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Drive Dads Car Experience

Ambergate, Derbyshire   

  • 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
  • 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
  • Free admission for drivers to 'The Great British Car Journey' exhibition boasting over 100 carefully selected cars
  • The Great British Car Journey tickets for friends & family are available to purchase in advance or on the day
  • Your choice of cars from either group A, B or C

The Cars - Group A
  • British Motor Co/British Leyland: Austin Maestro, Morris Marina, Mini 25, Austin Metro, Morris Minor Convertible
  • Ford: Fiesta, Escort, Sierra, Capri
  • Vauxhall: Viva, Astra, Astra Mk2, Cavalier
  • On the Move: Reliant Robin, Mini 850, Hillman Imp, Chrysler Avenger
The Cars - Group B
  • Sports & GT: MG Midget, Triumph TR7, Austin 1300 GT, Austin Allegro, MG BGT, Escort Cabriolet, Princess 1300 Vanden Plas
  • Hero Cars: Austin 7, Morris Minor Million, Mini Italian Job, Mini Cooper S, Sunbeam Rapier Convertible
The Cars-Group C
  • Bentley 8, Jaguar XJS, Rolls-Royce
•  Please note cars are subject to change
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)

What Can I Expect

Drive Dad's car, Mum's car or your first car when you hark back to the halcyon 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.

Some of the cars in this collection are truly seminal. The Ford Fiesta, the Austin 7, the Mini 25 and even the good old Reliant Robin. All the cars that feature and authentic from the time and have a story to tell about the part they played in British motoring history.

Inside the cars is 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!

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 and a number of these cars 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 to the car collection on site, making it a great full day out for retro British car fans of all ages.


  • Weekdays and weekends from May 22nd 2021
  • Dates are subject to availability
Great British Car Journey Opening Times
  • April-October 10:00-17:30 (Last admission 16:00)
  • November-March 10:30-16:30 (Last admission 15:00)
  • Closed on selected days during the year


• 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


• Spectators are welcome
• Entry tickets for spectators to gain admission to the Great British Car Journey can be purchased in advance or on the day
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

All orders are sent in plain packaging so as not to ruin the surprise.

standard gift pack
Premium Gift Pack

Premium Gift Pack includes a brushed metal steel tin which will hold your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Premium Choice.

(incurs a £4.99 shipping charge)

standard gift pack
Standard Gift Pack

Standard Gift Pack Comes with a Smart envelope,your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Personal Choice.

(incurs a £1.95 shipping charge)

standard gift pack

The Into the Blue E-Voucher is an instant email option,it consists of a personalised email and a pdf download of your personalised gift voucher.The Instant Choice


Vouchers are usually valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 12 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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