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National Drive It Day 2023

JK's Head of Marketing
Published 8 April 2022
Josh Reynolds

It’s not long now until National Drive It Day 2023, which will see owners of classic motor vehicles across the country hit the road on Sunday 23 April to enjoy their cars and help raise money for Childline.

If you haven’t heard of Drive It Day before, or you need a hand getting your classic VW ready to hit the road at the end of the month, you’re in the right place!

Name: Drive It Day 2023
Time & Date: Sunday 23 April, all day
Location: Across the UK
Tickets: Free to take part, with special Fundraising Vehicle Plates available to raise money for Childline.

What is Drive It Day?

Simply put, it’s a day to take your classic car for a spin, raise a few smiles, and help raise money for Childline.

National Drive It Day has been going strong since 2005, and is a yearly opportunity to remind the public how fun, interesting and beautiful classic motor vehicles can be.

More than £40,000 was raised during FBHVC's National Drive It Day 2022, so we're excited to see if that total can be beaten this year!

How can I take part in Drive It Day?

There’s really two parts to the day: Raising money for Childline, and going for a cruise in your classic car.

It’s really easy to support Childline as part of Drive It Day, just click this link to buy a 2023 Drive It Day Fundraising Vehicle Plate, and all the money will go to the charity.

Quick and easy to fix to your classic car to show your support for Drive It Day, the fundraising plates are made from metal and will last for years, so you can get a collection of them going on your garage wall as you take part in more and more events over the coming years.

There are different sizes of plate available, at different prices, and even Ride It Day plates for motorbike aficionados. Check out the full range of Drive It Day plates here.

As for getting out there in your classic VW and enjoying a nice drive, that’s up to you!

We can help, though – we’ve got a range of mechanical and service parts to get your classic dub back on the road, plus some cool new accessories to make it look its best while you’re driving around and turning heads for Drive It Day!

Why was National Drive It Day set up?

Created by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) in 2005, National Drive It Day started as a way to commemorate the One Thousand Mile Trial in 1900, which saw 65 motor vehicles travel from London to Edinburgh and back to prove that this exciting new technology was viable.

Drive It Day still serves that same purpose, and also helps keep the public’s enthusiasm for older vehicles alive.

As well as this, FBHVC’s National Drive It Day also raises money for Childline, a charity which supports children of all ages in dealing with a massive range of issues. You can find out more about Childline by clicking here.

Who are the FBHVC?

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) aims to ensure that historic vehicles can continue to be used on the UK’s roads.

They’re working to achieve this by representing the interests of owners of these vehicles in meetings with politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe.

Looking for more inspiration and motivation?

There’s a huge number of events coming up across the UK this year, and we want to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy their classics and campers as they head to and from some of these awesome days out.

As well as our Shows & Events page, which has the details for loads of VW shows up and down the country this year, we've also put together our list of 100 Things to do for Under £100, which includes everything from the world championships of porridge making, through to justing at Blenheim Palace, and each one will cost a family of four less than a hundred pounds - in fact, loads of them are free!

Updated April 2023

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