Ger­vAis sey­mour

pro­duC­tion edi­tor

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

I was unim­pressed by the first few Drive-It Days, see­ing them as half-hearted at­tempts to coax a hand­ful of cher­ished clas­sics out of their cot­ton wool-co­cooned win­ter hi­ber­na­tion – if the weather was kind enough on the chrome­work. A clas­sic should be out and about all year, and ev­ery op­por­tu­nity should be a Drive-It Day, I rea­soned. But the event is now in its 11th year, and I’ve per­formed a U-turn. Yes, for some, this is the an­nual wake-up call. How­ever, for many thou­sands of UK clas­sic car own­ers and en­thu­si­asts – more than 250,000 ac­cord­ing to FBHVC es­ti­mates – it’s a ral­ly­ing cry for a rapidly grow­ing force that has its roots in Bri­tain and is grow­ing in stature in­ter­na­tion­ally. I’m proud to be a tiny cog in this move­ment: we’re show­ing the world what can be done and how to do it prop­erly. So you don’t need me to tell you what you should be do­ing next Sun­day. You’ll be do­ing it any­way. The least I can do, as a re­formed doubter, is to play my part in en­sur­ing CCW pub­lishes as many of your Drive-It Day pho­tos as pos­si­ble. You’ve earned it.

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