Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

In­di­vid­u­als and clubs are be­ing urged to sup­port a move to loan older clas­sics to young en­thu­si­asts un­der a new scheme launched last week­end.

‘We have a blue­print for some­thing which could have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the fu­ture of the clas­sic car move­ment,’ says or­gan­iser Bob Wilkin­son. ‘ The idea is to keep in­ter­est in these cars alive and help se­cure their fu­ture.’

A 1929 Ford Model AF Phaeton, val­ued at £14,500, is the first clas­sic to be loaned out un­der the pro­gramme.

Richard Gor­don-Cole­brooke said he was de­lighted to be cho­sen to re­ceive the car in a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum, Gay­don. A 26-year-old elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer, Richard has re­stored a 1976 BMC 850 Mini and was given a 1964 Sun­beam Alpine Se­ries IV six months ago.

‘I never thought I would be in with a chance, and I’m so pleased. Over the past few years I’ve be­come par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in pre-war cars.’ says Richard.

The Ford’s owner, Peter Gar­rett has, with friend Tony Wrob­leski, 14 Model As, 11 of which are used for wed­ding hire. He has been in­volved with Model As since the 1960s and is a for­mer chair­man of the Model A Club of Great Bri­tain.

Peter says: ‘We’ve worked out that the av­er­age age of the club is 67.3 years, though we had a 19-year-old join re­cently. We have to do some­thing.’

Bob Wilkin­son, who is best known for or­gan­is­ing the Clas­sic Vir­gins se­ries of events for clas­sic scene ‘new­bies’, is the man who put the new scheme into ac­tion. He says: ‘If any in­di­vid­ual or club is think­ing of do­ing this, then we would urge them to do so. We have a drawn up agree­ment that they can use and a sym­pa­thetic in­surer.’

For fur­ther de­tails, email Bob at bob­wilkin­son49@hot­

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