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Are you fortunate enough to own a classic car or is that still an ambition?
Now enjoying retirement and not needing to drive vast distances on a regular basis, I tend to use one of my own classic cars most days. I have a small collection of Jaguars that keep me both amused and poor – but I love them all. Certainly more fun than an ISA!
What would be your dream vehicle?
That is a very difficult question! While the natural tendency is to aspire to something fast and Italian, I think I would opt for a pre-war tourer, a Lagonda perhaps – but budget and space preclude that unless I win the lottery.
Can you offer any advice to those interested in buying a classic car or bike? Buy what you like, and not what your peers tell you. Never buy for possible investment potential, consider who is going to maintain it, be it you on a DIY basis or paying for someone else to do the work, and remember that older machinery does need to be kept covered in winter, so storage is a major consideration. Budget within your means – you spend every last penny on the beast of your dreams, then how are you going to be able to maintain it? Most importantly, drive/ride before you buy. It is amazing the number of times that I hear of people buying on impulse, then selling on because they found that they couldn’t manage the idiosyncrasies of actually driving older machinery.
Are they a practical purchase, ie, can they be used as an everyday vehicle or are there restrictions placed on them?
Most classics are certainly capable of everyday use as long as they are maintained. With modern vehicles having, in some cases, 100,000-mile service intervals, having to service your classic every 10,000 miles is a consideration. Most keep pace with moderns, especially in East Anglia with the lack of motorways. Indeed, with low-cost classic vehicle insurance and for vehicles over 25 years old, free road tax, they make a compelling argument. In some instances your purchase may actually increase in value over time, depreciation is rare.
Have you ever competed in a race or a hill climb. If so, when, where and how did you fare?
Back in the 1990s, I regularly competed in cir- cuit racing in various series’ for historic sports cars and won a few pots, including second place in one championship. I became quite heavily involved in what was then quite a new version of motorsport – track days. They are now very popular and allow non-competitive driving and riding with a passenger on most circuits.
Which transports of delight can people expect to see at this year’s Lavenham Classics?
Entries received so far include a wide cross-
section from a modern Lamborghini to a vintage Bugatti and some very rare one-offs that are rarely seen in public.
When is the cut-off date for car and bike owners to enter?
There is no published cut-off date but due to restrictions on the space available and wishing to maintain the no-crowding ethos, I restrict the total number of entries, thus early application is recommended on
I would particularly like to see more motorcycles this year.
How much are the tickets and where can people buy them?
The event and parking are free for visitors, although donations are encouraged via a team of volunteer “bucket shakers”. Refreshments of varied types are available and dogs are wel- comed, provided that they are kept on a lead. People just have to turn up from 11am to 4pm at Lavenham Recreation Ground in Bridge Street Road (CO10 9SH) on Sunday 28 August.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yes, I would like to say thanks to the volunteers who help me on the day, without whom the event could not take place.
Picture credit: Images by Bruce Goddard and J Halden-Goddard
 Roar of approval: Bruce with a couple of his prized Jaguars

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