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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,

on GaryStrett

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