West Lancs Military Vehicle Trust

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                                2015 Events Write-ups






On Sunday 4th October some of our members attended one of the last shows of the season at Woodside Ferry terminal in Birkenhead. Even though we were in October the weather was glorious and there was good turnout of vehicles (vintage and military).


A few of us also took advantage of the tram rides and visited colleagues from Cheshire and Merseyside MVT group who were set up by the Tram museum.

This was a lovely way to end the season and roll on next year!

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On Sunday 20th September some of our members went along to support the Birkenhead Festival of Transport event which was held at Birkenhead Park.

This year we were in a different location of the park which suited our displays as it gave a military encampment feel and we had a good day out with lots of people interested in our displays.

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Over the week end of the 8th & 9th August we attended the 6th year of ‘Toys for Boys’. We have supported this event since it started as it raises money towards the upkeep of the church and the group who organise the event always look after us well which includes food and teas / coffees.

For a change the weather was great especially on the Saturday with plenty of visitors coming along to see the exhibits. For the first time this season Bob and Ken were able to drive their vehicles to a show as their health had thankfully improved enought for them as we all know our vehicles are not always the easiest to drive as we are spolit with power steering on modern vehicles!!


On the Saturday Bob wore his Roukes Drift uniform and as usual his picture was taken quite a lot by the public. Dave and James did their weapons display which always goes down well with lots of questions being asked and we had a good array of vehicles at the show, so thanks again to everyone who came along and supported this event


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Over the weekend of the 4th and 5th July we held our club show at the village hall at Ince Blundell. As usual the committee of the hall were very accommodating and let us have full use of their hall including plenty of hot water which is always grateful considering the amount of tea and coffee we consume while talking about our favourite hobby.


We had a good turnout of vehicles considering our show clashed with the Yorkshire wartime experience, so thanks go to all that attended and supported our event. We also had two large displays in the village hall which consisted of a comprehensive weapons display provided by Dave and James and a WW2 Blitz display provided by Chris Everett which went down really well with the public with lots of questions being asked.


On the Saturday the weather was lovely with plenty of sunshine so we couldn’t have asked for better as it added to a nice relaxing weekend having a good catch up with old friends and Olive even brought along her wind up gramophone and gave us a dance which was fun. Unfortunately the weather changed on the Sunday afternoon and we all got wet, but we still had a good weekend and it didn’t dampen our spirits


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Over the weekend of the 20th and 21st June we attended the Woodvale Rally which is now held at Victoria Park, Southport and were joined by friends from various MVT areas and for many West Lancs members this was our first show of the season.

Unfortunately things did not start off well for our group on the Friday as Dave DeRoos Ferret broke down 5 minutes from leaving his home and after numerous attempts to get it moving again it had to be abandoned outside his brother in laws house until it could be towed back home later in the week. Another casualty was Ben Croft’s Champ as he was all set up ready to travel and his champ decided it didn’t want to move so Ben joined us on the Sunday. 

On the Saturday Bob Stam spent the day with us and was dressed in his Rouke’s Drift uniform, which as normal was a great hit with the public and he had numerous photos taken. As many of you may be aware Bob is unwell and is currently undergoing treatment from the hospital but he wanted to join us and be part of the show so Dave volunteered to pick him up and drive his series one landrover for him.

This year we were joined by a new exhibit which was a large amphibious vehicle owned by Dave Evans called "Defiant 11" which has taken him over two years to restore. This was a fabulous exhibit and thanks to Dave for bring such an unusual and head turning exhibit. On the Sunday afternoon three jeep drivers were brave enough to drive onto the deck and after a few scary moments all went well and it was a great sight to see and a large crowd enjoyed the display with lots of pictures being taken.

 Kev Riley was also there with his group of large vehicles including his Howezester gun and there was also a good mixture of smaller vehicles including Maria McGibbon’s land rover lightweight which has recently been transformed into a para recce reconessience vehicle.

 On the Sunday afternoon awards were given out and a big thank you given to the exhibitors for supporting this event.

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