This year’s ‘Drive it Day,’ which is being organised by Peter York will be somewhat different, as we are starting with a display on the Weymouth Esplanade by the Clock Tower. We will assemble at 10.00 am, there will be cafe open opposite for coffee and snacks etc. and then we plan to leave about 11.00 am on a very nice run heading west through some of Dorset’s beautiful countryside. The run will take us on what is probably the best and most picturesque coastal run in Dorset. The run should take up to 1 1/2 hours to end up at the Sly Fox at Osmington on the east side of Weymouth for lunch. If you have not yet put your name down for this event please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of Drive It Day
Each year, the event takes place as close to 23 April as possible. It was on this date back in 1900 that the original One Thousand Mile Trial, organised by the Automobile Club, took place.
A total of 65 cars set off from London on the route up to Edinburgh, with 51 cars making it. The route then took them back down to London, a journey that 35 of the original line-up were able to complete (which isn’t a bad number by any means!)
The vehicles included a Gladiator, a Daimler, Ariels and Panhards, and the trip included speed trials and 4 hill-climbing competitions.
Today, that incredible piece of motoring history is celebrated each year with Drive It Day. The day aims to get classic cars back on the road and encourage more people to embrace the fantastic culture of classic cars and bikes.
You can find out more about Drive It Day, and the 1900 One Thousand Mile Trial on the FBHVC website. And hopefully we’ll see you on the road on 23 April!