West Lancs Military Vehicle Trust

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                           2011 Events - writeups


In Sept a few of our members attended the one day 'Lyidate classic car show' which this year was held on the field at the back of the Scotch Piper pub. This was'nt a big event and military vehicle owners who attended only found out about the event a few days beforehand through a contact in the motorbike section, but there was a good mixture of military and classic vehicles. Keith brought his new toy which is the old English White Austin Healey 3000, plus Paul Connolly got very excited about the little MG, as this is what he is currently rebuilding. (see photo gallery) 


Also in September many of us attended the last show of the season at Birkenhead Park were we met up with friends from other local MVT groups. Morris and his dad from Merseyside & Cheshire brought their M38 1A jeep for the day. Ray also brought his newly aquired green goddess. The ferret duo were also there and Ben (Mr Sheen) with his extra shiny champ.This was the first year that Maria McGibbon and Dave De Roos did not attend and I'm sure they were missed, even though they were told otherwise!!!!!!! (see photo gallery)


In September we joined friends at the Malpas yesteryear rally in Cheshire.This was a well attended event and attracted lots of military vehicles. The weather was better than expected and lots of bargains were found. James Vasconcelos drew some attention from the crowds when he and Ben Croft re-routed the servo vacuum pipe on his champ. If they had charged for viewing they would have made a fortune! (see photo gallery)   


Also in August a few of our members joined up with friends at the South Cumbrian get together at the Plough at Eves, this was a change of venue from the Hand & Dagger. They also enjoyed a road run to the Bonds ice cream factory. (see photo gallery)


August - A week after Woodvale a group of our members attended a local event at Christ Church in Waterloo, Liverpool to help raise funds for a local charity. This was our second year supporting this event and we were well looked after by the organisers. Our group put on a number of displays, the weather was kind to and there was a good turnout by the public (see photo gallery)



Woodvale Rally August 2011 - Our club show

This is the 3rd year that West Lancs members have ran the show within the Woodvale Rally site and it just gets bigger and better each year. Numbers were up again on last year and we broke a record with 105 vehicles in attendance over the three days. The papers even said that we were the biggest crowd puller of the Rally, so good positive advertising for next year.

This year we also had military bands escorting the vehicles on and off the runway when the arena event took place on the Saturday and Sunday. The arena display run improves each year and is another good crowd puller for the public as the vehicle owners are able to drive at speed and show the public their vehicles in action. (Thanks to Chris Brookes for providing an excellent commentary) 

We also had more displays this year and many vehicles were roped off from the public, so exhibitors could relax and not worry and about little people exploring!!  For the first time we also had WW1 re-enactors putting on a display complete with an original WW1 vehicle which was nice to see. A few of the jeeps took part in a photo shoot on the Sunday with the 1940's singer ' Heather Marie' and two of our exhibitors also provided a dance display while she sang. 

The Saturday night road run was well attended and proved to be another crowd puller as members of the public lined the route between Southport and Ainsdale waving and giving support as the vehicles went by (see press releases for various articles on the show)

Well done to eveyone who helped with the marshalling of the event and also the planning which took most of the year, plus a big thank you to everyone who supported this fabulous event and lets try and get the numbers upto 120 for next year! (see photo gallery)



In July Dave DeRoos, James Vasconcelos and Maria McGibbon gave support to the Tank Regiment veterans at an event at the Guid Hall in Formby. They also supported a charity event at Crosby Carnival were another member (Bob Stam) came and joined them (see photo gallery) 


In July a few of our members (Mark Lancaster, Paul Connolly, Keith Ball and Roger Stanforth) supported a Charity Summer Fete at Alexander House at the end of Lord Street, Southport.  Plenty of public attended and the nursing staff brought a lot of the patients out including a guy called Toby who served in Burma during the war and who had fond memories of driving a Jeep.



