‘Drive It Day’ in Bodle Street Green

Bodle Street Green saw over 350 vehicles of all types come to this little village in East Sussex on Sunday April 21 for the FBHVC ‘Drive It Day’ where they were made welcome by Peter Love and his helpers.

Besides vintage and classic cars, motor-cycles, commercial vehicles, military, steam cars, road steamers, stationary engines and agricultural displays the event saw 72 antique tractors and some Model T Fords take part in the 17 mile road run around the area ranging in ages from 1913-1992.

People came with vehicles to the event from as far afield as Essex, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and the Boroughs of London and were all given a free refreshment and cake voucher for making the effort for coming. 

Inside the village hall were some seven model railway layouts, which were very popular with the many that came. While refreshments was served by two hard working village hall ladies Maggie and Philippa who raised £250, outside The Cabin provided breakfast baps and lunch rolls, if you needed a drink then The White Horse was the place across the road.

There were nine AOC members at the event these included James and Bridget Smith with the ex Len Potter J1, the owner of the ex Nick Baldwin Northern Ireland M-type that’s being rebuilt at present was here with his Morris, Allard ‘gurus’ Mike and Diana Knapman were enjoying their free cherry buns and Russell Lane Allard J2X replica with short block Chevrolet sounded well. Peter Love brought his ex RAC Rally L-type and later his M-type TML209. Mark Brett brought along his Vauxhall 14/98 and Simon Ross was spotted as were staff from Classic Battle Coachworks and Just Classic Cars who are working on two Allards at the moment a J1 and M-type.

With the well known David Vaughan on the PA and the host joining in people knew what was going on all the time. Peter Love said he was delighted to stage the event again, which could not have happened without many friends from all over the place who have come here to marshal in various aspects and to keep this tight site free rolling when the event was on and connected to the road run. He gave praise to Wendy and Annette the ladies who booked everyone in and sorted the raffle out. Also to Bryn Kemp, Trevor Manual and John Gee for their special marshal skills. From the day some £1,500 was raised. If you would like to volunteer to help next year, please do get in touch with Peter on, 01323 833125.