Eight mil­lion clas­sic fans in UK

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

An in­cred­i­ble eight mil­lion peo­ple in Bri­tain have an in­ter­est in his­toric ve­hi­cles, the big­gest sur­vey of its kind ever has re­vealed.

One in 10 would like a clas­sic of their own, ac­cord­ing to the study car­ried out for the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs. What’s more, two mil­lion peo­ple have ei­ther at­tended a rally in the past year, or read a pub­li­ca­tion about clas­sics cars.

The as­ton­ish­ing re­sults come from a pub­lic sur­vey con­ducted by the FBHVC. They are com­piled by can­vass­ing the opin­ions of a panel num­ber­ing about 2500 peo­ple, seen of­fi­cially as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ple of the UK’s pop­u­la­tion, and not nec­es­sar­ily be­ing clas­sic car own­ers. The fig­ures have been re­vealed in ad­vance of the re­sults of the FBHVC’s Na­tional His­toric Sur­vey, to be pub­lished next week.

FBHVC com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Ge­off Lan­caster says: ‘ The fact that so many who did not have a clas­sic ve­hi­cle or were an en­thu­si­ast as such still ex­pressed sup­port is ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing. This sur­vey is some­thing very use­ful in our ne­go­ti­a­tions with Gov­ern­ment and other bod­ies.’

Greg Knight MP chair­man of the All Party Par­lia­men­tary His­toric Ve­hi­cles Group agrees. ‘It is ex­cel­lent news,’ he says. ‘It shows just how im­por­tant the his­toric ve­hi­cle move­ment is to this coun­try, and the con­tri­bu­tion it makes to our econ­omy.’

Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum events man­ager Tom Caren was also de­lighted with the find­ings. But he adds: ‘We still need to get more young peo­ple in­ter­ested in older clas­sics. Of­ten they don’t re­alise how easy these ve­hi­cles are to work on.’ Nick larkin

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