After the success of the 120th birthday road run in 2006, Sewards of Petersfield decided to put on another event at the Spread Eagle pub in West Liss, Hampshire on the 14th and 15th of July 2007 and were very lucky in their choice of weekend as the weather was fine and dry, unusual for the summer of 2007 when so many events have been disrupted by the rain.
The site of the gathering was in a meadow next to the pub with hard standing for the steamers and plenty of grass for the rest of the exhibits. Five and a half steam engines were present, (the half being the tender and some component parts of an 8 nhp Marshall colonial traction engine being restored by David Redman) and consisted of Michael Lugg’s Fowler Road Loco and Foden tractor, Dave Freemantle’s Fowler traction engine, Mr Pye with his Sentinel S4 waggon and of course the Marshall, Victoria, Empress of India. There was also a fine selection of cars and commercial vehicles, motorcycles and models. The weekend had rather a village fete feel as local charities had stalls there and Liss Band played for the visitors pleasure. Almost all of the vehicles took part in the road run on Saturday afternoon which took them to Petersfield and back, a distance of about 11 miles through some rather nice Hampshire countryside and then they processed through the village of Liss before returning to the pub.
The event would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of some local businesses, with major sponsorship from David Neilan & Co and Futuresys Ltd.
If the opinions of various exhibitors and visitors are to be believed the weekend was a success and was likened to how rallies used to be, what better reference could an organiser want?