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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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Many classic bus operators and museums are members of the Federation. In a statement, the FBHVC said: “Many events are already postponed or cancelled and so, with such a crowded event calendar, 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.”
The Federation added: “Currently, UK Government are advising against all non-essential social contact.

“However, 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.”

FBVHC is asking for all enthusiasts to share pictures of what they do on Drive it Day using the hashtag #DriveitDay. But the Federation adds: “We would like to stress that the more mature, or those with underlying health conditions that fall into the high-risk category, should not attempt to leave isolation, even for a short drive. Those able to consider a short drive on Drive it Day should plan carefully whether that journey may require interactions, such as the purchase of fuel or payment of road tolls for example and make a personal judgement on the safety of any Drive it Day journey. We strongly advise that you follow current UK Government advice and do not attend events, meets or visit public places such as pubs, restaurants or cafés on your Drive it Day journey.”