Your chance to in­flu­ence the clas­sic move­ment

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis - www.fb­hvc.co.uk

Bri­tain’s big­gest clas­sic car sur­vey is about to go live and it is aim­ing to gauge the opin­ions of more than 22,000 par­tic­i­pants.

The Na­tional His­toric Ve­hi­cle Sur­vey was an­nounced at this year’s Club Expo at the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum at Gay­don. It will be sent out to clubs elec­tron­i­cally start­ing this week and will also be avail­able in hard-copy for­mat.

More than 300 del­e­gates from over 150 clubs at­tended the event, where chair­man of the FB­HVC David Whale, launched the study into ev­ery as­pect of Bri­tish clas­sic ve­hi­cle own­er­ship and at­ti­tudes.

The His­toric Ve­hi­cle Sur­vey will be the most com­pre­hen­sive re­search ever un­der­taken into the clas­sic ve­hi­cle world and is cru­cial to the fu­ture of the hobby. The re­sults will be pre­sented to the Gov­ern­ment in au­tumn.

Ge­off Lan­caster, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor of the FB­HVC says: ‘We’re hop­ing to get dou­ble the re­sponse com­pared to 2011’s sur­vey, so we’re aim­ing for 22,000 peo­ple to take part. Clubs will re­ceive a link to the sur­vey via email, and we’ll also be shar­ing it on our Face­book ac­count.’

John Downer, of re­search com­pany TNS Global, who will be con­duct­ing the re­search on be­half of the Fed­er­a­tion took to the stage to stress how im­por­tant the club net­work is to get­ting a good re­sponse to the sur­vey. ‘It’s very im­por­tant that all those in­ter­ested in his­toric ve­hi­cles of what­ever type make the ef­fort to com­plete it be­fore it closes on 30 June, as it will help main­tain the free­dom to use clas­sic ve­hi­cles,’ he says.

The FB­HVC will be is­su­ing hard copies of the sur­vey for any­one want­ing to take part who does not want to go via the in­ter­net.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the big­gest clubs met at Gay­don, which reg­u­larly hosts na­tional ral­lies and shows.

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