As one of The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) Trade Members we were asked by several customers whether we were joining in and doing anything on the FBHVC National Drive it day .
It was not something that we had thought about as the relocation to Mold and setting up the new premises had been our main focus point. John Woods decided that we all needed a break and a day out so why not organise something for Drive It Day 2018.
We started asking customers opinions and it soon became apparent that there were a large number of customers who didn’t belong to any specifc car club or association but were interested in having a day out.
We contacted ‘The Woodworks’ Garden Centre‘ just around the corner from our new premises who kindly agreed to accommodate us for Breakfast and allow us to use their car park as our official starting point for the 2018 drive it day. Deva & Wirral Motor Club were invited to join us as well. Within a couple of weeks the list of attendees had grown from just the John Woods Motorcare Ltd team and a few customers to at total of 20 cars and 30 people.
John Woods decided that our finishing point for the Drive It Day run would be the Cai-Dai Trust 50’s Museum. His good friends Sparrow and Trevor run the museum and a visit back there was long overdue. The Cai-Dai Trust agreed to accommodate us. They did say that a couple of clubs were going to be there on the day. Llangollen MG Owners Club were one of the other clubs attending the Cai-Dai trust on Drive It Day which was fantastic as we attend their monthly meetings as part of our support and sponsorship for their Snowdon MG Run held every August (this year is the 25th Anniversary of the run). The other 2 clubs were a local Morris Owners club and a Willys Jeep club.
The day got off to a fantastic start with everyone meeting at the The Woodworks for their pre-ordered breakfasts. The staff at the Woodworks did themselves proud with the speed and efficiency of supplying 30 tea’s and coffees along with various orders ranging from a slice of chocolate cake (John’s Granson!), Breakfast Baps, Full English Breakfasts, Vegetarian Breakfasts and rounds of toast.
All participants with a passenger in their vehicle were handed a Route Book that we had produced and headed off along the route to the Cai-Dai Trust 50’s Museum. It wasn’t a long or complicated route, just under 19 miles along the A543 out of Mold towards Denbigh/St Asaph. Luckily no one took a wrong turn and all participants arrived within 20 minutes of each other at the Museum.
Sparrow, Trevor and all of the volunteers at Cai-Dai Trust gave us a fantastic welcome and spent lots of time showing us around the various parts of the museum. From a fully operational (and used regularly for training) 1950’s style Gym and Boxing ring, various 1950’s replica rooms (Kitchen and Lounge), tons and tons of 50’s memorabillia along with lots of classic 1950’s vehicles. One of the special exhibits is the original Army Truck (registration BPA 260)which was used as one of the getaway vehicles in the Great Train Robbery (1963).
All participants started to leave to head home for the day at around 15:00.
Someof the photos taken throughout the day are below.