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M5Clive

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About M5Clive

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  • Birthday 01/17/1975

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    Suffolk - Home of The Mighty Eighth
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    Playing the piano, a' la Les Dawson!
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    http://www.redballexpress.co.uk

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  1. I didn't know you'd been absent without leave old boy. I'll never forget your face in the back of that Dodge leading the Bolero convoy in 2007 when we left Parham Airfield - Didn't know where to point your telephoto lens next !
  2. You can tell the Mods are all on holiday
  3. I got down late Monday evening and bailed-out Thursday night after a great few days, but I think I peaked too early! I found the intense heat combine with the horrendous dust in Kitcheners (rutted & stubble) field just too much. A simple walk from the shower block back to base camp found you needing another shower by the time you got back there! But I must say, I found the showers at the entrance to Kitcheners Field first class, hot and excellent water pressure every time I used them. I went to use the loo's at Kitcheners Field mid-morning on Thursday and all the toilets in the cub
  4. Just given my works van its annual 'hoover out' in preparation for its conversion to a camper van! See you good folks down there - I'll be the one with a short sleeve shirt that resembles a deck-chair! Thanks for all the pictures to date of the show build-up and vehicles amassing - Much enjoyed.
  5. Can you believe all this happened exactly five years ago? How time flies and to think that the Liberty Belle is little more than a pile of useless wreckage now. But, Don Brooks has vowed to rebuild her one day. Great memories and great reflections on a simply wonderful day and such a privilage to be a part of.
  6. Yes indeed, blue sky - Almost unheard of these days in England Nice picccy!
  7. I took my CCKW 353 Shop Van up to the event (all of 4 miles each way), with my 4 year old daughter crewing for me on the junctions in her car seat, ratchet-strapped into the open cab, with the roof off and the screen down - Absolute bliss. The bright summer sun (at last), leafy East Anglian back roads, the wind in your hair, gas in the tank and a little girl with the prettiest smile in the whole wide world and a valid tax disc - Life really doesn't get much better does it - And I mean that with absolute sincerity.
  8. This just made me laugh out loud............ Not forgetting of course Mark Heliop's Ward La France doing much the same on the A12 en-route to Suffolk.
  9. Fantastic work! Don't you just hate people with workshop facilities so amazing and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't see any crap lying around on the floor or workbenches - What a set-up! Keep up the great work.
  10. Well done Steve for remembering the date - I hadn't ! So many highlights looking back at those photo's one doesn't know where to start? Was it the Boeing Stearman buzzing the Hellcat racing up and down the peri-track at Parham, the sight of almost 80 WWII vehicles in line-astern convoy weaving their way through the Suffolk countryside, the Maurice Hammond buzz-job down the grass strip at Hardwick with brother in the back seat trying to keep hold of his lunch or the Friday night formation HMVF Drinking team in the tent, laughing and giggling to the early hours? Well it was none of them
  11. Pretty sure it was Dave Poitja (or something like that) - I am thinking back 20 years now!
  12. I see from the number plate that the Dukw that sank recently in Albert Dock is in fact one of Rex Ward's old preserved MV's from the show circuit. I can remember him finishing this restoration as the number plate is RSY, which he joking commented to me stood for 'Rex and Shelia's Yatch!" Jeremey Vine did a good feature on this story earlier in the week on BBC Radio 2 and gave the whole Dukw Tours a real slating. My old one (that in a former life was rolled on the M6 when hit from behind by an artic lorry) is still doing sterling work for Viking Splash Tours in Dublin Harbour. I do ho
  13. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to post your images of Normandy 1994. You never see Dennis Robert's Diamond T (M20) combination loaded with his Sherman Grizzly anymore out and about; back then he used to drive it the length and bredth of the country and often abroad too. Good to reflect on past events.
  14. Somewhere in the mass photo collection that Brian Valente printed for you of Max Demuth's black and white photographs was a picture of a Dodge Weapons Carrier (from memory) loaded with 437th TCG guys. This photograph showed the bumper stencils and although will give you an insight in to what a 437th vehicle should wear, I guess won't help much on the Grantham HQ's front. Check through your photos though and see if you cant find the one I'm referring to.
  15. We did the Series of Red Ball Express convoy events in Wiltshire which ran from 1990 to 1995, I think the most CCKW's we managed to get together was 18, although the convoy's also had many Dodge's, DT's, Wards, etc etc and we totaled around 45 on the best Red Ball run. When Ed Abbott and I did Operation Bolero in 2007 here in Suffolk we had around 80 vehicles in the convoy and I think we had over 20 CCKW's. I'm intrigued now - i'll have to go and look up the participants list and work it out exactly when i get a moment!
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