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  1. I've had the Dodge just over a month now, so I thought you'd like to see what I've been up to since I got it home. To start with, a few pictures of the journey home from Kendal on September 4th. It was 100 miles door to door and a 3hr 30min trip across the country.
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    1944 Flying Control Dodge WC51 - The Story So Far

    I was thinking of taking the Dodge to the local aircraft museum for their Trams & Transport open day, but the weather forecast has been proven correct and it's heavy rain all day, so no trip out.
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    1944 Flying Control Dodge WC51 - The Story So Far

    Another Dodge birthday come and gone. 74 years old today.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Also on Sunday, I managed to get on the top deck of one of the vintage busses to get a panoramic view of the 'RAF 100' display. All too soon, the weekend was over. Just before the Spitfire was dismantled, the Daisy Belles came over to get a few photos. We started packing around 4pm and finally got away from Croft about 7pm. Further pictures can be found here - Croft Nostalgia Report
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Collected my new project yesterday, a 1943 Ford GPW with lots of 'f' marks. It was on Evilbay three times I think, and failed to sell, so I contacted the owner about a week after the auction to see if it was still available, and it was. Much as I don't want to, I think it needs a new tub. There are some body panels that can be cut out and sold on for someone elses projects, but the floor has all been bodged with flat sheet up to the kink where the pedals are, the rear panel is pretty poor and the rear wheel arches are somewhat see through where they join the floor! However, the mechanics are all there and turn which is a good start. Date Of Delivery is apparently May 6th 1943. It still has original gussets and f marked bumper, and a nice one on the front crossmember. The rad is stamped GPW f, engine is early willys, head cast GPW6050 f stamped, Carter W O carb. Right hand wing is very good, left has rust but both are f stamped. Original 'f' marked pintle hook, spare wheel carrier and fuel filter. Both marker lamps are 'f' stamped, along with most of the body handles and bolts. Still has the original windshield wing bolts and chains. There may be more 'f' marks, but it was dark when I got home so couldn't really look the Jeep over. While there's a lot to do, and plenty of small bits missing, I've seen worse come back to life! The project will probably be sold once complete.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    On Sunday, I went for further tours to get pictures of those who weren't there on Saturday and took in some more racing. Sunday was also the day for the parade laps. Unlike the previous years when the military parade was first thing in the morning, this year it was mid afternoon, and was far less rushed.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Twisters aerobatic team. 25 pounder field gun firing demonstration. There was musical entertainment in the marquee all day with various acts performing along with a best dressed competition for those who turned up in period costume. On Saturday evening, there was a band who played a variety of music and the dance floor was rarely empty.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    There was quite a nice sun set on Friday evening and I grabbed a few pictures with the Spitfire and 'Jessie'. On Saturday morning, I went for the first of several long walks with my camera to record what was on display. The first circuit was along the military line and round to the classic car field. Later wanders took in the pits and some of the racing. During the lunch break, the 25 pound field gun was escorted out onto the circuit near the tower for a firing demonstration. The Twisters aerobatic team also displayed during both lunch breaks.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Next was my part of the display with 'Hope', our GPW, then the Signal Square, followed by 'Jessie'.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Next along from the Spitfire was Paul Mayo from the Yorkshire MVT. He brought his GMC and Royal Enfield motorbike, together with some tents and other display items. For Saturday, between the GMC and Spitfire, the display was joined by a blue RAF Jeep.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    As mentioned in the previous post, our 2018 display was to be part of a bigger display to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. As a result, the Croft display would use the two Jeeps and the Dodge would stay at home. It was only the second show for the GPW and the third time out this year. Jessie has been dominating the 2018 season so far. We arrived around lunch time and set up the tent, but waited until the Lytham Spitfire arrived and was set up before working out the space for the rest of the display. The Spifire arrived around 3pm and there was then a flurry of activity while it was unloaded and assembled. It was positioned on the grass, near the start of the military display line, along the old main runway. Near by was the Hillman RAF staff car, and later in the morning, a Vanguard RAF staff car turned up, but was only present on Saturday.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Croft Nostalgia - August 3~5th We had a busy weekend at Croft with both Jeeps. I'm about to start posting the full report in my GPW thread, but to keep the chronology of this thread correct, I'm adding one picture here; the 'RAF 100' display, of which my Jeeps were a part.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Earlier this year, I started to change my Jeep more along the lines of a Flying Control vehicle. Lynne didn't want the whole vehicle checkered, so I started out with a warning checkered flag and Flying Control across the screen. This was seen on the 'Route To Victory' tour. In early August, after a bit of searching around, I picked up a second summer top for the Jeep for the bargain price of £20! That was painted checkered to help the overall impression, but Lynne still didn't want the Jeep to go checks. After joining a USAAF themed forum, someone posted some pictures of original Flying Control Jeeps, one of which shows a jeep with a checkered canvas, but the rest appears to have remained green. Now having seen an original like this, I felt happy to keep the bodywork of my Jeep green.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Croft Nostalgia Festival - August 3~5th We had a great weekend at Croft and another event with fantastic weather. Just one photo for now. I took over 600 photos both for myself and Croft social media use, and since everything was shot in RAW format, it's taking a while to process them into pictures to sort and then upload. So for now, just the two Jeeps, together in their RAF colours at the end of the show. They spent the show as part of a much larger "RAF 100" display, but more of that later!!
