Originally Posted by RT Firefly
Mr. Marin. NICE. And the limitations as to age and "style" of vehicle? Classic? Antique? Historic?
The category my friend's Singer is in is called "Vintage." Vintage means pre-WWII, which in Europe is 1939 or older. However, these events often include other categories, too, so there were cars like older Ferraris, Jaguars, MGs, Fiats, Citroens, Bugattis, Panhards, Peugots, and so forth, including a few "exotics." My friend's Singer was the second-oldest car in the run.
I learned somthing new at this rally, and that is that in Europe/UK at least, there are two basic categories of collector car conditions. One is "Fully Restored," which means exactly what it says. The other, and far more interesting category, is called (officially) "Oily Rag." Oily Rag means, in essence, "daily driver." It's not perfect,there can be scratches and dings and worn upholstery and tarnished chrome. It's a term you'll see even in the ads in the collector car magazines to describe the basic condition of a car.
The nice thing about the Oily Rag category is that it brings a lot of very cool cars to events like this, cars that otherwise would not be brought out because they are not fully restored.