FOR BREXIT RICHARD HUDSONEVANS
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’.