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  1. Yes, eBay has been being viewed copiously in between ‘working from home’, however its far too sterile, its the smell and diving in piles of kit to find the elusive treasure that I miss.....Plus the opportunity to either suffer from heat stroke or drown in the mud at the Hop Farm !! Plus the prices on eBay! Mind you when I can can justify stopping working, it may be a good opportunity to sort out the boxes of kits I don’t need and post it up on ebay. I have seen suggestions in some face book groups about having online shows with people posting pictures and info about their vehicles to
  2. Yes was receiving positive face book messages from them up until about a week ago, but suspect it’s cancelled. Secretly I am pleased as this year I have had to book the family holiday at the start of the summer holidays (if that even goes ahead), so would have missed it, first for 15+ years...... With all the shows cancelled, not sure were I’m going to get my ‘fix’ this year, mind you my wallet will be fuller with no militaria purchasing opportunities !!
  3. I am sure W&P would never have become the largest mv show in the world if it had excluded the humble landrover (or Jeep and gmc which are always plentiful). It was always about scale for me, prior to mv ownership I could not believe how many people could afford to own, store and maintain MV’s and be willing to travel the distance (especiallyfrom Europe) to attend a show in Kent. As a collector only back then, trailing around the mundane to find the hidden nuggets was what drew to the far flung corners of the show ground, most mops give up just beyond the reenactors. Admittedly the q
  4. But did you spot your old lightweight ?
  5. 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.
  6. 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 se
  7. 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 vi
  8. 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 explai
  9. 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 th
  10. 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 th
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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 !
  14. 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 r
  15. Seen it all now, you can now pay a small premium and upgrade to vip toilets .....
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