If there’s a good reason to promote the Classic Car Trade then this is it
The FBHVC has announced that April 25th 2021, will be the ‘Drive it Day’ run in support of the nationally important charity, the NSPCC’s Childline®.
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs introduced Drive it Day in 2005 with the aim of getting the nation’s transport heritage out on the roads and seen by the public. Since then, the national celebration of Historic Vehicles has successfully increased public awareness of the historic vehicle movement whilst bringing a sense of togetherness to the thousands of owners and enthusiasts who attend events and runs up and down the country. Those events, held by over 500 member organisations and clubs that make up the Federation’s membership, are as varied as the vehicles taking part and often include Drive Outs, Rallies, and meetings at local beauty spots or historic sites.
The Federation sets the date each year to coincide with the anniversary of the 1,000 Mile Trial. At the turn of the 20th century, when most considered the motor car as nothing more than a passing fashion accessory, the Automobile Club organised a demonstration trial for the spring of 1900 to prove them wrong. The trial was to prove motor vehicles on a route from London to Edinburgh and back again. The participants covered the 1000 miles in 20 days, but proved to the public that the motor car had a future as a reliable mode of personal transport.
As the role of the FBHVC and of the historic movement evolves and we become ever more aware of all our duties to contribute to wider society, the Federation has been exploring ways to develop National Drive it Day and re-position the event so that, as well as fulfilling its aims to raise awareness of the historic vehicle movement, we can also use it as an opportunity to contribute to society.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure that the FBHVC has announced it will run the 2021 Drive it Day, scheduled for April 25th in support of the NSPCC’s Childline® service.
During the current pandemic, vulnerable young people have been less visible to professionals and their safety nets have fallen away. Home isn’t always a safe place for a child. Children have also been exposed to more potential risks at home as parents and carers have come under increasing pressures from the current challenging times.
The NSPCC’s Childline® service – 0800 11 11 – has remained a vital lifeline for those children who feel they have no one else to turn to, holding 19,000 counselling sessions a month since lockdown began.
The number of posts on Childline’s message boards from children and young people reaching out to each other for support since the lockdown began has doubled, with the Childline® website receiving three times as many visits per week than before the pandemic, particularly to the advice pages and the Calm Zone, with tools and activities to help children let go of stress.
Childline® has also seen a worrying change in the nature of concerns and the age of children they have supported, with over half of all conversations related to mental and emotional health (including suicidal thoughts and feelings and self-harm), and more children under 11 contacting the service.
Childline® will continue to remain a vital resource for children as they adjust to returning to school and the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt by children and families. But they need our help to fund these vital resources.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said, “I wanted to thank everyone at the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs for your commitment to work in support of Childline®. Childline® is an extraordinary service that is here for children with nowhere else to turn. Your time and your fundraising efforts are going to make an incredible difference in helping us train and support volunteers to be there for the very many children who deserve better during these incredibly challenging times. Really looking forward to building an important partnership with you that is going to make a great difference. Thank you.”
Individuals can donate simply by purchasing a Drive it Day rally plate for their vehicle which will be available to purchase shortly online. Clubs can help by organising an event or rally to raise money and by donating the proceeds to our JustGiving fundraising page, the link for which can be found via www.driveitday.co.uk.
David Whale, FBHVC Chairman said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge that the world has faced in a generation. So, the FBHVC asks all historic vehicle owners and enthusiasts to join in with us on Drive it Day, Sunday 25 April 2021, to not only continue our work to raise awareness of the freedoms needed by the historic vehicle movement, but also to contribute something special and help ensure Childline® is still there for those children who need help. Our passion can make a huge difference to his hugely deserving charity.”
There are all sorts of ways you can get involved and more information can be found via www.driveitday.co.uk where you can also submit your event to our directory to help enthusiasts find what’s happening nearest to them as well as view the options to donate, raise money and purchase rally plates.
Of course, the FBHVC accepts that many clubs already raise money for charity through their Drive it Day activities and so suggest this as an optional addition to any existing fundraising relationships that clubs may have.
