A celebration of the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK
On Sunday 1 July, there was a second 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.
This year’s event culminated with a display of around 30 pre-1905 cars, motorcycles, tricycles and cycles on our village greens. The first vehicles started arriving around midday with the rest following around 2.30pm. This year the entrants were also invited to dress in period costumes and the best-dressed will receive a copy of Janet Kennish’s Datchet Past presented by Lord Montagu.
As last year, it wasn’t a static display. Vehicles were arriving throughout the afternoon and many leaving early for the long (slow!) journey home. DVS also had a stand on Gossip Green, in front of the library, with a display about Evelyn Ellis and Datchet’s motoring history. Visit Janet Kennish’s Datchet History website to read more about Evelyn Ellis. And to see photographs of this event, please visit our DVS Events 2018 page in the Gallery section.