Skills Zone to put focus on new talent at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show on March 18–20, 2022

In a bid to encourage more enthusiasts into the historic vehicle industry, three of its biggest apprenticeship ambassadors are bringing an interactive feature to this year’s Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with discovery+. The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has joined with the Federation Skills Trust (FST) and its training partner In-Comm to create the new Federation Skills Zone.

David Whale, chairman of the FBHVC, explained: “The objective is to give enthusiasts visiting the show the chance to learn from the professionals who train apprentices and other young people.” In addition to speaking with lecturers, visitors can learn how to measure bore size and check valve clearances on an MG Magnette cylinder block and head, as well as examining core engineering skills.

“There will also be a chance to look at the JAP and Villiers stationary engines built by the students,” continued David Whale, “as well as studying cut-away components. If you have a young person in your family considering taking a Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship, then come and meet the lecturers and talk to some of the apprentices.”

While the FBHVC has been in action since 1988, looking after historic vehicles more than 30 years old and the interests of their owners, the FST is a charity formed in 2020 with a broad remit representing heritage aviation, marine and steam, in addition to historic vehicles.

The Classic Car & Restoration Show takes place from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20 at Birmingham’s NEC, with tickets now on sale.

For more details or to book, visit the show’s website here.