NEW HUB AIMS TO BE UK CLAS­SIC HOTSPOT

For­mer RAF site in Glouces­ter­shire will host events and sell clas­sics

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Tom Sey­mour

‘We want this to be a des­ti­na­tion for any­one look­ing to put on a clas­sic event’

The owner of Martin Chisholm Col­lec­tors Cars has launched a new busi­ness that he hopes will give clas­sic car own­ers an ex­cuse to show off their ve­hi­cles this sum­mer.

Chisholm has cre­ated The Clas­sic Mo­tor Hub at the for­mer RAF site at Abling­ton, near Bibury, Glouces­ter­shire, of­fer­ing it as a free space for clubs and ral­lies to use.

Chisholm says: ‘I’ve been in this in­dus­try for 30 years. Many peo­ple have dreams of all the things they’ll get up to in their clas­sic when they first buy it, but I’ve found that you re­ally need to give peo­ple a rea­son to take their car out.

‘ We want this to be a des­ti­na­tion, a sort of youth club if you like, for any­one who is look­ing to put on a clas­sic car event.’

The Hub has a club room, kitchen area and cater­ing can be ne­go­ti­ated at ex­tra cost, though tea and cof­fee is free. The Hub will have events with pop-up food stalls and pubs this sum­mer, in­clud­ing sup­per clubs, cof­fee and clas­sics morn­ings on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month and drive-in movies nights. The list of events is avail­able to view on the Hub’s Face­book page – its web­site is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

The Hub will run along­side the Cotswolds Col­lec­tors Cars show­room at the same five-acre site (of which Chisholm is a ma­jor share­holder), but will fea­ture its own sales area with what Chisholm de­scribes as ‘in­ter­est­ing, low mileage en­try-level clas­sics’, like the 11,000-mile Ford Es­cort XR3i cabri­o­let that is al­ready in stock.

Chisholm adds: ‘ We’re look­ing for in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ples of clas­sics that we’ll have on show at the Hub, but there won’t be an army of sales ex­ec­u­tives when you ar­rive.’

Chisholm says en­thu­si­asts are al­ready ‘ beat­ing a path to our door’ with more than ten clubs al­ready booked in for events so far this year. He says: ‘The idea is that we’ll run this from when the clocks go for­ward un­til they go back. We have had one club get in touch to ar­range its New Year’s Day run, so we are open to the idea of events in the win­ter months. We’ll be here all year.’

There are al­ready 16 events booked into the Hub’s sched­ule, the first of which is a cof­fee and clas­sics morn­ing start­ing at 9am on 2 April fol­lowed by a Drive It Day event on 23 April.

For­mer RAF site in Glouces­ter­shire has a club room and kitchen.

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