FBHVC seeks 12 Apprentices

Who are the FBHVC 

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use old vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in UK and (through membership of Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) in Europe.

FBHVC is a company limited by guarantee, registered number 3842316, and was founded in 1988.

There are nearly 500 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters. Details can be found at www.fbhvc.co.uk or sent on application to the secretary.

Monday 18th April 2017

Department for Transport (DfT) Guidance on Substantial Change of Historic Vehicles.

Please see our attached press release in relation to the information released by DfT this morning on Vehicles of Historic Interest (VHI): Substantial Change Guidance.

The link to the DfT announcement is included in the document attached and also below.  


Thursday 6 April 2017

FBHVC gets Government go ahead for new Trailblazer apprenticeship

The directors of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) are delighted to announce that they have received confirmation today from the Department for Education that they can proceed with their development of a Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship under the new Government Trailblazer arrangements which came into force on 1 April this year. 

Thursday 9 January 2017

Dear Historic Vehicle Enthusiast

In this months FBHVC news they look at legislation, DVLA, roadworthiness tests and a variety of other articles so why not download this latest copy of the FBHVC news 

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dear Historic Vehicle Enthusiast

The Federation is pleased to announce that the full report on the results of the 2016 National Historic Vehicle Survey is now available.

The report is in pdf format and can be downloaded from the Federation's website (www.fbhvc.co.uk).  A link can be found on the Federation's home page or by going to our site's Research pages by clicking HERE.

The full report provides a wealth of data for anyone interested in the historic vehicle movement.  I would encourage you to have a look and share it with your friends and members of your historic vehicle clubs.  (For those who find the detail in the full report too daunting the summary report will continue to be available on the Research pages of the Federation's website!)

May I also take this opportunity to wish you the compliments of the season.  Hopefully we will all have an opportunity to enjoy our historic vehicles over the holiday period.

The Federation will be launching further research projects in 2017.  I hope we can count on your support to help us ensure we can all continue to enjoy 'yesterday's vehicles on tomorrow's roads'.

Opportunity of a Lifetime for 12 Apprenticeship Seeking Young People

Friday 27 August 2015

It is announced today (1 September) that North London Garages Automotive Academies is to be the nominated training provider for London and the Home Counties for the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs (FBHVC) Apprenticeship in Historic Vehicle Restoration. This means that the search is now on for 12 aspiring apprentices to join the course in October this year. The course, which covers Level 2 of the apprenticeship over a two year period is a combination of hands-on experience in the workshop and theory in the classroom and because students are placed within a business as well as attending college, they earn a wage while they learn. This means the search is also on for restoration businesses interested in taking on apprentices who commit to the course. As the apprenticeship has Ofqual accreditation the Government has made available cash incentives for these businesses.

“We are delighted that North London Garages have adopted our apprenticeship programme”, commented FBHVC trade and skills director, Karl Carter, “clearly having a skills provider in the capital is a very significant step forward for the programme.”

North London Garages Automotive Academies are a renowned training provider in the automotive sector delivering a variety of high quality programmes. They have four centres, Enfield (north London), Beckton (east London), Uxbridge (west London) and Watford (Hertfordshire) so depending on demand for the course they have the capacity to roll it out across the whole network. In addition they have been contracted by world famous Rolls-Royce restorers, P & A Wood to recruit and train their next generation of technicians and craftsmen. A cohort of 12 apprentices will begin training shortly exclusively for P & A Wood.

For further information contact Geoff Lancaster, FBHVC communications director, on 07860 562659.

Potential applicants should call John Pitchforth on 020 8805 6967 or mobile 07973 425276.

Drive It Day 


Sunday 21 April 2013

Drive It Day encourages our 500-plus club members and supporters plus other historic vehicle enthusiasts to use yesterday’s two, three, four or more wheeled vehicles for a day to celebrate the UK’s transport heritage at its finest. All owners of historic cars are encouraged to take to the roads on the 21 April to demonstrate how many historic and interesting machines are still on the road today.

Most FBHVC members already have planned to make the most of this day by using the public roads, meeting at local venues, places of interest, including museums such as Beaulieu, National Trust and heritage properties, transport cafes, like the Ace, local beauty spots or even car parks.

The FBHVC team will be attending a number of the many events. In particular they will have an attendance at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, which is home to the world’s largest collection of British historic cars. Centrally positioned Gaydon would make a good start point, intermediate waypoint to visit en-route, or an excellent location to finish a day’s run.

In support of Drive it Day, the Heritage Motor Centre will offer a special admission price of £5 for museum entry for those arriving in historic vehicles. In addition a discounted rate will be offered for the Land Rover Experience. This is a ride, as a passenger, through the steep and twisting multi-terrain track, either in a modern Discovery or an early Series III.

21 November 2012

Calling all classic vehicle enthusiasts

Federations for historic vehicles around the world, including the FBHVC, are addressing the issues of how the necessary technical knowledge to repair and restore classic vehicles can be retained for the future. To achieve this aim the FBHVC, and the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) with its 70 member countries, are undertaking a large-scale survey of enthusiasts and owners of historic vehicles. The questionnaire, which can be completed via the internet, is completely anonymous.

FBHVC and FIVA invite all owners of classic cars, motorcycles, commercial and military vehicles etc. to take part in this survey in the first half of 2013. The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete and you will be helping to maintain your freedom to use yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads. The findings will serve as a reference during many considerations and discussions in the future to propose solutions in this area. So please either enter http://tinyurl.com/8cpqxvf on your browser

FBHVC Press release September 28th 2012 (this is about the EU Roadworthiness Testing directive, E10 petrol and a lot more)     

FBHVC Press release August 23rd 2012 (this is about the EU Roadworthiness Testing directive)     

FBHVC Press release April 13th 2012 (this is the test results on  StabilityAdditive Test Results) 

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is pleased to announce the results of its fuel stability additive test programme. This research was designed to test the anti-corrosive properties of proprietary additives claiming to provide a high level of protection against potential corrosion of fuel systems, including tanks, pipework and fuel metering equipment on historic vehicles caused by the addition of ethanol into petrol. 


FBHVC Press release March 2012 (this is concerning the latest news on Ethanol)  

FBHVC Press release Feb 2012 (this is concerning the new MOT regulations )

FBHVC Press release 23th Dec 2011 (this is concerning the Additive testing programme for protection against the effects of Ethanol in petrol)