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Area Report - Windscreen February Issue 152

The weather has been a quite a feature over the winter season so far – not much snow, but plenty of water!! Despite this our members have braved the elements in force as usual. 

Mike Humphreys and his loyal truck were out in December to help with a filming session with members of the Howarth Home Guard. Who are making a short film about the Home Guard's past involvement with bomb disposal. Apparently the staff at Barkisland Post Office were somewhat surprised when a platoon of Home Guard re-enactors walked in for early morning coffees, before the start of filming. We look forward to seeing their film and article.

Talking of films, the film reboot of Dad’s Army is due out this February. 
Stuart Kinroy was amongst some of our members who were involved. Stuart had been asked to provide a GMC and Dodge for some early morning filming in Bridlington Old Town. His description sums up the worries and pleasure of owning and driving historic military vehicles.
“The evening before filming, my Jimmy started to misfire so I set to solving the issue. At five O’clock Monday morning, after replacing everything twice, I calmly (not really) realised and resigned myself that it was most likely the head gasket failing between two pots. Due to be on set at 07:00hrs, I had to drive on 4 cylinders. Tired and somewhat stressed, managed to perk up after coffee and bacon butty. Then Wardrobe department had given my uniform to the wrong person, fortunately I came in the correct attire. Katherine Zetta Jones, Tobt Jones and all the other stars were there on set - it was quite an experience and an amazing day after a tricky and worrying start. It was fascinating to see the set makers fabricate the buildings and props to look so real, it is simply amazing”. 

Stuart looks forward to see how they transform a northern town and coastline on a gloomy wet winter day look like the bright south coast complete with the white cliffs of Dover. So let’s keep an eye out for his GMC in a short scene with Catherin Z Jones set outside Frazer's undertakers shop.
Our ‘Christmas cracker run’ on the 27th Dec took place as it has done for the past ten years, started at Lotherton Hall just outside Leeds. The plan was to convoy a group via the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Brian Slingsby’s original route was scuppered somewhat by the huge amount of boxing day rain, as we don’t have DUWK’s - a new route was needed! Brian once again rose to this challenge like some wartime general poring over as OS map trying to work out a good route to get his ‘troops’ across the swollen rivers.

Two potential routes through Tadcaster and Cawood were flooded, and now impassable, so the convoy made a ‘dash for the bridge’ in Selby; success! But only just made it, Selby and its bridge were closed by flooding later on that day. Twenty three vehicles of mixed types left Lotherton at 11:00hrs after a customary tea and pee, arriving about two hours later at the Yorkshire air museum for hearty NAAFI lunch in the NAAFI. Then all setting off home to brave the worsening floods. This all goes to show that the Yorkshire MVT won’t be put off from our hobby by a spot of bad weather!