Classic Car Loan Project

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The Classic Car Loan Project (CCLP) celebrated five years of success with a gathering at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon sponsored by Peter James Insurance and The FBHVC with  BMM providing excellent facilities.

The gathering, held on Saturday 9 April and saw 15 of the 20+ cars in the current loan phase attending, ranging from 1929 to 1987. The cars were on display after travelling from all parts of the country to meet up for the first time since Covid struck.

Cars changing hands to new younger drivers for the year were there – Austin 7 Ruby, Morris Minor Traveller, Riley Elf and others Ford Model A, Austin 7 , Wolseley 1500, Morris Ital and a TR7 will follow in the next few weeks.   

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Motul Oil were on hand to give service advice and to supply the appropriate grade of engine oil for the care of the cars during the year. King Dick Tools are supplying tool rolls for each car too. Longstone Tyres have been prominent in supporting the preparation of the cars to ensure safety through the loan period.

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Personalities from the TV classic world, Mike Brewer and Sarah Crabtree, were there to applaud the young drivers for responding to the challenge of driving a car from another era. 

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CCLP director, Bob Wilkinson said, “This was a wonderful opportunity to meet together to experience the massive effort made by all concerned, owners, clubs, sponsors and of course the young drivers, in a joint celebration. The excellent facilities at British Motor Museum enabled some of the young drivers to take the wheel for the first time away from normal traffic. I am proud to be associated with these young enthusiasts who will continue to be involved for years to come. 

The longest distance covered on the day, visiting British Motor Museum, was young driver Sam Booth from Featherstone, West Yorkshire, with 280 miles driving a 1954 Ford Popular. That is enthusiasm!”   

Bob indicated that in recent weeks he has been approached by 15 clubs looking to offer cars into the CCLP in the near future. 

For more info on how to apply or offer a car visit www.classiccarloanproject