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Sunday 13th August 2023 - Cancelled


Dear vehicle entrant

We very much regret that due to insufficient entries being received by the closing date we are unable to stage the Dorchester running day on Sunday 13th August this year.  It is difficult to say at this stage the main reason why this should be but believe our inability to book the site until well after 1st April must have had some bearing on this.   A big thank you to those who did show an interest, even if you were a static exhibit.  Please watch out for further announcements of alternative arrangements in 2024.  

R Crawley, Chairman




Arrangements are now being made to stage this event at the same location, Top o’ Town car park, Dorchester.  Please note that at the time of writing Covid restrictions have been relaxed so the wearing of face masks and use of hand sanitisers is discretionary. 

This year we were unable to announce the date and confirm location until after 1st April.  However, vehicle entry forms are now available to download or obtainable by request from Paul Madge at the contact address below.  We will attempt to restore as many services as possible and this largely depends on the number of entries.  It will include the usual direct link between railway station, rally site and Poundbury.  Services will get fully under way by 10am and run continually through to 4pm.  A special trip will be run for the Hardy Society, leaving at 1pm. Free tickets for this trip will only be available on the day from a Hardy Society representative at our stand. We also hope to reinstate the popular mystery tour where even the driver has no idea where he will take you! Free seat reservations for this will be taken at our stall.    

A marquee will provide a covered sales outlet.  We will have on offer an even larger selection of good quality second-hand books at silly prices, plus WHOTT’s own publications.  We also have hundreds of photos for sale, depicting vehicles operating in the west country and much further afield. Something for everyone.

Our representatives will be on hand to answer any questions about WHOTT, invite you to become a Member and provide back issues of our quarterly magazine, WHOTT’s NEWS.

In addition to the running vehicles there will be several more on static display.  This may be the first time these vehicles have been out and about for several months, so the owners will be proud to exhibit and be on hand to speak about them, even if not in service.  Contact details for Paul Madge are telephone 01803-558111 or email psa.madge@btinternet.com.  Programmes can be obtained by request about a week in advance for £6 including postage.

As usual, WHOTT is running a free bus service to Dorchester in connection with our Running Day on Sunday, 13th August 2023. Departure times are as follows:-




  Tiverton, Lea Road,Willand (Tea Caravan) 0720
  Exeter, Gallows Cnr  0800
  Exeter, Sowton P+R 0810
  Honiton, Boots Bus Stop 0840
  Axminster, Trinity Sq. 0905
  Bridport, Coach Park 0930
  Dorchester  arr  1000
  Return after finish of event  


 Vehicle Entry Form

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Robert Crawley



The following vehicles were booked to attend the 2023 running day
  No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
  A1 HF03 ODU Volvo B7TL Wright Bournemouth 180
  A2 6167 RU Leyland PD3 MCW Bournemouth Corp
  A3 MSJ 499 Leyland Atlantean Metro Cammell  Devon General (ex 925 GTA)
  A4 SN65 *** Alexander Dennis Alexander Dennis First Wessex 399**
  A5 DAE 511K Bristol RELL6L ECW Bristol Omnibus C1257
  A6 G727 XDL Leyland Olympian Leyland Damory Coaches 4727
  A7 K15 ONO Dennis Trident 2 Plaxton Burrows Coaches
  No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
  B1 JDV 754 Bedford OB Duple Vista Woolacombe & Morthoe Motor Co
  B2 890 ADV AEC Reliance Willowbrook Devon General (Grey Cars) TCR890
  No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
  C1 KGV 659F Morris Van -
  C2 FOW 456 Austin Brewers Dray Eldridge & Pope & Co.
  C3 Q183 CPR Steam Engine 3" Showmans Road Loco
  C4 GSK 223 Leyland Super Hippo Artic James Laing Civil Engineerin
  No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
(C) J Roberts

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