These figures put into stark relief just how positive an effect the zero-rated VED had on a whole generation of cars. How when it was frozen instead of rolling, those cars that didn’t fall into the bracket were less likely to be saved into the classic car parc. OK, so I will clearly be crying over a generation of ‘lost’ modern classics from the last decade or so, but if we can take heart from anything buried in these statistics, it’s that – going forwards – the rolling 40-year tax break will at least mean the cars which hit that age will be almost certain to survive beyond then. Worryingly, it’s the cars between 20 and 40 years old that we need to keep an eye on in the coming years. But without sounding like I’m constantly banging a drum for the growing movement in modern classics from the 1980s, ‘90s and ‘00s, it’s good that there’s a growing groundswell of enthusiast support for this category. Whether it’s enough to see that all-important tax break extended to 25 years, as the petition we reported on last week wants, remains to be seen.