Though they’ll be spared a big source of annual anxiety from now on, old car people don’t all seem to be welcoming the government’s decision to exempt pre-1960 cars from the MoT test in future.
Those who keep their cars right up to the mark won’t be affected, and those without a conscience who maintain theirs very badly will find life a lot easier.
But the majority who fall somewhere in the middle (I’m one) always benefit from the flinty-eyed inspection of their pride and joy by a professional inspector with no axe to grind. Old-car appreciation is so seasonal in this country: which of us hasn’t pushed our nail into the April sunlight with flat tyres and battery, mildew on the seats, rusty brakes, a clutch that won’t disengage and cobwebs all over the place? The threat of a no-excuses inspection is what encourages us to get it going properly.