FBHVC urges patience as work continues with DVLA to resolve historic vehicle owners’ concerns.

The FBHVC have just issued a press-release as follows:

“The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs is sympathetic to the enormous challenges that the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency faces during the on-going pandemic. DVLA continue to receive tens of thousands of items of mail each week and the Federation believes that for a high percentage of drivers and vehicle operators, the agency performs a viable and efficient service. The Federation also acknowledges the efforts of the staff at Swansea in achieving the continuation of services during the current times, despite reports of a significant outbreak of Covid-19 within the Agency, with some 500 cases quoted. The impact that this outbreak will have on the DVLA providing services due to staff shortages is
very understandable.

The Federation, whilst sensitive to the challenges we are all facing, has continued to work on behalf of the historic vehicle community during the pandemic. One of the key areas of the Federation’s work remains within continued dialogue with the DVLA on a range of matters on behalf of historic vehicle owners and clubs.

During the pandemic, the Federation has been pursuing five particular policy matters of significant concern to the interests of Federation members and the community that they represent.”

These five policy matters are listed on the FBHVC website, to read more use this link:


The NACC now has a Facebook Group!

As of yesterday – Sunday 24th January 2020 – the NACC has opened a new Facebook group page, where you can see what fellow club members are up to, what bikes they ride, how they sort problems and other interesting items. It is not a public group: to become a member of the NACC FB group you’ll need to provide a paid-up membership number before being accepted.

You can instantly recognise the correct page by the image at the top, the same one as on this website.

The National Rally of 2015 leaving the RAF Museum at Cosford.

New regulations concerning display of black & silver number-plates on Historic Vehicles.

From January 1st 2021 the regulations concerning displaying black & silver (or white) number-plates on historic vehicles will change. The DVLA have issued the following statement:

“This note is to tell you about important changes being introduced on 1 January 2021 that affect the ability of vehicles registered in the historic tax class to display the old style pre-1973 black and silver number plates.

Following the change in definition of a historic vehicle for vehicle tax exemption purposes in 2015, an issue was identified in the regulatory requirements for the valid display of a black and silver number plate. This resulted in an unintended consequence where any vehicle over 40 years old and registered in the historic tax class would be permitted to display an old style black and silver number plate. This was despite the law previously requiring all vehicles first registered after 1 January 1973 to only display the yellow and white number plates with black characters.

As this was never the intention, we have sought to rectify this through a legal correction which will shortly be implemented. The change seeks to prevent any vehicle constructed after 1 January 1980 from the ability to display the black and silver number plate despite being recorded in the DVLA’s historic tax class. Those vehicles with a construction date prior to 1 January 1980 will continue to be able to legally display black and silver number plates to avoid any undue costs of replacement.

Your members may also wish to note that from 1 January it will no longer be permissible to fix a new number plate displaying a Euro symbol. Number plates already fixed to vehicles are unaffected. We will also be introducing a new British Standard for number plates produced from 1 September 2021 which will mean all current style number plates that are first fixed to a vehicle from that date must meet the technical requirements contained in that standard.”

Congratulations! John Aston and Jo Stanley got married!

News reaches us the Jo started last week as Jo Stanley and ended it on Saturday 5th December as Jo Aston. Congratulations to both of you from the NACC, though the ceremony was limited to few attendees by social-distancing rules. Hoping to see you both out there on bikes in 2021.

Bristol Classic Bike Show has been postponed

One of the NACC’s major shows, at which we’ve had a stand for the past many years, is the Carol Nash Bristol Classic Bike Show, usually held the first weekend of February. However, we’ve heard from organisers Mortons that the February show has been postponed until the weekend of 24th-25th July 2021. This is in order to try to hold the show next year and avoid any new lockdowns. Let’s hope we can be there – at least the weather should be better!

Photo above of our stand at the 2020 Show, it took place just before the lockdown in March!

Obituary: John Maconaghie 19/10/1947 – 20/11/2020 Northern Ireland Section.

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of the founder member of the NACC Northern Ireland Section, John Maconaghie. John passed away on the 20th November at the Foyle Hospice, he leaves behind his dear wife Rose and two sisters Ann and Nora. John had also just lost his mother in September. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in June, for which unfortunately there is no cure. He continued with courses of chemo and steriods, but the cancer returned in an aggressive form and sadly John lost his fight on Friday 20th November 2020.

John ran the first unofficial N. Ireland run in September 2010, starting from Portballintrae, which was attended by eight autocycles. This was the start of the wee club that has developed into what it is today so it’s all thanks to John. We as a group joined the NACC and have organised official runs since May 2011. John had a good knowledge and interest in Autocycles and had a soft spot for the JDL-powered bikes, I think he had up to seven at a time, including a Norman Model C, a Norman Autobyke, a Mobylette, an Excelsior, a Monet Goyon Scooter and he even added a Honda trail bike to his collection at the end, although he was never fortunate enough to get it out on a run. (Trevor Kirk)

Obituary: Ray Butcher 8/9/47 – 31/7/20

Ray was a true “gentleman” in every sense of the word. Throughout his time as Chairman of the NACC, whether chairing Committee meetings or hosting an AGM, Ray was always prepared to listen to arguments for and against any proposition. He was calm, reflective and rational, never losing his equanimity or sense of humour – whatever his personal view on a subject – while others around him might be losing theirs.

