Drive It Day

Drive It Day 2022

Taking place on Sunday 24 April 2022, the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club’s annual Drive It Day is back. Drive It Day originally celebrated the 1900’s ‘1000 Mile Trial’, which between 23 April and 12 May saw 65 vehicles drive from London to Edinburgh and back again to demonstrate the ability and tenacity of a vehicle.

Not only has Drive It Day managed to increase awareness of historic and vintage vehicles to the general public through the past 15 years of organising events, but has also united communities of enthusiasts at an array of spin-off events that take place throughout the UK on the same date – some of which will be no doubt held by a number of the 500 clubs and various organisations that comprise the FBVHC’s membership.

In recent years, the FBHVC has been looking into ways that Drive It Day can evolve to uphold its original objectives but simultaneously ‘give back' to society. This year the Drive It Day event will be supporting the NSPCC Childline charity. Those clubs who already donate to chosen charities are encouraged to give in addition to, rather than replacing the current fundraising partners.

Participants can buy special rally plates, of which the proceeds will directly support the NSPCC. The rally plates include regular and platinum editions which retail for £10 and £30 and are available in two sizes. You can purchase plates from the FBVHC’s shop.

In addition, to purchasing a rally plate you can: 

  • Offer a 'shoe and tell' in return for a donation to the NSPCC Childline
  • Hold a photo competition via your club's Facebook page or website. Don't forget to tag #driveitdaychildline too.
  • Drive to a picturesque spot for a picnic or an outdoor pub lunch. You could even draw up a route map and offer these in return for a donation to NSPCC Childline
  • Hold a prize draw to win a piece of classic car/bike memorabilia or branded merchandise – this can be done via Justgiving with a 'suggested donation' to enter.
  • Round the day off with an online quiz or 'homework competition' – the highest score wins! Your questions can be as obscure as you want, about your particular marque, technical spec, motorsport, or even plain old general knowledge!

You can find out more about Drive It Day and the locations where you can take part here.

If you wish to make a donation you can do so here.

Do you or your club have any plans for getting involved in Drive It Day this year? Will you take out your classic vehicle for a drive?