In July our members attended the Southport Air show. It was a glorious weekend and plenty of Green Machines turned up to display there vehicles. A number of M.V.T area's attended the show including West Lancs, South cumbria and North Lancs, Cheshire & Merseyside even as far out as Leeds with a very Good Para Display to which Phil Harrison lent them his Saladin to compliment their display. Approx 25-28 M.V's attended and all had a good time, the air display was also fantastic with the Vulcan and the B.B.M.F attending on the Saturday. (see photo gallery) 








In July a few of our members attended the Woodvale 70th event near Southport. It was a gloriously sunny day and the crowds poored in right from the start.There were plenty of other activites going on and Woodvale was given the FREEDOM OF SEFTON in a presentation on the day, it was also to highlight what Woodvale do in the Community and high light the local Cadet forces. (see photo gallery)



Another event we attended in June was the North Wales MVT show at Caerwys. This is always a good get together and a chance to meet up with friends from other areas and get a bargain or two!!. The weather was'nt great, but the wind stayed down. Kev Reilly brought his newly renovated Abbott and next year we may see his newly purchased FV 432. (see photo gallery)


Also in June there was an event at Fulwood Barracks organised by Mark Lancaster were he arranged for vehicles to display at the Preston Military Show, From the Westlancs Area, Mark, Paul Connolly, Dale and Dean Sawyer and Keith Ball took our Jeeps, Roger Stanforth took his Morris Traveller and Iain Duff his LandRover Lightweight. Roger and Iain took a fair few items to display and were unindated by kids - small and large!. It turned out to be a really good show and the weather stayed nice. (see photo gallery)


In June Martin Ford asked Mark Lancaster and Paul Connolly to attend his school's summer fete for the 2nd year running. They had quite a lot of interest from kids and parents alike, Martin took Albert and a BD and was offering to take photo's of the kids in the BD with ALBERT in front of his Morris to raise funds for the school, weather stayed really good if a little windy!, (see photo gallery)



In May some of our members joined up with friends from the South Cumbrian MVT for a relaxed weekend at the Plough at Eaves (replacement venue for the Hand & Dagger). The venue was good and the Land lord and Land Lady were really welcoming, food and drink were exceptional and well priced.  The event was quite well attended, with mostly Jeeps and Landrovers, and the weather was mixed. (see photo gallery)



Also in May we held our first club get together of the season. We had a good turnout with friends attending from other MVT areas. The weather was'nt great but the company was so thanks to everyone who attended. This was a nice relaxing event with lots of tea / coffee and beer being drunk and good conversations taking place (see photo gallery)



In May a few of our members attended the May Blitz in Liverpool city centre along with friends from Cheshire and Merseyside MVT. This was a four day event held over the first bank holiday in May and we attended on the Bank holiday Monday. The crowds were well behaved the sun was shining and we had a great day with friends. It was a nice relaxing event and we even had Olives wind up gramaphone which some of the younger visitors to the show did'nt know what it was and for and for the older visitors it brought back memories (see photo gallery for more pictures)  



In May some of our members attended a show at Houghton Towers, alongside friends from North Lancs, South Cumbria and Manchester MVT sections. It was set at the end of a long long drive way in the grounds of Houghton Towers, Nr Preston.  John Langsdale did his Radio set up with Hand operated power unit.  John Newbould, never wanting to relax had another Jeep up on the back of his wrecker whilst he replaced a rear diff on a jeep, Angela did a cookery demostration using rationed foods, and a 1940's fashion show which was well attended,  Frank had his Quad and 25 pounder set up at the top of the hill by the tower itself, large public crowds attended as well. (see gallery for more pictures)



In April a few of our members attended the Lydiate Classic car show. This was a small show with approx 20 vehicles altogether, 3 of them being Military. Mark Lancaster dusted the cob webs from Babs (the Jeep) and Austin Booth brought his Austin K9 radio truck. There was a selection of classic vehicles like Morris Minors, Mini Cooper, Triumph Dolomites, Old Rovers and Vauxhalls, a friendly little show that was collecting for 'Help for Hero's'. (see picture gallery for more pictures)




Altcar firing range - Dave Salisbury would just like to thank Peter Tipping for giving every one such a good time at Alcar on the ranges. (picture shows Mark Lancaster firing a wartime K98 Mauser). 





In April a few of our members attended the Riverside Steam and Classic car rally near Southport. This is the 3rd year that the event has been run with approx 500 vehicles ranging from Steam Engines, Tractors, Heavy Haulage, classic cars, truck through to out very own Military Green Machines, Kevin Riley brought his 3 Monsters with him, Mark Lancaster, Paul Connolly and new member Keith Ball brought their Jeeps. Ian Mccormack was flying the flag for South Cumbria/North Lancs, and Roy from the Northwest area brought his Kubelwagen .