West Lancs Military Vehicle Trust

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                             2014 - EVENTS WRITE UPS

    

 

 Also in September we went along and supported the Birkenhead festival of Transport. We have attended this show for a number of years now and it was good catching up with old friends we,ve not seen for a while

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At the beginning of September Maria, Richie ,Ben, Roy, John and Kev spent the weekend at the Malpas steam rally and were joined by James and Mel on the Sunday. The weather was great all weekend and as usual it was a good show with lots to see and do

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Over the weekend of the 30th and 31st August a few of our members went along to support the 'Toys for Boys' event at Christchurch in Waterloo, Crosby. We have supported this event for many years and the orgainsers look after us really well

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Bob Stam asked our members if they would like to go with him to a WW1 Day he was attending at St Lukes church in the village at Winmarleigh, near Preston on Sunday 10th August and James, Leah and Maria went along to support him.  We set off early as it was going to take approx an hour and half to get there from Litherland  (especially with Maria driving as she doesn't like going over 35 miles an hour!!!) plus the weather was awful, but we wanted to support this event as it was for a good cause.

When we arrived we were greeted by a lovely location and a beautiful village church and the organisers made us really welcome and treated us to sandwiches and homemade cakes throughout the day as they were grateful that we had come to support them, especially as the journey had been so bad due to the adverse weather, which you wouldn't normally expect in August!

 

Even though the weather was bad (James made a shelter so we didn't get too wet) there was a steady flow of villagers through out the day and a brilliant display was set up inside the church telling the story of the local lads who went off to war. The families who still lived in the village brought along family items to display including letters, medals and photographs and there was also a display and presentation from a member of the museum at Fulwood Barracks which was very interesting.

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Over the weekend of the 25th, 26th and 27th July we held our club show at Ince Blundell Village hall. This is our second year holding a show at this venue and as usual the village hall committee looked after us really well and provided excellent facilities which included hard standing for vehicles, inside toilets, water and use of their kitchen facilities.  

Again we had the use of the main hall for our displays, which included a desert display on the stage with a comprehensive weapon display on tables in front plus a WW2 blitz display provided by Chris Everett. Outside Bob Stam put on his Rouke's Drift display which is always a hit with the public. We also used the hall for an informal get together on the Saturday night were some of us listened to Billy's vintage records on his old gramophone while we sank a few beers.
 
The weather was glorious with it being too hot at times, but we shouldn't complain as we usually have rain!!  Over the weekend we had a good turnout of vehicles including large and small and it was great meeting up with old friends and talking about our favourite subject (our hobby, vehicles and past and future shows).
 
During the weekend we also had live 1940's singing which was provided by Stephen Howell. He was fabulous and this gave the weekend a great atmosphere and he even set up an impromptu stage in front of Alan's motorhome.  Stephen did a few songs in James honour with one all about his yellow beast (the champ).
 
On the Sunday it was James and Mel's wedding anniversary and we all gathered round while Steve sang a song in their honour, which has also been filmed so hopefully we will see this soon. James and Mel entertained us by having a dance on the grass and afterwards everyone enjoyed a slice of homemade cake.
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In June we attended two separate Armed forces events. On the Saturday a few of our members supported the event in Southport and meet up with old friends, but sadly it rained all day. 

On the Sunday we supported a new Armed forces event in Skemesdale and we met up with friends from other MVT areas and we were made very welcome by the hosts. There was a good turnout of vehicles and the Huey helicopter was also at the show. This has the makings of a good event so were already looking forward to next year.

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Over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd June the West Lancs went back to a revamped Woodvale Rally and many exhibitors arrived on the Friday to set up camp. The organisers had placed us in a good area of the park opposite the pay gate and there was a good turn out of visitors with lots of interest in our vehicles and the weather was hot and sunny all weekend.  

Due to the short notice of us being asked back to the event many people were committed to other shows but we still had a good turn out of vehicles, which was the largest display of vehicles the organisers have had since the show had been moved from RAF Woodvale to this smaller venue at Victoria Park. As there were no longer limits on the weight of vehicles which could attend the show we had a good mixture of large and small vehicles, including a few even smaller ones for the grandchildren who are starting to enjoy our hobby which is great to see. 

As there were no limits put on the weight of vehicles Andy Foulds brought along his newly aquired Scopion tank which he is currently restoring and Kev Riley brought along his ever growing collection including his big Howestzer gun, which is always a good draw for the public. Dave DeRoos also displayed his newly restored Ferret which has now been painted Sand.

The mayor of Sefton attended the show and came and judged our vehicles to choose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners. 1st prize was awared to Jimmy Vasco and Dave DeRoos for their desert display, 2nd prize was awared to Nigel Kerr for his jeep display and 3rd prize was awarded to Kev Riley for his Howestzer gun.  Dave also won the Bob Ansell award for the best restored vehicle and Pat Scott won the Eric Corfield award for best restored jeep. 

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On Saturday the 10th May we had a club day out to Yorkshire Air museum and thanks to Kevin Riley for providing the coach for us. The day started early as we had to meet a Kev's yard at 8am and after a pit stop we arrived at the museum at approx. 11am.

As well as the many exhibits in the museum there was also a good turnout of military vehicles from various MVT sections and also lots of stalls with bargains to be had and James and Leah spent most of the day walking round with a pick and a shovel !!!!!!  

We also meet up with friends who we had not seen for a while and it was good to have a catch up. We left to return home at 4pm and everyone said what a good day out it had been. (see photo gallery)

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At the end of April we were invited to support a charity event being held at the Waldeck Pub in Wavertree, Liverpool.

James & Leah in the champ, Maria in her Lightweight Landrover and Bob in his Landrover series 1 supported this event and the hosts looked after us really well. It was nice seeing the smiles on the kids faces and who would have thought that Micky mouse could drive a champ!!!

Everyone who was there got into the sprit of the day and made us feel welcome and some veterans also came along and joined us.

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In February James was asked to support a colleague from our days at Woodvale Rally. His name is Danny Farley and he was holding a special birthday party with a wartime theme. Maria went along to support James and both their vehicles were on display at the front of the house.

We set up the day before and it was an experience putting up a large camo net in the wind! and we helped Danny and his friends dress the back of the house were the guests were gathered for the party. Everyone who came was either dressed in uniform or 1940's dress and this all added to the atmosphere,

It was a great evening with lots of entertainment including a singer and Mel, Nathasa, Leah and Richie came along and enjoyed in the fun too. (see photo gallery)

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