Good old Nelson Moderno has been to several classic car rallies this year and has been observing and interacting with many enthusiasts. It got me thinking what qualities must a car have to become a classic one day, assuming that like men, wine and cheese, a bit of ageing is required to create one.
Is it about brand, one unshaven man with a 'classic' original Scirocco I met put forward a compelling case that all VWs become classics, unlike other brands which do not?
Is it production exclusivity, another man this time with a beard and elbow patches proclaimed that was nonsense and used his 'classic' mass produced Triumph Midget as an example against the 1980s Escort Eclipse he drove in his youth.
Is it survival exclusivity, a lady with laddered stockings mumbled that not many Citroed Xsara Coupe's are left but they will never be as classic as her immaculate 'classic' Riley Imp.
Is it about driving pleasure, a stern faced giant of a man in running leggings explained that driving his Bentley Corniche gave him rickets but its 'classic' status was assured.
So there you have it, this weeks Nelsons Column, as information packed as anything produced by the coalition govt, and as exciting as this forum gets.
PS - a big thank you to all my 'classic' owing friends, without whom I could never write such informative, accurate and dare I say 'classic' columns for my less learned friends to enjoy.