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Federation Skills Zone

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The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and Federation Skills Trust (FST) are brought a new initiative to the show. 

The Skills Zone provides opportunities for enthusiasts to get practical hands-on experience and learn skills and gain knowledge to make the owning of our vehicles more enjoyable.

About Skills Zone

FSZFBHVC have traditionally focused on the strategic side of historic vehicle ownership dealing with legislation, negotiation with government, research and the growing connection between our vehicles and national heritage.


With several demos and sessions delivered by In-Comm Training, there are plenty of opportunities for you to clean up your skills.

About the organisations



FBHVC was established in 1988 and looks after all historic vehicles more than 30 years old.  This is not just cars but motorcycles, buses, coaches, lorries, military, agricultural and steam vehicles.  The Federation represents 515 clubs, museums, trade and individual supporters totalling more than 250,000 individual enthusiasts.


FST is a charity formed in 2020 and has a broad remit representing heritage aviation, marine and steam in addition to historic vehicles.  It promotes the Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship. Find out more:


In-Comm Training offer a wide range of apprenticeships and engineering training. Find out more:

What will I learn? 

As well as meeting and speaking with lecturers from In-Comm Training, you have the opportunity to:

  • Examine examples of core engineering skills, such as turned and milled components, or examples of welds in three types of material
  • View the JAP and Villiers stationary engines built by the students
  • Learn how to measure bore size and check valve clearances on the MG Magnette cylinder block and head
  • Examine cut-away components like the Fiat Topolino rear axle produced between 1936 and 1955 

What will I see?


Preserve or Restore?

What's it about?

The Skills Zone will also feature a 1931 Alvis TJ 12/50, named Betsy.

Visitors are invited to examine the car to decide whether it should be preserved - repaired to get it into good working order -  or be restored to bright, shiny new condition?

Preserve vs. Restore


Preservation focuses on repairing and retaining original features. The advantage of preservation is that the life and soul of the car over the  years is retained, i.e. the creases in the leather seating.


A full restoration results in a car to be 'like new'. For example, the leather interior would be replaced. Following a restoration, the car starts a new life looking forward into the twenty-first century.

About Betsy

Betsy is one of the final series of 12/50 models. She was specified with Rotax lights which are still fitted, 12 volt coil ignition and wire wheels. A very sporting vehicle in her time.

For a 91 year old Betsy is in good shape but looking tired and frayed at the edges.  However the decision has to be made should she be preserved or restored?


How to vote

Voting slips will be available at the feature together with the voting box, votes will be counted regularly during the show.

There is also a chance to win two complimentary tickets to the Classic Motor Show in November if you take part!



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