DRIVE IT DAY and the associated logo are registered trademarks of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Limited. Details may be found at: https://trademarks.ipo.gov.uk/ipo-tmcase/page/Results/1/UK00002445276 and https://trademarks.ipo.gov.uk/ipo-tmcase/page/Results/1/UK00003062134
The Federation grants permission to clubs and organisations to use its trademarks to promote Drive It Day. However, in using the branding, the Federation should be acknowledged and the trademarks marked as such.
We’ve got our plate, have you? Order here: https://www.driveitday.co.uk/shop
- Bespoke 1975 Porsche 914 rendering project goes into production
- Fitted with Porsche Cayman 3.4S 6 cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission
- Available to order in right or left-hand drive
- Designed and created by classic car and prestige arm of World Rally Championship team, Mellors Elliot Motorsport
Classic Car and prestige car builders Fifteen Eleven Design have embarked on their next project, the creation of a contemporary and unique Porsche 914 from their premises in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Fifteen Eleven Design, the classic arm of World Rally Championship team Mellors Elliot Motorsport have over 40 years’ experience in engineering and building bespoke cars for competition and road use, and will put their expertise into creating a classic Porsche 914 with a dynamic modern twist, launching in 2021.
The mid-engined, targa-topped roadster has been reimagined to feature a host of modern materials and elements, including a high-end performance braking and suspension system, Porsche Cayman 3.4S 6 cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission.
Combining the classic yet often overlooked features of the Porsche 914 with innovative upgrades, the project will see bespoke examples available in both right and left-hand drive from their factory in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
When not building rally cars for international championships, Mellors Elliot Motorsport has been commissioned to carry out a host of manufacturing ventures across the decades. With bespoke projects increasing recently, it has led to the firm creating a new brand to cater for the additional workload.
From its inception, Fifteen Eleven Design have been responsible for a series of pioneering projects, centred around the classic and resto-mod culture. Offering a wealth of services from design, prototype creation, manufacture and build, they have been commissioned to carry out a series of tasks such as restoration, ground-up rebuilds and motorsport conversions.
Unique in-house facilities have enabled them to prepare an original factory 1934 Mille Miglia MG K3 for the legendary Goodwood Members Meeting and bespoke modifications to a Morris Traveller including a 1310cc race engine, telescopic dampers, anti-tramp bars and bespoke full red leather interior.
From their own concept and design, Fifteen Eleven Design created a Ford Escort Mk1 Speedster, offering a short wheelbase, 24 valve V6 powerplant, 5-speed Getrag gearbox and a host of modern ancillaries.
Perhaps the flagship commission from the firm was their stunning restoration of a 1962 Maserati 3500 GT ‘Iniezione’ which enjoyed a successful debut at the esteemed Salon Privé Concours D’elégance last year by securing the runner-up spot in Class J (Post-War Touring – Closed, four-seater) class.
Now, in the next phase of the firm’s expansion, a Porsche 914 will make it from the concept and graphic render phase to reality, marking the latest offering from the UK-based firm. The modern interpretation of the 70’s classic, offers the highest specification of build whilst incorporating the latest technology to produce a uniquely superb driving experience.
Managing Director of Fifteen Eleven Design Chris Mellors is eager to see the concept hit the road in 2021.
“All too often we hear of graphic renders being produced with no intention of being built but here at Fifteen Eleven Design all our efforts are put into making sure any concepts are carried through to completion,” he says.
“Our vision is to re-create classic cars into modern-day restorations which anyone would be proud to drive and the Porsche 914 will be just that. It has an impressive specification that should address the pitfalls of the original, whilst giving owners many technological advantages of today’s engineering and manufacturing processes.
We are delighted to be able to offer these for sale to the general public and are happy to build bespoke examples in either right or left-hand drive. It’s a very exciting project and its certainly just one example of what we are capable of. Our engineering and manufacturing expertise spans over 40 years and we are always putting that to good use. The chassis work is already complete so we are now entering a very exciting phase of the project”.
