Every year Drive It Day is purposefully held on the Sunday nearest to 23 April. Why? Because it commemorates the 64 cars that left London on the first day of the Thousand Mile Trial on 23 April 1900.
The Royal Automobile Club Thousand Mile Trial started in London and passed through Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester – travelled through Scotland – then passed back thorugh more English locations until they were back in London again.
The tour lasted until May 12th and 46 out of approximately 65 starting cars made it to the finish line.
There are loads of events happening all over Britain for Drive It Day. Classic car shows, car runs including all types of vehicles from VW campers, motorcycles, military vehicles and cars young and old! It’s a day to celebrate and share and display these great motors with other car lovers.
Meanwhile, Kettering Area Motor Club will be hosting the Stilton Cheese Classic Car Run with all profits from the day going to the Air Ambulance Service.
Just like all the people that turned out to watch a fantastic array of cars driving by in 1900, you can be part of the fun in 2016. For more information, go to the Drive It Day website.
I think it’s absolutely fantastic to see all these original cars and vehicles out in force, it makes me feel like I’ve been transported back in time. Even if you’re not a car enthusiast, it’s sure to be a great day out!