Safe clas­sics will stand us in good stead

Practical Classics (UK) - - YOUR SHOUT -

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.

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