Again, we will be starting our annual Drive it Day from the Weymouth Esplanade, members are to meet at 10.00 am to display their cars and have a coffee at the Royal Hotel before setting off on a run through some of Dorset’s beautiful countryside to finish at the Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton, for Sunday Lunch.
The history of Drive it Day
Within the British classic car community, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t familiar with Drive-It Day. This national celebration of all things classic cars happens every year in April, and it is an ideal window to show the powers how important the vintage, veteran and classic car industry is to the country’s economy.
Originally created in 2005 by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) Drive-It Day was first intended as a celebration of a now-vintage car event from 1900, the One Thousand Mile Trial. Since then, Drive-It Day has encompassed everything to do with classic and vintage cars, meaning rallies, car club drives, meets and large-scale events are all arranged on the day around the country.
But how does Drive-It Day, a celebration in which you simply drive your classic vehicle, benefit the wider classic car industry?
By taking out and using their cherished classic cars and visiting these events, enthusiasts simply and effectively promote the culture and community behind these vehicles. In an age where hybrid and electric power dominates the conversation, the general public often forgets that these classic cars exist. By reinforcing the fact that classic automotive culture is still thriving, despite the many challenges it faces today, it helps to encourage younger generations to get involved, something we’ve focused on in previously occasions.
Promoting awareness of classic cars and supporting the historic vehicle movement to keep these vehicles on the road is hugely important. What better way to encourage and promote vintage cars than to just drive them?
It’s organisations and events like the FBHVC and Drive-It Day that help to uphold the culture and community behind classic cars. To read more about the other various organisations trying to uphold the very same