Club Expo 2019 – Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

Venue: British Motor Museum, Gaydon 26 January 2019
 
Some snippets of interest by Lancashire Automobile Club member Adrian Dean

As many of you are aware we are a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs who represent the interests of should we say the older motoring fraternity (at least in terms of car age) at a national level. The Federation have annual meetings attended by motor club representatives and this year Adrian attended on our behalf.
Speakers come from a variety of different parties all of whom have a common interest in motoring. As you can see from Adrian’s brief report the agenda covered many areas including the FBHVC, the DVLA and motor insurers.
We are grateful to Adrian for giving up his time to attend this meeting representing the LAC.
Geoff Lancaster, Communications Director FBHVC
Ian Edmunds, DVLA Liaison FBHVC
The DVLA processes 86,000 licences per day and historic vehicles account for less than 1% of the DVLA’s work, which is not so easily automated.  The DVLA, not surprisingly, would like to see more effort from historic vehicle owners in their submission of vehicle information.  The other side of this coin is that the DVLA is considering the issue of written guidelines on the re-registration of historic vehicles, which would speed up the registration process.
Paul Chasney, Research Director FBHVC
Paul referred to the most recent survey launched at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2018, which revealed that 1,039,950 historic vehicles are registered In the UK.  There are 500,000 owners completing an average of 1,124 miles pa in their historic vehicles.  The total spend is £5.5bn pa.

The Early Ownership Costs Survey Analysis (what the owner spends, not per vehicle) revealed that:

  • High proportion of vehicles not requiring MoT are offered for testing
  • Insurance £384, Fuel £800
  • 48% use a fuel additive – 69% of these most of the time
  • 67% use 20/50 – 81% change the oil themselves
  • 33% do not know how or are not sure about reading a tyre code
Bruce Kelsey, Director of Development, Morris Minor Owners Club
Bruce’s comments reflect those of a club with 8,500 members with a policy of maintaining and even increasing membership.  However, some of the points he promotes may be of interest to LAC members.  Here are a few of his ideas:
·         Give members a say on how the club develops
·         Ask members within the club to indicate their particular skills
·         Succession planning
·         Meet the Committee
·         Members survey
·         Business plan
 
Other presentations included:
·         Apprenticeships – Karl Carter
·         The pitfalls of liability – Greg Nock, Peter James Insurance
·         Data Driven Vehicle Club ‘Next Step Heritage’
·         PR & Media – Wayne Scott & Hannah Thomas
Feedback Session
After the presentations, David Whale, Chairman FBHVC opened up the discussion and invited the audience to comment on the meeting.  This is a summary of the points raised, which will be considered by FBHVC:
·         Workshops were proposed for the next Club Expo.  This suggestion was not generally liked
·         DVLA Q&A session should be enlarged.  This proposal was received with enthusiasm
·         List of all clubs attending to be circulated to those present
·         A member of the All Party Parliamentarians Group to be invited to next year’s Club Expo.  Sir Greg Knight’s name was mentioned
·         Only bona fide clubs should be invited to future events
·         The next Club Expo will be on Saturday 25 January 2020 at The British Motor Museum
For further information regarding the Club Expo 2019, please contact Adrian Dean on 07989 343503 adrianjohndean1947@icloud.com