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Tom Barnard, a local author, racing driver, engineer, boat builder, track designer, car designer along with a string of other accomplishments.  His book 'I gathered no moss', an autobiography detailing his fascinating life story

His book starts with the advent of WW1 when his father returned from the war and purchased Bluepool at Furzebrooke. He then set about landscaping the grounds with rare plants and trees. Soon enough, tourists started flocking to this wonderful place of tranquillity.  

WW2 then disrupted proceedings and Tom writes about the Army taking over the land and buildings, overhead dogfights and near misses from exploding bombs. 

After the war, he schooled at Eton and entered into a social life in London. Around this time, he got interested in Engineering but also in Motor Racing. This was the golden era for racing and he was fortunate enough to compete in races with the likes of Mike Hawthorn, Stirling Moss and driving cars for Colin Chapman at Lotus. 

A few years later on, he decided to adapt his engineering business to small-scale racing cars that children (or an adult) could race on any track, The Barnard Formula Six. The car could be adapted so that it was safe for any youngster to drive at a very early age and the controls were within reach of a supervising adult.

His early childhood, first in South Africa and then in South Dorset was suddenly interrupted by World War Two. The Barnards were evicted from their house, which became a military hospital, and bombs soon became part of daily life. 

After schooling near Swanage, and then at Eton, Tom was called up for National Service in the Army. He then spent sixteen years in his chosen profession of engineering but managed, during this time, to fit in seven years as a racing driver, mostly with Lotus. 

His invention of the Barnard Formula Six miniature racing car earned him enormous publicity in the UK and abroad with over four hundred models sold. This was followed by boat building, classic car restoration and then four years helping to develop Silverstone Circuit. His success with race track designing led to projects in a dozen countries spread over a further twelve years. Finally, with a quiet life in mind, he began a study of his family history and the writing of his book. 

The fourteen chapters confirm that the title is fully justified. He has been throughout his life, a true rolling stone. 

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In 2018 a number of new driving laws, rules and regulations will come into force

A number of new laws and rules have been and will continue to be introduced over the course of the year, which could have an impact on drivers.
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A quick guide on how to reattach numberplates with the adhesive pads. Usually once you remove number plates the previous adhesive pads are still stuck to the bumper or what's left of them. 

1. Use a hair dryer or heat gun to warm up the pad on the bumper

2. Then use your finger nail or credit card to scrape off the residue of the pads. 

3. To further help to remove the residue you can use WD40 or white spirit which will help lift the glue off the bumper. 

4. Then repeat stage 2 to remove more residue. Followed by stage 1 and 3 if it is being tough to remove. 

Hint: you could also buy specific cleaning products to remove glue and tar which unfortunately I did not have to hand. 

5. Once the number plate area is clean you can attach the new adhesive pads. 

6. Now align the numberplate and make sure it's straight. 

Job done! 
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Cars built before 1978 will not have to have an MOT test from next month 

The Department for Transport will make cars that were built more than 40 years ago exempt from MOT Testing next month, with owners voluntarily electing to have their car checked if they feel it needs one. 
Currently, only cars built before 1960 are exempt, representing 197,000 cars on UK roads. The new rules, which come into force on 20 May, will exempt a further 293,000 cars from MOTs. 

The thinking behind the decision, according to the DfT, is that these cars are “usually maintained in good condition and used on few occasions”. The decision also eases concerns that garages might not be adequately testing cars over this age, because the modern MOT applies less to cars of this age. 
The new date would also bring the age of cars exempt from MOTs in line with the exemption from road tax. The Government dismissed concerns that these cars pose a greater risk of failure than modern ones; cars registered in the interim period between the old exemption and the upcoming exemption have a substantially lower rate of failure than the national average. 

“We consider the element of risk arising from taking vehicles over 40 years old out of the testing regime is small. The option for owners to submit their vehicles to a voluntary MOT test will remain and they will still, like all vehicle owners, need to ensure that they meet the legal requirement of keeping their vehicle in a roadworthy condition at all times.”

Of the 2217 respondents consulted for the proposal, more than half supported the suggested annual or biennial roadworthiness test for 40-year-old vehicles, checking the cars’ identity, brakes, steering, tyres and lights.
The DfT has rejected this approach, saying: “Those owners who feel an annual check is needed will be able to submit their vehicles for a voluntary MOT.”

A stronger majority voted against exemption of vehicles aged 30 years or older from MOT tests; the DfT sided with the consultation on this proposal, citing accident data as well as the strong negative reaction from the public to this suggestion. 
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Buying a Used Car
What to look for when buying a used car - Used Car Buying Checklist

Buying a Used Car can be a minefield of hidden problems and potential expensive repairs.

We have compiled a Guide to 'what to look for when buying a used car' and hopefully it will assist in finding 'the right one'
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