The time finally arrived for our first ever Drive it Day!
Every year in April, the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club organises a day to help raise awareness of the classic vehicle movement in the UK. This year, we took the opportunity to organise our own Drive It Day, along with our partners at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb and Classic Motor Hub.
With our new FJ Van at the ready, we hit the road in the morning and arrived at the beautiful Chateau Impney estate, home of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb. It was our first journey out in our VW T25 after it was restored by the team at Practical Classics and CBR Motor Bodies ready in time for last month’s Practical Classics Restoration Show.
We arrived in our FJ van at 8:00, ready and waiting for the 30 classic cars that were about to join us on the rally. One by one, the classic cars arrived, from a Morris Minor to a Ferrari and an MG to an E-type; there were a fantastic mix of vehicles.
We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day, classic cars, classic enthusiasts and a beautiful location for breakfast. Located in the Worcestershire countryside, the unique Grade II listed building was the perfect setting to meet as everyone could overlook the 140 acres of picturesque gardens and delightful classics. At 10:15 we all got ready to depart and meander through the stunning country lanes in the Cotswolds. The route was fantastic and many participants took the time to tell us how impressed they were with the journey.
Lead by Footman James’ very own Lee Fowkes in his classic 1968 VW Beetle.
En route we passed many quaint villages and attractions, including the delightful, Bidford on Avon; a large village dating back to the Roman era with the bridge crossing over the River Avon.
Just over the half way point, we came across Broadway Tower; Worcestershire’s highest folly. At 1024 feet (312m) above sea level, the tower has some of the best views in England and is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment. Nearing the end of the route, we passed Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach and Ablington where we arrived at the Classic Motor Hub.
Every month from April to October, one Sunday is dedicated to the Classic Motor Hub’s Coffee & Classics event, but this day was all about Drive It Day! There was an incredible buzz as everyone roamed around the hub talking to fellow enthusiasts as well as enjoying a complimentary lunch. The hubs entrance was open and participants could roam around the historic RAF site and get up close and personal with some of the vehicles on show in the showroom.
We loved seeing an eclectic display of cars and were truly amazed on the day by how many people wanted to get involved, so we thank everyone who joined us and registered their interest.
At Footman James we understand that the classic vehicle movement is driven by enthusiasts that continue to create awareness of our classic vehicle industry.
We hope the day inspired others to get involved in supporting our classic vehicle industry. We already can’t wait to see what plans we have for next year!