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Area Report - Windscreen March/April Issue 165
The Season Begins!

April traditionally brings us not only showers, but of course, Yorkshire’s first official rally of the year - the “Crank Up”. Once again, it was a well-attended event, despite the warnings of afternoon heavy rain. We had 62 MV's in attendance on the day and 2 para bikes.

Several of our regular MV guests made a 160+ mile round trip and spent almost 5 hours on the road. One of the Durham and Teesside Area guests, Stephen Carr, our area webmaster, took the chance to unveil this year’s re-badging his airfield Jeep into RAF markings to highlight the Royal Air Force centenary.

Our crank up event is always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and of course, make many new ones. We are delighted to welcome our new members to the area and make them feel part of the MVT family. Area Secretary, Brian Slingsby, and area treasurer; Simon Roberts, were both doing their bit with their own welcome wagon – frying up bacon & black pudding sarnies from the side of their Jeeps to keep everyone warm – well done chaps, good to see that we’ve kept that healthy eating menu going!
During the course of the year, we receive all sorts of requests from around the region to support charity events and vintage vehicle rallies etc. This year, we’ve received a couple of enquiries from Eastern European MV owners who were looking for specific technical help with their latest projects – it seems that the reach of social media has allowed these collectors to connect with us via our events posts and area website. Goes to show that the network goes far and wide and we’re always happy to help when we can.
Out in the far east of the area, Bridlington way, Stuart Kinroy and his fellow owners are busy preparing for their next group trips including their regular jaunt to France with their vehicles and planning well into 2019 too.

So, with the event season gearing up with numerous 1940's and classic vehicle events filling up our diaries, the rush is most definitely on, to finish off those winter jobs that we all haven’t quite gotten around to ( and the weather hasn't helped us this year either ). I’m looking forward to finally seeing some of these projects hit the road after hearing about them. Looking forward to taking some new pictures for our next area update. Here’s to a great motoring summer…

Paul Mayo