Tagged: Restoration

Classic and historic cars to become exempt from the UK MOT test!

The UK government has just announced that vehicles manufactured before 1960 will no longer be required to pass the annual Ministry Of Transport (MOT) test.

The new rule comes into force on November 18th 2012 and was announced today by Roads Minister Mike Penning. He said “The government is committed to cutting out red tape which cost motorists money without providing significant overall benefits. Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well – they don’t need to be told to look after them, they’re out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork. Owners of classic vehicles will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition to be on the road but scrapping the MoT test for these vehicles will save motorists money.”

The vehicles affected make up just 0.6% of the total number of licensed vehicles in Britain but they are only involved in 0.03% of road casualties and accidents. This new ruling follows a campaign by the all-party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group which was led by East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight who said he was “delighted” by the announcement.

I’m sure this news will open up a can of worms. For instance, what will happen to classic car insurance for pre 1960 vehicles? Will you need to prove your car is road worthy to get it insured? This would make the new rule redundant if you need to supply an engineers report or similar to your insurance company! I’d be very interested in hearing your views on this…

(Photo by Richard Oakley)

Department of transport news article…


Smiths of Cornwall

Smiths VW specialise in pre-1967 Volkswagen campervan restoration & offer full or part restoration work, including interiors, body work, and paint. With over 17 years experience ‘classic vehicle restoration’ qualified Matt Smith runs a Volkswagen workshop in Wadebridge, Cornwall – building & restoring specialist classic busses for customers.

Smiths VW work with the best possible suppliers to deliver the finest job throughout your custom project. With factory standard welding, fitment & finish. No restoration aspect over-looked as we work with Kustom Interiors and AirKraft – supplying a complete one-stop-shop restoration service.

In addition to restoration Smiths VW can find/source and supply any vehicle for you – with strong international contacts and shipping – so if you are looking for a left or right hand drive bus do not hesitate to call.

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BBT Limited, managed by Arlette van Dijck and Bob van Heyst, has a team of more than 20 enthusiasts – each with their own speciality. With a range of products dedicated to rear wheel drive air cooled Volkswagens and Transporters, BBT is one of the biggest companies in the world in the Vintage VW parts business.

With more than 300 suppliers and many more customers from Tokyo to Los Angeles, BBT delivers with their expanded network throughout the world. By visiting customers and suppliers and by attending meetings around the world, the company’s philosophy and passion stays true: to help the Volkswagen fans and/or users to find the desired parts in the quickest way and at the best price.

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Cover Story

It’s always nice to see your photographs published in some way so when my good friend Barclay Stainton of Status VW Parts asked me to design new covers for his parts catalogues, I jumped at the chance.

So far there are two featuring my photos from The Vintage Volkswagen show in Hessisch Oldendorf and there’s a third one coming soon for performance parts.

Wolfsbürg West

Wolfsbürg West is probably the ultimate source for Volkswagen Beetle and Bus restoration parts. Their comprehensive inventory exceeds 5000 parts, making them the largest “stock” Volkswagen parts dealer in the world.

Wolfsbürg West only carry parts for the Beetle and Bus. They are a direct importer of original parts from all over the world. Germany, Brazil and Mexico are all countries that they import from extensively. They are not only an importer, they’re also a producer and manufacturer of their own line of quality reproduction parts for the VW. Their focus is strictly on originality and therefore, they do not carry high performance parts or accessories that were not available for the period.

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Moss Europe Ltd

Although Moss Europe mainly cater for owners of British classic cars, they carry a wide rande of tools and restoration equipment, useful in the restoration of vintage Volkswagens.

Moss Europe, Ltd is one of the founding companies of the British classic car parts industry, having started in the mid 1970’s.

In the years that followed, the company rapidly grew. With our connection to Moss Motors in the USA, we are now part of the world’s oldest and largest British classic car parts and accessories organization. With the addition in recent years of MG F and Mazda MX5 accessories, we now cater to future classics as well.

Moss Europe prides itself in stocking the broadest available range of products. Each branch specialises in U.K. and export mail order sales. Thus, the enthusiast can maintain and enhance his or her classic from any of our  four retail outlets around the country.

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Eastwood – Serving Classic Car Restoration Enthusiasts since 1978!

Eastwood Company has been developing and selling unique Auto Body Repair Tools, Automotive Accessories, Auto Body Supplies, Automotive Paints, Paint Guns and much more to the Automotive Restoration Market since 1978.

Eastwood Auto Body Shop offers quality auto restoration products for powder coating, metal shaping, detailing, customization and full frame-off restorations!

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As a well established company with 25 years experience, Frost A. R. T. (Auto Restoration Techniques) offers an outstanding choice of restoration tools for your classic or vintage vehicle and motorbike.

Essential auto restoration tools, metal working machines, general Do it Yourself tools and equipment are available on the Frost website and in the 100 page fully illustrated Frost catalogue.  Our staff search and travel the world to find new and innovative restoration solutions which are tested in a workshop environment to ensure that they are up to our high standards of quality.

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I am not a number

One of the most frequently asked questions on UK vintage VW forums is “Which style of number plate is correct for my Volkswagen and, where can I get some from?”

Well, I can highly recommend the two companies below as I’ve had dealings with both. They are both very helpfull, reasonably priced and offer a great service.


Framptons, established in 1975, are the UK’s leading supplier of classic and vintage number plates.

They can supply virtually all types of road legal UK plates and also fun plates for export. They can supply hand painted number plates, cast aluminium number plates, pressed aluminium number plates, raised riveted white or silver digit number plates, cast polished aluminium Ace digit number plates, pressed reflective aluminium number plates, raised riveted black digit reflective aluminium number plates etc. etc…

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Tippers Vintage Plates

Established in 1932, Tippers has unrivalled experience in the manufacture of all types of Licence Plates. They are an actual manufacturer, supplying both the Trade and their private customers throughout the world.

Their website shows exapmles of their range, but if you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact them to discuss your requirements, as they can cater for special sizes and have a large collection of templates.

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Trailer Queen Restorations

Award winning paint and restoration services based in Bude, Cornwall.

Multi Award winning ride pimpers, specialising in VW Paint and Modification and restoration. Too many awards to mention, including Volksworld Best of show, Best paint and numerous top 20 cars!!!!! Its all in the detail and detail is what we do. 😉

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