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Press release January 2013

The Government’s proposal to introduce periodic vehicle testing was discussed at Monday’s Federation meeting. Many member clubs expressed their strong opposition to this proposal and called into question the Government’s assertion that “about 10% of accidents on the Isle of Man involve vehicles where a mechanical fault contributed to or caused the accident”.  Delegates felt that as this figure forms the cornerstone of the Government’s argument, they should justify the accuracy of this statement.  There is inconsistency in its presentation; on the web page introducing people to the survey 10% ‘contributed to the accident’ whereas in the fine print of the consultation paper 10% ‘may have contributed’. They said the Government was solving a problem that didn’t exist and some suspected that the whole exercise was really a ‘stealth tax’ with the prospect of over £200,000 of extra revenue being generated if a 10-year test is introduced.  Then there remains the question of how historic vehicles are treated if further testing is introduced.  Recent changes in the UK make it unnecessary to have MOT tests on pre 1960 vehicles.  Members observed it would be rather ironic that at the very time the UK was discontinuing testing on historic vehicles; the IOM might be introducing it.

Another issue of concern to the owners of historic vehicles is inclusion of Ethanol in petrol.  This is the subject of an EU directive and whilst the Federation has no evidence to suspect it will be implemented in the Isle of Man, members want to flag-up their opposition to it now.

Ethanol in petrol degrades in storage.  Stored fuel becomes acidic and can attack materials such as zinc-based metals, brass, copper, and lead and tin-coated steel.  These are all traditional materials used in the fuel systems of historic vehicles. Ethanol in combination with petrol can also attack a range of traditionally used non-metallic materials; various types of rubber used for fuel pipes, seals and gaskets.  The same is true for resins used in fibre-glass fuel tanks on classic motor cycles, boats and the iconic, locally manufactured Peel micro-car.  Fibre-glass tanks are very vulnerable to damage and can literally turn to jelly! Also, there have been cases of consequential damage resulting from tank sealants dissolving, allowing viscous or gelatinous deposits to settle in carburettors.

The Federation will be seeking an early meeting with Government to discuss this issue.



Press release December 2012

The Federation of Manx Historic Vehicle Clubs

In a joint initiative, local classic and vintage car and motorcycle clubs have created a Federation. They established the Federation of Manx Historic Vehicle Clubs to safeguard and promote the future of historic motoring in the Isle of Man.

Chairman, Norman Roper, said ‘The Isle of Man has a unique motoring heritage and it is our aim to help preserve it and promote our interest to future generations. There are many potential threats at the moment that could undermine the future of vintage motoring. For example, the EU directive to introduce ethanol into petrol is very bad news for old engines as it can have a catastrophic effect on the materials used in the fuel systems of old cars and motorcycles and on this, and other issues, we intend to make sure our voice is heard.’

Since its inception a few months ago, thirteen local historic car and bike clubs have signed-up. Between them they represent over 1,000-members who collectively own almost two thousand vehicles. There is enormous enthusiasm amongst members. At monthly meetings where the Federation’s strategy is formed, each member club is represented by two delegates and the meetings are absolutely packed.

The Federation has already been successful in being recognised for the purpose of consultation and has had its first meeting with Government when a small delegation comprising the Chairman, Secretary, Steve Woodward of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and Tony East of the Vintage Motorcycle Club met with the Director of Highways for a very constructive meeting. Norman Roper also added ‘We should also bear in mind that the classic vehicle scene in is not an insignificant contributor to the Isle of Man economy; considerable numbers of tourists come over each year from visiting car clubs and the numbers coming over to participate in the Vintage Motorcycle Club rallies such as the Jurby Festival is incredible!’

Vintage vehicles are in demand at the many cultural events on the island and we have set up a structure of communication with the film industry here to enable them to easily find any appropriate vehicles they may need. There are also a significant number of people employed, or in business, who are making a living here out of the historic vehicle market. It is also part of our mission to help these people to promote their services to the historic vehicle market and, where possible, keep trade in the Isle of Man’.

Anyone interested in the Federation can find further details at