With regard to the log book, or rather non-log book, of the future I would suggest that owners of historic cars and historic registration numbers at least photocopy their present log books but preferably apply to their taxation authority for a duplicate book now so that only this is taken away upon licence application from 1974 onwards.
For the very reasonable sum of 25p and a letter explaining that the original log book has been lost, eaten by the dog, or the such like, you can soon have a duplicate book dropping through the letterbox, thus preserving at least part of the vehicle’s history intact.
[Name and address supplied.—Ed.]
It occurred to me after reading “The Log Book” in Vintage Postbag that, although the log book may die in its official capacity, would it not be worthwhile for your excellent, widely circulated magazine to run an advertising campaign urging owners of interesting cars of all years to maintain a substitute record, urgently requesting any new owner to add his/her name. In this way an invaluable aspect of the log book system may be preserved for motoring historians despite computerisation.
D.O.Sibthorpe – Hainault
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