Time is flying by! 2021 is almost consigned to history and we are grateful to have experienced a much better year than 2020. We have been able to socialise and while not back to normality we did manage a racing season—albeit without some of the best events like the Le Mans Classic.
The classic car market has continued to polarise but still seems healthy in most if not all sectors. More owners are determined to use their cars and attend organised events and our business remains busy across all of the services we provide.
2021 was a year of increasing concern for many owners, fearing our beloved old cars would be banned because of the perception that they are not green. Classic cars are actually green and very close to net zero. The carbon cost of producing them was offset long ago, and they are both sustainable and capable of being repaired and maintained. This cannot be said about the accelerated carbon cost of producing electric cars. Yes, they have a benefit if you want to reduce emissions where they are being driven, but there is a corresponding increase of carbon emitted where they are being made and the transport of materials to those locations. The average annual use of a classic car is low and they emit less CO2 annually than your cellphone or home computer. The emergence of green fuel for our cars will see us continuing to enjoy our veterans, classics and young timers for the foreseeable future. As a good friend once told me, “in 1900 there were 21,000,000 horses in the USA alone but we still race them”.
2021 was also a year when our movement and sport lost far too many old friends and racing luminaries. Some were lost to Covid; many had simply reached the end of the road. They will all be much missed and fondly remembered. Our thoughts are with their families.
The emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 will hopefully not affect what may be possible in 2022 and we remain positive that the progress towards normality can continue.
We send you our best wishes for a safe and healthy holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year.
See you down the road in 2022
Andy and all the team at Prill Porsche Classics