With an ever-increasing number of issues potentially threatening the historic vehicle industry, some in plain sight, others under the radar, it is heartening to know that we have an organisation ready to fight our corner.
There are more than 100,000 jobs directly associated with the historic vehicle industry in the UK, and an annual sector turnover of more than £18bn in 2019 (sources: HCVA, FBHVC, HERO-ERA), it is easy to see why this is such an important cause.
The clear mission of the HCVA is "to promote, support and maintain the long-term health and success of the sector".
The HCVA are a not-for-profit organisation and are here "to secure a sustainable future for jobs, businesses, craftsmen, enthusiasts and forthcoming generations". To be able to do this they will "engage with regulatory authorities, communicate with Government, Parliament, media, and the wider public, and discuss with governmental and non-governmental bodies". In order to "correct myths and misconceptions and bring context and perspective to conversation around sustainability".
Subjects include employment and apprenticeships, changes to fuels, environmental impact, and the effect of Brexit on vehicle and parts movements to and from the UK.
Whether you are a business, an employee, an owners club, or an enthusiast, we all need to pull together to demonstrate the importance of historic vehicles.
For more information, and to join please see hcva.co.uk