‘We need more cour­ses’

The FBHVC urges more of the UK’s clas­sic car clubs to get their mem­bers in­volved in tech­ni­cal work­shop days

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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.’

Nick Larkin


Me­chan­i­cal tips for new­com­ers to the clas­sic car world, as run by the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum, are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity.

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