The HCVA is a Not-for-Profit organisation funded by its board and members to provide a strong voice to support and protect the Classic and Historic vehicle world in Britain. The world and lifestyle of Classic, Vintage and Veteran car owners and enthusiasts is under an unprecedented threat, often from sometimes well meaning but misguided people.
As we have found recently from the mis-guided ‘The great Diesel disaster‘, well meaning actions can sometimes backfire. There are very few vehicles as well maintained by owners as are Classic cars, they are sometimes driven only once a year and under strict insurance rules must be limited to low usage.
The threat is clear. Classic cars, bikes and other vehicles could disappear from our roads – banished by legislation.
What exactly are we and you as a member defending?
The foundations of our campaign
For Trade & Industry
The challenges our industry is now experiencing and those coming down the road fast are serious – and in many cases could lead to job losses and business closures.
We have created this non-profit organisation for a single purpose – to do everything that can be done to protect the future for us all. Our insights, expertise and advice will keep members ahead of the curve on upcoming developments, helping them stay fully informed.
Owners, Collectors, Enthusiasts and the General Public
Classic vehicles bring untold pleasure to millions of drivers and supporters but the freedom to carry on enjoying this popular pastime is in jeopardy.
Misunderstandings about their impact on the environment, confusion about rules after Brexit and other issues mean this is a time for urgent action. With the average value of a classic car at around £5,400, this is not just a hobby for the well-heeled – this is a key part of British heritage that is enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
There are three very strict rules covering insurance on legitimate ‘Classic’ cars, making them far more ‘Environmentally friendly’ than most everyday cars.
- The car MUST be garaged and or kept off public roads
- The car MUST be a second vehicle and cannot be used as an ‘Everyday’ family or travel to work vehicle
- The car Must be driven sparingly, with a strict low annual mileage (Often only used for local driving on dry days and for shows)
What can you, As an Owner, Collector, Enthusiast or Business do?
Simply put, we are creating a powerful voice for everyone who has an interest in protecting the future of classic and historic vehicles. Add your voice together with ours for a stronger voice in parliament. Why should I join?
Join Now as Collector or Enthusiast
Adding your voice helps protect the diverse network of people, businesses and jobs that is the British classic and historic vehicle sector. If you enjoy attending events as an owner or spectator and want to ensure you will continue to see classics on the roads then you can help by making your voice heard.
We also plan to add value to you and run exclusive events, we will keep you informed with what is happening with our mission. And when we succeed you’ll know that you played an important part in protecting such a key part of our heritage.
The challenges our industry is now experiencing and those coming down the road fast are serious – and in many cases may lead to job losses and business closures. We have created this non-profit organisation for a single purpose – to do everything that can be done to protect the future for us all. Our insights, expertise and advice will keep members ahead of the curve on upcoming developments, helping them stay fully informed as they build and refine business plans.
Aside from our campaigning work we are also working to increase customer confidence in our industry – reliable common standards, effective consumer protection and a code of conduct. Vehicle owners will see the benefits of dealing with HCVA member businesses. So joining is a sensible and pragmatic response to what we are all facing. We’re taking our futures, and the prospects of generations to come, in our hands.
SVA Says: We had an decision to make when the SVA were approached to work with the HCVA, because in some ways our aims cross and we both cherish and want to preserve the Classic Car world. But, we felt it was important to support not only the many businesses we have as members. So we have added their voice to ours and yours to help make those in power understand what is at risk and to make informed decisions when applying laws for the automotive and classic car world.