Heritage Engineering legends Edd China & Danny Hopkins become AoHE HVP’s !

I would like to think it is a mark of how far the AoHE has come and what we have achieved in the last 20 months that is bringing heritage engineering together. There is a real movement to help protect HE and make it the British national treasure it should be.

Many will know Edd China from his time on ‘Wheeler Dealers’ but Edd also happens too have a degree in engineering product design from London South Bank University. It was while at university, Edd created the Casual Lofa sofa.

Following the success of his creation of the Casual Lofa, Edd’s first job in television was as a special effects technician for Father Ted in 1994.

Many projects in-sued and in 2003 Edd started at ‘Wheeler Dealers’ until 2017.

He holds a number of world records and as anyone who has ever met him will testify he is a thoroughly nice chap.

Edd is keen to push future technologies and integration . He is involved with a number of EV projects and has a few of his own.

Thanks so much too Edd for getting involved.


Well what can be said about Danny Hopkins ? Loads actually. All who read Practical Classics or attend the NEC shows will know how passionate Danny is about his subject. I first meet Danny at the wonderful ‘Festival of the Exceptional’ held that year at Stowe School and organised by Hagerty UK.



You can sense how knowledgable the man is, mostly reserved but above all an advocate of the true enthusiast.

He has been editor of Practical Classics for 9 years, having worked on the magazine since 2000. He was also editor of Steam Railway magazine for a little over 3 years. His passion for heritage engineering runs deep and his determination to support the movement and its participants are out there for all to see.

Thanks to Danny for his support and his passion to protect our hobbies.

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Fantastic news for AoHE as Lady Judy McAlpine and Dr Robert Pleming become our latest HVP’s

Well it’s been quite a week for the AoHE.  John Pitchford, Janice Richardson and I were invited down to Brooklands Museum for the Transport Trust awards, the awards presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

One of HVP’s , Allan Winn was presented with the coveted ‘Preservationist of the year’ for his amazing work over decades and the ‘aircraft factory’ project at Brooklands.

Two new HVP’s have joined us.

The first is Lady Judy McAlpine. Lady J is determined to carry on her late husband Lord Bill McAlpine’s amazing heritage legacy and gives the AoHE a great insight into both steam and traditional boat-building in particular. Lady J is passionate about get skills saved and shared, especially the inclusivity of younger people. We intend to work together to promote and push the heritage engineering agenda forward.


The second is a legend in heritage aviation. I am the son of V-Bomber crew and spent my early years on V-Bomber bases in the east of England. Robert Pleming is amongst many other things, the CE of the ‘Vulcan to Sky Trust’.

Peter’s experience across aviation is staggering and with his help and enthusiasm I sincerely hope we can get heritage aviation, along with all other sectors of Heritage Engineering recognised as the National Treasure it is.

The VTST is currently restoring another iconic British military aircraft, the General Electric Canberra



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Brooklands Museum supports AoHE by allowing us to display the fabulous Napier Railton outside the Heritage Skills Academy at the Bicester Heritage Super Scramble

We are immensely proud that AoHE Member Brooklands Museum and our HVP Allan Winn will be attending the Bicester Heritage Super Scramble.

It will be on Display outside outside another of our members The Heritage Skills Academy. We also have two cars from HVP Janes Weitzmann ( JHW Classics) . (below)

Jane Weitzmann

Both stunning. A Jaguar XJ220 and an Iso Grifo.


We look forward to seeing you at the event. If you haven’t yet joined the AoHE do please consider getting involved. Heritage engineering needs to get the young involved, enthused and inspired to keep the future of our hobby safe and in good hands.

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The AoHE launches the ‘Summers End Frolics’ An end of season Excuse to get your vehicle out

The AoHE have today launched with the fantastic support of Practical Classics Magazine The ‘Summer’s End Frolic’. With the great success of the FBHVC’s ‘Drive-it day’ it is aimed to close the season with an excuse to get your vehicles out there.

Scheduled for the 22nd of September, we will compile the events and venues as they are made know to us.

We hope it will be a rallying cry for vehicle clubs and heritage engineering venues who use the opportunity to encourage runs and gathering to the benefit of all involved with heritage engineering.

Please do let us know what you are doing and where, please also consider joining the AoHE , allowing us to create move events and support heritage engineering, which in moving forward will need to be able to help determine rather than just follow government policy.

We especially ask that you get young people involved in these events, at venues and as passengers or drivers, they are the future and without them our hobby is unsustainable.

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The first stand fo the AoHE at the NEC Restoration Show 2019

Our guest really doors on Friday morning – Lady Just mcAlpine

A huge thank you to the Practical classics NEC Restoration show and Andrea Seed for letting us have a stand in such an amazing position. Thanks also to James Davis for bringing his amazing MGA Twin-Cam and for being such an enthusiastic support over all 4 of the days. The floor was loaned from Jimmy DeVille and KlikFlor . The fabulous motorbikes provided by Peter Gower and his father.

Drew ‘Salvage Hunters’ Pritchard




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Retro EV join as our first EV member company.

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