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Union make force

[su_dropcap]! [/ su_dropcap] It is undeniable !: the Spanish - at least the Spanish fan of the mechanics of other times - is still a recalcitrant individualist. Modern winds have not succeeded in eradicating what has historically been one of our main signs of identity. The "bull skin" is still full of self-taught fans fighting alone - like authentic "robinsons" - to solve the problems that their hobby is posing. Nothing intimidates them and the funniest thing is that they often get away with it. Perhaps they could have done it better or achieved it earlier or with less effort if they had relied on others; of course, then, they would also have had to share the paternity of the result.

It will not be La Escudería who criticizes this facet of our personality; In addition, we believe in its benefits. However, we are going to allow ourselves to highlight here a serious drawback of individualism, when it is pushed to the limit: I am referring to the quite entrenched idea among radicals that "groups, association and collaboration between people, are useless." An idea that we have heard many times and that seems completely wrong. As much as we like it and dare to do things alone, it is untenable to think that clubs and associations cannot make life easier for us. Thus, for example, a mono-brand or mono-model club can provide in a short time a lot of information (tips, specialists, documentation, etc.) that would take years to acquire individually.

But it is that, also, THERE IS ONE THING FOR WHICH UNION IS NOT ONLY USEFUL, BUT IT IS TOTALLY ESSENTIAL: WE REFER TO THE DIALOGUE WITH THE POLITICAL CLASS.

We are currently facing problems that can only be resolved by Public Administrations (exemption from traffic taxes, adaptation of ITV procedures, simplification and cheaper procedure to legalize historic vehicles, etc.) and it is very possible that this trend will increase in the future relatively close, in which even the very survival of our precious vehicles may be in your hands.

The political class considers quantity very important. The democratic system always makes them think about the number. The position of a citizen is, for them, the more "defensible", the larger the group in which he fits and the better organized he is. THE NUMBER COMMANDS and in the face of this reality the principle that "UNION MAKES STRENGTH" becomes an incontrovertible truth.

Just for this The people who make up the editorial team of La Escudería maintain that:

[su_dropcap] A) [/ su_dropcap] As ordinary fans, even if we think that we cannot find anyone in a club in our area to have a good time with, or we believe that no member could tell us something that we did not know, WE WOULD BECOME PARTNERS OF A CLUB.

[su_dropcap] B) [/ su_dropcap] If we were responsible for a club, WE WOULD IMMEDIATELY JOIN THE SPANISH FEDERATION OF OLD VEHICLES (FEVA), even if we believe that we are not going to get any other advantage from it. Just to mention two very important issues, FEVA has achieved: 1) that the Event Regulations sealed by it are considered "adequate" by the competent Administration and 2) It has negotiated the mandatory Civil Liability insurance in magnificent conditions (Sergio Romagosa tells us , who knows a little about this).

FEVA. It already has the recognition of the Public Administrations of our country, thanks to the serious and effective work that its current Board of Directors has been developing for a few years. And most importantly, you are exercising that representation in a positive way, promoting solutions to REAL problems that affect EVERYONE. It was she who, together with Associated European Motorists (AEA), managed to open the door of the Road Tax Exemption for our precious vehicles; It was also this federation that has made the new regulation of events with historic vehicles bearable by the clubs and even positive for our fans by clarifying some dangerously confusing issues so far, such as the one relating to the NON-sporting nature of these events .

In recent years we have taken a giant leap to match our European neighbors (hundreds of clubs, more than 10 specialized publications, markets, lounges, services of all kinds, etc). But make no mistake: everything will be up in the air, as long as we don't manage to unite our forces so that the politicians listen to us.

 


 

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