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  1. But did you spot your old lightweight ?
  2. Always fancied an M201 myself , in French camo and dressed appropriately I think it would make a pleasant change on the mv scene, I see there are now a few re enactors portraying 1950’s French army as well. I did start collecting the appropriate uniform for this, but even M201’s are now expensive. The mahindra has has always been tempting as a fun vehicle, but having a lightweight LR ticks all the boxes currently in that respect.
  3. I think we all look back at the halcyon days of war and peace, but the Mv scene has moved on, back then i recall there were very few shows to go to, the biggest of course being W+P, closely followed by the national MVT show and the MVT show at south sea. Otherwise it was regional MVT (I always liked the one at Tilbury fort and the monthly militaria fair there) or steam railways which would run 40’s events. Stalls were plentiful, plenty of NOS coming out if France and other European countries, both mv’s and militaria, the likes of which we will never see again , at prices we will never see the likes of ! Now there are numerous shows up and down the country to go to and with many having just come back from a week in Normandy, another full week at W+P was probably too much for many, hence the reduced no’s. For me it’s still a great show, a week camping, among like minded people and despite the decreasing no of stalls I still manage to come home with a few bits to add to the collection. In truth for as long as I’ve been a member of this forum and numerous other reenactment forums people have derided the show, the location (why the south east and why move it Folkestone), why in July when the kids are still at school, the toilets and facilities (an ongoing saga before the open porta-poos), quad bikes, kids, the NLBA etc etc , but still ever year people attend, maybe we are all masochists !
  4. So have just registered and had a look around the site, have to say looks very quiet. America’s field is pretty empty with lots of spare pitches between vehicles, yes there are lots of roped off areas, but most seem to have some presence. in previous years the fields been full the weekend before, typical that the one year I am unable to stay the whole week, so haven’t camped theres plenty of space ! Last couple of years I have had to shoe horn the family in. I know there has been a lot of talk on various forums about boycotting the show, anyone else think its quiet? I see the vip loos Are back ! ,
  5. Was wondering how many MV owners have whilst exhibiting their MV been approached my a MOP who drove their actual vehicle whilst in service? I suspect it’s quite rare unless you display with with the correct no. plates or own armour. At the last war and peace, whilst in the queue to get in, A guy came bounding over the field to have a chat with me about my lightweight landrover, his openin line being “what’s that on the side of vehicle?” Now my landrover has rather distinct (what some would call German or iron crosses) croix de guerre crosses on the door. Getting this a lot I explain these marking where found by a previous owner under the paint and represent a vehicle of the 5th field artillery( Gibraltar gunners) who were awarded the guerre de guerre during WW1 and its now part of their insignia and worn on some of their vehicles. (Someone posted on the EMLRA forum they’d found similar on a 109 lr) He then asked if I was in 5th field, which I’m not and on looking at the military No. then went on to tell me a little of the history of the vehicle during it service. Apparently it was in the MT section and the only lightweight they had, it got christened the moon buggy and was used to hack about in. He also went on to say it never looked as good as it does now, which must be saying something as to my mind it’s currently in ‘in service’ condition so god know what it was like back then. Unfortunately the queue started to move and he bounded back off before I could get a chance to ask if he had any pictures of it whilst in service. He did take some pictures to show his mates that it still existed so I take it he was still serving. anyone else had similar experiences?
  6. Not sure the MVT would ever take it on, it could go back to being an IMPS show, but I suspect they stopped running it due to the huge administration required ( I am sure someone will enlighten us as to why their involvement ended ?) most of the big MVT shows I used to attend seemed to end due to this, (the Essex And Hampshire mvt shows which are both now run privately I believe). I was a MOP at W+P long before I owned a mv and as a collector it was the highlight of my year, for as long as I’ve been going both this forum and the re-enactment forums have all had something to say on how the show is run and from memory year on year it’s been much the same gripes (even during the Cadman era), toilets, showers, kids on quads, the NLBA, music, mud, dust, cost of exhibiting etc, all have appeared regularly as comments. But every year we come back. however I have to say it is noticeable that in the last two years the quality of the show has gone down, less trade stands, less exhibitors, even the entertainment (no jive aces, the wartime fashion shows etc).
