‘A Short History of the Boxing Day Run’ by organiser John Harris
The Boxing Day Run started when it was suggested by a friend that I pop over to St Giles in Oxford on Boxing Day to have a look at the vintage motorcycles. The Vintage Motorcycle Club have an event on Boxing Day, involving a meet and trial, I believe. The group meeting at St Giles went off to The White Hart at Fifield to meet others for a pint before going on to their event and I followed them.
Having told one or two ex-bikers at our local natter (then held at The Flowing Well, Sunningwell) a few of us went again the following year, after which someone siuggested that it would be nice to have a car run, so I took up the challenge and have been organising it ever since.
Following the re-organisation of Oxford’s traffic system, we started to gather in Abingdon, as it is easier to get to and gives us better options for routes. Also, our natter location changed to the Foxcombe Lodge Hotel where, until 2006, the run finished. Now the run finishes at The Dog House, Frilford and, depending on the alterations to Abingdon town centre, we will continue to meet in the Market Square for the start.
Text: John Harris
Photos: Malcolm Bailey and Martin Charles