Startermotor: Putting the next generation in the driving seat.

To keep the wonderful world of Classic & Performance Cars alive and well!

Our passion is to see the next generation of young people driving, maintaining and enjoying historic cars. We know that if nothing is done, the world of classic motoring will begin to change and even disappear. It doesn’t take vast research to see society is shifting, the car world is undergoing seismic technical changes, attitudes to driving and the ambition to own a car, particularly amongst the Millennial generation, is changing too. Startermotor is working with young people to address that. Young enthusaists can go to

Startermotor introduces and develops your people’s interests in Veteran and Classic cars

Our Mission to keep the ICE alive and kicking

We believe our old car world can provide a real haven in the digital age: enjoyment, adventure and community. It’s a place to belong; where friendship, common interest and mechanical fun are self evident; where things are repaired and not thrown away. StarterMotor is determined to ensure a big welcome to the historic motoring community for young people by supporting them in their ambitions and promoting access to classic cars.

StarterMotor is a Charity based at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire.

Maintenance, Safe driving and making friends with shared interests are all included

There is a clear need to engage a new generation, to encourage them to take up careers in the historic vehicle industry and to enjoy historic cars. With the way historic and classic vehicle prices have risen over the last 10 years it has become harder and harder for young people to become involved.

StarterMotor has partnerships with a number of education facilities, apprenticeship schemes and local colleges to help provide vehicles and further resources for their students, to not only learn from but also use in competitions, events and shows. We are also now pleased to be adopted as an official partner to the Specialist Vehicle Associates trade body as one of it’s 2 Charity members.

Our attention is to the detail of training future experts is methodical and covers all car exterior & interior aspects

We also work with industry partners and businesses generally to assist young enthusiasts in finding a part to play in the industry. There is a great need for engineering apprentices but there are also roles in other areas such as insurance, sales, event management and auctioneering, all of which require a specialist knowledge and passion.

Historic vehicle clubs are struggling to attract younger members. StarterMotor is working closely with major groups to identify changes needed and  providing different opportunities for young people to become involved. Many clubs need new youth policies and a new style of events and the charity is here to help make that happen.

Can you or your business help?

The SVA has waived all fees and charges to support our charitable activities and will in the future assist in funding some of the training we provide. Can you as a dedicated Classic Car sector business help?

We are always in need of resources and funds to help our initiative. As many know, running a classic car can be frustrating at times and you can always expect the unexpected repair bill around the corner. Our vehicles are in constant need of maintenance and repair by our students and all donations (Registered charity no. 1171312) are greatly received.

If you would like to help in any way please do get in touch with us via our Get In Touch page and we will be back in touch as soon as possible. We will send you everything you need to help and reap the rewards of your kind support.

To get in touch with Startermotor, click on the link above or go to: Email: And to donate money to support our activities, please go to

Address: Bicester Heritage, Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX27 8AL



SVA members are welcome to explore training and apprenticeships with us