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Reader: Respect classic drivers

2013-01-22 08:15

CLASSIC DRIVERS SHOW MORE RESPECT: Above shows reader BRIAN SPARROW'S 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa four-door pillar-less. His '65 Corvair has a 2.5 six-cylinder air cooled engine capable of 82kW.


CAPE TOWN - It may seem obvious but it is now official. The owners of cherished and classic cars in Germany are the safest drivers in the country, according to a survey by Dresden University for the VDA car industry federation.

The figures show that the owners of older cars, many of which have been lovingly restored, drive more carefully than the average driver. Vehicles older than 30 years make up just 0.9% of the cars on German roads but are involved in only 0.1% of accidents.


Reader BRIAN SPARROW, a member of the Piston Ring club, believes that classic car owners make for better drivers:

"I must agree, collector car drivers are firstly very careful drivers, wanting all to see the car. Secondly most oldies have drum brakes, some without boosters and of course not many spares available, to repair any damage.

My biggest fear on the roads are the hogs in their fancy four wheel drives and the new fast cars. I believe most of them have no respect for old cars.

I have three collector cars - 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 900 coupe, a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa four-door pillar-less  and a 1982 BMW 635 CSI .
The Corvairs are left hand drive and all three cars are used daily and maintained by myself."

Check out Brian Sparrow's car collection here!

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