IT’S OF­FI­CIAL: BRI­TAIN LOVES ITS CLAS­SICS!

New sur­vey re­veals that half the UK’s pop­u­la­tion wants older cars pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions

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Half of the UK’s over-16s think clas­sics should be pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy, a new na­tional sur­vey has re­vealed.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs has com­mis­sioned the re­search as part of its Na­tional His­toric Ve­hi­cle Sur­vey, which aims to prove just how im­por­tant older cars are to thr econ­omy. It’s the first time the wider pop­u­la­tion has been quizzed on its view of his­toric ve­hi­cles, and their an­swers will be used to help in­flu­ence Govern­ment pol­icy in years to come.

FBHVC re­search di­rec­tor Paul Chas­ney says: ‘It’s en­cour­ag­ing to know that half of the pop­u­la­tion thinks we should be preserving his­toric ve­hi­cles. It’s a re­flec­tion of what the clubs are do­ing.’

Half the na­tion’s pop­u­la­tion aged over 16 – a stag­ger­ing 24.5 mil­lion peo­ple – would like to see clas­sic cars be­ing pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.

That’s the head­line find­ing from the first stage of the Na­tional His­toric Ve­hi­cle Sur­vey, which is be­ing con­ducted by the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs to gauge how im­por­tant clas­sics are to the na­tion’s econ­omy. The find­ings also show that 8.2 mil­lion peo­ple say they are in­ter­ested in older ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing his­toric and clas­sic cars.

The pop­u­la­tion’s sup­port for clas­sics is evenly spread across the UK, but bro­ken down into age groups it re­veals that 62% of the over-55s sup­port preserving older cars, while only 31% of 25-34-year-olds agreed older cars should be saved.

The sur­vey has been car­ried out by mar­ket re­search com­pany TNS on the FBHVC’s be­half, us­ing a sam­ple poll of 2440 peo­ple over the age of 16 cho­sen to re­flect the UK’s wider pop­u­la­tion.

The se­cond stage of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, an on­line ques­tion­naire, will be launched at Club Expo – the an­nual gath­er­ing of UK club or­gan­is­ers – at the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum on 19 March.

The full find­ings – due to be pub­lished later this year – will be used to help show West­min­ster MPs and EU de­ci­sion mak­ers in Brus­sels the im­por­tance of Bri­tain’s clas­sic cars to the na­tional econ­omy. Re­search di­rec­tor Paul Chas­ney says the first stage of the sur­vey has given an in­sight for the first time into what the wider pop­u­la­tion thinks of clas­sics, but he now wants as many CCW read­ers as pos­si­ble to fill in the on­line ques­tion­naire.

En­cour­ag­ing re­sults ‘It’s the first time we’ve ever asked where the clas­sic ve­hi­cle move­ment sits with the wider pop­u­la­tion, and the re­sults show just how clas­sics are to the na­tional econ­omy,’ he says. ‘It’s very en­cour­ag­ing to know that half of the pop­u­la­tion think we should be preserving his­toric ve­hi­cles. It’s a won­der­ful re­fec­tion of what the clubs and event or­gan­is­ers are do­ing.’

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