ON THE ROAD

The Herald Magazine - - CONTENTS -

ONE of the best Christmas presents I ever re­ceived was a sec­ond­hand copy of Af­ter many years pass­ing through many hands its cover had been left bat­tered and bruised and it smelled of damp, dust and dead skin. Sim­ply won­der­ful!

Of course, I could have been given a brand new im­print or even, heaven for­bid, a digital ver­sion, but it wouldn’t have been the same.

Clas­sic car fans will ap­pre­ci­ate this tan­gi­ble feel­ing of hav­ing his­tory in our hands, of en­ter­ing a world where the air is an aro­matic me­lange of warped wood, chafed leather and leak­ing en­gine oil.

Sadly, my own MGB, hav­ing been passed around the ex­tended fam­ily through the years, was some­how mis­placed and all at­tempts to dis­cover its last known where­abouts have proven fruit­less.

It may well have been can­ni­balised and sold off as or­gan trans­plants for re­furb projects – or, even worse, scrapped al­to­gether.

Thank­fully, not all cars deemed to be past their prime will now share such an ig­no­min­ious fate. Ford has just changed the terms and con­di­tions of its scrap­page scheme to of­fer a kind of pur­ga­tory for his­toric ve­hi­cles.

Up un­til now all ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered be­fore Jan­uary 1, 2010, were el­i­gi­ble for trade-in but faced be­ing scrapped.

When a 1959 Stan­dard Ten was traded in un­der the scheme for a new Ford Transit, this was too much for a band of clas­sic car fans to thole.

Such was their level of wail­ing, teeth gnash­ing and wav­ing of oily rags, Ford agreed not to scrap the car, so long as it was not put back on the road. Its re­vised terms now state from next year any ve­hi­cle

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