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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A visit to some amazing artisan engineers – Lamb Engineering

The work this company produces is really rather special, I spent the morning looking at some of their amazing builds. They will be lending the AoHE a rather special motorbike for the NEC classic show and their amazing Miller tribute for the NEC resto show in March .

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A great final Scramble! at the Heritage Skills Academy 2019

Ex-Jack Brabham E-type kindly provided by our friends at Woodham Mortimer

Belinda’s superb GTD 40

Some gems from Classic Performance Engineering

Kingsbury speed shop – the Bentleys Boys

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Stunning 2019 Goodwood Revival

With near perfect weather the 2019 Goodwood revival meeting will be considered one of the classics. The AoHE were guests of one of the countries leading classic engineering companies, Woodham-Mortimer who had a number of cars running in the meet. A very special thank you to CEO Jean-Marc Gales and COO Mark Hews and their entire staff.

I was extremely impressed at the number of young people attending the event, from spectators to pit engineers and am sure that with suitable support our industry cannot only survive but thrive.

The racing was exceptional, the set prices around the circuit absolutely superb. The Duke’s attention to detail is legendary and this is what makes this event unique


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AoHE launches Heritage Engineering hub YouTube channel for any HE organisation to post video

Many heritage engineering organisation have neither the time or inclination to post video footage on YouTube but there must be thousands of hours of amazing video content out there which has the potential to reach a young audience that consumes its media in a very different way to 20 years ago.

If you have video footage you think would be of interest please get in touch at : associationofheritageengineers@gmail.com

Can you add a brief description of who and what. All video will be credited to the contributors.


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The Association of Heritage Engineers welcome’s Dr Ödül Bozkurt as Research Consultant
Ödül Bozkurt is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex Business School where she is also the Director of the Future of Work Research Centre and the Director of International Affairs. She is a sociologist of work and obtained her PhD at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2006. Over the past five years Ödül has been carrying out research about the organization and experiences of work and employment in the classic motoring sector in the UK. She is interested in how the training and skills development offer in the sector can be expanded and improved, how new generations of workers can be attracted to heritage sectors in general and classic motoring in particular, and how a skilled workforce can be ensured high quality work in a thriving sector going forward. She has already published an academic article about what draws trainees to class car restoration training and has been collecting data on the employment experiences of sector’s print media workers. She has also been following a group of apprentices since Summer 2018, as they continue their training with the Heritage Skills Academy.
In collaborating wtih the AoHE Ödül would like to develop our understanding of the skills base, use and development in heritage engineering. Most immediately, she plans to work on a grant application proposal to the Nuffield Foundation that would allow her to investigate both the scale of skills and training issues through survey-based methods and the processes whereby working in heritage motoring appears, or fails to appear, as a viable career path for young learners through interview and observation-based methods. A particular focus would be on students on disadvantaged backgrounds and how they can be supported in developing pathways into “decent work” in heritage engineering. Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust that aims to advance educational opportunity and social well-being in the UK. The grant application is for a scheme that has education as a priority area, with the development of skills and capabilities in a changing world, and young people’s pathways from training to work being two highlighted themes.
Ödül is keen to develop this proposal in close cooperation with sector stakeholders, offering her academic know-how to address real-life problems, but also to pursue other opportunities to develop our knowledge of the training and employment related issues in heritage engineering through other initiatives. She remains committed to the recognition and appreciation of heritage skills in a digital age!
Thank you for getting involved and thanks for all the the work you have undertaken thus far.
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CarFest South at Laverstoke Park

It was a beautiful weekend for Carfest South 2019, you may know I am a long time member of the Sporting Bears charity and use my classic cars to help get people into them and promote the heritage engineering cause. This year I took out over 40 people all of whom were fantastic and in most cases I got asked about apprenticeships and young peoples training.

The AoHE message is getting out there and I have every confidence that it will continue to do so with your help. Thank you all for getting involved.

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