Where the team lets off some steam as the ket­tle boils

Practical Classics (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - Danny Hop­kins EDI­TOR danny.hop­kins@prac­ti­cal­clas­sics.co.uk

Up­grad­ing your clas­sic is sim­ple and very ef­fec­tive, but why should you bother? If the scare­mon­gers are to be be­lieved we will all be off the road by 2040. But is that re­ally true? Re­ally? The real-world ev­i­dence says other­wise.

Time and again we have been warned of im­pend­ing doom by scream­ing head­lines re­gard­ing un­leaded petrol, seat belt laws, emis­sions zones, stricter Mots, in­sur­ance hikes, EU rul­ings, parts droughts, parts qual­ity, DVLA prob­lems, older age driv­ing bans (we were guilty of that one) and now the end of diesel and petrol sales (not use) in 2040. We’ve been ‘doomed’ re­peat­edly, and yet here we are, still driv­ing, still work­ing on our clas­sic cars – un­hin­dered. Tax ex­emp­tion is rolling again and the in­dus­try is grow­ing. All the above are is­sues to be watched and fought against, but… just take a sec­ond or two and just look at what we’ve got. A full and ful­fill­ing pas­time. The love of older cars is ab­so­lutely thriv­ing.

So, keep rev­el­ling in the hobby you love. A lot of mo­ti­vated and well-con­nected in­di­vid­u­als are look­ing after our in­ter­ests in all the im­por­tant places and there is a bright fu­ture for us if we re­main en­thu­si­as­tic and vig­i­lant. The keys are on the side… let’s get on and use them.

‘Tea-break danc­ing. Yes, I made it up my­self.’ James ‘Quirky Man’ Wal­she ‘I’ve put gin in the tea… it’s the only way to get through this.’ Lisamarie ‘Gin­wife’ John­son ‘My mug is big­ger than yours Matt, look.’ Matt ‘Mug­gle’ Tomkins ‘Yeah but my Tal­bot...

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