One weekend in September we found ourselves with “Victoria” at The Onslow Arms Public house in Loxwood, West Sussex. This was for a vintage road run and the pub was the gathering place. It was Saturday 15th September and the idea behind this event was to raise funds for the restoration of The Wey and Arun Canal that runs behind the pub.
There was a good selection of vehicles there, including seven full size steamers. Michael Lugg’s 1910 Fowler “The Admiral”, Kate Russell with her 1926 Burrell “William the Second”, Gerald Russell’s 1928 Foden Wagon, The Wakelin’s 1886 Marshall “Victoria Empress of India”, T & K Hand and their 1903 Foster, Paul Brown with his Fowler A5 “Black Knight” of 1910 and the Marshall of 1906 “General Scrumpy” owned by Richard Stickland. Also on the canal there was a steam boat called “Morning Star” owned by Robert Jameson. This steamed up and down the stretch of water giving people a chance to have a ride on the canal and out on dry land there was a second steam boat owned by Sean Wiles which was beautiful. There were many classic cars and motorbikes all lined up in the car park in amongst these was Geoff Thoebold and his Stanley Steam car which is always a crowd pleaser.
At 2pm there was a 6 mile road run through the local lanes taking in a couple of villages along the route which most of the engines and cars took part in.
This is a lovely relaxed friendly do, the weather was very good to them and the setting is great, Good food and drink at the pub, friendly people, nice walk up and down the canal or if you wanted there always the steam boat to chuff up the water on.
Due to the success of the day, 2008 may a two day event.