A celebration of the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK
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.
More details will be published as they become available.
Last year’s event culminated with a display of around 30 pre-1905 cars, motorcycles, tricycles and cycles on our village greens. There is a video of the event on YouTube, please click here to view. It is hoped there will be many more veteran vehicles for the 2019 event.
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 received a copy of Janet Kennish’s Datchet Past presented by Lord Montagu. This is not a static event; vehicles were arriving throughout the afternoon and many left 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.