He saw through biased opinions with honesty and could weigh pros and cons even-handedly. He listened, thought through what was going on and would give a reasoned judgement. While he was in hospital in late June he managed to participate in a committee Zoom meeting, despite undergoing treatment for his illness, and made his views known to us.

Ray had a collection of high-quality small and large bikes and was a regular participant at NACC National Rallies. He often rode out with members of the Vale of Glamorgan Section on the (usually cold & wet) St. David’s Day Dawdle, as well as the VMCC Cyclemotor Section’s Welsh Run from Abergavenny, accompanied by his many friends from the NACC and VMCC.

Ray was born in Cardiff in 1947 and completed his education there. On leaving school he joined a local company, John Williams Windows, manufacturers and fitters of double-glazing units, learning a great deal about the trade, such that he started his own business at age 23, Ace Windows, in partnership with a friend. The business was successful, if demanding, and may have sparked Ray’s interest in using his engineering talents for his next venture, as a self-employed locksmith, which kept him busy for the rest of his working life. He was married and has one son, Steve.

Ray riding his Honda Sky scooter on the NACC National Rally, 2015.

Continuing precautions re the Covid-19 virus, avoiding close proximity with other non-householders.

The Club is unable at the present time, due to the Coronavirus situation and current government advice, to sanction official events with event permits and PLI cover. The NACC committee’s prime concern is the safety and well-being of our members. Guidance on informal groups can be found from the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations, their guidelines are clear and concise – see below. The position of the club in relation to official permits may change as further government advice is issued.

Guidance notes for informal gatherings under Covid-19 restrictions.
Informal gatherings or runs carry many new obligations for those involved. None of these should be taken lightly or ignored, the safety and health of participants is paramount, as is adhering to guidelines issued periodically by the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations. Local lockdowns or restrictions may be in place, check for those and make sure you comply. Remember, the first coronavirus wave remains rampant everywhere and the chances of catching it when in contact with non-household groups remains high, regardless of any relaxations in restrictions. It is also very likely that a second wave of infections will arrive in the autumn.

As things stand at the moment, responsibilities and obligations for small informal gatherings have increased compared to the way things used to be done. Guidance at 11th July states only six riders are allowed to group together for a run out in England. Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland have different rules, you are obliged to find out what they are. If you do decide to go for an informal ride out, a lead rider should be clearly identified as such at the start and his/her instructions followed.
Start/finish venues should be carefully chosen, with enough parking space for vans and trailers, and for riders to be able to offload/load bikes single-handedly. Pub car-parks may not be welcoming under present conditions. Routes should be planned in advance to avoid busy locations and traffic congestion, the second-rider drop-off system must be used to avoid riders getting lost. At any stop for a breakdown only the closest rider should offer assistance. Do not all crowd round to offer advice. Social distancing rules should be observed at all times. Masks and hand-sanitiser should be carried and used constantly.

It is extremely important that riders in a group of six maintain social-distancing measures at all times, especially at the start and end of runs, when all participants should wear masks. Lunch and refreshment/pee stops should be organised in open, uncrowded areas with plenty of trees! Lady riders should bear in mind the closure of public loos. Everyone should bring their own food and drink and maintain at least a two-metre distance from others at all times.

Your bike needs to be fully road-legal and have a full tank of fuel, carry reserves of petrol, oil, water to drink, a puncture reflation kit, a few basic tools, your mobile phone and Covid safety kit (gloves, sanitiser, masks, tissues, plastic bags for rubbish, tissues etc.).
The above guidelines have been drawn from advice given by the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations. You are strongly advised to read all of it at:


Further advice from the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs can be found here: https://www.fbhvc.co.uk/news/article/coronavirus

For residents in England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july

For residents in Scotland: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-scotland

For residents in Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

For residents in Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19

DVLA has restarted processing paper applications for retaining an existing registration or applying for a period registration.

The DVLA have advised us that they have restarted processing paper applications for retention of an existing registration number or applications for a period registration. However, there could be up to 6 months delay in processing an application sent in now as the the backlog at Swansea is considerable. It might therefore be a good idea to delay applying for a dating certificate for a few months because dating certificates have a 12-month life. If they run out while the DVLA is processing your application, everything will be sent back to you and you’ll have to ask Phill for another (FOC) dating certificate. You’ll then have to start all over again……

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show on 15-16th August has been definitively cancelled.

We have just received notification from Mortons, the organisers of the April and October Stafford Classic Motorcycle Shows, that the show postponed from 25-26th April to 15-16th August has definitively been cancelled. It is hoped the Stafford Show scheduled for 10-11th October 2020 may still go ahead, depending on the situation with coronavirus social-distancing nearer the time. Please keep an eye on the Events Calendar here, it will be updated as soon as we receive further information from Mortons.