest.
Early reportsputattendanceat the ticket-only
eventat themagic 200,000 theorganisershave
been seeking for thepast few years.
The Festival’s secret is tocombine the
spectacularlypredictable– suchasmost F1
teams smokelydemonstrating theircarsa
weekbefore they take to theBritishGPgridat
challenging loose-surface ForestRallyStage,
thehigh-speedSupercarRun, theCartier ‘Style
newcarmodelsand the ‘FoS-TECH’ technology
futuristicofferings fromeveryone fromMorgan
toKia,and theevocative FordEVOSconcept.
Today the FestivalofSpeed’sextraordinary
speedanddramamakes itamust foreveryone
that relishes theprospectofgettingupclose to
both thepriceless vehiclesand famous racing
a star-studded line-upofdrivers inoneplace.
This yearwasnoexceptionandover thecourse
of theeventwewould seecurrent Formula 1
Lotusas leadingmarque in 2012
No 346Dec 2011/J n 2012
Newsletter of theVeteran-CycleClub • Founded in 1955 as SouthernVeteran-CycleClub
Stay in the tranquil hinterland of Brittany SW of historic
Dinan.Good cycling onwell-surfaced, traffic-free roads
and lanes.Local sign-postedATB circuit through idyllic
countryside.Walk along forest paths.Visit the coast for
quiet beaches and spectacular scenery.Good, cheap
Or relax in our peaceful garden
looking south over a fishing lake.
One hour from StMalo, the house facing open
countryside sleeps up to 10 in four bedrooms.
Allmod cons plus t/tennis and BBQ.
in grounds – ideal for couple butwould take three.
Selection of bikes.
From £180 perweek
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Followingour recenthighly successful salewhere yet again,
over 94%of the lots entered foundnewhomes andover
150 enthusiasts registered tobidon theday.
Already consigned to this ever-popular sale is aone-owner
collectionofbicyclesand tricycles to include a splendid
No. 8Gentleman’s Tricycle
Thismachine is anolder restoration andhas justbeen removed from long-term storage. It is in splendid,useable condition
andwillbeoneof severalhigh-qualitymachinesoffered at this sale. Therewill alsobe agood selectionof lightweights,
roadsters, ladiesmachines, literature, signage and cycling accoutrementsonoffer.
We arenow accepting further entries for this sale.
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