by Mike Humphreys. Photos supplied by Nick Calvert & Michael
sharp contrast to last year the weather was truly appalling for the
start of our season. The temperature was just a few degrees above
freezing, with dark skies and rain. Despite all that, we hardy folk
from hill and dale in Yorkshire turned out in numbers for the RV
outside York Castle Museum
was one of those meeting up in the Tadcaster lay-by at 10.30am for a
convoy into York via the A64 dual carriageway and the A19. Approaching 20 vehicles, of
all ages, left there a little later than planned after running repairs
to a potential new recruit’s jeep. Owned by Mark
Calzoni from Bradford. I had a problem with
a fouled spark plug, which was easily fixed and it went on it's
way with no further problem. There was someone in a jeep, near the
rear of the Tadcaster convoy, without hood which was very brave
I caught a
few people early on before they disappeared into the warmth to get a
few photos of their pride and joy! I must get out more because there
were a number of vehicles I had not seen before. Nick Bullock’s
Chevrolet CUA HUA Ambulance from 1943 being the first to catch my eye.
Previously owned by Bart Vanderveen and beautifully restored in dark
brown camouflage colour number 2 this looked the ideal transport for a
wet day. Nick had had a
lengthy drive from Spurn Point to be with us.
alongside was another superbly restored example, this time a Land
Rover Wolf 90 made as late as 1996 and brought back to ‘as new’ by
Drew Edwards who has owned it 2 years. The registration is L90 MOD in
the photos. Alongside was another very smart Wolf 110, registration
276 CUM owned by Craig Mathews.
practicable sized hard cab truck from the War is Graham Golder’s
Dodge WC43 made in 1942 easily recognised both by its rarity and Daffy
Duck emblazoned on the side. These trucks were only built for 2 years.
Marshall of Cumbria and South Lancs had brought his 1944 Stower Kettenkrad painted in Afrika Corps
livery. He told me that whilst he would love to have driven it, the
track rubbers cost some £2,000 a time and so it arrived on a trailer
today. Also on a trailer was a Faun Kraka previously used by the West
German forces as an airborne mule. Built in 1972 it has a BMW 700 twin
engine and is 2 wheel drive. Owned by Ron Loveday of Sheffield this to me seemed the ideal transport for getting around Beltring.
Boston-Dunn’s Mark II Ferret looked absolutely immaculate parked on
the perimeter and braving the elements acting as an essential extra
pair of eyes to York and back home was John Wymark Hoar.
was not possible to miss Stuart Kinroy’s 1938 Chevrolet Master de
Luxe ‘Staff Car’ in the centre of the display. Restoration was
completed this time last year after the engine had been rebuilt, the
interior re upholstered and all filler removed from the bodywork and
replaced by metal. Looking at it and the paintwork done by a lady
called Hazel; no doubt several pages of restoration detail could be
extracted from Stuart. He told me that this model was only built for a
year with later versions becoming more streamlined. He had driven over
at the perimeter looking fresh from the paintshop, which indeed it
was, sat Brandon Young’s 1943 Dodge WC 62 6x6. Brandon, Ivor and Sue Waterhouse had toiled over 3 weekends
since Easter to rub it down ready for paint ( Ivor) so it could make
its first outing. Just behind Brandon was Chris Symthe’s Morris Quad. You will see from the photo that he
brought along a cardboard cut-out of himself to leave on guard whilst
he and Val disappeared into York.
Bourne’s 1968 Series IIa Land Rover with Military Police Markings
and a Cyprus camouflage scheme looked very smart. The Volvo with the Signals body
belonged to Alan Roffey from Beverley, another potential recruit.
Built in 1975 it is a 6x6 with a 3litre petrol engine. It was ex
Swedish army and he has had it 3 years. Vehicles like this with
potential home comforts have a strong appeal – well to me anyway!
over 40 vehicles on show including a sizeable number of jeeps, this
was without doubt an impressive start to the season.
added in May 2009, is this video of a ride in a Ferret heading in to
York from Tadcaster for the 2008 Crank Up.