In response to the rather hostile comments recently aired in Classic Car Weekly regarding the age of cars at classic shows, I would like to speak up for enthusiasts who own cars younger than 20 years old.
I own two Rover 75s that are both approaching this threshold – one is a daily workhorse with a few battle scars, and the other is a pre-production version that I endeavour to keep in a smart condition for attending club meets and occasional shows. These cars have recently suffered from various scrappage schemes and are consequently becoming a rarer sight on our roads. As examples of probably the best built MG Rover cars of modern times, I believe that they are worthy of some attention by fellow enthusiasts, along with any other vehicle that is of interest for whatever reason.
Whenever I attend a classic car show there are usually several hundred exhibits on display, and all offer some interest to the visitor. If some attendees find the presence of more recent vehicles objectionable, then simply pass them by and find something of more interest.
The notion of introducing legislation to ban vehicles of a certain age seems a little unfriendly to me. Live and let live, I say. David Edmonds, Worcester
Both of these cars deserve a place at classic shows, reckons David Edmonds.