Drive It Day is usually held on the nearest Sunday to the 23rd April.
This date was chosen in 2005 to commemorate the 64 cars which set off on the 23rd April 1900 on a 1000 mile Trial,
an incredible undertaking in those days and one which we believe deserves an annual celebration.
The 2015 Run was held on Sunday 26th April.
The day started off with plenty of sunshine as we lined up.
We setoff through Aberdeen to the South Ddeeside Road and onto the Netherly Road.
Due to road works at Stonehaven we had a detour which took us onto the Slug Road.
We had our coffee stop at the Garden Centre and then made our way on the Coast Road to Montrose then on the Brechin Road to the House Of Dun.
After lunch and a tour of the house I came out to find that most of the cars had left.
The only two left were my Stag and an MGB which were both white due to a hail storm.
Despite this everyone had an enjoyable day.
The 2014 Drive it Day took place on Sunday 27th April.
Destination was the NTS property, Leith Hall which had recently reopened.
The day started with over 30 cars meeting at the Beach Esplanade in misty conditions.
The weather forecast was poor, threatening us with heavy showers from 10:00 to 13:00
We set off at 09:00 and arrived at the Royal Deeside Railway. Preservation Centre for a coffee stop.
The clouds cleared and we had a short spell of sunshine.
The car park filled up with a wide variety of vehicles from a 1930 Morris Isis to a new Ford Focus.
In all there were 66 cars in the car park.
We set off for our destination which was Leith Hall. Unfortunately the lovely views were limited because of the mist.
We arrived at Leith Hall just after 12:00 and parked in front of the house.
We were welcomed by a friendly and helpful staff who conducted tours of the house.
Other cars which hadn’t been at the Railway centre turned up and joined the display.
These included a 1912 Stanley Steam Car. During the afternoon Billy Wilson the owner took some people for a short run round the house perimeter.
Luckily the weathermen got it wrong again and we didn’t have any showers.
I estimate that 80 cars took part and all participants and visitors enjoyed the event.
Photos are on the Gallery page
Links to Royal Deeside Railway and NTS Leith Hall websites
The Run was held on Sunday 21st April 2013.
There were two runs this year.
One group assembled in Oldmeldrum in Park Lane. They met for a 1pm departure and
made their way to Fyvie Castle via a short scenic route.
The main run met at the Beach Esplanade at 9am.
There were over 30 cars in a Le Mans style line up.
Fortunately we didn't have to run across the road for the start.
We drove up through Newburgh & Hatton to our Coffee Stop in the Happy Plant Garden Centre in Mintlaw.
Lovely food at very reasonable cost.
There were 53 cars and 1 M/Cycle in the car park.
We then went across country to Fyvie Castle.
The contigent from Oldmeldrum arrived making over 70 vehicles in total taking part.
Our Drive it Day Run was held on 22 April. We met at the Beach in Aberdeen.
The hoods soon went up as heavy rain arrived.
We went through the centre of Aberdeen to the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation site at Crathes for
a coffee stop and the rain eased up. Numbers were down from last year but we still had 51 cars taking part.
After coffee the rain cleared and the hoods came down again.
We drove over the Slug Road to Stonehaven then down the coast road to Montrose.
The destination was the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.
Montrose was the first Military Air Station in the UK and will celebrate its Centenary in 2013.
We had a very interesting few hours there and some of us went to see local collection of Triumphs.
He has a lovely Magenta Stag, TR4, Vitesse & TR7.
Three of us in Stags came home via the Cairn o’ Mount.
It’s a very steep road in places, rising 350m in 3 miles, and passing the Stag Burn.
We stopped at the viewpoint where Graham took some photos of the cars, Hard Top, Soft Top and No Top.
A good day was had by all and a taste for the rest of the season.
In 2011 we again met at the Beach before driving through the main streets of Aberdeen.
We went along the South Deeside Road as far as Crathes where we stopped for coffee
at the Deeside Railway Preservation Centre. Again I counted the vehicles.
This year there were 74 cars and 2 M/Cs.
The event just gets bigger every year. We then went via Alford to Castle Fraser
where we parked at the front door in glorious sunshine.
Visitors to the castle were treated to a marvelous display of vehicles.
In 2010 we again started at the Beach then went North on the country roads
to the Happy Plant Garden Centre in Mintlaw for coffee and 'fancy pieces'.
On the way there we met about 40 tractors on their run to Fyvie Castle.
I counted 52 Classics in the car park. There are more photos on the Gallery page.
We then made our way to Dalgettie Castle near Turriff for lunch
and a tour of the privately owned house.
The photos can be seen in the Gallery section.
Links to Royal Deeside Railway and Montrose Air Station websites