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Area Report - Windscreen Autumn Issue 140
The start of our season is the now very well established Crank Up outside the Castle Museum York in April. Thereís always a good variety of vehicles on display here and itís a good little social do. This was followed fairly quickly by our annual show, Battlegroup North, at the beginning of May. The weather wasnít kind and the new arrangements didnít work to everyoneís benefit but it was well attended and a separate report is in our Events Gallery. 

I took my MW along to the new 1940ís weekend in Brighouse on Saturday 1st June. Whilst there were not many military vehicles on show, and sadly some were post war which is not in the spirit of the thing, there were plenty of other attractions in the sealed off town centre. Stalls lined the streets, space was given over to dancing, a stage set up on the crossroads for singers, a miniature steam railway giving rides, a funfair for the children as well as evening dances at the Ritz ballroom. The local press reported a staggering 100,000 visitors, which may be over egging it, but the place was absolutely packed and very atmospheric. One to watch which needs more vehicles on display. 
See www.brighouse1940sweekend.co.uk 

Quite a gang crossed the Channel for the D-Day events including John Grayís family, Ivor Waterhouse and his bride to be Helen, Simon Roberts and his uncle Cliff, Alex Watts, Mike Hemingway, Tony Pearson, Hugo Hunter, Jonny Pearson, Steph Pogson and Richard Young. Their trip in 7 jeeps was centred on Angoville-au-Plain where on June 6, 1944, a US medical post was established in the church changing hands no less than three times in the fighting.

Their gite accommodation was the scene of a fire fight also on the 6th. The tour included Ste-MŤre-…glise, Ste-Marie-du-Mont, Carentan, Colleville-sur-Mer Cemetery, the new Overlord Museum, and the new tank museum. In a packed week they enjoyed the green lanes, did the Liberty March in full kit, and to cap it all had a Ďparachuteí drop from a C-47 Luton Van! at 3.00am as 2 sticks of 5 having to make their own way back to St Marie de Mont. Their trip video put together by Jonny can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JVfK8rjk5A

Simon Roberts tells me that the 1940ís June 16th event at Valley Gardens, Harrogate attracted around 20,000 visitors over the weekend. The proceeds go to restoring one of the magnesium wells. Music and entertainment was on all day and centred around the bandstand. The area was represented by a small number of vehicles mainly Jeeps but larger vehicles squeezed in also - Chris Smyth took his Quad, Brandon Young his WC62 and Ian Garbutt his US Navy GMC352.

A few days later a number of MV;s, including mine, could be seen jammed in between dozens of classic commercials, motor bikes and some superb cars at the annual evening Classic Gathering at the Carriage House pub on the A62 atop of the Pennines between Marsden and Delph. This is well worth a run out if you like old vehicles and the weather is kind.

On the 30th June a summer fair was held at the Wetherby Sports Centre to raise funds for it. A few vehicles turned up to support the event and put on a small display.

The Yorkshire Wartime Experience at Hunsworth, near Leeds, organised by Ken Pugh and Stuart Wright enjoyed baking hot conditions over the weekend of the 6th-7th July so the crowds could make the most of what was on offer and there was certainly plenty to see and do. Re-enactors in trenches, loads of displays, vehicles of all periods including some rare ones and a full arena programme including a seriously large battle with pyrotechnics were on offer.

Bob Fenton brought along two pretty unique vehicles amongst others. A Rolls Royce once used by Monty and his recently restored Vickers Carden-Lloyd rescued from a French hedgerow in 2007. Mel Beanís 5.5Ē howitzer was fired successfully for the first time and made a most impressive BANG. Nick Dunsford bought a Bedford MW, the week before the show, and spent some time scrutinising mine prior to him starting a full restoration including building a new rear body.

Our intrepid biker duo, Colin Dixon and Mick Edmondson, made the most of their trip up the Dales to the Ingleton Weekend by taking some two and a half hours coming back the 50 miles on a scenic route through the Dales and still had enough stamina to make the show on Sunday. My show photos are in our Events Gallery and if anyone has good battle shots please send them in.

Nev Johnson hosted his annual summer BBQ this year with a whole hog roast which Gordon Trousdale says was fantastic. I am told only a few members managed to get there which is a shame as itís very, very generous of Nev.

A very youthful Hugo Hunter celebrated his 50th in style with a big 40ís do in the very large rear garden of Tony Pearsonís place east of Doncaster. The party went with a real swing to period background music. A line up of US vehicles provided the backdrop, a sizeable BBQ and real ale beer tent suitably titled Bar of Brothers provided sustenance. To much laughter Hugo was presented with a child mannequin to go with the full size one he takes to shows in his GMC.

A separate brief report on the War and Peace Revival, held on the Folkstone Racecourse with a selection of my photos, will be in the Events Gallery shortly.

Lastly John Gray, whoís clearly very active over the summer months appearing on several photos here and the front of the Julyís CMV in Chris Tillís M24 Chaffee, tells me heís bought a Chevrolet 15 ton 1943 Buffalo fire truck one of only 40 ever made and one of only four left. It was somewhere mid Atlantic as I wrote this. Enjoy the rest of the season and please keep me posted with events and photos.

Mike Humphreys 

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