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Hi Nick, I got to play with these in the late 70's - early 80's. Sadly, didn't do any recovery work with them ( I drove Explorers and Martians for recovery work), we were acting as a ferry service, moving them from the RA ranges in the Hebrides to 26 Command Workshops in Stirling. You can see from the pics, that as a civvy MOD driver, we were not held to the same dress code as the military!

 

Regards - David

 

Apologies for the late reply David, great to see the militants back then 👍🏻

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From the BBC News webpages.

This item about an Amphibious Car event on the Thames.

Focused mainly on the Amphicars but a few obvious ex Military vehicles in the background and a DUKW pottering around.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-oxfordshire-40832890/amphibious-car-gathering-on-the-river-thames

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Seen over the last weekend at the Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza, 3 Scammell Commanders!!! One carrying a Chieftain ARV, another carrying a Mk3 Antar and the third was a Ballast Tractor

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Yesterday early pm southbound M5 north of Worcester, a Crusader pulling a plant semi- trailer loaded with a faded green Explorer and a demountable office/radio body strapped over the rear bogie of the trailer.

 

The driver seemed to have that satisfied grin only possessed of someone who has just been 'adopted' by a Scammell!

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Sounds like Nick Steggel on his way down to GDSF.

 

Regards

Ed

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GMC and Scammell Pioneer on the back of a lowloader heading south this morning on the M5 around junction 21. Looked very nice.

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A55 east bound 9.15 am, jeep windscreen down all dun up in British para gear

and the driver and passenger, very smart.

I know most of the jeep's in this part of North Wales but not seen this one before.

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Friday afternoon, B17 low and directly overhead near Dorking, no camera sadly so just a memory now.

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On my way to work this morning, spotted 3 jeeps near Ashford Kent. Nothing really unusual except that one was 'Nuffield jeep'. Suspect they were on route for France.

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In the lines at Beaulieu autojumble one of the traders operating from a Bedford QL in desert colours . Also on the M25 passed a medium sized four wheeled armoured personnel vehicle on a white artic but was unable to identify as it was mostly wrapped in white plastic .

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Spotted this nice load on the M25 on Monday afternoon - I presume it was heading back from Mons.

 

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Meanwhile about 7am last Thursday spotted two halftracks on the back of a low loader heading south - think they must have been on the way to Belgium.

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Actually yesterday - mobile crane 37 KM 37 travelling west on the M27 near Hamble, and Lancaster travelling north at low altitude just east of Cadnam, presumably on the way back from Jersey.

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Lightweight with Larkspur ATU driving through Diss and stopping at the Shell garage for fuel yesterday

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These were spotted at auction today in Eversley.  Two of the 20' flat racks in the first pic were marked 'SA3/Y' and 'SA4/Y'. The only ID I could find on the tank was 'Gloster-Faro'. The thought of having to use the pump on top of the tank was depressing.

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A bit late owing to the HMVF refurbishment, but a couple of weeks back there were two Chieftain ARRVs and an MBT on the A31 by the five-legged stag on the Drax estate.  They looked a bit weather beaten, but what interested me was that they were on HETs rather than the now usual Metcalfe Farms transport.

Andy

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