FBHVC Press Releases


Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC)


Press Release

14 October 2020

FBHVC announce new support for Transport Museums

The FBHVC has implemented a number of strategic changes within the organisation in order to best support the historic vehicle community in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst our commitment to supporting the community’s vehicle clubs remains stronger than ever, the FBHVC also recognises that transport Museums are a sector that is experiencing particular challenges during current times.

Transport Museums are a crucial part of the historic vehicle community and represent a rich, varied and essential network of venues up and down the country working hard to preserve and showcase artifacts, vehicles and archives from transport heritage.

In order to best support this vital community, the FBHVC has announced that the current Director for Archives, Andy Bye will expand his role to encompass a liaison role supporting Museums into the future.

Andy Bye has been on the FBHVC Board of Directors for the past year, working on developing club archives and supporting member clubs on best practice for their own collections. As that work has developed, it has become clear that there is a distinct relationship between Museum archives and those of the FBHVC vehicle clubs. Also, that there is much that can be done to bring the vehicle club and Museum sectors closer together for the aim of mutual support.

During his career, Andy worked for Chrysler, Talbot, Peugeot Talbot, Citroen and Peugeot and at his retirement was Quality Director for PSA Peugeot Citroen having worked with the group since 1979. Andy is also a Trustee of the Rootes Archive Centre Trust where he has been part of the team which has saved the archives from the old Rootes Group engineering department. Through fundraising, the trust went on to purchase their own freehold Archive building near Banbury.

Andy Bye explains, "Our vital Museums have been hard hit by COVID. Visitor numbers have been reduced due to lockdowns and social distancing measures. The installation of COVID safe infrastructure has been costly in some instances and also, as the average age of volunteers tends to be relatively high, many of the Museums have seen their workforce decreased as people are forced into self-isolation. I am very much looking forward to being pro-active in supporting our Museums through this difficult time and using the influence we have as the FBHVC to ensure their plight is being understood at the very highest levels."

Andy went on to say, "Museums are a vital part of preserving our past and sharing it with generations to come and it is vital we actively work with the sector to ensure its survival – I look forward to engaging with our many Museum members on this journey."

The initial aims of this work will include forming working groups to share ideas and resources. Furthermore, to open up the FBHVC audience to promote and create key events and initiatives for the benefit of all. The FBHVC is committed to assisting in any way possible to aid the recovery of Transport Museums post-COVID.

The first step is an interactive map and directory of Transport Museums nationwide has been launched via the FBHVC website at: https://www.fbhvc.co.uk/museums-and-archives

If you are a museum who wishes to join our support network, then contact Andy Bye to register your interest via Emma Balaam at: secretary@fbhvc.co.uk


Press Release

02 October 2020

FBHVC announce charity partnership with Childline® for National Drive it Day 2021

The FBHVC has announced that, in 2021, Drive it Day will be run in support of the nationally important charity, the NSPCC’s Childline®.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs introduced Drive it Day in 2005 with the aim of getting the nation’s transport heritage out on the roads and seen by the public. Since then, the national celebration of Historic Vehicles has successfully increased public awareness of the historic vehicle movement whilst bringing a sense of togetherness to the thousands of owners and enthusiasts who attend events and runs up and down the country. Those events, held by over 500 member organisations and clubs that make up the Federation’s membership, are as varied as the vehicles taking part and often include Drive Outs, Rallies, and meetings at local beauty spots or historic sites.

The Federation sets the date each year to coincide with the anniversary of the 1,000 Mile Trial. At the turn of the 20th century, when most considered the motor car as nothing more than a passing fashion accessory, the Automobile Club organised a demonstration trial for the spring of 1900 to prove them wrong. The trial was to prove motor vehicles on a route from London to Edinburgh and back again. The participants covered the 1000 miles in 20 days, but proved to the public that the motor car had a future as a reliable mode of personal transport.

As the role of the FBHVC and of the historic movement evolves and we become ever more aware of all our duties to contribute to wider society, the Federation has been exploring ways to develop National Drive it Day and re-position the event so that, as well as fulfilling its aims to raise awareness of the historic vehicle movement, we can also use it as an opportunity to contribute to society.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure that the FBHVC has announced it will run the 2021 Drive it Day, scheduled for April 25th in support of the NSPCC’s Childline® service.

 During the current pandemic, vulnerable young people have been less visible to professionals and their safety nets have fallen away. Home isn’t always a safe place for a child. Children have also been exposed to more potential risks at home as parents and carers have come under increasing pressures from the current challenging times.

The NSPCC’s Childline® service – 0800 11 11 – has remained a vital lifeline for those children who feel they have no one else to turn to, holding 19,000 counselling sessions a month since lockdown began.

The number of posts on Childline’s message boards from children and young people reaching out to each other for support since the lockdown began has doubled, with the Childline® website receiving three times as many visits per week than before the pandemic, particularly to the advice pages and the Calm Zone, with tools and activities to help children let go of stress.

Childline® has also seen a worrying change in the nature of concerns and the age of children they have supported, with over half of all conversations related to mental and emotional health (including suicidal thoughts and feelings and self-harm), and more children under 11 contacting the service.

Childline® will continue to remain a vital resource for children as they adjust to returning to school and the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt by children and families. But they need our help to fund these vital resources.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said, “I wanted to thank everyone at the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs for your commitment to work in support of Childline®. Childline® is an extraordinary service that is here for children with nowhere else to turn. Your time and your fundraising efforts are going to make an incredible difference in helping us train and support volunteers to be there for the very many children who deserve better during these incredibly challenging times. Really looking forward to building an important partnership with you that is going to make a great difference. Thank you.”

Individuals can donate simply by purchasing a Drive it Day rally plate for their vehicle which will be available to purchase shortly online. Clubs can help by organising an event or rally to raise money and by donating the proceeds to our JustGiving fundraising page, the link for which can be found via www.driveitday.co.uk.

David Whale, FBHVC Chairman said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge that the world has faced in a generation. So, the FBHVC asks all historic vehicle owners and enthusiasts to join in with us on Drive it Day, Sunday 25 April  2021, to not only continue our work to raise awareness of the freedoms needed by the historic vehicle movement, but also to contribute something special and help ensure Childline® is still there for those children who need help. Our passion can make a huge difference to his hugely deserving charity.”  

There are all sorts of ways you can get involved and more information can be found via www.driveitday.co.uk where you can also submit your event to our directory to help enthusiasts find what’s happening nearest to them as well as view the options to donate, raise money and purchase rally plates.  

Of course, the FBHVC accepts that many clubs already raise money for charity through their Drive it Day activities and so suggest this as an optional addition to any existing fundraising relationships that clubs may have.

DRIVE IT DAY and the associated logo are registered trademarks of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Limited.  Details may be found at: https://trademarks.ipo.gov.uk/ipo-tmcase/page/Results/1/UK00002445276 and https://trademarks.ipo.gov.uk/ipo-tmcase/page/Results/1/UK00003062134

The Federation grants permission to clubs and organisations to use its trademarks to promote Drive It Day.  However, in using the branding, the Federation should be acknowledged and the trademarks marked as such.


About the FBHVC:

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe.
There are over 540 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters. All our directors operate in a voluntary capacity supported by our secretary.


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