DAVID SIMIS­TER

FEA­TURES EDITOR

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

My MGB GT has mod­ern gas rear shock ab­sorbers rather than the ones it left Abing­don with. It’s a com­mon con­ver­sion that doesn’t fun­da­men­tally change the car’s char­ac­ter – but does that mean it falls foul of what FIVA’s call­ing for? While the last thing I’d want is for clas­sic cars to be barred from our city cen­tres on en­vi­ron­men­tal grounds, I get the feel­ing that the stip­u­la­tions of this Euro-wide pro­posal are go­ing to open a can of worms. Let’s face it, plenty of us use clas­sics ev­ery day, and they’re hardly the ropey old cars FIVA rails against. In all like­li­hood it’d be in­tro­duced on a 30-year rolling ba­sis – so it will cover all those MX-5s and MGFs even­tu­ally – but there’s a lot of de­tail in this pro­posal that’ll make it hard to win the grass roots clas­sic fans over.

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