9am to 5pm, Sunday 26 April 2020
Enjoy the Classic Vehicle Group’s Drive It Day Run in South and Mid 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.
For 2020, CVG will explore a new route in Hampshire, passing through some of the best countryside in the newly designated South Downs National Park, visiting a specialist classic restoration workshop, and finishing at The Royal Armouries’ Victorian Fort Nelson, with its military collections and wonderful sea views.
Starting from The Angel Hotel, Privett, there will be a selection of breakfast options, and after a short briefing, cars will head northwards at about 10.30am for our first visit of the day, to the specialist classic vehicle engineers, bodywork and race preparation engineers, Bill Rawles Classic Cars, at Medstead, close to the A31, where we will be shown in groups around the workshops, and restorations in progress, and be given light refreshments and the opportunity to discuss questions and classics generally.
Bill’s workshops are within metres of the Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) Medstead and Four Marks Station, and we will, if we wish, be able to look at the restored SR station and its exhibition, and – who knows – we see some locos in steam.
Passing through the ancient town of Alresford, with many opportunities for lunch in pubs and restaurants, and the Watercress Line’s own station buffet too, we will move southwards on country roads through the beautiful Meon Valley to Bishop’s Waltham, with its ruined medieval Bishops’ palace, and newly opened exhibition. Before passing through the Forest of Bere, and reaching our final destination.
Our final destination will be the imposing Fort Nelson, a huge hilltop building constructed in Victorian times to counter possible threats from French invasion or attack, but never actually used, except as an anti-aircraft establishment in World War II and its present Armoury collections role. The Fort looks out for miles across the City and Portsmouth Harbour, and sea views will be breath-taking if weather is kind to us. We will be able to park within the Fort, view the collections, and refreshments will be available.
Entry fee will be £40 per car and two occupants
For more information, email:
Chris Laver or Barry Haughton
Entry forms will be available on the Classic Vehicle Group page, or email Dave Rosher, who will send you one direct.
(All contact details below)
The Angel Hotel, Gosport Rd, Privett, Alton, GU34 3NN