Bluebell’s big reveal

Bluebell’s big reveal

The car that classic enthusiasts saved from scrappage is road legal at last and it’s coming to the PC Resto Show!

More than a year after Practical Classics, the Standard Motor Club and car enthusiasts from across the UK challenged Ford’s plans to crush a 1959 Standard 10 as part of its scrappage scheme, the DVLA has at last confirmed it can hit the road once more. The Standard currently resides at the Dundee Motor Museum where it is looked after by the Standard Motor Club’s Bob Alexander. Now it is road legal It will be prepared for an MOT and driven by the PC team from the Museum, where the car has been on display for the past year, straight to the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery on March 22-24. At the show it will be the star attraction on the Practical Classics stand (No. 320 in Hall 5) where you can come and meet the car that has become a legend.

Bob Alexander says it has been a long road: ‘There was great uncertainty throughout – especially in the past year - but thanks to the efforts by everyone involved, we got there in the end! It’s a huge victory for the whole classic car movement.’

Saving the Standard – How it happened

What a journey! At any stage it could have all gone wrong.  It simply would not have happened without the goodwill of numerous heroes. First the boys at the Speedy Skip Hire (the Thurso scrap metal firm) who shut down the crusher and contacted friend and local member of the Caithness and Sutherland Classic Vehicle Club, Tom Sayles. He immediately made the call to us at Practical Classics and Bob Alexander of the Standard Motor Club. We put PC Deputy Editor James Walshe on a train to Scotland where he, and fellow enthusiasts, hid the car to keep it safe from potential ruin.

Back at PC HQ, Editor, Danny Hopkins coordinated efforts, negotiating with Ford, the Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs and the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group. Danny then deployed Projects Editor Matt Tomkins to meet with President of the FBHVC, Lord Steel after Ford initially refused to negotiate. Lord Steel wrote to the Chairman of Ford UK which resulted in Danny being able to negotiate with Ford’s top brass to get a commitment from the company that they would not insist on scrapping the 10 and to change their policy on scrappage.

It was a team effort, between multiple parties, but most of all, it would not have happened without you, the readers of Practical Classics Magazine. You signed our petition questioning scrappage – forcing the government to respond when it went over 10,000 -  and you wrote to Ford in your droves, making them realise that if they treated our motoring heritage with such disdain again, they would pay with lack of business. That is what tipped the balance.