Order books are now open for the Fifteen Eleven Design Porsche 914.
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- Fifteen Eleven Design Porsche 914
- Porsche Cayman S 987 Gen 2 – 3.4S 6 cylinder engine
- 6-speed transmission
- Cayman-based suspension architecture
- Adjustable coil over dampers
- Porsche Brembo 4 piston calipers with cross drilled and vented discs
- Floor mounted AP pedal box, Fly-by-wire throttle
- 18 inch Fuchs wheel with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres
- Bespoke lightweight Stainless Steel exhaust system
- Strengthened and stiffened
- T45 bespoke chassis structural reinforcement
- Widened carbon fibre body panels
- Projector LED headlights and “Moby Dick” style driving lights
- Front bumper and bonnet redesign to allow for radiator and oil cooler packaging
- Clear targa roof to give sense of open-top driving all year round
- Rear ducktail spoiler with active speed dictated adjustment.
- Recaro sports bucket seats
- Bespoke leather interior
- Available in RH or LH drive
- Redesigned bulkhead and fuel tank package for extra legroom
According to reports, within the next few weeks those purchasing classic vehicles from abroad could be forced to pay up to 30% more to import historic vehicles. This is in conjunction with the Brexit transition period, where tax is expected to rise in multiple sectors. At the end of last month, Colin Laidlaw, the Director of VAT at Kreston Reeves advised that imported classics are set to become “even more expensive” after the new few weeks. Read the full article below and find out how classic enthusiasts might have to start looking closer to home in the near future:
Whilst the news suggests this will simply be putting costs in line with other countries, there’s no doubting that Brexit may have a sudden and costly impact on those choosing to buy outside of the UK. Laidlaw continued to add that, “The cost of buying and importing a classic car or motorcycle from continental Europe is set to become even more expensive“, warning that the “Bargain classic for sale in Europe may come with a new 20% VAT and 10% duty charge“. So, what does this mean for the industry here in the UK? Potentially disruption to supply chains warns experts, leading to longer waiting times for imports. As well as the possibility of extra paperwork when purchasing an initially cheap-sounding vehicle.
It’s not all doom and gloom though! The Director of VAT went on to say that some models may be exempt from this added tax if they are considered of “Historical interest“. Suggesting that if the car you’re looking to import is considered, rare, from a successful sporting background or being purchased with the intention of being added to a collection then you might just avoid the extra charges. Laidlaw went on to confirm this, concluding that “Vehicles that HMRC consider to be of historical interest may qualify for a reduced rate of VAT of just five percent and a nil-rate duty but comes with tough criteria to meet“.
The criteria for exemption are loosely defined at this stage as:
– A vehicle that is over 30 years old
– Be in its original state
– No longer be in production
– Most importantly, have what HMRC calls the ‘requisite characteristics for inclusion in a collection’*.
– Vehicles that are involved in motor racing, built for competition and having achieved sporting success
*HMRC defines this as meaning being relatively rare and used outside of its normal purpose.
Whilst it’s felt that it would be considered unlikely that an “Everyday classic bought and imported into the UK from Europe or elsewhere would qualify.“, it’s been confirmed that the added tax will only be applicable to those models which are to be imported to the UK and not those that are already in the country. Experts believe that this new rise might well see collectors flocking to buy British-based cars and manufacturers in an attempt to save costs. But, on a positive note the effect of Brexit will not impact the car prices themselves moving forward and should, “Remain stable” throughout the process. Even though this has the potential to impact businesses who rely on importing vehicles into the country, it’s only fair to mention that this sudden announcement will only come to fruition, should the UK Government fail to reach a deal by the 31st December.
Sell My Classic will be updating on this news, should there be any relevant announcements moving forward.
