Who are NECPWA?

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North of England Classic & Pre-War Automobiles (formerly known as The North East Club for Pre-War Austins) was established in 1966 by Tony Pelton. It is now the largest Historic Vehicle Club in the North of England, with 850+ members (as per March 2024).
NECPWA is a non-profit-making society with Honorary Officials and a 'multi-marque' club. A recent rough survey showed that the club members owned around 75 different makes of classic cars – including about 175 Austins and several motorcycles, including one or two 'veteran' cars.

Membership is open to any enthusiast of old motor vehicles, and it is not necessary to be a vehicle owner to join the club, however attendance at Club organised rallies is generally restricted to vehicles built before September 2001. [NB individual branches and some events may have different entry rules, some with stricter vehicle age limits].

NECPWA Club Membership is only £15.00 per year for UK residents.

However, to encourage younger people to the Classic Car movement, membership for those under 30 years of age is free. (With a free subscription though, younger members will only receive the 'E' version of Club Magazine, NECPWA News, not a printed copy

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Club Benefits
  • An illustrated Club Magazine issued 8 times a year with articles on restoration and current news and views on historic motoring and a page for members to buy and sell vehicles or parts.
  • Free Membership for those under 30 years of age (with'E' version of the magazine included)
  • A vintage Advertiser for spare parts.
  • Discounts on Vehicle Insurance.
  • A large Club library of hard to find articles and manuals
  • A Spare Parts Store in West Cornforth, Durham.
  • Regular meetings at many local venues throughout the year. Film shows and lectures are often arranged.
  • Help to obtain original registration numbers from the DVLA.

Northern Branches
Organised Rallies and other meetings are listed, along with any entry requirements, on the : Northern Events Page

York Branch
Organises its own Road Runs and Rallies with all the entry requirements on their own separate: York Events Page

Some Local branches also hold breakfast meetings with optional Road Runs all year around where you can use your Classic if you wish. Details of these can be found on the Northern Branches Page and the York Branch Events Page


NECPWA is a non-profit-making society with Honorary Officials, the club is a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs which was formed in 1961 to represent the interests of the 'Older Vehicle Movement' in the United Kingdom to Government Departments and the EEC on legal, technical, and general matters.


The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) was founded in 1966 and represents the historic vehicle movement globally, and they produce a 'Guide To Responsible Use Of Historic Vehicles' which is available to Download and read in English: