The Veterans

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Arising out of a suggestion of mine published many years ago, that someone with an appropriate veteran car might like to drive it over the route followed by the Hon Evelyn Ellis on the very first run in this country by a (then illegal) horseless-carriage in 1895, the thing finally jelled this July, all those years after I had suggested it. Congratulations to organisers Malcolm Jeal of the VCC and Michael Edwards, and to the 43 owners of pre-1901 veterans enthusiastic enough to embark on this commemoration, over today’s more congested roads.

Oldest to venture the journey on July 9 was Tim Moore’s 1884 steam De Dion Dos-a-Dos. Johnny Thomas elected to ride his 1898 Rochet tricycle, and the 1896 Lutzmann and the 1894 Santler were there, along with Ruth and Brian Moore’s 1892 Panhard. Lord Montagu drove on the 1899 four-cylinder Daimler. They even came from America, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Jersey, to recall Ellis’s adventure.

At the last moment 78-year-old Denise Critchley-Salmonson, Ellis’s granddaughter, heard of the run and was able to attend. All the more pathetic, therefore, that the Science Museum did not bring the actual Ellis Panhard…

There were only two non-starters, one for domestic reasons, Parkinson’s 1898 Leon-Bollee tricar sensibly, as he had not been able to fix its brakes. In spite of the heat only two veterans needed assistance. Praise be to those who took part.