The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), the organisation that lobbies for the rights of historic vehicle enthusiasts to use their vehicles on the highway, has won an award at this year’s Classic Motor Show for its innovative display illustrating the variety of road vehicles it represents.
The award, Sponsored by Classic and Sportscar Magazine, and Lancaster Insurance, was for the Most Varied Display of Vehicles, and was presented to FBHVC Chairman, David Whale and Communications Director,Geoff Lancaster at Birmingham’s Hilton Hotel at a reception attended by 300 of the UK’s classic car clubs.
Commenting on the award, David Whale said,” One of our core messages for this exhibition was to demonstrate to our membership that we represent all their interests whether they be cars,motorcycles, commercial vehicles, psv's, military vehicles, farm vehicles or steam-driven vehicles. With a bit of creativity we managed to do this with live exhibits, so the fact that this award recognizes this, is particularly pleasing.”
An ‘historic’ vehicle is simply, by internationally accepted definition, one that has achieved thirty years in existence. So another core message the Federation was keen to convey was that historic vehicles do not necessarily have to be exotic or expensive. This point was well made by a humble MG Maestro taking pride of place on the stand. This model attained historic status this year.
“We defend the rights of owners to use this sort of vehicle just as much as we do the owners of high end exotica,” added David Whale.
Interest in historic vehicles is booming, and something approaching 65,000 people visited the exhibition at Birmingham’s National exhibition Centre.
The FBHVC stand features with other stands visited by Sir Stirling Moss on video if you follow this link