The Steam Car Club of Great Britain
THE STEAM CAR CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN HAS A HISTORY DATING BACK TO ITS FIRST NEWS LETTER IN
NOVEMBER 1988. IT HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN KEEPING STEAM CARS ON THE ROAD.
The Club was formed in recognition of the ever increasing interest in steam cars and the need for
a standalone club dedicated to that need. It has since grown into the largest and most respected
Club in Europe and possibly the World, It has produced for many years the best known magazine in
the World (THE STEAM CAR).
The membership spans many countries including Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe. Membership
is open to all. You don’t need to own a steam car, and whether you have an old or modern car
or a steam bike; it’s your interest and knowledge that is valuable.
THE OBJECTIVES of The Steam Club of Great Britain are, apart from catering for all those interested
in Steam Cars themselves, to promote responsible preservation, restoration and conservation of all
steam cars, including those of both historic and educational value by keeping them safely on
English and European Members of the club have over the years taken part in not only their own activities, but
jointly in steam car events around the world including historic events in AMERICA and AUSTRALIA
some shipping their cars to these countries. Our American members have also shipped cars to special
events, even to the U.K. All these activities foster a better understanding of how steam vehicles
work and build long lasting friendships.
The club through its web page, forum and links page (with hits of over 30 million to date) has
developed a method to help all Steam Car users, covering maintenance, restoration and the general
running and advice including encouraging the regular examination of the boiler pressure system. Advice
and support for anyone interested is always available. JOINING The Steam Club of Great Britain is the
best route for any youngster specifically showing an interest in steam cars. Another important activity
of the club was the building of its ever increasing historic archive, and pattern register thus aiding
people with technical support for all cars in preservation. The archive has been built up over many years
with the help of the Science Museum and Stanley Museum as well as Auburn Heights in America and many other
organisations and people to which we are grateful. Preserving our heritage with steam on the road is
The Steam Car Club of Great Britain is affiliated to the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club and
the Veteran Car Club. It co-operates and deals with the DVLA and VOSA on the behalf of steam car
enthusiasts. Through its website it has built up its own register of the steam cars and bikes operated
in the U.K. and a similar register covering Europe. In this way members can check up the history and
ownership of any steam car or steam bike.
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The Steam Car Club of Great Britain is a long standing supporting member.
During 2007 and 2008 The Steam Car Club of Great Britain made extensive enquires with DVLA and VOSA regarding their
conflicting opinions as to whether steam cars should have an MOT. With the help of F.B.H.V.C. and
following direct meetings with VOSA, VOSA acknowledged it had made a mistake and that in fact ALL STEAM CARS
REQUIRE AN MOT, the club made this clear to all members in early 2008.
The committee hope this statement helps all members and other clubs who might be confused or not up to speed
with regards to our findings.
PLEASE note the Road Traffic Act is only enforceable whilst on the public highway. Some events held
off road ask for steam cars to be road worthy. Beware, an MOT is not proof of road worthiness it in
fact explains this on the MOT document. Road worthiness is a separate issue therefore it is the
owners responsibility to keep the car in a road worthy condition, do not rely on an MOT.
The Steam Car Club of Great Britain requires all participants to declare their cars as road legal as well as
requiring cars to have an MOT.
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The Steam Car Club of Great Britain caters for owners of steam cars and steam cycles
old and new. You do not have to own a steam car or cycle. Perhaps you want one, or
are just interested in these vehicles or in their further development.
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