‘We need more courses’
The FBHVC urges more of the UK’s classic car clubs to get their members involved in technical workshop days
Plans to help clubs hold technical advice workshops to expand members’ mechanical knowledge are part of a new campaign backed by major classic players.
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is supporting the call with plans to hold its own courses at Bicester Heritage. The British Motor Museum (BMM) is running regular Living With a Classic Workshop Days aimed at people who have just bought their first classic. Museum spokesperson, Emma Rawlinson, said: ‘This course has grown out of our Classic Virgins events. It seemed a logical step to introduce a workshop day for those having recently bought a classic car.’
Volunteer Course director and Ford Model A Club of Great Britain chairman, Bob Wilkinson, said: ‘The course will be held regularly. We do find that younger classic fans are from an era when owners rarely lift the bonnet of modern cars. We would encourage classic clubs to offer maintenance courses to give people the confidence to carry out regular servicing and maintenance.’
The next BMM Workshop Day is planned for April next year.
The MG Owners’ Club and the Morris Minor Owners’ Club are just two of the many classic cars organisations that are already holding technical sessions. The FBHVC says that it fully supports the BMM’s incentive and other technical courses.
Communications director, Geoff Lancaster, said: ‘We are right behind the idea of clubs offering workshop sessions, though we do realise the financial implications for smaller clubs.
‘We are planning to hold some workshops at our Bicester Heritage facility to help club representatives set up their own technical advice sessions for members.
‘It’s still early days and we haven’t planned a date, but it’s something we will definitely be discussing.’
Mechanical tips for newcomers to the classic car world, as run by the British Motor Museum, are growing in popularity.