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Young enthusiast Josh Bennett was handed the keys to a beautiful 1949 Alvis TA14 saloon at the recent NEC Classic Motor Show.
 
Josh was chosen by the Alvis Owner Club (AOC) to have the car on loan for 12 months as part of the Classic Car Loan Project, which we at Peter James Insurance have supported from the start.
 
Bob Wilkinson set-up the project nearly four years ago to encourage younger enthusiasts into the classic vehicle community.
 
He was there, along with our very own Garry Carlin and the Alvis’ generous owner Jack Meredith on the AOC stand at the show to see Josh being handed the keys by AOC Chairman David Salter.
 
The car has been restored by motor apprentices at a college in Aberdeen under the guidance of AOC guru Peter Milne.
 
David and Jack said: “We decided to put the Alvis into the project as our club is keen to encourage younger drivers. Bob’s well-managed project gave us a platform and now, following full restoration, the car is there to be enjoyed.”
 
Josh said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the owner and club in giving me this wonderful opportunity. I will enjoy driving around our roads in Oxfordshire, with a big smile on my face. I have been given good instruction on the care and basic maintenance I will be carrying out and I will have good support from the club during the year. A big thank you also to Peter James Insurance for their sponsorship.”

 

 
The Alvis joins nine other cars already with younger drivers this year. Readers can follow the exploits of Josh and all the other young drivers on the website www.classiccarloanproject.co.uk
 
Bob Wilkinson said he already had a range of cars due to be on offer to enthusiasts in the 2020 round of the project. “I have all the present cars going forward into 2020 with additional older and newer classics making around 17 in total. We have quite a range from Alvis to Volvo with many between ready for younger drivers to enjoy. All the carefully-selected young drivers have responded well to the challenge of driving and caring for these older vehicles. I am proud to be associated with them.”
 
Find out more about the project and how one can take part www.classiccarloanproject.co.uk


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