  7. Not sure the MVT would ever take it on, it could go back to being an IMPS show, but I suspect they stopped running it due to the huge administration required ( I am sure someone will enlighten us as to why their involvement ended ?) most of the big MVT shows I used to attend seemed to end due to this, (the Essex And Hampshire mvt shows which are both now run privately I believe). I was a MOP at W+P long before I owned a mv and as a collector it was the highlight of my year, for as long as I’ve been going both this forum and the re-enactment forums have all had something to say on how the show is run and from memory year on year it’s been much the same gripes (even during the Cadman era), toilets, showers, kids on quads, the NLBA, music, mud, dust, cost of exhibiting etc, all have appeared regularly as comments. But every year we come back. however I have to say it is noticeable that in the last two years the quality of the show has gone down, less trade stands, less exhibitors, even the entertainment (no jive aces, the wartime fashion shows etc).
  8. Pleased to report there s been a steady influx all day of both exhibitors and traders, although traders are still down and many have still not set up properly yet. Traders field is still very empty though at the bottom end (beyond the model tent). have to say all staff I encountered today all very amicable again, and the booking process this year has been improved with a hold area and vehicles being called forward to the ‘lanes’ in the booking area. It is hot though, when the ice cream van finally turned up he had a constant queue!
  9. Hard to tell if numbers have dropped, in Rex’s day you go a nice programme listing exhibitors, this has been dropped since the takeover, so there’s no comparison. I would say visually they have, the last show at the race course it was noticeable, and given the large area now taken over by MOP camping in America’s field the exhibit area feels smaller.
  10. Can’t say I saw a big increase in toilets, America’s field seemed to have some at the top which were not there last year, but again they werent the trailer units of previous years but the Porto loo type. Not sure if they were the ‘controversial’open trap type though !
  11. Booked in this afternoon, no queue and staff were polite. requested my sons wristband be applied loosely so he can take it off (he has swimming lessons this week) and ‘man in the van’ was fine about it. Fields seem very quiet this year, a lot of areas marked out though with nothing in them ! lots of space in the green camping field, very little in America’s field, this may be because the MOP camping now takes up nearly 30% of the field and is much bigger than last year! I think if I was visiting I’d think I was at the camping and caravan show in America’s , not a great mv to tent ratio. Sales stalls also appear down, unless they are all turning up in the next 24 hours ? Just realised I was never given a programme when I booked in , is there one ? Still some nice looking mv’s around and having seen a few items on the stalls to add to the stash and the weathers shining it’ll still be a good show. I just hope it’s fortunes change and it remains in the calendar.
  12. Seen it all now, you can now pay a small premium and upgrade to vip toilets .....
  13. Americas field was specifically for plastic camping and was noted as such in the literature. Whilst green camping obviously looks more in keeping with the event, practicality also has to be considered, this was my first w+p that my family decided to attend with me as such green camping was not an option, as my wife refuses to sleep in a cold old army tent! Bringing the family also required us to bring a support vehicle, can't fit 4 in a lightweight landrover and plus my wife had to work on two of the days (although in the end we ended up leaving her car outside due to the conditions, despite paying £30 for the privelage). given a better layout, civilian tenting and cars could be disguised better and be located behind the vehicles being displayed, but when we arrived Saturday am there was no option to do this. Was also disappointed to see that some reenactors and many MV's left during the show on Saturday and that many traders were packing up at 3 pm just as I was doing my last sweep of bargain hunting. Have to say with the exception of the weather and toilets had a great time, shame the number of traders was noticeably down, but at least this year I came home with a relatively intact wallet ! Improvements Toilets (obviously), exit and egress-to the site with separate entrances for public/exhibitors, bringing back the fashion shows etc for the ladies
  14. I'm all for the authentic approach, unfortunately my wife and two kids aren't ! given in the past we have paid a small premium for these facilities it seems disappointing (in my opinion) that this year they are below par, especially given how good they were at Folkestone.
  15. Don't know which field you are in fv1609, but we have no showers in americas field, although the public camping has a nice block (which apparently we can't use) we have to walk to the main block or the pods nearby. We also only have about a dozen portaloos, which is only adequate due to the low footfall through our field, I certainly preferred the block units we had at Folkestone. I am fortunate as I live 2 mins away so go home for a shower! Have to add staff are very good, had a few issues prior to the show downloading tickets and they e-mailed them over to me with a few hours of me contacting them and when I enquirer about bringing a support vehicle 2 days before the show, the e- mail I sent at 8.00pm was responded to positively ,within 20mins. There was good marshalling at the start with the two girls at americas stopping unnecessary traffic from entering the field due to conditions and pointing out which lanes still had available space.
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