The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has said ‘Drive it Day’ will continue to be celebrated on Sunday 26th April 2020.
Following the accelerated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic which have seen many events already postponed and cancelled, the FBHVC released a statement to member clubs of the organisation saying this was in line with the UK Government advice but could change if the country does progress into full ‘lockdown’.
Representing an accumulated membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters, the FBHVC said:
“The possibility of achieving consensus for a revised Drive it Day date later in the year will be very difficult to achieve, hence why we publicise the dates up to five years in advance.
“Therefore, Drive it Day 2020 will continue to be celebrated on Sunday 26th April. This being closest to the date in 1900 when the One Thousand Mile Trial organised by the Automobile Club started from London on April 23rd and travelled via Bristol, Birmingham, Derby, Manchester, Kendal, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton and back to London in order to prove the viability of the motor car.”
Whilst the Government are now clearly advising everyone against any ‘non-essential’ social contact, the FBHVC has guidance information which can be found via this link.
The information does encourage the cancellation/postponement of events, gatherings, meetings and reiterates that Motorsport UK has also withdrawn all Certificates of Exemption required for organised runs and road events for groups of cars.
The statement goes on to state:
“There seems no reason why individual enthusiasts could not take their vehicles out for a drive on Drive it Day, waving to each other from a discrete distance, so long as that drive avoids physical social contact.
“The Federation is encouraging the use of your chosen social media platform to share images and stories for what you are doing with your historic vehicles and furthermore, if you are unable to drive them, what you might be working on within the self – isolation of your garage or shed.
“The FBHVC is asking for all enthusiasts to share pictures of what they do on Drive it Day utilising their historic vehicles in any way that is safe and sensible to do so using the hashtag #DriveitDay. Post your picture on to the FBHVC social media feeds or those of your member clubs. We will be monitoring those social feeds and public posts published with the #DriveitDay hashtag will be gathered onto a special area within the FBHVC website galleries in the future.”
Classic events, auctions and other gatherings are now being cancelled within the UK and globally with many shelved until the 2021 season begins. If your event is or has been cancelled please send us information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show is now actively looking to reschedule for this year, with details to follow if the schedule allows.
Image courtesy FBHVC.