De Dion Bouton Club UK
The Complete Marque Club
The Club is run by a committee of active members whose objective is to promote the use and enjoyment of all De Dion Bouton vehicles and their derivatives. Collectively we strive to foster a reputation for friendliness and informality. From small beginnings in 2006, the Club has grown to around 250 members worldwide, owning probably in excess of 300 De Dion Bouton engined vehicles.
Each year we organise motoring rallies, as well as track and charity fund raising events involving the public. The Club specialises in using early motor vehicles in historical re-
In 2007 the Club launched its own Magazine dedicated to all matters De Dion Bouton, which is solely available to Club members. Published quarterly “Motorvations” is a unique blend of historical articles, prominently featuring research and archive material, articles of a technical nature, together with current news and event reporting both in the UK and around the world of De Dion Bouton. It has established itself as a forum reflecting members’ interests worldwide.
In 2008 the De Dion Bouton Club UK actively assisted and advised on the BBC film production of "The Fast Lady" which featured a member's car re-
In 2010 the Club reintroduced Victorian Trike racing after a gap of over 100 years. Held on a special quarter mile oval track on the Wellington Straight at Silverstone, four 15 minute races over the summer's Silverstone Classic Race meeting weekend brought the history of the very First Motor Races in Britain to life again to a new generation of enthusiasts.
In 2011 The Club's Trike "Team Jarrott" were invited to take the concept to Mallory Park as part of the Vintage Sports Car Club's Race meeting. A demonstration race was held on the full track. Images here.
Also in 2011, the Club held the inaugural Charles Jarrott Commemoration Run, a road event with some 30 De Dion Boutons including several members' Victorian Trikes, celebrating the First Motor Races in Britain, featuring the De Dion Bouton Trikes, which took place on the track at Sheen House, Richmond Park. The Run re-
In May 2012, under the highest security protocol, the Club was privileged to be invited to put on a display at Richmond Park which the Queen was attending as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the Country. Accompanied by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Alexandra, the Royal Party was escorted around the central core of a special one day Exhibition of Charitable, Educational, Equine and Country displays where the Club presented a unique tableau of Victorian racing which took place at Sheen House, Richmond Park in the late 1890's.
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The Club maintains this website to communicate with the wider public to show the importance of this unique marque in the annals of the development of the motor vehicle, and via the members' pages to keep the world wide community of De Dion Bouton owners and enthusiasts abreast of news and current events.
We hope you will consider joining our Club. Please navigate round the site using the buttons on the left hand side.