On 30 June 2019, there will be another re-enactment of the journey made on 5 July 1895 by pioneering automobilist, Evelyn Ellis, from Micheldever Station in Hampshire to his home at Rosenau, on Southlea Road, Datchet. His journey was the first recorded by a motorised carriage in the UK.
Last year’s event culminated with a display of around 30 pre-1905 cars, motorcycles, tricycles and cycles on our village greens, and it is hoped there will be many more in 2019. There is a video of the 2018 event on YouTube, please click here to view.
The first vehicles are due to start arriving 11am and they will continue to arrive throughout the afternoon. The entrants – and spectators – are invited to dress in period costumes and the DVS will have a stand with displays about ‘Evelyn Ellis and Datchet’s motoring history’, and ‘Victorian Datchet’ to set the scene in the WI Hall.
There will be penny-farthings and velocipedes as well as veteran vehicles and other historical displays. The Windsor Town Crier will be announcing the arrival of the vehicles and there will also be live entertainment from ukulele and jazz bands and Datchet Border Morris dancers. Food and drink will be on sale at local venues including the WI Hall, The Bridge and The Royal Stag, plus ice cream and popcorn vendors and more.