A while ago we reported that insurance firm Footman James had found that more and more women were getting in to classic car ownership
It predicted that 11 per cent of the market would be made up of female owners by the end of 2016. Its research of more than 1,025 women and 55,000 policies revealed that the driving factor for classic car ownership for 21 per cent of women was nostalgia, followed by 19 per cent who said that they were encouraged by friends and family members and 17 per cent who saw it as a good investment.
As part of its research, the firm asked female enthusiasts to share their classic car stories.
It said that a large number responded and it now plans to share their stories throughout 2017.
The first is Jennifer Negus, who said: “I have always enjoyed different cars, but my definition of a classic car would be a car with style and one that does not blend in.
“It’s one that looks special and wants to be seen and reflects the person that drives it as anyone can own a normal car.
“My car is a Nissan Figaro, 1991. It’s a classic no matter what some people say!
“I am a serving soldier and when I was in Afghanistan in 2010 I was looking for a new car and found the Figaro. When I flew home for my two weeks leave during my tour, I went and got it. I called her FEFE.
“Last year I brought my kit car (called Kit Kat). I always wanted a kit car.
“Seeing them as a kid, I reached a point where I was running out of things to do and places to travel so thought I would bring my midlife crisis forward (I'm 26); hence me buying the kit car which is now getting restored before I show it and attempt to figure out how to drive the thing.”
David Bond, Footman James’ managing director, said: “We’re proud to be supporting the female enthusiasts’ movement, which recognises that females are just as passionate about classic cars and bikes as men are.
“We’re happy to have received such a large number of responses from female enthusiasts and it is an honour to share some of them in this male-dominated industry.”