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The Government is asking car enthusiasts to help shape future classic car policy and future-proof the industry



The Government has launched a call for proposals to gather views on how to preserve classic cars for future generations.

Through the Government Response Form, the DVLA and Department for Transport are seeking help from enthusiasts and industry experts to identify areas of potential change for the classic world.

Drivers can help shape future policies to protect automotive icons and adapt them to modern times.

The call for comments will run for eight weeks, until July 4, 2024.

By responding to the government’s call for evidence, you can help preserve iconic cars like the four Hilton & Moss restored Aston Martin DB5s

Classic car policy has remained largely the same since the 1980s.

Currently, the registration process after renovation and modernization does not take into account the improvement of historic vehicles using modern technologies.

But now the government wants to change that by inviting interested parties to propose ways to register and protect motoring icons – such as James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, Inspector Morse’s MkII Jaguar and Back to the Future’s DMC DeLorean – and make them fit for modern times.

The call for comments will also help the government decide how to prioritize road safety and maintain accurate vehicle records.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The way we restore and protect classic cars is out of step with the times and evolving technology, so we are calling on the industry and enthusiasts to have their say on how best to protect British classics.” for decades to come.”

Electrogenic is transforming classic cars – like this Jaguar E-Type – into 100% electric cars, “creating electric vehicle technology that extends the life of beautiful, historic cars and adapts them to the modern world.” Electrogenic has a testing and customer service center at Bicester Heritage
The call for comments will facilitate the registration of classic cars and the appropriate consideration of renovations and modifications

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In the future, modifications will be appropriately considered to improve the car’s performance, with particular emphasis on electric conversions of classic cars.

‘Retrofitting’ classic cars with electric drivetrains has brought joy to many drivers in recent years, with specialist companies including Electrogenic, Electric Classic Cars and Lunaz making headlines with their modern take on vintage engines.

Steve Drummond, chief executive of Electrogenic, believes that an important step is that “the government recognizes that electrification of classic cars is part of the solution.”

“Carefully engineered, sympathetic conversions like ours, which retain the car’s original design, make a classic car more reliable, better to drive, and mean it can run on clean energy.”

The Goodwood Revival is a huge attraction for motoring enthusiasts every year – 150,000 visitors of all ages flock to the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit to enjoy three days of period costumes and historic motor racing.
Every September, Revival’s presence helps boost the local economy and protect the classic car industry

We encourage you to submit your ideas on how to future-proof the industry and support traditional jobs, as the classic car industry currently employs 113,000 skilled workers and is worth £18 billion a year.

Preserving historic engines will help attract tourism to iconic classic car shows, and the Goodwood Revival is a renowned government example of how classic car events can help grow the economy and develop local areas.

The Duke of Richmond, founder of the Festival of Speed ​​and Goodwood Revival, described the government’s move as “providing people with a platform to gain insight into the classic car industry and what it means to them.”

He added: “Everything we do at Revival is focused on sustainability and the protection of these machines, so this September we will become the world’s first historic motorsport event to mandate the use of sustainable fuels in all races. .’

Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire is a classic motoring hub, home to over 45 specialist companies. The Sunday Scramble is Bicester Heritage’s flagship event, with each Scramble event attracting up to 10,000 visitors. The last race this year will take place in October
Sunday Scramble raises money for its charity partner Startermotor, which aims to ensure the next generation of young people drive, maintain and enjoy vintage cars to protect the industry

Not only is the classic car industry important to the economy, it also showcases British excellence around the world: “This is a sector where the UK truly leads the world,” confirms Steve Drummond of Electrogenic.

“It’s a hobby that means a lot to people across the country, so clarity about its future is absolutely needed.”

To respond to the call for comments, you can use the DVLA SNAP Survey Ltd tool, email or post your response. Details on how to respond can be found on the DVLA website.

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