The Ellis Journey 2020

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125th anniversary of the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK

On Sunday 5 July 2020, the veteran cars will be returning to the village to mark 125 years after the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK. This first journey was made on 5 July 1895 by pioneering automobilist, Evelyn Ellis, from Micheldever Station in Hampshire to his home at Rosenau, on Southlea Road, Datchet.

Last year’s event culminated with a display of 40 pre-1905 cars, motorcycles, tricycles and cycles on our village greens, and it is hoped there will be many more in 2020. There is a video of the 2018 event on YouTube, please click here to view. And there are photographs of the 2019 event in the gallery section of this website.

The first vehicles usually start arriving 11am and then 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.

Visit Janet Kennish’s Datchet History website to read more about Evelyn Ellis.

2 Responses

  1. Philip Standing

    Good Morning. I am secretary of Club Arnage, a small motor club for knowlegable enthusiasts based in Basingstoke. I would like Arnage to support your event as it seems to be in the nature of the things we do. Do I understand correctly that there will be a run from Micheldever to Datchet on the 30th June? If so, I would be delighted to bring this to our members attention and offer any help at the Micheldever end on the event. Members could attend in fairly early cars ranging from pre war to 1980. Some have veterans but availability of these cars is unknown at present.
    Thanks in advance
    Philip Standing.

    • Alison Crampin

      Dear Philip Standing. Many thanks for your enquiry and offer of help which I have forwarded to the organisers of this event. There are also more entry details on their website: http://www.ellisjourney.co.uk
      We look forward to welcoming some of your members to Datchet on 30 June.
      With kind regards
      Alison Crampin, Datchet Village Society

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