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idriveaclassic all set for special car meet at Great British Car Journey

Popular retro car YouTuber idriveaclassic, fronted by Steph Holloway, will be motoring into Great British Car Journey on Saturday 6 July for a very special car meet.

Steph, who boasts a 60,000 strong following on her retro motoring YouTube channel, will host the event which gives classic motorists of all ages the chance to gather at the museum and celebrate historic motoring, compare and admire classics.

Commenting, Steph from idriveaclassic said: “As a long-time fan of Brit classics, it made perfect sense to hold my summer meet up at Great British Car Journey. I cannot wait to see classics and retro cars of all ages and conditions and look forward to swapping tales of motoring mishaps and triumphs.”

Celebrating Steph’s arrival, Great British Car Journey will host a special one-off Masters of the Marque awards at the event. The idriveaclassic Masters of the Marque event, powered by Wera Tools, will be judged by Steph with prizes and trophies for the winning classic cars.

Steph added: “All classics are welcome in all conditions and there is no requirement to arrive in a British classic or a concours car – every classic makes our community a better place and modern classics and retro dailies are just as welcome as pre-war and mid-century motors. I am really looking forward to the event.”

Steph started her popular idriveaclassic YouTube channel in 2019, using it to showcase a wide range of classic and retro cars. She has since built a huge following, making regular appearances at classic car events and hosted her own festival, Rustival at the British Motor Museum last year, in conjunction with fellow YouTubers Hubnut and Furious Driving.

She added: “There is something actually really practical and accessible – and sustainable about driving a car that was manufactured forty or fifty or more years ago – and I think that’s part of the appeal too.”

Hundreds of classic car enthusiasts and their cars are expected to descend on the attraction, so booking is essential.

The idriveaclassic event is priced at £16 per car (covering driver and passenger) with additional passengers priced at £7. Tickets include entry to the museum and children under 15 go free.  Discounted tickets must be purchased in advance here.

An ‘Eggcellent’ Easter Monday Car Meet

It was great to see so many cars at the latest event at Ambergate yesterday for our Easter Monday Great British Car Meet. Although the weather was very April, it didn’t stop people and cars turning up in their droves! The sun even made one or two brief appearances.

I absolutely love the diversity of classic cars at these events: a beautiful 1947 Rolls-Royce, a sweet little Gilbern GT, an immaculate and immensely rare Mk 3 Cortina 1.3 L,  a couple of Morgan three-wheelers, a Saab 96, alongside the Minis, Metros, Maestros and Maxis (Remember: the four Ms are available to drive on our Drive Dad’s Car fleet).

Every time I went out in the car park, there was another car that caught my eye. I loved having great conversations with you, the owners about the history, the memories and why the car is special to you.

I was often accompanied by film maker extraordinaire Paul Woodford and, when I could prize her away from the Ital complete with roof rack and vintage luggage, the marvellous Sarah Crabtree. Speaking of which, have you seen the episode of Great British Car Share over on our YouTube channel in which Sarah drives (or attempts to drive) our Maxi? Watch it here if you haven’t.

Finally it was great to see road tester par excellence  John Barker and his sons. Many moons ago, John and colleagues started a magazine called EVO for which he still writes. 

I would like to thank everyone who came along to our Easter Monday Great British Car Meet and helped make it such a success.

If you missed out on this or are hungry for more, we also have an evening Car Meet on Friday 28th April and another Bank Holiday Car Meet on Monday 1st May.

Our Car Meets cost just £5 to enter with your car but if you are a member of our fantastic Great British Car Club, then entry to all our Meets is free. For an annual membership fee of just £39 you can come into the Great British Car Journey exhibition as often as you like and also attend a load of Members’ events, as well as get discounts on Drive Dad’s Car drives, in the café, gift shop and a dedicated insurance offer.

The Club is friendly and very inclusive; any car, any make or model and just a passion for classics. See the section on our website for more details on how to join.

Finally, it’s Drive it Day on Sunday 23rd April and the Club has put together a lovely 40 mile drive through the White Peak courtesy of my old friend Steve White whose Model A Ford is the oldest licensed taxi in the UK. If you want to join the run, please give us a call on 01773 317243.

A big thank you to everyone who came along to this event for your enthusiasm and support. I hope to see you again very soon.

Richard Usher

CEO and Founder, Great British Car Journey.