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Uncle Joe

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: License to own classics? Reply with quote

Over the past few years, it seems to me that it has become more popular to own classic motors of all kinds.

The trouble is, a lot of people that own them now only do it because of fashion, and havent a clue what it means. they maybe dont realise that something like servicing and repairs really have to be done at home, as there aren't all that many places that can do it. I have a feeling that some of these people let classics go to rack and ruin because of this, causing them to be lost forever.

Should there be some kind of compulsary exam, licence training or something that a prospective 'new' enthusiast should carry out?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nope, we have enough regulations and bureaucracy as it is thanks! Smile

Perhaps listed status, as with some old buildings, could be granted on really special vehicles, so that the 'owner' takes on being 'curator' of the vehicle also, for future generations etc, but as a whole no, I think things work well enough as they are!!

A little research can usually turn up a garage with enough knowledge to keep most classics going ok, at least in the UK. It will be different for owners of veteran and some vintage iron of course, but owners of this type of vehicle will 9/10 be hands-on types anyway.

Many current classic car owners are benefiting from the fashion brigade pouring tens of thousands in to Mk2 Jags etc during the 90s, only for them to be on sale now at a fraction of this cost, and still in really good order.

(understanding where UJ is coming from though)

Rick (OCC Admin)
Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
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Uncle Joe

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree totally about having to many rules and regulations already.

The suggestion of giving them some kind of listed status is a good one. That would help in preserving classics for future generations. THough I dont think that it should be limited to really special cars. Depending of course what is meant by special. Maybe something like a gull wing Mercedes would be classed as a special car (which it is, of course), but a Mini wouldnt. Trouble here is that the humble Mini has done more for motoring than a Gull Wing!

Locally to me, there are 3 or more workshops that specialise in classic vehicles, but, after seeing some of their worl, there is no way I could recommend them to anyone, even the 10% that aren't hands on types.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree that certain types of folk should be required to furnish some proof of eligibility before getting to drive Veteran cars, but creating a license for it will enable the Govt to deny the right of ownership eventually when it suits THEM to do so. so in order to preserve ALL our right to own what we wish, i have to say NO to a special license.
NOW; having said THAT; i'll venture that the uninitiated prospective buyers of classics should read and sign waivers/disclaimers of liability for the peculiarities of old cars, i.e. sometimes they won't start, stop, steer, and they can smell funny and leak odd fluids from time to time as well as need specialized maintenance that the neighborhood OilQuik cannot or will not do. NOTHING creates more ill will towards Classic owners than a word of mouth about unreliable, unsafe old cars, from those people who have no idea other than Fashion that they have an old car anyway.
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