West Lancs Military Vehicle Trust

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                                 2012 Events - write-ups

Please send in your photos and write ups of any events you have attended so we can add to this page and the photo gallery

Maria and James  

On the 3rd and 4th November a few members of West Lancs went along and supported the British Legion in a Poppy appeal collection at our local Tesco store in Litherland and Sefton Sea cadets were also there with us. Maria, James and Bob attended on the Saturday and even though it was cold it was a good day and people were very generous. On the Sunday Maria and Bob were unable to attend, so James went along with his champ and Mel was there to keep him company. As the weather was much warmer James was able to take the top off the champ so people could see his wireless display properly. (see photo gallery) 




Also in September we atended our last show of the season at the Birkenhead park festival of transport event. We have attended this show for the last 4 years and always enjoy it. There is always a good turnout from the public (as you can see from the photos as they kept getting in the way!!!) and it's a good opportunity for catch up with friends from other MVT areas (see photo gallery)


In September a few of us went along to a retro show at Haydock racecourse. This was a one day event and the first time it had taken place. The organsation was a bit strange as we were placed in the car park and even the visitors were a bit unsure as to were the inside attractions were! After intial thoughts of 'should we go home' it turned out to be a really good day and the weather was great. (see photo gallery) 



Also on the 8th and 9th September the Southport airshow took place. More info on this show to be added (see photo gallery)

 Sadly a few days later we received the sad news that Mark Lancaster had died suddenly and he will be greatly missed. We will be adding a tribute to Mark on the website shorly


On the 8th and 9th September some members attended the Malpas vintage steam rally in Cheshire. For a change the weather was kind to us and it was a really good show with lots of attractions for the whole family and was well attended by members of the public. The event also included an arena event on the Saturday and the Sunday and it was great seeing the various vehicles driving round. (see photo gallery)



Over the weekend of the 18th & 19th August we attended the 'Big Boys Toys' event at Christ Church, Waterloo. This is the fourth year we have attended and its always a good event and we are well looked after by the organsiers. We had a good mixture of vehicles again this year and the numbers we up on previous years. The weather was good on the Saturday, but sadly rained on the Sunday so emergency shelters were set up. (see photo gallery)


Over the weekend of the 3rd August we attended an event at Heatons Bridge, Burscough, which was a joint venture with West Lancs and South Cumbria MVT. There was a good turn out of vehicles with approx 45 joining us over the weekend, including quite a lot of larger vehicles. For a change the weather was kind to us, except for the Sunday but this didn't dampen our sprits.
The Heaton Bridge pub served a good mixture of real ales and our event attracted a large turn out of members of the public, who came and had a chat and took photos.  Dave DeRoos provided a weapons display in his 12 x 12 tent and again this was very popular with the public and Mark Lancaster arranged a road run on the Saturday with many vehicles taking part. This was a good venue with a good atmosphere and we hope to be back there again next year. (see photo gallery)


8th July – James, Dave and Maria attended the Crosby carnival organised by the local Rotary club and for a change the weather was lovely and hot. This is the third year we have attended and it’s always a good show and there were lots of members of the public attending the event. The cadets from TS Starling spent the day with us helping out and as usual Dave and James weapons display drew big crowds. (see picture gallery)


During the last weekend of June a few of our members attended the military manoeuvres show at Conwy, North Wales. Ben Croft and his champ won best lightweight vehicle in the show, so well done Ben. It was another good weekend with friends and lots of public in attendance, but sadly it rained again!



On the 30th June Maria and Bob attended the Southport veterans event in Princes Park and meet up with colleagues from South Cumbria. As is the norm this year it rained again! but it was still a well attended event with members of the armed forces putting on a good show. (see photo gallery)


16th June - Tony Cosgrove invited us to a recruitment event which was taking place at the Brook TA barracks, in Bootle and we gladly accepted the invitation. There was a good mixture of vehicles including Kev's Diamond T and Dave brought the ferret on its first outing of the season. As usual it was raining (were starting to think we should hold shows between Christmas and March!!), but it did'nt dampen our spirts and an emergency shelter was set up. (see photo gallery)


In June we joined in with the Southport Funfest event at Victoria Park, Southport. This was the first time we had attended this event and considering it was June the weather was'nt kind to us until the Sunday when the sun finally came out.

As well at the vehicles we also had a number of displays at the show. Maria and James put on a desert display, minus Maria's ambulance (as it's away getting repaired), Bob did his Rouke's Drift display and Dave brought his collection of weapons for the public to see. We also had a display on Liverpool during WW2 which had lots of informative information on the blitz.

It was Bobs birthday on the Saturday, so we all shared some cake and had a few beers Saturday night.  We would also like to thank the 25 exhibitors that came to join us and braved the weather. It was good to catch up with friends as this was our first club event of the season. (see photo gallery)






In March James, Dave, Maria, Bob and John  joined up with friends from Cheshire and Merseyside for a road run through the Cheshire countryside on our way to visit a military radio sale at Hack Green Nuclear Bunker. Approx 14 vehicles took part in the road run to find the secret bunker!!!  

A very enjoyable day and the weather was perfect. Various bargains were found as the sale was a mixture of radio gear and militaria, plus there was a impromptu baking competion between Maria and Paula. Fairy cakes and fruit cake were well received and we'll have to see what we can come up with for our next event at the Scotch Piper pub at the end of April. (see photo gallery)