Past Research Projects

1997 
The first assessment of the contribution made to a national economy by the historic vehicle movement. Undertaken in collaboration with the University of Central England

Key results:   
    £1.6 billion gross annual turnover, 25,000 employed
    Half of vehicles cover less than 1500 miles per year
   
The presentation of the report to politicians and the media took place in the House of Lords on 13 November 1997.

2006   
The first measurement of the value of the pan-European historic vehicle movement undertaken in conjunction with the Historic Vehicle Research Institute and the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens


Key results:    
    €16 billion overall annual value to the EU, over 55,000 employed
    70% of historic vehicles travel less than 1,500k per year


The presentation of the report to EU politicians and media took place at the Hotel de Ville, Brussels on 4 October 2006.

2006   
Reassessment of the British historic vehicle movement as part of the above pan-European exercise


Key results:   
    £3.2 billion worth of business in UK per annum, 27,000 employed
    Over 65% of historic vehicles travel less than 900 miles annually
   
The presentation of the report to politicians and media took place in the House of Commons on 11 October 2006. 

2010     
The first economic impact study to measure the benefits for a local community resulting from an historic vehicle event taking place in the locality. This was undertaken in conjunction with the University of Brighton. The event studied was the 2010 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and the locality considered was the City of Brighton and Hove


Key result:  

  
    Over £1.1 million extra spending takes place in the City of Brighton and Hove as a result of the Veteran Car Run


    The presentation of the report took place at a press conference in Brighton hosted by the Royal Automobile Club on 22 September 2011.

 Click here to download the report


 

 

2011
A further assessment of the British historic vehicle movement undertaken in conjunction with the Historic Vehicle Research Institute. This project was carried out by Dr Paul Frost, Dr Chris Hart and Dr Jaime Kaminski supported by past Federation Secretary, Jim Whyman.


Data was obtained by questionnaires (electronic and paper) submitted to traders, clubs, club members, museums and individuals.

The project looked at five main areas: economic value, employment, use of historic vehicles, social activity and concerns for the future


    Key results:   
    £4.3 billion overall annual value
    Nearly £1 billion in export
    Over 28,000 employed
    57% of businesses are over 20 years old
    Historic vehicles cover less than 0.24% of total traffic miles
    31% of owners have a household income less than £25,000
    68% of historic vehicles are valued at less than £10,000
    4.5 million person attendances a year at Federation club events 

The presentation of the report to politicians and media took place in the House of Lords on 6 December 2011 at a reception hosted by Federation President Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who is also President of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group.

Click here to download the report.

2013
Local impact assessments for the International Autojumble at Beaulieu and for the Goodwood Revival Meeting (both of which took place in September 2012) have been analysed in collaboration with the University of Brighton. The results of the Beaulieu International Autojumble impact report can be downloaded here.

The study found that the annual Beaulieu International Autojumble created a local economic benefit of £3 million to the New Forest area. It further concluded that the event provided direct temporary employment in the region for over 220 people and also benefited local hotels and guest houses, being directly responsible for over 11,000 person nights of accommodation.

It is truly international and in 2012, the year of this study, it attracted more than 38,000 visitors, nearly a quarter of whom came from overseas.

Held over three days in September, the autojumble was responsible for over £11 million turnover for the national economy and contributed over half a million pounds to the UK Treasury through VAT.

The report was unveiled in February 2013 at a press conference held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. 

The Goodwood Revival Study was unveiled by Lord March at the press launch for the 2013 Festival of Speed and Revival Meeting. It found that the annual Goodwood Revival brings a conservative £12 million of business to the local area, including Chichester and Bognor Regis to the south of Goodwood, and Petersfield and Midhurst to the north.
 
In addition, the FBHVC and University of Brighton research found that the 2012 Goodwood Revival was responsible for a healthy £32 million turnover for the national UK economy, net of VAT, with over £4 million generated in VAT to Government revenue. The event also led to direct temporary employment for more than 350 people.
 
The independent study also revealed that the Goodwood Revival generates over 23,000 ‘person nights’ of accommodation for local hotels and guests houses, plus a further 25,000 person nights locally outside of the 20km radius study area. The full report can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

The economic impact study of the 4th European Healey Meeting at Crieff in May and June 2013, in the words of Lord Steel in the forward to the report, broke new ground for the FBHVC. Previous studies had been broad based, assessing either the generality of historic vehicle activity in the UK or the specific local benefits of major events that attract large numbers of the general public. This study was narrow in its focus, concentrated on one marque of car, Austin Healey, and with insignificant public participation. It also for the first time explored the more northerly extremities of the country.

 Key results:   
    Accounted for spending in the UK of £950,000
    Brought over £700,000 into UK from elsewhere
    Created trade worth over £275,000 (net) to the small Scottish community of Crieff
    Encouraged tourism and other trade elsewhere in Scotland worth over £160,000 (net)
    Encouraged tourism and other trade in England and Wales worth some £360,000 (net)
    Contributed £150,000 in VAT
    Generated over 7,600 person nights of accommodation in hotels and guest houses

 

The study was unveiled at a presentation on the Austin Healey stand at the Classic Motor Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre in November 2013 

The full report can be downloaded here.