DJ Chris Evans announced live on radio during his 28 March show that he was declaring 4 April 'National Classic Car Day', and is encouraging owners of historic vehicles to give colleagues a lift to work in support of BBC Children in Need by donating 'petrol money' to the charity.
Classic car insurance specialist Carole Nash has come out in support of the scheme today by amending its customers car and bike policies – some 270,000 in total – to provide 24 hours of commuting coverage starting from 12:00am on 4 April. As most classic car insurance policies only cover Social, Domestic and Pleasure use, there were fears that enthusiasts may fall foul of the law by taking part.
We suggest that you contact your insurer to confirm you have appropriate cover before setting off in your classic.
The Aston Martin Works has also lent its support to the idea, offering classic Aston Martin owners the chance to drive to its Newport Pagnell base for light refreshments on the morning of 4 April.
Evans' pronouncement comes less than a month before Drive It Day, a long-standing FBHVC-backed initiative to encourage classic car owners to take to the roads.