At long last summer is here, along with a growing number of classic car events. This will be a new step for over 20 younger drivers who have a classic on loan for the year as part of the Classic Car Loan Project (CCLP). Yes, a car for the year to use, with care, as though it was their own.
Over 20 classic cars ranging in years from 1929 to 1987 loaned to the CCLP younger drivers by generous owners and clubs will be rubbing shoulders at club events and on local runs with those more experienced owners. The newcomers are given ongoing support by dedicated mentors, to give added confidence through the loan period. Basic care and basic maintenance is all part of the care experience programme.
The cars range from the “Al Capone style” Ford Model A , Austin 7’s, 10hp and Maestro, Ford 8 , Anglia and Popular, Vauxhall’s Victor and Viva, Triumph Herald and Acclaim, Morris Minor, Riley Elf, Wolseley 1500, MG Maestro, with 3 1930’s Morgans in the sporty section through to 2 Alvises at the luxury end! Something for everyone to enjoy.
CCLP Director, Bob Wilkinson said, “I am delighted to see all these cars being used, and thoroughly enjoyed, by the next generation of very responsible enthusiasts who might otherwise have not had this experience and challenge. Most of the cars might have lain idle but instead, generous owners, and clubs, have taken a positive step to encourage newcomers. We are all winners.”
Insurance? No problem, as this is provided, by Peter James Insurance in a dedicated, forward thinking scheme where all parties are protected. Peter James Director, Cheryl Maybury said,” We are delighted to be part of this exciting initiative. The future of the classic car, as part of our heritage, is in the hands of a future generation. This project sets an example of how to engage positively with new enthusiasts.”
Other sponsors are The British Motor Museum – where hand- overs , with driving area facility usually take place – Longstone Tyres who offer advice and good discount to ensure vehicle safety, Duckhams Oil to keep the wheels turning, and King Dick Tools to help with the hands on aspects. Each car too has club support.
No doubt readers will meet up with some of these cars at events this summer as regulations allow. You will pick out the young drivers from their smiles!