Cul­ture comes in many guises

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

AS the proud owner of a 1967 Sun­beam Alpine—pale blue with tan-leather up­hol­stery and kept in a garage in Greece, if you must know—athena was more than de­lighted to be in­vited, a few months ago, to the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs.

The FBHVC, as we retro petrol­heads call it, brings to­gether al­most all the vin­tage ve­hi­cle own­ers’ clubs in the king­dom with a com­bined mem­ber­ship of nearly 250,000. Al­though dwarfed by the Brob­d­ing­na­gian 4.5 mil­lion who be­long to the Na­tional Trust, this fig­ure helps to il­lus­trate just how many Bri­tons are ac­tively in­volved in one as­pect or an­other of our her­itage.

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