FOR BREXIT RICHARD HUD­SONEVANS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

To ‘Brexit’ or to ‘Stayin’, that’s the ques­tion. Not only for all un­de­cided Ham­lets, but also for a wa­ver­ing elec­torate be­ing bom­barded by scare­mon­gers from both camps.

Only as long as there is com­mon-sen­si­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion in charge of de­ci­sion-mak­ing on our is­lands, and in my in­creas­ingly in­su­lar view, only Brex­it­ing is more likely to at least main­tain the sta­tus quo sta­tus for clas­sic cars. The free road tax el­i­gi­bil­ity of of­fi­cially recog­nised His­toric cars, and no MoTs for older ones are much more likely to be re­tained in a non-EU United King­dom.

Yet more VAT levied on auc­tion ham­mer prices, ven­dor’s com­mis­sion and buyer’s pre­mium would in­crease the cost of an auc­tion car to an end user by an­other 20% in one po­lit­i­cally-in­spired EU ges­ture.

For only here, one English Chan­nel re­moved from United Europe, is there an em­bed­ded cul­ture of her­itage au­to­mo­bil­ism and a celeb-en­dorsed tol­er­ance of preserving the right for nos­tal­gics, like us, not to bear arms, but to tin­ker with and pot­ter about in old mo­tors.

Al­though whether we all end up in or out, like well-bred horses, which are not sub­jected to po­ten­tial con­tact with mo­torists on the loose, fine mo­tor cars may well even­tu­ally have to be trans­ported in their air-con­di­tioned horse boxes for ex­er­cise on car-friendly es­tates. Or per­haps you may pre­fer con­tin­u­ing to sup with ‘The Devil You Know’.

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