Drive-it Day is a great institution, the perfect opportunity to show the world that classic cars are to be used and enjoyed and to bring back some beauty to roads too often besmirched by oversized, over-styled SUVs. Some enthusiasts do their own thing on this last-but-one Sunday in April, others take part in organised runs.
Behind the wheel of classics at Rootes Drive it Day
A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.