Make time stand still

Motor Equipment News - - CONTENT | ED SPEAK -

Al­though it’s fan­tas­tic to see the rapid rate of progress in the automotive in­dus­try, with petrol en­gines ex­ceed­ing 40 per­cent ef­fi­ciency, and diesels even more, plus elec­tric ve­hi­cles fi­nally climb­ing in num­ber, this presents a whole set of chal­lenges for the work­shops which will have to re­pair them.

For the young peo­ple com­ing into the in­dus­try who have been raised on per­sonal com­put­ers, mo­bile phones, and tablets, which have com­put­ing power un­dreamed of not so long ago, they will quickly ad­just and work their way through the myr­iad changes that are com­ing.

But what about those who pre­fer to “feel” their way through a car, to lis­ten to the en­gine and all the other noises go­ing on, and to make their judge­ments based on knowl­edge rather than read­outs on a scan tool?

In our Panel & Paint sec­tion this month we have a glimpse at the next Au­tomechanika expo to be held in Ger­many next year, and in par­tic­u­lar the huge growth in work­shops which have cho­sen to let time stand still, in a man­ner of speak­ing, and con­cen­trate on main­tain­ing or ren­o­vat­ing clas­sic cars, where there’s no OBD port to plug a scan tool into, and ex­pe­ri­ence and years of knowl­edge counts more than any­thing else.

If the anec­do­tal ev­i­dence of my own eyes is any­thing to go by, there seem to be more and more clas­sic cars around than ever be­fore, most of them in great nick and driven by proud, al­beit usu­ally a bit long-in-the-tooth, own­ers.

Some of them can do their own re­pair work, but for many it stops at rou­tine maintenance; ei­ther be­cause that’s as far as their ex­pe­ri­ence goes, or sim­ply be­cause they’ve had enough of get­ting their hands dirty!

All of which means there have to be open­ings for real petrol­heads who want to carry on work­ing, but are cy­ber­pho­bic – they can’t get to grips with com­put­ers and their off-shoots, such as scan tools.

There’s a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge out there, and I, for one, wouldn’t like to see it just fade away! A clas­sic car restora­tion and re­pair busi­ness – or side­line – might be just what you’re look­ing for.

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