The FBHVC National Drive it Day Run - Sunday 24th April 2016


Drive-it-Day Run 2016

Sunday 24th April

The Golden Cross to The Blue Lias, Stockton


Preparing to leave the Golden Cross for the 2013 Drive-it-Day Run

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) 'Drive it Day' has been set up to commemorate the 64 cars that set off from London on 23 April 1900 on the first day of the Thousand Mile Trial. An incredible undertaking and one which the FBHVC believe deserves an annual celebration. The date for this year's run is 24th April.

This year's run has a new organiser with Richard & Fiona Avery volunteering to set the venue and plan the route.  They have decided to start at the Golden Cross where bacon rolls and tea or coffee will be available to ourchase for £2.50 (rolls) and £1.00 (tea or coffee), however there will be an earlier start than previous runs of 10.30 to be ready to leave around 11.00/11.15.  The scenic social run will be approx 30 miles through country lanes to arrive at the Blue Lias in Stockton in time to sit down for lunch.

Booking is essential for this run and as the dinning room can only accommodate 40 diners you need to book early.  Richard is collecting the bookings and the money and his contact details are on the booking form.  To book please send your completed form and payment direct to Richard.  I would recommend sending an email to reserve your place, followed with the payment for lunch.  I'm sure we will be able to accept bookings for the run only but be aware there will be only limited space available at the Blue Lias.  booking form can be downloaded here: Files/Drive-It-Day 2016 Booking Form.pdf 

The Blue Lias is a beautiful canalside Inn located next to the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire, between the villages of Stockton and Long Itchington. 

The inn was originally an 18th century farmhouse. It is haunted by the ghost of a red-haired farm labourer who was killed by the enraged farmer who returned from market one day to find his wife in bed with the red haired farmhand. It first became an inn when the early canal travellers stopped for evening refreshment and overnight stabling for their horses.

The pub sign features the dinosaur you can see at the top of this page. The Blue Lias Inn is named after the limestone/clay which is quarried locally and used in the production of cement. These rocks date from the early Jurassic period (just over 200 million years ago) and stretch in a band from Dorset on the South coast of England (where the blue lias cliffs are famous among fossil hunters), to the Cleveland hills in the north east. The Brontosaurus on the Inn's signpost is a reminder of the time when the blue lias rocks were laid down in the early Jurassic seas, and dinosaurs roamed the countryside. Fossils of marine dinosaurs have been found in local quarries.

A piece of blue lias, complete with fossil, can be seen in the pub's fireplace.