How can we leave our car Hobby Classic dying?


In the long term, this classic of our car is in danger of death for a number of reasons. All young people today do not usually think first cars of the 1950s, 60s and 70s classics. Just think of them as old cars, so I thought prewar cars was growing. My own personal definition of a “classic car” is those who were there when you grew up and aspired to drive and own. Growing up in the 1960s and starting off in the 1970s that puts the 60 and 70 cars full in the crosshairs. Anyone who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s will have a different mentality.

Many classic car clubs are suffering from falling numbers as their membership is literally dying and young people are not joining to fill the gaps. Some clubs are working to try to reverse the trend. The record TR (I am a member) has a “Yoof Group” and the NEC Classic Motor Show in November 2014 was happy to see the “Registry young club members Morris Minor Owners’.

Fortunately Morris minor, some wins: Spitfires and TR7 and classic Minis are still relatively cheap in terms of classic cars and classic make a good start. Once hooked, they hope that the owners will graduate wins more expensive and more expensive brands. That’s assuming they can get insurance that insurers are biased to new drivers from 17 to 25 (especially male), as they are responsible for a disproportionate number of traffic accidents. According to a report in England AA 37% of drivers had an accident at the age of 23!

I can not see drivers Jaguar club or Aston Martin Owners Club never have a youth section for a number of reasons: age, especially age and prejudices members but also costs escalating Jaguars and Astons and the question insurance.

We do our part to spread the word about classic cars and about 10% of our rental customers make a “Try before you buy ‘- ensuring the car of your choice at the height of his dreams – before going out to buy one. the classic motor program 2014 at the NEC which had 4 people come to our booth and cars they had bought after hiring one of our vehicles as a test speak. However, we can not solve the problem sure that our own insurers have established a minimum age limit of 25 years for all our customers.

Assuming that clubs can can crack the problem ‘Yoof’ and encourage more people to our fans that still leaves us with another problem, if not satisfied with little, we leave us with a big problem in the years to come.

If you want someone to program your home video or smart TV, it is likely to ask their children to do so. If you want your date, or lessons in Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, site addresses pimply youth 20 or something guru. If you want your attachment classic car, in search of a silver-haired mechanic who you can tell what is wrong with your engine can balance listening and double or triple carbohydrates ear. Unfortunately, the nature of life itself this mechanic with silver hair are literally dying with little sign fall into the industry to share their knowledge and to replace them.

Young people do not see the manufacture or maintenance of jobs in the car and most of them do not have the patience to see a TV show together without looking at Facebook on your iPhone, let alone complete a learning 2 or 3 years in a industry perceived as dirty and poorly paid.

However, we now have some heavyweights looking at this problem (in the UK at least). The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), which represents most British clubs, has launched a training program approved apprenticeship in the restoration of historic vehicles. The FBHVC believe it is necessary to train 1,000 people over the next five years. There are two (30 miles one way) enough local organizations involved in this should help – Bicester College and inheritance. I think that is the heritage of Bicester who have the vision and drive to be part of this to happen.

Anyone with classic cars in the UK knows that the classic car movement owes much to Hitler, or rather the RAF in their struggle to defeat Hitler. Silverstone was an airfield from World War II and its runways and perimeter roads provided the ideal place to start the race after the war infrastructure. The same applies to many other circuits around the country, such as Castle Coombe and Goodwood. Bicester used to have a RAF base, which dates back to 1916 and the young Royal Flying Corps, which becomes the RAF in 1918. This grew abundantly in the 1930s and was used as a bomber base in World War Worldwide. The base is now in excess of the needs of the RAF and entered the market re-development. Although part of the site is used for housing, most of the 1930s the buildings are “classified” and are not allowed to be demolished.

With incredible foresight a group of people bought the site of 348 acres with trails and buildings. His plan is to develop as a center for the maintenance and restoration of classic airplanes, motorcycles and classic cars. This is not easy as they first had to restore most of the buildings to a state that could be used, but keeping listed “the fabric and style of the 1930s intact buildings. The authenticity of the buildings can It is evidenced by its use in the film ‘the imitation game, “starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

Bicester heritage and staying the following:

Bicester Gliding Centre
A unique cleaning company – BMP Blasters – that can strip anything from the hangar doors to a Bugatti chassis.
A storage business classic cars – Historit – occupying 50,000 square feet of a bomber shed.
Kingsbury specialized in racing Racing Shop and restoration of four and a half liter Bentley.
A young veteran car upholsterer who runs a car in 1910 and land is so well known that does not need to advertise and has a waiting list of customers.
Robert Glover – selling cars and prewar cars from 1940 to 1960.

As more buildings are renovated throughout 2015/16 more companies will join them in Bicester heritage with 12 other tenants due before the end of the first quarter.

I think the combination of Bicester heritage provide a basis for a group of companies in our industry, in collaboration with Bicester College and learning program FBHVC are a beacon for the classic car industry. Although I can not see 1000 trainees come on the horizon, I can see a reasonable number of people to learn new skills, work in a unique environment, earning a good living for the future of the owners of classic cars with enough disposable income to make all worthwhile.

On a less serious note, it is good to know that even in the dark days of the 1930s, with Britain prepare for war, the RAF had a sense of humor. As a military installation of all buildings have numbers with offices for heritage Bicester in the guardroom – Building 89.

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