As thoughts turn from the festivities of Christmas to the prospects for the New Year, it’s time to put those very important dates into the diary. For the historic vehicle owner one of the year’s highlights is always Drive It Day.
This year the date is set as : Sunday 24th April 2016.
Last year saw a record turnout of enthusiasts on the roads for the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs promoted event. It commemorates the running, in 1900, of the 1000 Mile Trial when 64 cars started from London on a test of reliability and roadworthiness. A truly eclectic collection of vehicles takes part, not only historic cars (to be classified as historic, a vehicle has to be 30 years old or more) but buses, motorcycles, trucks, military or agricultural vehicles, petrol, diesel and even steam and electric powered vehicles.
The format for the day is a tried and tested formula. The Federation sets the date each year (as close as possible to the anniversary of the 1000 Mile Trial) and publicises the event nationally. The many clubs that comprise the Federation’s membership then plan and schedule regional and local events throughout the country. The events are as varied as the vehicles taking part and include Drive Outs, Rallies, and meetings at local beauty spots or historic sites. Important venues such as The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, The British Motor Museum, Gaydon and Bicester Heritage have already announced plans to take part, but there will be scores of events the length and breadth of the country.
Clubs are encouraged to let the Federation know their plans so that they can be publicised in further press releases as the day approaches and on the FBHVC website. Also shortly on the website (www.fbhvc.co.uk) details will be published of where clubs can apply for the special Drive It Day rally plaques so they can advertise their club’s participation on the day.
FBHVC National Coordinator for Drive it Day 2016 is Ken Coad who can be contacted on email at :firstname.lastname@example.org