Saturday 29th December once again saw a good turnout of exhibits and visitors for the Annual Stotfold Christmas Road Run. Starting at Saunders' yard, the first stop was at the Three Tuns in Arlesey where sausage rolls and mince pies were laid on to warm people up from the cold. From here the engines, vintage commercials, miniatures and cars headed to the Chequers in Stotfold, where the Saunders Collection Gavioli Organ was playing festive tunes. The run moved a short distance through Stotfold and on to The Crown on The Green. From here as the afternoon drew in, engines either headed to Tudor Oaks by the A1 or back to their homes in the local area.
Taking part were a good selection of engines, including the four Showman's engines from the Saunders Collection and Wendy Thompson's Foster Showman's "Victoria" which carne down from Nottingham for the event. The Smith family had their Wallis & Steevens engine out along with two Scammells from their collection. Vice-Chairman Michael Watts steamed his Marshall "Punch" over from Clifton, while Chairman Brian Sharp was out on the Saunders Wallis "Wheatsheaf'. Other engines from the Saunders stable included the Fowler roller and Garrett tractor. Miniature steamers that took part included Rowan Clark's 6" Foden, Den & Chris Lee's 6" Ruston Proctor tractor that they have recently acquired, Shaun Pearce and Jake Vernum with their 4" Burrell, and Simon Stearne's 3" Fowler Crane engine, which completed the run along with the full size engines. Stuart Gray came along with his Stanley Steam Car, while other vehicles included the Scammell Highwayman, and ERF from the Saunders family.
In the evening, many people turned out again at Timbers Live Music and Cabaret Club for entertainment in the form of popular local band Maxwell, Hammer & Smith, and a Karaoke. Food was provided for those present and all had a good evening.