Safe classics will stand us in good stead
I was recently taking part in the excellent classic car London to Brighton run for the 26th time. I highly recommend it, as it’s a great day out.
However, this year I was stuck behind a lovely looking little convertible that was pumping out blue smoke and smelt strongly of oil. Later, I was behind a pre-war saloon that would almost come to a standstill before descending any hills (of which there are many) and for me, it put a downer on the day. I later discovered his brakes were so inefficient that, even at very low speeds, stopping involved locking the front wheels and skidding to a halt with minimal control. The passengers cannot have had a relaxing trip to the coast.
As owners of old cars we are responsible for ensuring their safety and compliance with the law – more so now due to MOT exemption. We should not give the non-classic people (who often think they are merely old cars getting in the way) any reason to doubt our obsession.
Come on everyone, please ensure our wonderful classic cars are in excellent mechanical shape to enhance our experiences - as well as other road users’ impressions of us all. Theo Futter, Woking
Don’t ditch our classic reputation with inadequate maintenance.