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Is there a next generation of classic car enthusiasts?

 

This is a question that has been coming up frequently in classic car magazines and has been raised by a few of our customers recently. The general opinion seems to be one of doom and gloom for the future of the classic car scene. Many people quite reasonably argue that current generations have been raised around cars that you couldn’t tinker with even if you wanted to, where the current generation of classic car fans were raised in some wonderful sepia tone, 1960s wonderland where every Sunday sensible men in flat caps retuned their carbs. Although it is more challenging for youngsters to find a vehicle to learn on and that has parts you can see rather than a myriad of plastic covers and wires, those with a will to learn will still find a way. Further more, with the increasing cost of fuel, tax and insurance, classic motoring actually makes economic sense with classic insurance, tax-exempt cars and, if you pick the right classic, reasonable MPG.AC Cobra at Twyford Moors Classic Cars

The catalyst for me writing this article was a visit we had yesterday. Liam Parton and D.A.V.E. of the BITBUK Podcast popped in to see us in an AC Cobra, with big smiles on their faces and exulting the virtues of open to classic motoring. Although sadly not a Jaguar it does go to show there is a desire from the next generation to get out in classic cars.

Many of you will at this point be crying “That’s not a very practical or economic classic for a young person!” and I take your point, however it does illustrate the level of interest in classics. To jump to my own defense here I drive (I’m 25) a Wolseley 1500 for 10 months of the year, I’ve owned the car for nearly 5 years and it has proved itself to be reliable, fuel efficient and most importantly it puts a smile on my face every time I drive it, even on a cold, February morning.

Wolseley 1500All you have to do is stop for a moment and look around you and you will see that the classic car scene is full of young enthusiasts just waiting for their chance to get behind the wheel of an XK, E-Type, Porsche or Ferrari but for now you are more likely to see us cutting our classic teeth in Morris Minors, Triumph Spitfires, MG Midgets and MK1 Golfs. If you’ve been following our XK140 restoration you will no doubt have spotted that Twyford has a fair few employees under the age of 25, all of whom are classic car enthusiasts and are learning and preserving the skills required to look after classic cars from our experienced team of specialists.

So next time you’re at a classic car meeting, stop and look around you and I’m sure you will be able to spot a fair few young enthusiasts. Fear not, the classic car scene is safe and I’m sure will be as strong in 50 years as it is now.

Jaguar XK120, AC Cobra and Ford Lotus Cortina outside the workshop

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