Eight million classic fans in UK
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