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  • Birthday 02/02/1964

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  1. garys39

    Ride a Parabike to France!?

    Hello James, in 2014 I took my BSA bike to Normandy for 3x days, I parked my car in Portsmouth and then boarded the ferry, loaded down with tent, sleeping bag (both strapped to my bike) and a large ruck sack. I made the short journey to the campsite LES CAPUCINES at Ranville, riding along the canal to Pegasus bridge, this was at 6am, 6 June, 70 years on ! (that was an incredible experience). The only thing I decided to change on the bike were the pedals, as riding any distance with the push through type pedals, can become very hard work. I also added a vintage rack, purely to add the carrying ability of the bike and not wishing to have an Everest carry on the front, which I did consider. During my 3x days I covered approx. 60x miles, the furthest ride being out to Saint Aubin sur Mer, to visit the NOBS campsite, where friends were staying, and getting a very welcome cup of tea there. This area is mostly flat, so riding is not to difficult, the only thing is the saddle and this proved hard on my arse ! I think this is the one factor to consider and maybe finding someway when cycling to provide yourself with some sponge/padding, to ease the soreness, is a MUST ! The experience was fabulous, where ever you stop people chat and want to know about the bike, and of course being there for the anniversary of this piece WW2 history is everything. Riding the 100 miles to the port, will be tough on a bike which has no gears and there are a few hills to get over from your start point to port, and to carry any kit with you would be very difficult, so you might need to arrange other transport for your needs when staying in Normandy, maybe a friendly HMVF'er on here might be able to take a tent etc over for you ? The photo was taken over looking the 5th Parachute Brigade landing zone, when on my way to the Merville Battery. Best Regards Gary
  2. I picked up this compressor at the weekend, has the appearance of US Army issue, it has a fixing for quick mounting/detaching, also has a driven shaft drive. Made by Saylor Beall, Detroit, model 501-E, has anybody seen anything like this before, I can find no info on the web. Thanks Gary
  3. Attached photos, taken today at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. PS If anyone is thinking of going this weekend prepay and print your tickets off before you go, this morning I had to queue for an hour and half to get in !
  4. Just seen this footage on facebook of a convoy of WW1 vehicles, making their way to the Great Dorset Steam Fair yesterday. Regards Gary
  5. Picked this up recently at a carboot sale, Trial 82 Experimental Sleeping Bag, didn't realise it is what it is until I got it out of it's carrier just now.
  6. Today I displayed at the Bicester Heritage "Flywheel Show", I took along some of my collection and my G3l and displayed as a field workshop WW2, in Europe, I had the pleasure of a Morris C8 parked along side my display, from vehicle collector Tobin Jones and this added greatly to the overall setup. The show has a varied mix of classic cars, motorcycles, aircraft and a military vehicle/reenactors section, all this and with perfect weather to boot.
  7. garys39

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Thanks for taking the time to record this restoration Ron, it's a great example of just how to go about it. Regards Gary.
  8. garys39

    British Army Willys Jeep circa June 1944

    Get yourself a copy of this book, full of photos of the Jeep in British service through WW2. Regards Gary
  9. garys39

    Any WW2 Typhoons Under Restoration?

    Here's a couple of photos of a Typhoon engine I was offered in 2012, found in the Pierrepont area in Normandy (near to Falaise), it was make an offer in excess of 1000 euros, which was more than I would want to spend.
  10. Spent yesterday at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, here are just a few photos of some of the WW1 vehicles, and especially the bells, which are ready to be transported to Ypres next week, for the St Georges Memorial Church (see link below). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-40751031
  11. garys39

    War and Peace 2017

    I agree with Tuggers shower comments, all good, but would like to point out one of our happy campers has a shower secret. While I was waiting for my daughter to come out of the showers, a chap walked up to a locked shower pod, looked left then right and then unlocked it and let himself in, from where I was stood (by the security van), I could see that it was empty to start with and that this was a way of never having to queue/wait !
  12. I think the Wire Cutters No2 that you show, were made from 1944 onwards, not sure but maybe some one out there will know ?
  13. garys39

    Airplane compass?

    I think it's from a Waco Glider. http://www.questmasters.us/CG-15A.html Regards Gary
  14. Anyone with one on a trailer, might want to make sure it's well bolted on also !
  15. garys39

    American Trip

    Hi PT, just go to any gun shop which has a range and they will have guns you can hire and shot, did it a couple of years ago while in Florida. Regards Gary
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