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Caution over classic car gatherings from FBHVC

NEC organisers vow to keep the end of season 2020 event on the road

How is the risk level set?
The risk levels are measured by a five-level, colour-coded alert system. The UK Government unveiled the system on 11th May 2020. The Prime Minister said it would help decide how tough social-distancing measures should be.

There are five risk levels:
Level 5 (red) - a "material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed" - extremely strict social distancing
Level 4 - a high or rising level of transmission - enforced social distancing
Level 3 - the virus is in general circulation - social distancing relaxed
Level 2 - the number of cases and transmission are low - minimal social distancing
Level 1 (green) - Covid-19 is no longer present in the UK - no social distancing

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FBHVC advises refrain from classic car group meetings and road runs
Classic Car Buyer reports "Restrictions may be easing across the UK, but the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) advises member clubs they should continue to refrain from road runs or any other group meetings until further notice".

Statement issued by the FBHVC
"Please remember, as clubs, individuals and organisations we are all ambassadors for the historic vehicle scene as a whole. At this moment the FBHVC feels it strikes very much the wrong tone with the public to parade historic vehicles through the streets and country lanes in groups when many people are still in lockdown within their homes or experiencing hardship or the loss of loved ones. The time will come, soon we hope, but it is not yet. The FBHVC sees no reason not to use your historic vehicle individually as long as long as it is safe to do so". As clubs have found over recent months there are still several ways members can interact through virtual events, online technical seminars, social media, podcasts or simply by phone.
NEC Classic Car Motor Show 2020 organisers vow to keep the show
In their lead news a report in Classic Car Weekly says "the organisers of the Classic Car Motor Show 2020 at the NEC have vowed it will go ahead with social distancing in place if the UK Government gives it the green light.

The event organisers, Clarion Events, say that it is planning to go ahead with the three day indoor show at Birmingham NEC and that it has worked with other event organisers to create an industry wide standard to help minimise the spread of coronavirus. They say they have gone though every stage of a classic fan's show visit to make sure social distancing and hygiene measurers can be carefully followed.

The CCW report also adds "the UK Government has indicated that the Covid-19 alert level would need to be at Level 2 rather than the current Level 3, brought in ahead of recent lockdown restrictions, before large events are allowed to take place".

Since the strict lockdown measures have eased in England, many classic car enthusiasts have welcomed the opportunity to get their classics out for a run. Most enthusiasts have recognised that organised events involving mass gatherings continue to be a risk for those attending and have understood why the UK Government has continued to show caution. In the last week, Ian Quarrington has announced the V8 Kent Tour 2020 to have been held in September has been postponed to 2021 following his consulation with members who had booked to join the tour in 2020. Most of them had responsed supporting a postponement both for their health safety but also access to many of the places during the tour would not fully open.

Whilst many classic car enthusiasts would like to see major classic car shows like the end of year NEC Classic Car Motor Show go ahead, many will be cautious over attending a mass gathering event. There remains of course a risk that a spike in Covid-19 could lead to the return of some social movement constrainst and then a sudden cancellation of the planned NEC event.