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Day two was unbearably hot, and other than a couple of trips along the flight line for pictures, I spent most of the day in hangar 2 where there was some solid shade. There were several Austers that flew in to the event and with those resident at the airfield, they numbered around eight. The good weather allowed plenty of flying on both days. Not having a tent or Jeep, we were able to make a quick getaway at 5pm. There's a classic car meet there in September, so I may take the Jeep down for that instead. Some of the Austers. Jungmann, Cessna 120, Aeronca 100 ( G-AEVS ) and Luton Minor Tipsy Junior, Westland Wasp helicopter, Piper PA22 Colt and Jodel. Tipsy Nipper, racing car ( don't know the type ), Bucker Bestmann and Yak 55.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    A fairly new resident to Breighton, a de Havilland dH60 Gipsy Moth. It was interesting to watch the folded wings being opened out to prepare the aircraft for flight. Despite a partly cloudy day, it had been very warm, and the sun broke through in time for the evening hangar party. While we didn't have the usual spectacular sun set, there were still some interesting cloud formations and lighting. The hangar party had a live band as well as the clubs resident comedian doing some stand up and my daughter danced the night away for almost four and a half hours straight!
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Here's a few more of the vehicles on show, including the Real Aero Company owner's race car which performed a number of high speed runs along the taxiway. Another nice twin that flew in was a Miles Gemini, joining the resident Miles Messenger and Magister.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    While I didn't have my Jeep there, there were four Jeeps and a couple of Land Rovers that turned up, along with the classic cars on display. The Real Aeroplane Company has an impressive collection of aircraft, but they were also joined by many visitors, flying both modern and vintage aircraft. In fact, there were so many aircraft on the flight line, that they ended up double parked at the West end of the airfield, with others still in the hangars! The largest visitor was the twin engined Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor, seen in the picture below.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Breighton Aerodrome Summer Fly-In - July 21st/22nd I was intending to take "Jessie" to Breighton, but this is the first time I've had to cancel due to good weather! Yes, that's right, cancelled due to good weather!! About a week before the event, an email came around advising there would be no cooking allowed on site due to the extremely dry weather creating a fire risk on the airfield. Not being able to stay on site created complications in taking the Jeep, without clocking up un-necessary mileage and longer driving times, so in the end we decided to leave the Jeep at home. We'd go in the normal car on Saturday morning, stay at my dad's house only 35 minutes away, and go back on Sunday. For the last few months, there has been a photo competition, for any picture taken at Breighton. All the entries were displayed in the conservatory on Saturday, with the winner being announced at the Saturday evening hangar party. It turned out that I was the winner! Some of the entries, my trophy and winning picture are shown below. On Sunday, they were all moved to hangar 2 for display. While I didn't have the Jeep, I did take some aviation pictures to sell, and they were also set up in hangar 2.
  20. In the MV world, the "Holy Grail" is probably to find an original Jeep in its shipping crate. Of course, other than those at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the holds of sunken ships, it's very unlikely anyone will ever find one. The whole "Jeep in a crate for $50" idea came from a post war scam, trying to con people out of their money. However, there are a number of photos around the net showing Jeeps in crates, although how they were packed and how disassembled they were seems to vary from picture to picture. This model was built for a friend, with the hood number matching his Jeep. The Jeep is from the 1/35 scale Italeri kit with a scratch built crate from ramin strip wood and 1/32 birch plywood. The metal tie down straps are black painted paper, with painted wire over paper holding the wheels into the tub. It is presented in an A4 box frame.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    I had a short drive out in Jessie today to meet up with a guy who had been re-stitching my US army roughout boots. We met at B&Q car park as an easy landmark to find and I figured that going in the Jeep, he'd have no trouble spotting where I was! The brief drive saw Jessie clock up 14900 miles on the speedo, although it is really owed about 50 miles on top of that for driving I did before fitting the new speedo back in 2005. I also stripped off the doors, sides and roof, and packed them in the back, ready to flatbed the Jeep to the Breighton Aerodrome Summer Fly/Drive-In next weekend.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    I didn't post the near miss clip, only the Friday trip to Bowes to set up. Is it the near miss you were looking for? The Friday drive is embedded in the forum page and it shows for me.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Here's an edited version of the drive over to Bowes on Friday to set up. On Sunday morning, I had the camera in Jessie again to video Hope while driving there. While still in the 30mph zone, indicating to turn right into Bowes car park, we were both overtaken by a modern car at somewhere between 50 to 60mph ( calculated from the distance and time on the video ). A few seconds later in passing us, and he/she would have slammed into the side of Hope as I turned, probably killing my daughter and myself. The video showed the registration so I've let the police have a word with them.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Bowes Railway & Springwell Village 1940's - June 30th / July 1st The Bowes event is covered in my Dodge thread, although I had all three vehicles at the event. See the full report and pictures here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2018/bowes.htm This was only the second time out for the GPW this year and the first event in the new RAF markings.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Bowes Railway & Springwell Village 1940's - June 30th / July 1st The Bowes event is covered in my Dodge thread, although I had all three vehicles at the event. See the full report and pictures here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2018/bowes.htm
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