“Ooh it’s bitter out there!” That’s something we’ve been repeating around the office lately, partly because we’re wearing more jumpers than usual but mainly because we’re starting to warn our traders of the cold months fast approaching! Now, you might be old hat at the winter-prep business for your car, or perhaps you’re completely new to the life of historic vehicle ownership and you’re looking for some tips on how best to prepare your stock from the winter chill. Well, today’s article comes courtesy from ‘carcovers.com’ and they’ve got some excellent advice that we think is worth sharing. Start wrapping up everyone!
‘The best time to start preparing your car for storage is during the autumn — you don’t want to wait until winter is actually here. Instead, start when the weather gets chilly. Some people do participate in classic car shows in the autumn, so simply look at the calendar and decide which show is the last one you’ll do for the season. Then start preparing your car for storage after that. Once you’re ready, here are some of the things you’ll want to do before you store your vehicle.
Clean your car and give it a good wax – The first part is obvious — you don’t want to put away your car while it has dirt on it, do you? After all, you won’t be storing your summer clothing until you’ve washed it first. Also, don’t forget to vacuum and clean the interior while you’re at it. You certainly don’t want to leave any food or other things in your car that could decompose over the months and create a foul odour inside. Once your car is as clean as you can get it, give it a proper wax job. Apply a coat to all of the chrome and painted surfaces on your car. Make sure you use a high quality wax, too. Cheaper waxes may not breathe as well during the change in temperatures.
Check the fluid levels – You’ll want to check the oil, coolant, and fuel levels. First, the oil. You may be told that you need to replace the oil before storing it, but some experts argue that all you really need to do is make sure the oil level is correct and be sure to change the oil and the filter in the spring. For the coolant, make certain you correctly mix you’re the proper amount of coolant and fill the radiator. If you don’t, it’s possible ice could get inside the radiator seals and cause a mess. Finally, your fuel system. Gasoline that sits too long will clog up the fuel system. Mix in a fuel stabilizer and start the car for a few minutes so it works its way through the car’s fuel lines. Fill up the tank, too, so there’s no air space for condensation to form.
Make sure animals can’t disturb your cars – Critters hate the cold, and they’re going to be looking for some place to hide during the winter. Your classic car is going to look like an amazing home for them, so you’ll want to make certain they can’t get in it. Seal the windows and doors to your storage area, and put down some traps just to make certain no animals get near your car. You may want to cover the exhaust tips, too, so nothing can get up inside.
Disconnect the battery – Your car’s not going anywhere, so you can remove the battery and connect it to a trickle charger. If you don’t have a charger, store the battery on a shelf or place it on a piece of wood on the floor. Don’t put your battery directly on the concrete floor. If you do, as the temperature changes in the concrete, the battery will actually lose charge. A piece of wood will serve as a barrier to protect the battery.
Put your car up off the ground by using jack stands – Make sure they’re rated for heavy-duty long-term use, and put some padding between the car’s frame and the stands. This will help relieve some of the tension on the springs and will prevent the formation of flat spots on the tires. Be sure your jack stands are sitting on secure points so nothing bends or breaks.
Wrap your car in a high quality car cover to keep it protected all winter long – Some people use a plastic tarp, but this cheap alternative is not the same. Tarps don’t fit snugly around a car; instead, they have to be tied down. Even then there will be gaps between the car and the tarp. They also don’t let rising air move through the material. This actually can cause corrosion. On the other hand, a quality car cover is designed to breathe and let air pass up and out of it. They help remove air, dust, and moisture, which limits the amount of corrosion that can occur.
Unique Storage Needs
Some cars require unique storage needs. If you have one of these classic cars, be sure to add these things to your to-do lists:
Convertibles with soft tops – Some people aren’t sure if they should store the car with the soft top up or retracted. Most people recommend storing convertibles with the top up. First, if you store the car with the top down, it makes it easier for mice and other creatures to get into the car. Second, the vinyl can get warped if it’s rarely used, and it may even rip if it’s not often used because it will shift over time. Third, whichever way you go, try not to raise or lower the top while it’s cold outside. The cold weather can cause some parts to become brittle, making them more likely to break while in use.
