suspect quite a lot of members from across our area went to the War
& peace Revival. I bumped into John Gray a number of times who was
enjoying re enacting with Chris Till and his Chaffee. Gary Cottingham
told name he’d just bought another bike to add to his collection
whilst Denis Matthewman bought an M37 Dodge which had come over from
Belgium. He drove it almost home but the fan came off near Doncaster and
punctured the radiator! Several pounds lighter he was taken the rest of
the way by the AA. Anne Shipley kindly drove his Land Rover back for
him. Anne and Dale had taken the Reo and along with Nev Johnson and
Denis had set up a mini YMVT campsite. I took advantage of the shade
offered there for a sit down and was kindly offered a much needed cup of
tea by Dale. A brief report of my experience of the show with photos is
on our website.
annual Historic Commercial Vehicle Society Trans Pennine run attracts a
handful of military or ex military vehicles. In the past the club has
put on a display on the Stray at Harrogate, but not this year. However,
I thought I’d give the Bedford MW a long run to complete 500 miles of
‘running in’ the rebuilt engine. The drive from home to Birch
Services involves some 13 miles of the M62/M60 but at 7:30 am it was
fairly quiet. Happily the MW performed well over the 113 miles round
trip in lovely weather. An old work friend of mine Phil came along for
the ride. Phil “For me it was a fabulous experience. Wonderful to see
so many folks waving away at us.
not every day you get to travel in a 70yr old army lorry with a crash
gearbox.” With a couple of stops en route it took us 4 hours to do the
60 or so miles to the Stray. Also on the run Richard Grange from the
club would have had a long day travelling to the start from his home
well north of Harrogate. He and his wife Merlyn, were in their Reo and
despite going off route at Bradford enjoyed the run but did have some
Another member Mr R
Newell did the full route in his immaculate 1959 ex Swiss Army Berna
2-VM. Once parked up on the Stray there’s more than enough vehicles to
see as well as stalls to browse selling parts, books and models.
Huntapac kindly give all entrants a packed lunch which is much
Gray has been spending again. His new truck is a 1943 Chevrolet, made by
the Buffalo Fire Appliance Company for the US Army. This really is a
good looking thing and still retains its army bonnet number and data
plates. It is one of only 40 made and said to be one of only four
John says “It was on
the Whiteman Army Air Base from new right through to the 1950`s then
went to Leeton Fire department as on the door , through to a reserve
fire department then a private owner ....then me.” He tells me he had
his leg lifted by the export processes and it cost him but lesson
It was a surprise to see
Ian Anderson’s Tilly up for sale and as you would imagine he received
plenty of calls. It sold very quickly and to someone in Yorkshire so we
should see it again. The future he says is a BSA folding bike! Rather
him than me.
Michael Sparks has been busy stripping Nelly, his Bedford MW, which will
reappear in early WW2 brown. Ashley Walker has just bought a third
Scammell Pioneer and when I met him was busy completing a large rather
smart “Scammell Shed” with his son Sam. Simon Fenton kindly sent me
photos of their latest acquisition a Diamond T 969A Wrecker to add to
Tony Paling had a trip
north to Croft Circuit where he reports there were some 40 military
vehicles on show and that the site has good camping/toilets available.
He and Gordon Trousdale joined the Classic Car rally at Cannon Hall in
July along with several other mvs. Brian Fox and Ivor Waterhouse took
their jeeps to the massive Newby Hall Classic car show which they say
has a great autojumble.
also went up the Dales to the Flookburgh steam rally at Grange over
Sands which is sited on the old Cark airfield. They are very
enthusiastic about this large show which is free to enter and camp and
this year had about 40 mvs on show. In a pretty dry summer they were
unfortunate to experience really heavy rain on the Saturday night. Brian
Fox joined Graham Golder in Scarborough for their Armed Forces Day and
enjoyed both the BBMF flypast and the Red Arrows.
and a number of others had a trip to Jeep and Cheerful at Doncaster Aero
Museum where some 25 jeeps were assembled.
Martin Laker had his new
Jimmy at the Otley Transport Festival and was joined by a small
gathering including Chris Smyth, but space was apparently quite limited
and the military vehicles were somewhat hemmed in.
annual Crank Down, this year planned by Chris Smyth, took place over the
weekend of 21/22 September. The convoy of 9 jeeps and 2 Land Rovers and
Dave Reape in his desert sand Auto Munga toured beautiful parts of the
Dales rarely seen by tourists. We tackled a long stretch of green lane,
part of the Nidderdale Way, out of Middlesmoor village dropping down to
Scar House Reservoir.
This was my first
experience of off roading and I must admit the jeep seemed to just crawl
over obstacles effortlessly – a real credit to the designers so long
ago. Quite by chance we covered large parts of the same route being
taken by a major cycling event and amazingly some of the cyclists made
even us look quite youthful! Sadly Dave Reape had to drop out at
Saturday teatime at Jervaulx Abbey to await the RAC. He had been having
fan belt problems all afternoon. Otherwise, apart from minor hiccups,
over 200 miles would have been covered by all at the end of the two day
run. For Colin and Liz Parr who join us every year, all the way from
Portsmouth, in their Land Rover this was but a small part of their trip.
Tony Duncan and his son James from Bury crossed the Area boundary to
join us and soak up the beauty of the Dales after only recently doing
the Liberty route in France with Brian and Gary Docherty.
will soon be upon us. The annual party will be at the meeting venue on
the 4th. The Christmas Cracker Run is scheduled for Sunday 29th December
probably starting at Lotherton Hall but check our website.