On the April 23rd 1900 a total of 64 cars set off from London on a one thousand mile drive. This was quite an event so early in the history of motoring and to celebrate it, the nearest Sunday to the 23rd of April every year was chosen by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) to be Drive-it-Day.

This year Sunday April 22nd 2012 is Drive-it Day. All over the country events are taking place, ranging from drives through the countryside to classic car shows, all with the intention of getting historic vehicles out on the road where they belong.

In my area, the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club (EYTCC) is having a gathering at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Goathland. For fans of TV’s Heartbeat, Goathland is better known as Aidensfield and a very popular tourist spot.

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The event is very popular and places on the show ground are quickly booked. I was one of the lucky ones and my Cortina, who has now acquired the name of Colin, will be on show.



Feel free to visit as there is adequate parking for visitors to Goathland, together with shops, pubs and places to get a meal or snack. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an easy way of seeing it all, as it wends its way from Pickering, through Goathland and on to Whitby. Most trains are steam hauled with some famous locomotives present.

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For me the journey to Goathland is about 65 miles and will be the longest trip I will have undertaken in the Cortina to date. This week will see me cleaning, polishing and generally making sure Colin Cortina is up to it. Hopefully the weather will be good, the journey trouble free and I will have some good photos and a good story to post in a few days time.