Classic car owners will need to ‘find a way around’ new E10 petrol change despite risks

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Classic car experts have warned the classic car movement are “scared” to make too much fuss despite the risk of damage to cars which are not compatible with the new petrol. An expert has even suggested E5 fuel may not be around in the future as it would be up to fuel companies to decide whether to stock it.

However, Malcolm McKay, spokesperson for the Historic and Classic Vehicle Association, warned it was not all bad news.

He suggested E5 fuel would likely be available “for a while” due to the popularity for higher octane fuels.

Speaking to, he said: “It certainly hasn’t had as much publicity as the change from leaded to unleaded fuel.

“It’s another of those things, I think that the classic car movement to an extent have been scared to make too much of a fuss.

“We’ve just got to find a way around it.

“E5 is still going to be available for a while but it’s more a case of the Government has said it can be available.

“It’s then up to the oil companies and the suppliers to decide whether there is enough demand.

“But as it’s the higher octane fuel and there’s quite a lot of younger cars that run a lot better and more efficiently on the higher octane fuel I think we will see it around for quite a long time.

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“I do think there is the demand for it.”

The Government has confirmed they are “committed” to ensuring sticks of E5 petrol will remain available for those who need it.

In the Government’s Introducing E10 report, 60 percent of respondents agreed petrol stations that have sold at least one million litres of fuel in the last calendar year would be required to stock E5.

However, the Government’s E10 consultation said the protection grade regulations would only last for an initial five year period.

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