The Classic Car Loan Project – a scheme to help younger enthusiasts into the hobby – celebrates five years with BMM gathering

The Classic Car Loan Project (CCLP) has celebrated five years of success with a gathering at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. A total of 15 of the 20-plus cars in the current phase of the scheme were on display, ranging in age from 1929 to 1987 and travelling from all parts of the UK to meet up for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

The project is intended to reduce the risk of owning an old car for younger people, with savings on insurance, plus a network of support to help with maintenance and other issues. Those wishing to participate in the project and borrow a car must submit an application to be considered, and once successful are expected to be financially responsible for their car during the tenure.

A variety of classics changing hands for the year were in attendance, with young new custodians taking on an Austin 7 Ruby, Morris Minor Traveller, Riley Elf and others. A Ford Model A, Wolseley 1500, Morris Ital and Triumph TR7 will also be heading to new homes over the coming weeks, each one set to be enjoyed and maintained by a successful applicant for the next twelve months.

TV’s Mike Brewer attended the CCLP event to chat with the young enthusiasts.

TV’s Mike Brewer attended the CCLP event to chat with the young enthusiasts.

Motul Oil was on hand at Gaydon to give service advice and to supply the appropriate grade of engine oil for the care of the cars during the year, with King Dick also supplying tool rolls for each car. Longstone Tyres has been prominent in supporting the preparation of the classics to ensure safety throughout the loan period.

Personalities from the world of classic car TV, Mike Brewer and Sarah Crabtree, came along to the event to chat with the young drivers and to applaud them for responding to the challenge of driving a car from another era.

CCLP director, Bob Wilkinson, commented: “This was a wonderful opportunity to meet together to experience the massive effort made by all concerned – car owners, clubs, sponsors and, of course, the young drivers. The excellent facilities at the British Motor Museum enabled some of the young drivers to take the wheel for the first time away from normal traffic.”

The success of the CLLP over the last five years has been a joy for Bob to witness, helping to make the hard work all the more worthwhile: “I am proud to be associated with these young enthusiasts who will continue to be involved for years to come. We’re attracting even more interest now, with an extra 15 clubs and their members keen to get involved with providing classics on loan.”

One of the oldest cars in the project is this Austin 7 Ruby.

One of the oldest cars in the project is this Austin 7 Ruby.

Travelling the furthest distance to the Gaydon meet was young driver Sam Booth, from Featherstone, West Yorkshire, who drove the project’s 1954 Ford Popular an impressive 280 miles.

The CCLP looks set to grow further in the years ahead, with more cars being added to the loan fleet and increasing numbers of applications from young enthusiasts keen to sample life with a classic. For more details, including information on how to apply or to offer a classic car on loan, visit: classiccarloanproject.co.uk