It’s fair to say the classic car community is back out in force after the privations of the past couple of years. From blue riband events like the Goodwood Members Meeting to local shows and coffee meets, everyone wants to be out there and enjoying their cars, and that’s good news for everyone in the classic vehicle industry.
Younger people are coming in to the classic sector as owners and workers, helped by more engagement at events and the charity StarterMotor.
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Classic Car Business Issue 02 2022
It’s fair to say the classic car community is back out in force after the privations of the past couple of years. From blue riband events like the Goodwood Members Meeting to local shows and coffee meets, everyone wants to be out there and enjoying their cars, and that’s good news for everyone in the classic vehicle industry. Talking to many of you over the last few months, we know that business is brisk even in the face of recent challenges such as the huge hike in fuel prices, supply difficulties, and the rising cost of materials. All of these issues are a concern, though the adapt and evolve nature of the classic sector is proving up the task.
None of us can rest on our laurels, however. There has been an ongoing debate in recent years about how we, as an industry, can bring in younger people as enthusiasts and to work with older vehicles. Projects such as StarterMotor are working wonders to address this need, but we also need to heed the words of this charity’s chief executive. When Dave Withers says we have 15 years to save the classic car sector, everyone must pay heed. Younger enthusiasts and more modern classics are not the be all and end all of the classic world, but they ably underline the ever-shifting nature of our sector.
Another indicator of how the classic car industry is changing in ways we might not have predicted a few years ago is the large increase in the number of restoration programmes from car makers themselves. This has moved from simply being about preserving their heritage for a bit of feel-good marketing to a much more serious and profitable business. We look at how this part of the industry is evolving and how it can help support independent specialists.
On a different note, I’d like to thank all of you for the kind comments about the first issue of Classic Car Business. It’s truly humbling to know we’re serving up the right kind of stories and talking about what matters to you. Please keep your calls, emails and comments coming, as we are here to give you a voice. Thanks and enjoy the issue.
Don’t forget also to get more regular updates at www.classiccarbusiness.com where you will find daily news and much more in-depth analysis of the classic vehicle industry.
Al Suttie, Editor
Classic Car Business is the only publication aimed specifically at the classic car sector. With more than 100,000 people employed in the industry in the UK alone and with an annual turnover of more than £18 billion, Classic Car Business delivers an unrivalled channel to communicate with the industry.