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Drive It Day 2015

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Drive It Day is organised by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, to celebrate classic and vintage car ownership. The annual event encourages the owners of classic cars to get out and about using their vehicles and is supported by a number of classic car ownership clubs. This year's Drive It Day takes place on Sunday 26th April.

The FBHVC arranges for events to take place at classic car clubs nationwide, as a demonstration of the quality and quantity of interesting and historic vehicles still in use on British roads. Previous Drive It Days have included events at Gaydon's Heritage Motor Centre, the Cotswolds Motoring Museum, Brooklands and the Lakeland Motor Museum.

This year's route covers 72 miles and should take about two hours, starting at Towcester racecourse at 8.30am and taking in Edgcote Battle Ground and the Cotswolds, ending up at Bicester Heritage. The tour is open to 100 vehicles registered pre-1 January 1990.

Drive It Day 2014 saw an estimated 250,000 historic cars take to the road, including four, three and two wheeled machines. A number of Britain's motoring museums and venues expect DID visitors this year - for example there will be a fun 'Brunch Scramble' taking place at Bicester Heritage, which at least 1,500 historic vehicles are expected to attend. Clubs which plan to have stands at Bicester include the Bristol Owners Club. Societies planning Drive It Day 2015 events include the Tyne-Tees Centre of the MG Car Club, Aberdeen's Vehicle Restoration Society and the Cornwall Austin Seven Club at Tintagel, among 400 clubs and museums. Edd China and Mike Brewer of TV's 'Wheeler Dealers' programme will also be supporting DID 2015 and are inviting owners to drive their classics to their Sheffield showroom. Events raise funds for various local and industry charities.

Drive It Day rally plates are available for participants to display.

The original Drive It Day took place on 23 April 1900 as the Royal Automobile Club Thousand Mile Trial. Sixty four cars departed from London and travelled through Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Scotland and then back down through England, to return to London 1,000 miles later. The tour ended on 12 May with 46 surviving vehicles.

To celebrate this epic journey, Drive It Day is held as close to 23 April as possible and sees a variety of events taking place. There are special runs featuring the likes of VW camper vans, military vehicles and motorbikes, plus cars from all eras.

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