Convertibles with hard tops – If the car is being stored in an unheated area, many people suggest removing the hardtop and storing it in a climate controlled location. This will help protect the headliner and keep it in good shape. Be certain to wrap the car in a car cover, though, in order to protect the interior and keep out critters.
Protecting your classic car from the damage it can incur during the cold, harsh winters is a must, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time and money to restore it to its perfect, pristine condition. While a climate controlled, sealed storage area would be ideal, most of us can’t afford that. However, by following these tips and keeping your car wrapped up in a good car cover during the winter, you can minimize the effects of the weather. When you get your car out of storage next spring, it will look great and be ready to go.’
This article was written by: John Linden
*Please note that these are just suggestions that may or may not apply to you and your vehicle. Always take care when preparing your car for winter storage to protect yourself and your car. Make sure to double-check with manufacturers if necessary to avoid damaging your vehicle if you’re not sure.
We’ve got great news for private car owners, courtesy of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs.
The time it takes motorists to receive a duplicate log book (V5C) has been slashed from 6 weeks to just 5 days, as a result of a new online service launched this week by DVLA.
The ‘Get a vehicle log book (V5C)’ service is the latest DVLA online service, and has been designed for motorists who have lost or damaged their log book.
This will be the second online service DVLA has launched in the last 4 months, following the change address on vehicle log book service which was launched in June and has been used more than 300,000 times.
Every year, DVLA issues around 500,000 duplicate log books where motorists have either lost or damaged their document.
Julie Lennard, DVLA Chief Executive, said:
“DVLA’s new online service to apply for a duplicate log book is quick and easy to use and means customers who have unfortunately either lost or damaged theirs will receive their new document within a matter of days.”
“We know how important a log book is to motorists so if you have lost or damaged yours, the quickest way to get your duplicate document is go to GOV.UK.”
For more information please visit https://www.fbhvc.co.uk/
The above is an original article from FBHVC.
Whilst the majority of dealerships moved to an ‘appointment-only’ model during lockdown restrictions – many have taken to increasing their online presence as a result. This means, platforms like Sell My Classic have seen an increase in demand from private sellers and trade professionals switching to buying and selling online. But we’re not the only ones seeing a rise in traffic! The general public who are looking to buy a car have also become more receptive to the digital-jump taken by the majority of dealers and private sellers. Find out more below and how utilising online platforms could help you sell your classic during these otherwise, difficult times!
A study conducted by ‘What Car?‘ discovered that a third of 5,524 participants who were conducting research for their next car purchase – said they’re open to using live video tours and live chats to find their next car. The survey showed that 29.74% of those involved in the study were happier at the idea of buying a car now rather than back during March lockdown. With 876 people actively looking to still buy a car during the November lockdown. Normal levels at this time of year (as reported by What Car?) are around the 20% mark, whereas 876, represents around 16% – which still shows, as stated by What Car? “Strong levels of buyer intent” in the market place.
Rachael Prasher, managing director, at What Car? was quoted as saying: “Although the month of October saw new car registrations down by just 1.6%, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers, there has been genuine concern over how the market will react to England-wide lockdown. Our research suggests most in-market buyers are still in the market for a vehicle and haven’t been put off by the new restrictions. This has been helped by the growing uptake and reception towards live video tours and online buying, which will help dealers through the month-long closure.”
So whilst figures might be slightly down on the national average that you’d find in any given November, through the use of online tools such as: video tours, live chat and even virtual reality in some cases! Dealers and private sellers are finding ways to keep tapping into the market, which the study shows is still (despite being slightly reduced) ever present, in spite of current restrictions.
Through the use of digital platforms such as Sell My Classic, you expand your shop window to a wider audience online. Now is the time to list your classic online, instead of relying on the general public to simply stumble across your advert. Our platform advertises and makes your car available to an audience of 100’s of dealers, within a time restricted window to increase the demand. We also aim to return to you more than what you’d get by going to auction, without even leaving the house. If you haven’t already, get listing you classic – there’s nothing to lose by trying.
Figures in this article have been collated from a study conducted by: What Car?