E10 fuel changes and new fuels are the ‘big challenges’ facing classic car owners

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The new boss of the Historic Classic and Vehicle Alliance (HCVA), Garry Wilson, said moving away from fossil fuels was now one of the biggest focus areas for the industry. Part of this is about wanting to find a solution “embrace the environmental challenge” while not cutting off traditional classic car owners.

He said: “The big challenges are the immediacy of E10, classics registration, the general movement away from fossil fuels and the development of synthetic fuels.”

He added: “I think we need to embrace the environmental challenge and work with legislators to identify solutions.

“While at the same time demonstrating very clearly the environmental credentials of the classic movement.

“How can we help the sector become environmentally cleaner, whilst highlighting how it is ALREADY environmentally friendly?”

The HCVA has spoken openly about E10 fuel changes and the effects for owners.

Malcolm Mckay, spokesperson for the group has urged owners of older models to avoid using the new fuel and stick with E5.

In particular, he has stressed the benefits of using higher octane fuels such as 97 or 99 Octane in older vehicles.

He has also urged road users to use additives to protect against corrosion or drain their tanks before storing their classics to reduce the risks of damage.

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It is clear the HCVA will also look at ways of preserving traditional models just as much.

New CEO Mr Wilson is looking into two-way electrification which would allow drivers to turn to convert their car back to petrol or diesel if they go electric.

He added: “I’m a firm believer in two-way electrification.

“When you take out an engine and a fuel tank from one of the UK’s heritage vehicles and replace it with an electric power system you should do it in a way that allows an owner to reverse the process later if they need to.

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