How do we look? By DAVE RICHARDS

How do we look? By DAVE RICHARDS

How does the classic car world look? Are we, as reported in a modern-car magazine recently, a bunch of tweed-wearing saddos? Are we a bunch of crashing bores? Who don’t know when to shut up?

Or are we at the forefront of an exciting, dynamic hobby that can turn every commute into a pleasure-drive and every trip into an adventure? 

 

I’d suggest the latter. But I’m biased. Running an old car has its fair share of challenges, and I don’t just mean the mechanical ones which have to be overcome with perseverance, parts, personnel (sometimes) and a deal of luck. I mean the unseen things we face every day we venture onto the highway in an interesting car. There’s the petrol station conversations “My Dad/Uncle/first boyfriend had one of those”. I can handle them.

 

Worst of all the procession of chancers, freeloaders, bottom-feeders, wiseguys, blaggers, opinionates, friends-of-friends, losers, ne'er-do-wells, herring-eaters, skinflints, and the day-trippers, who’ll come up and offer ill-formed hearsay as fact. These pub bores will always regale you with the tales of why you shouldn’t have bought a Triumph Stag “they overheat doncha know?”. Ford Escort “they’re worth millions now”. TR6 “problems with fuel injection on them mate”, or Moskvich “them’re rubbish them are moite” , as I was told on at least five occasions over last weekend’s Race Retro event where I put my own one on show.

 

But even though this attention offers challenges, it means classic lovers are BEING NOTICED. And above all, isn’t that why we love old cars – for the attention it gets us? Roll on the summer.

Latest news

Top 10 Repmobiles: the value choice

The company car, commonly known as the repmobile, seems to be a uniquely British phenomena. The concept of a works-provided car gained in popularity during the early 1960s, when Government wage controls
Read more...

Unregistered Porsche Speedster for sale

A Porsche 911 Speedster which has had the same owner from new and never been registered is being sold by Coys in London on 2 December.The left-hand drive 1989 Speedster has a mileage of 2449 miles and
Read more...

Buy a Bristol 401

With classic car bounty hunters chasing up values of Sixties cars, the Fifties used to offer a bargain-filled refuge from buying fashions, perhaps best exemplified by Bristols. Now many great 1950s cars
Read more...