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  1. They may also have been referring to Wartime in the Vale and the Yorkshire Wartime Experience -June and July dates respectively. There's the Capel show too
  2. I'm glad you approve of the six Windscreen per year seeing that it was me that got it changed from four plus the Green Sheets. As times changed, the Green Sheets were attracting fewer and fewer classifieds so were essentially redundant and the cost of printing and mailing them as well as Windscreen meant that it was more cost effective to move to six Windscreens.
  3. As above about generalisations... Surely Mr Fletcher isn't surly? I found him quite pleasant
  4. I think you have to be careful about such blanket generalisations like this - names that spring to mind include Karl Ludwigsen, Tim Gosling, John Teasdale, Duncan Glen, Jim Kinnear and others who also write well researched stuff (I know that these names aren't in the issue you are discussing) but I don't think you should do them a disservice. I was a fan of the Folkestone site but as I said further up this thread - W&P's glory days aren't coming back... JC
  5. Having commented on this thread previously, I am not getting involved in discussion about CMV magazine other than to say that it has been nothing to do with me since the March 2019 issue.
  6. I am glad to see that the AEC Matador is held in such high regard. This is one of my favourite pictures of one in WWII - blokes who probably didn't want to be soldiers sweating and swearing on some North African road, moving the gun in the dirt and the dust because they had to, uniform almost a memory, no doubt looking forward to a cup of tea or a letter from home more than shelling Jerry... One of my uncles was a bloke like these (but with a Morris Quad and 25pdr in Tunisia and Italy).
  7. You could do a French set up like this with a Mahindra (judging from the windscreen this is either a 3A or a 3B). I know nothing about the pic but found it on the net one night. I agree with you that Mahindra Jeeps and Lightweight Land Rovers offer a similar fun driving experience
  8. Over the years, I've had a '43 MB, a '53 Scammell Explorer, a couple of '42 Harley WLCs, four Lightweight Land Rovers and this M201 but the CJ-3B/CJ340 is my favourite because I have had so much fun in it. I'll see what happens when the M38A1/M606A2, MB bitsa, CJ-2A and '32 Ford projects in my shed are finished but I doubt they'll change my mind about which is my favourite... There's no accounting for taste eh? I guess I'm just fascinated by the complex story of the CJ-3B and its M606, Mahindra, Viasa, Hotchkiss, Ebro, Viasa, and Mitsubishi versions. Or I could just say that's my business...
  9. Thanks - here it is at Asnelles this year
  10. I have been watching this thread on and off as it lengthens (even though I didn't go to W&P this year). Here are a few of my thoughts about some things that have been talked about for years and some just this year; 1. I am of the opinion that shows - especially big ones like this - have three distinct periods in their time line, a period of growth from their beginnings when it's new and exciting and so more people go along year on year. The second period is of some stability when a show has found a level and is still good so is on something of a plateau and the final period is one of decline as it slides off the plateau. This decline can vary and is affected by all sorts of things and factors; weather, moves of venue, change of organisation, changing fashions, rival events etc etc. (I saw exactly the same thing happen to something nearby years ago - the Kent Custom Bike Show. It started at a cafe on the A20 boomed, moved venues and boomed but eventually declined and ended). Then, in this final period, grumpy old blokes sit around saying, 'it's not as good as it was...' Basically, W&P's glory days are over and they ain't coming back. 2. Some people on this thread want a big show full of rarities and expect everyone to be as reverential as them. It isn't going to happen - the only way big shows can break even is if big numbers pay to come through the gate. People don't all want the same thing from a show - one group might want it all to be WWII American vehicles, others need to sell stuff, some want to dress up and strut about... 3. Add in the cost of many vehicles, a factor that limits the hobby for many, so - to get big numbers - it's inevitable that there will be impostors and 'odd' replicas. Those people pay their fees that help put the event on so being snobbish about them serves no purpose apart from giving grumpy blokes something to whinge about... 4. Too many Land Rovers? Maybe but they are pretty much - in Britain anyway these days - the only affordable/entry level/call it what you like military vehicle. If anything surprises me about Land Rovers, it's the fact that there aren't more Malaya/Aden/Kenya/Ulster dioramas 5. No fairgrounds? It's about getting numbers and families through the gate - mind you Carter's Fair with its AEC Matadors always appealed to me and I'll watch a Wall of Death wherever there is one. If you want a show full of a specific type of armour or vehicles then organise a small, specialist event that isn't reliant on day visitors - Overloon works for example - the more specialist something gets, the fewer it appeals to. 6. Lack of traders? The traders aren't charities so won't come if they don't make a profit. It costs them a lot to make that profit too - staff, transport, subsistence, security, (ferries in some cases) plus plus... By this line of thinking - there will be lots of Jeep traders because there's lots of Jeeps and owners. eBay has also changed the face of selling for traders too. Anyway that's a few of my thoughts but the reason I didn't to to W&P in 2019 (and am unlikely to go ever again) is that I can't be bothered to drive to Kent from Yorkshire to use horrible bogs and stand in a beer tent surrounded by Nazis... especially after I got a sh**** email from one of the organisers after mentioning the poor toilets in a magazine article. Finally, here's a picture of one of my quasi-military Jeeps on its big alloy wheels - it's been to Normandy, W&P, Elvington, Bovington and more over the years (but don't make the mistake of thinking that I have got it because I can't afford a 'real' one as I have owned it for 30 years). Toodle pip, JC
  11. Sad to say there's tons like this on eBay etc...
  12. I have a heritage certificate here for a Series III - information includes the chassis number and exact model and the fact that it was built on 6 Sept 1983 and despatched on 12 Sept 1983 to a dealer in Newcastle on Tyne... JC
  13. My understanding of things is that 'Wolf' wheels are on the variant of the Defender known as a Wolf TUM/TUL - they have Mini Cooper-esque circular holes around the wheel. They have a greater offset than some of the earlier types of Land Rover wheels so - for example - fill out the wheel arches on a Series III more than standard SWB rims or even some types of LWB rim. This means they - and pattern copies - have become popular as an aftermarket fitment for Land Rovers. Another reason for their popularity is that they are tubeless (certainly the ones I have seen and those I have on my Series III) which means that they offer convenience when it comes to tyre choice/fitting and punctures. Many tyres will fit them - 235/85R16 in particular.
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