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johnwardle last won the day on February 23 2018

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  • Birthday 04/16/1956

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  1. Neither did the Americans, but there are plenty of American re-enactors at Pickering. There were a lot of Canadian in Ryedale during WW2, but you don't see many Canadian re-enactors at Pickering.
  2. I agree, when they transformed Levisham village into Le Visham a French village under German occupation it was very tastefully done. I am fed up to the back teeth with these snowflakes that go out with the sole intention of being offended. We had the same at Lacock at War last year although it transpires that the complainant was having a go at the National Trust who she thought organised the show. Having a military event without an enemy is like having a boxing match with only one person in the ring. If anyone is wondering how I can have views on events in both Yorkshire and Wiltshire, I grew up in Ryedale and worked in and around Pickering for many years, I have ljved in the South West for about 30 years and I am the area secretary of the West Wiltshire MVT which organises Lacock at War, which has NOT banned German re-enactors they chose not to attend this year.
  3. I don't know how many of the bikes and quads were Barry's, but I am surprised that the green Pink Panther went for quite a bit less than the pink one as it was in a lot better condition and fully equipped. Maybe the bidders thought that it had been painted green not realising that they were green when delivered to the Army.
  4. Some results from this auction, RSOV ( Rangers Special Operations Vehicle) £49,500, First Gulf War 110 DPV £48,375, Pink Panther 10FG97 £47,250. I can't find any more information on the other lots as I have had great difficulty in logging on to Bonhams website. I will try to get more information at our next MVT meeting on Tuesday.
  5. The reason that military engines are detuned is simple, the lower the power output the less stress on the engine components therefore the engine lasts longer.
  6. I would say that it is a genuine military Morris Minor Traveller as it still has the military data plate in place on the bulkhead under the bonnet. The 'T' registration also suggests ex military as the last civilian Travellers were 'J' registration and this one would have been given a new registration when cast in 1978/9. Whether it was used as a bomb disposal vehicle is open to debate maybe someone will recognise the Military registration that is in the back of the car. I passed my driving test in 1975 in a military Minor Traveller when I was at AAC Arborfield, it had been given a military respray and everything except the windows and lights was green, woodwork, tyres, bumpers etc. All deep bronze green. I have just noticed that this Minor has a tow bar, could it have belonged to the late Godfrey Crew? If it did then it is a genuine bomb disposal vehicle.
  7. Jaguar used to make lorries, Guy was owned by Jaguar in the 1960s. Why has Land Rover thrown away the military, agricultural and commercial market in favour of the yummy mummy?
  8. For sale by auction by Bonhams at Bicester Heritage Centre on 26th of September, a collection of WAS and Special Forces Land Rovers. If you are familiar with Special Forces Land Rovers you will recognise most of them, although the owner of these vehicles (yes they are all owned by the same person) has not displayed at military shows for some time he has displayed them at Land Rover shows and did bring one to this year's Lacock at War. I have had the privilege of driving some of these vehicles including the 110 V8 powered DPV at the Kemble MVT shows, and that was a very enjoyable experience.
  9. The Jerry Can spout shown in the photo is still in use today by the British Forces, curiously it doesn't have a breather tube which was fitted to longer spouts which are no longer used.
  10. Hi Steve, some measurements from my Leyland Daf T244. 1, Rolling Radius 560mm (tyres roughly 30% worn) 2, Wheelbase 3950mm 3, Centre of front axle to front bumper 1335mm 4,Centre of front axle to rearmost part of cab 660mm 5, Centre of rear axle to rearmost spring hanger, I couldn't measure this on my own. 6, Ground to bottom of chassis 795mm, note my truck is fitted with a Radio Repair body weighing approx 1.5 tonnes. 7, Chassis depth 257mm, flange width 80mm, overall chassis width 860mm. The chassis is parallel and flat from cab to rear. 8, The top of the rear tyre is level with the top of the chassis rail. (See photo) Hope that this helps. John
  11. I bought mine from uncompany.com, an electric airsoft one. It weighs 4 Kg the same as a real one is mostly steel and very convincing. Uncompany.com is based in Hong Kong but I had no problem with delivery.
  12. What dimensions are you looking for? I could measure mine and get you any measurements that you need.
  13. As your Land Rover is an FFR variant the socket will be 24 volt so be careful what sat nav you use, alternatively you could wire in a voltage dropper to give 12v at the socket. By the way, I have a Land Rover inspection light with plug, spare plug and Land Rover TUM, TUL and Ambulance handbook for sale. Pm me if you are interested.
  14. Not if they were heading north east from Leconfield.
  15. A Westland Wasp helicopter has just flown over our house heading west, probably the Army Air Corps Historic Flight unless anyone knows of a privately owned one.
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