Drive it Day 2021 – Sunday 25th of April

Drive it Day is this Sunday (25th of April), but what is it?

Drive-It Day celebrates the One Thousand Mile Trial

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs created Drive-It Day to celebrate the occasion in 1900 when 65 vehicles drove from London to Edinburgh returning to London to prove the viability of the motor car.

Drive-It Day is always held on the Sunday closest to 23rd April when the trial started, it took until 12th May to complete the journey.  35 vehicles completed the course.

The route visited Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester, Birmingham, Lichfield, Matlock, Buxton, Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal, Keswick, Carlisle, Moffat, Peebles, Edinburgh, Berwick, Newcastle, Durham, Northallerton, Thirsk, York, Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Worksop, Lincoln, Nottingham, Loughborough and Northampton.

The event was organised by The Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland which later became The Royal Automobile Club.

You can access a web archive with reports and lists of entrants by clicking ‘HERE

The FBHVC had the first Drive it Day in 2005 and it has been adopted by clubs all over the UK as a day to celebrate the hobby and get the cars out on the road.  

This year the Federation have partnered with the NSPCC / Childline to help raise funds via the sale of Rally Plates.  You can buy plates by clicking ‘HERE

So what are Ayrshire Classics doing this Drive it Day?

Although lockdown restrictions are easing, they haven’t relaxed enough for us to have a ‘full’ Drive it Day outing in a responsible fashion, so we’ve decided to have a ‘Drive it round the block Day’ instead.

The cars could do with a run and we might as well share them with the world on here, so we’re asking you to take your car for a run ’round the block’ and get someone to either photograph or video you and send it to us at ‘‘ or post it on our FaceBook page and we’ll try to make a compilation video of everyone!

Let’s enjoy a short play with them and Stay Safe – We’re nearly there folks!

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