Drive Dads Car Experience

Ambergate, Derbyshire
Rated Based On 2 Reviews

  • Drive your choice of classic British motors 
  • Hosted by the Great British Car Journey exhibition
  • Driving on the internal road circuit of the factory
  • The Best of British from modest to luxury


What's Included

  • Drive 1-3 British classic cars
  • Choose from a vast selection of British Classic cars from 1935 to 1995
  • Choose the Classic voucher for a pick from the Classic range
  • Choose a Choice Collection voucher and have the pick of cars from across the Classic, Premium & Luxury collections
  • Welcome, introduction and in-car safety briefing
  • Spend approximately 20 minutes in each of your chosen vehicles
  • Drive the car(s) on an urban layout closed road circuit
  • All cars are low mileage or restored machines in 'time-warp' condition
  • Two free admission tickets (driver and one guest) to 'The Great British Car Journey' exhibition boasting over 100 carefully selected cars (additional entry tickets can be purchased on the day if required)
  • A passenger can ride in the car as long as the vehicle/s you choose has a back seat as the instructor will be in the front passenger seat

Classic Range

  • Morris Minor Convertible, Hillman Imp, Morris Marina, Mini 25, Austin Metro, Mini 850, Ford Fiesta, Ford Escort, Ford Sierra, Ford Capri 1.6, Vauxhall Viva, Vauxhall Astra Mk1, Vauxhall Cavalier, Chrysler Avenger, Reliant Robin, Austin Allegro, MG TF , Rover Tomcat 216 (Auto) & Rangerover Vogue TDI

Premium Range

  • MG Midget, Austin 7, Austin 1300GT, Morris Minor Million, Triumph TR7, MGB GT, Mini Italian Job, Mini Cooper S, Ford Escort Cabriolet, Sunbeam Rapier Convertible, Rover P4 110, Land Rover Series 2, Wolseley 1938 Foleys War & MG Maestro

Luxury Range

  • Bentley 8, Jaguar XJS V12 5.3L, Rolls Royce Silver Spirit, Triumph Stag & Daimler V8
Unusual features to modern motorists may include:
  • Manual choke
  • Manual gear box (4 speed or less)
  • Wind up windows
  • Wind open sunroof
  • Sliding windows
  • Fixed seatbelts (if it has any)

Like the look of this but want fancier cars? The premium and luxury classic car drives with museum entry  are for you!

What Can I Expect

Drive Dad's car, Mum's car or your first car when you hark back to the carefree days of British motoring on this fabulous retro auto experience! This is your chance to drive a selection of British modern classics that are part of a very special car collection in Derbyshire.

Hillman Avenger, Ford Sierra and MkIII Escort. They're the cars our Dad drove when we were little. Our Mum had an Austin Mini with a clothes peg to keep the choke out. No doubt you have similar memories. These experiences put you right back in those childhood days, but this time it's you driving.

As the British car industry went boom and bust, the cars our parents drove changed with the times, but you can't help looking back with affection at the vehicles from decades gone by. The Austin Allegro (or 'All Aggro' as it was known in our household), the Vauxhall Chevette (yep, you guessed it, the 'Shove-it') and the Mini Metro may not have set the world alight in terms of design or refinements, but they are iconic.

Inside the cars it's pretty basic. No air conditioning, wind-down or sliding windows only, fixed seat belts and radio cassette players for only the swankiest of models. And don't get us started on those vinyl seats when stuck in holiday traffic during a heatwave. All those driver aids we take for granted today were non-existent. No power steering, no ABS, no air bags and certainly no touch screens or in-car connectivity, you had to play i-spy or even talk to Mum and Dad instead!

If you want to drive the car Mum or Dad would've liked to have had, go for a two or three-car Choice voucher, as they let you choose cars from across the range from Classic, Premium right up to and including Luxury.

These experiences are part of what we'd call a 'living collection'. Over 100 cars are on show in the Great British Car Journey exhibition. A number of them have been selected to be driven on the purpose-built outdoor street layout on the roads around the exhibition hall, which is in a former factory.

Each Drive Dad's Car voucher includes entrance for the driver plus one guest to the car collection on site, making it a great full day out for retro British car fans of all ages.


  • Open throughout the year (Feb-Nov: Selected weekends, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays)
  • Drives operate between 09:00 and 16:40
  • Dates are subject to availability

Great British Car Journey Opening Times

  • April-October 10:00-18:00
  • November-March 10:00-17:00 
  • Closed on selected days during the winter months


• Derwent Works, Ambergate, Derbyshire

Suitable For

• Minimum age 17
• A full manual driving licence is required
• Minimum height 5'
• Maximum height 6'5"
• Maximum weight 18 stone
• Participants must be physically fit with no serious health conditions


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5 out of 5 stars

Average Rating: 5
Total Reviews: 2

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  based on 2 reviews

Rating: 5 stars
Julie Renyard
6 Months ago
A great experience for all of us. Myself, my Dad and my partner had a lovely time and it was wonder...
Rating: 5 stars
Darren Hill
Well organised, friendly helpful knowledgeable staff...had a fabulous day and have recommended you ...