A word from our Chairman…
What a year! Who would have thought if I had written this message twelve months ago that 2020 could unfold as it has?
Of course, there has been sadness, I have lost two close relatives to COVID-19 and many other enthusiasts have been affected in a similar way.
But equally many people have learned new skills, how many had heard of Zoom calls at the beginning of the year? These digital means of communication can open new horizons to clubs large, small or clusters of enthusiasts with an interest in a particular model. Many of you dialled in to our virtual AGM and it delivered our directors’ reports into many homes on a Saturday morning. Our President, Lord Steel, wrote to me immediately following the meeting to say he had greatly enjoyed watching the board members’ making their presentations and this will certainly be a facet that we adopt for future meetings even if they are more traditional in format.
What else that is positive has happened? Well, we have heard of many stalled projects being invigorated and we can all look forward to vehicles taking to our roads that we may not have seen before. A couple of weeks ago I ‘taxed’ my 1936 Carter Invalid Carriage for the first time in 24 years. It had been the sole mode of transport for a disabled lady, Elizabeth, for forty years from when she was aged 26 . . . and it is green being powered by a 36-volt electric motor, another addition to my fleet of historic electric vehicles!
Already many people are looking forward to the vaccines being in place and increasing freedom. We sense anticipation in the minds of enthusiasts who are looking forward to making up on lost ground in 2020. I received a Christmas card yesterday with a note saying the club had six race meetings planned next year.
We know Clarion Events are busy planning the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery for November and already taking bookings. They have prudently planned the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show for June and in these past few days my Inbox has been filling with further announcements from Beaulieu, Goodwood and others. I sense many celebrations in 2021!
The Federation has its own exciting development in 2021 with Drive It Day on Sunday 25th April being held in support of Childline®. There is no doubt the pandemic has caused angst in the lives of many children and we are pleased the historic vehicle movement is able to contribute to supporting our younger generation. Rally plates are on sale now on driveitday.co.uk and there is an opportunity to list the events you plan.
As I have been typing these words, the news broadcasts are full of the new and much tighter “Tier 4” restrictions now in place over Christmas but we are where we are. There is hope for the New Year and we should celebrate Christmas as best we can. The Federation team sends their best wishes for the holiday and we look forward to meeting you all in 2021!