New ses­sions aimed at clas­sic-sav­ing novices, with prices start­ing at £250

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‘ We want to build con­fi­dence among en­thu­si­asts’ Matt salt, baN­bUry & bices­ter cOl­leGe

Clas­sic car own­ers will be able to join restora­tion cour­ses at the for­mer RAF base, Bices­ter Her­itage, for the first time in May.

They’re aimed at en­thu­si­asts look­ing to gain new skills, as well as fu­ture­proof­ing their clas­sics and hope­fully mak­ing them more re­li­able dur­ing reg­u­lar use.

The cour­ses, hosted by Ban­bury and Bices­ter Col­lege, in­clude oil and fil­ter ser­vic­ing, re­plac­ing and set­ting spark plugs, re­plac­ing points, and check­ing brakes, trans­mis­sion oil and coolant. Par­tic­i­pants will also take on ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing re­mov­ing, as­sess­ing and re­fit­ting a fuel pump, and check­ing/ad­just­ing valve clear­ances.

Two- and five-day cour­ses are avail­able, with the for­mer, aimed at be­gin­ners, on 6-7 May cost­ing £250.

The five-day in­ter­me­di­ate course is on 15-19 May and builds on the two-day be­gin­ner’s pro­gramme. It costs £550.

Matt Salt, lead lec­turer in clas­sic ve­hi­cle restora­tions for Ban­bury and Bices­ter Col­lege, says: ‘ We want to build con­fi­dence among en­thu­si­asts, safe in the knowl­edge that their ve­hi­cles are road­wor­thy and safe, es­pe­cially given MoT ex­emp­tions for pre-1960s ve­hi­cles. These cour­ses will en­sure that those who at­tend can en­joy clas­sic ve­hi­cle own­er­ship with con­fi­dence in their ve­hi­cles.’

No ad­di­tional ma­te­ri­als are needed for the course, just over­alls, heavy-duty gloves and boots.

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