If there’s a good reason to promote the Classic Car Trade then this is it
The FBHVC has announced that April 25th 2021, will be the ‘Drive it Day’ 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.
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- Bespoke 1975 Porsche 914 rendering project goes into production
- Fitted with Porsche Cayman 3.4S 6 cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission
- Available to order in right or left-hand drive
- Designed and created by classic car and prestige arm of World Rally Championship team, Mellors Elliot Motorsport
Classic Car and prestige car builders Fifteen Eleven Design have embarked on their next project, the creation of a contemporary and unique Porsche 914 from their premises in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Fifteen Eleven Design, the classic arm of World Rally Championship team Mellors Elliot Motorsport have over 40 years’ experience in engineering and building bespoke cars for competition and road use, and will put their expertise into creating a classic Porsche 914 with a dynamic modern twist, launching in 2021.
The mid-engined, targa-topped roadster has been reimagined to feature a host of modern materials and elements, including a high-end performance braking and suspension system, Porsche Cayman 3.4S 6 cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission.
Combining the classic yet often overlooked features of the Porsche 914 with innovative upgrades, the project will see bespoke examples available in both right and left-hand drive from their factory in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
When not building rally cars for international championships, Mellors Elliot Motorsport has been commissioned to carry out a host of manufacturing ventures across the decades. With bespoke projects increasing recently, it has led to the firm creating a new brand to cater for the additional workload.
From its inception, Fifteen Eleven Design have been responsible for a series of pioneering projects, centred around the classic and resto-mod culture. Offering a wealth of services from design, prototype creation, manufacture and build, they have been commissioned to carry out a series of tasks such as restoration, ground-up rebuilds and motorsport conversions.
Unique in-house facilities have enabled them to prepare an original factory 1934 Mille Miglia MG K3 for the legendary Goodwood Members Meeting and bespoke modifications to a Morris Traveller including a 1310cc race engine, telescopic dampers, anti-tramp bars and bespoke full red leather interior.
From their own concept and design, Fifteen Eleven Design created a Ford Escort Mk1 Speedster, offering a short wheelbase, 24 valve V6 powerplant, 5-speed Getrag gearbox and a host of modern ancillaries.
Perhaps the flagship commission from the firm was their stunning restoration of a 1962 Maserati 3500 GT ‘Iniezione’ which enjoyed a successful debut at the esteemed Salon Privé Concours D’elégance last year by securing the runner-up spot in Class J (Post-War Touring – Closed, four-seater) class.
Now, in the next phase of the firm’s expansion, a Porsche 914 will make it from the concept and graphic render phase to reality, marking the latest offering from the UK-based firm. The modern interpretation of the 70’s classic, offers the highest specification of build whilst incorporating the latest technology to produce a uniquely superb driving experience.
Managing Director of Fifteen Eleven Design Chris Mellors is eager to see the concept hit the road in 2021.
“All too often we hear of graphic renders being produced with no intention of being built but here at Fifteen Eleven Design all our efforts are put into making sure any concepts are carried through to completion,” he says.
“Our vision is to re-create classic cars into modern-day restorations which anyone would be proud to drive and the Porsche 914 will be just that. It has an impressive specification that should address the pitfalls of the original, whilst giving owners many technological advantages of today’s engineering and manufacturing processes.
We are delighted to be able to offer these for sale to the general public and are happy to build bespoke examples in either right or left-hand drive. It’s a very exciting project and its certainly just one example of what we are capable of. Our engineering and manufacturing expertise spans over 40 years and we are always putting that to good use. The chassis work is already complete so we are now entering a very exciting phase of the project”.
Order books are now open for the Fifteen Eleven Design Porsche 914.
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- Fifteen Eleven Design Porsche 914
- Porsche Cayman S 987 Gen 2 – 3.4S 6 cylinder engine
- 6-speed transmission
- Cayman-based suspension architecture
- Adjustable coil over dampers
- Porsche Brembo 4 piston calipers with cross drilled and vented discs
- Floor mounted AP pedal box, Fly-by-wire throttle
- 18 inch Fuchs wheel with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres
- Bespoke lightweight Stainless Steel exhaust system
- Strengthened and stiffened
- T45 bespoke chassis structural reinforcement
- Widened carbon fibre body panels
- Projector LED headlights and “Moby Dick” style driving lights
- Front bumper and bonnet redesign to allow for radiator and oil cooler packaging
- Clear targa roof to give sense of open-top driving all year round
- Rear ducktail spoiler with active speed dictated adjustment.
- Recaro sports bucket seats
- Bespoke leather interior
- Available in RH or LH drive
- Redesigned bulkhead and fuel tank package for extra legroom