Magazines and newspapers delight in ramping up the fear factor in order to grab attention. You know the sort of headlines – “Enthusiast discovers stale petrol in fuel tank!” “Barn-find classic used fake dust!” Or how about “Car loses concours as judges find new air in tyres!” I’m delighted to talk good news this month. First, there’s our cover star TR5. It’s owner and restorer, Nigel Bancroft, worked as an apprentice on the TR5 and TR6 production lines, learning his trade by acquiring the skills necessary for vehicle production. Like all timeserved engineers and craftsmen, the confidence gained from fully understanding and perfecting a skill is something to be proud of. His restoration is an epitome of high standards, dedication and an attitude carved out of learning and being allowed to make mistakes to make informed choices later in life. The best TR5 in the world, then? A year’s subscription to the reader who can find a better one.
And finally our cover headline seeking 1000 apprentices (Full story, pg8). No hollow figure on our part, but a conservative survey result by the FBHVC as part of its aim to create the first OFQUAL accredited vehicle restoration course in all of Europe. Focused learning for dedicated enthusiasts. Now that’s a good news story of great relevance to us all.
All the best,