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Drive your classic, but avoid social contact on 26 April, says the FBHVC. NICK LARKIN

Classic bus operators and private owners are being urged to join in a massive national event which the organisers currently say can still take place on Sunday 26 April, reports Nick Larkin

Drive it Day encourages the owners of all historic vehicles to take them out on the road to promote the use of classics and the movement behind them. There is no set agenda for the event, organised by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) which represents hundreds of organisations. The Sunday set for the event is that closest to the date in 1900 when the ‘One Thousand Mile Trial’ organised by the Automobile Club started from London on 23 April 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.

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