Yorkshire MVT Crank Up York 19th April 2009
This was our 10th year outside the Castle Museum and we were doubly
blessed with good weather and an amazing turn out of over 60 vehicles
of all ages and makes.
For those of us to the west of York the 10.30am meet in the lay-by at
Tadcaster proved very popular. There was quite an impressive line up
prior to the convoy into York which took the A19 turn off the A64 as
last year, but at this point the vehicles became well spread out prior
to arrival at the Castle.
is sociable do with a steady stream of interested public and
others who pass by wondering what itís all about but never
seem to want to ask. I spent some time talking to George
Lovell from the North East who has sold his French Jeep and
given some of the proceeds to Nev for his very attractive
1978 Land Rover Lightweight.
We had a very
pleasant visitor from Belgium, Benny de Maeyer, in his newly acquired
Dodge WC 62 ( the 6 wheeler) which he had bought in Blackpool and was
driving from coast to coast to catch the ferry from Hull that evening.
For the first leg of the journey across the Pennines he had Paul
Higgins, Area Secretary S. Cumbria and North Lancs for company, but he
left mid afternoon on his own for Hull docks.
glad to report he got home successfully. The website for his
group is VMMV
website if you want to have a look. He says it will
shortly be also in English. A direct link to the pictures
can be found here.
to see new vehicles join us and the first of these to catch my eye was
a 1953 AEC Militant Artillery Tractor in post war gloss owned by Simon
Daymond from Leeds which he has owned for some 15 years, but only
recently decided to get it into show condition.
to recall him saying these were quite scarce and he has yet
to fit canvas, but nevertheless a very worthy addition to
the large vehicle fleet our area.
A second post
war gloss vehicle lorry arrived a little later. This was driven by a
young lady who turned out to be the owner and restorer of the 1952
Morris Commercial MRA1. Hazel Coulson from Pocklington had just
finished the 3 year restoration and had sprayed it herself to boot !
Made me feel very inadequate, but credit where itís due she had made
a lovely job of it and again I suspect very few of these have been
pointed out that the presence of 3 DAF 66YAs was a rarity
and all 3 were grouped together on display. I suspect they
are a very pleasant open top tourer in the sunshine and all
3 looked to be in excellent condition.
Nearby were 3
of my favourite vehicles, M35 trucks , which I always refer to as Reos
rightly or wrongly, owned by Nick, Dale and Dave Mc Coull. Despite
being introduced by the US Army in 1951 and still in use, they still
look and sound the business. A far cry from British lorries of the
along his Series III Land Rover in that unmistakable Berlin urban
Camouflage which I think looks excellent but Iím not sure how such a
bright scheme looks in a cityscape. I presume it acts like the dazzle
scheme on warships and destroys the outline.
Simpson, who I met at Leeds Armouries last year with his newly
acquired Bedford MW, joined us in the layby at Tadcaster with his
beautiful retro BMW motorbike and in his guise as ĎBilly the
Bikerí took photographs of us both in convoy on the A64 but also at
If you want
to see his photographs visit http://rides.webshots.com/album/571209004zzBemM
to have something different and his shots from one of the bridges on
the A64 are something we do not normally see. Many thanks, Duncan.
I think itís safe to say that an enjoyable day out was had by all
and we even gained a little sun tan in the process. The endless
traffic on the A64 was less enjoyable and I wished Iíd stuck with
Chris and Mike and gone a slightly longer route home via Boston Spa.
With a detour to drop off a 25 pounder gun shield en route (the joys
of having a wagon!) I finally got home some 3 hours later at 6.30.