Drive-It Day thumbs-up

An­nual event earns FIVA’s in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

This year’s Drive-It day (Sun­day, 24 April) will be in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised for the first time fol­low­ing its nom­i­na­tion as the UK flag­ship event for 2016’s World Mo­tor­ing Her­itage Year.

The an­nounce­ment comes fresh from a meet­ing be­tween the Fed­er­a­tion

In­ter­na­tionale Ve­hi­cles An­ciens (FIVA) and The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs (FBHVC) at Rétro­mo­bile, Paris.

FBHVC Chair­man David Whale says: ‘We are de­lighted FIVA has recog­nised Drive-It Day among the se­lect few events granted this ac­co­lade.’

Now in its eighth year, Drive-It Day will be big­ger and bet­ter than ever, ac­cord­ing to FBHVC com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Ge­off Lan­caster. He says: ‘Not only will more cars and more peo­ple be tak­ing part, the an­nounce­ment gives the whole event more pres­tige.’ This is backed up by the fast-grow­ing num­ber of events be­ing or­gan­ised by clubs, in­sur­ers and mu­se­ums – see CCW’s Events Di­ary, p82-83.

World Mo­tor­ing Her­itage Year is ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness in the preser­va­tion of his­toric ve­hi­cles as well as mark­ing FIVA’s 50th an­niver­sary.

‘This is the per­fect time to launch World Mo­tor­ing Her­itage Year, as we’re at the dawn of a bright new age of clas­sic mo­tor­ing,’ says Pa­trick Rol­let, pres­i­dent of FIVA. ’At a time when new tech­nol­ogy and au­ton­o­mous cars are poised to change the face of mo­tor­ing for­ever, you only need look at the sim­i­larly dra­matic shift in trans­port at the end of the 19th Cen­tury – when horses were al­most en­tirely re­placed by mo­tor ve­hi­cles – to see a vi­brant fu­ture for clas­sic cars as recre­ational ve­hi­cles.’

Hagerty or­gan­ised a 100-strong show­ing dur­ing last year’s event at Towces­ter Race­course in Northants.

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