Drive-It Day thumbs-up
Annual event earns FIVA’s international recognition
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.