8am to 5pm, Sunday 25 April 2021
Come along and enjoy Spring with the Classic Vehicle group’s drive it day run in mid and south Hampshire.
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Drive it Day events take place nationwide, providing the opportunity to dust off those cobwebs, and give our classics an early-season test run.
As the role of the FBHVC and of the historic movement evolves, they wish to promote awareness of the need to contribute to wider society, and they have announced that in 2021, the events will be run in support of the NSPCC’s Childline R service, and a voluntary donation can be made towards the organisation’s work if desired.
The CVG run will explore a new route in Hampshire, passing through some of the best countryside in the newly-designated South Downs National Park and finishing at the Royal Armouries’ Fort Nelson, on the hills above Portsmouth, with its military collections and wonderful sea views.
Starting in mid Hants, convenient for A3 and A3(M), there will be a selection of breakfast options, and after a short briefing cars will head for our first visit of the day, which we hope will have a specialist classic vehicle and transport related focus.
Details will be worked up in the New Year, depending on the situation at that time, and the feasibility of early season events and locations.
Moving on through the ancient town of Alresford, with many opportunities for lunch in pubs and restaurants as well as outside locations, we will turn southwards on country roads through the beautiful Meon Valley to Bishop’s Waltham, with its ruined medieval Bishop’s Palace, riverside, and open spaces, restaurants and coffee shops, before passing through the Forest of Bere and reaching our final destination.
This will be Fort Nelson, a huge building constructed in Victorian times to counter possible threats of French invasion, but never actually used, except as an anti-aircraft establishment in World War II and in its present armoury collections role. The Fort looks out for miles across the City and Portsmouth Harbour, and the sea views will be breath taking if the weather is kind to us. We will be able to park within the grounds, view the collections, and refreshments are available.
The Angel Hotel, A28 Gosport Road ,Privett, Hants, GU34 3NN