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Hi all,

i could say great, i could say awesome, i could say fantastic there again i could say bloody great, bloody awesome, bloody fantastic........but none of these are enough are able to describe the day and i only popped along to hello to all in the field but was offered a ride in the dodge (piccys to follow)

well done all for organising this and to all who took part, the non stop grins on faces all day and on arrival back at camp said it all:D:D:D:D:D:D:D.

 

Many will remember the day HMVF rolled down the country lanes and into town,espechially the odd one or two who refused to heed warnings only to be met by the armour bearing down in front of them.

 

The D.R.s were very impressive inthier own right and carried out a fantastic job.

 

 

So when is the next one ? and can i come along please

 

Ashley

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OMG OMG OMG OMG I have just got back in, I am still smiling like a cheshire cat! It went absolutly perfect, everything went right. Jack blew his whistle for England, Kev worked damn hard geting the convoy from A to B. The DRs were fanbloomintastic and worked their little socks off.

 

 

Right gotta put cubelets to bed but will come back and post more soon

 

Rosie, over and out

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Thankyou Jack for all the hard work you and your team put into this event. I go to very few shows thesdays, but a chance to do the road run was something that was a rare opertunity to take part in.What a success it was, all the public dotted about in the remotest of places taking photos, waving and enjoying themselves.The wonderful sounds of 60+ year old engines barking up the hills without a breakdown as far as I know, a tribute to the owners and drivers. Last but not least, because the road run would not have been so freeflowing at all the road junctions and roundabouts, are the Dispatch riders. A smooth textbook operation of how to escort50 vehicles through the lanes and major roads of West Dorset. I was driving my jeep and to hear the bikes coming up from the rear was music to my ears. Thank you one and all for a truly majic weekend. John.

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We're just home safely from Maiden Newton after a superb weekend. A thousand thanks to Jack and the team for organising the event. Looking forward to seeing photos and video of Saturday evening's 'adventure'...

 

Mrs Knees is still grinning after enjoying her second honeymoon. (2 weeks married and I've already dragged her off to a military show! :D)

 

- MG

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It was indeed an excellent weekend and full credit to Jack and all concerned for such a wonderful atmosphere, not only at camp A&E but at all locations we drove to.

 

Special thanks have to go to Mike and Mark who's professionalism and eagerness to help got me back to camp when the fuel pump packed up on the Sherman. It was six miles of steep hills, being from Suffolk they all looked very steep to me, and at times it required both Wards to do the job. We appeared back at camp to cheers and applause and they certainly earned it.:thumbsup:

 

We fixed the pump within an hour and she was back in action. Ironic that the part to cause trouble in a 68 year old tank was the 3 year old electric pump fitted to combat vapour lock problems of new petrol. It's safe to say they really don't make them like they used to!

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Thank you very much Jack and everybody else for an unforgettable weekend, I'm sure we'll all be talking about it for years!

 

Had a nice relaxing trip home on the train, but when I went to get off it all the aches and pains kicked in! Standing on the back of a truck all day and lifting recovery kit on and off the back of it several times have taken their toll- must be getting old! Also had to leg it down the road this morning when Mikes jacket flew out of his truck, I managed to rescue it after it had been run over twice...

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It was a site to see indeed, 2 Wards bringing in the Sherman. It was only by chance I phoned Jack to see where he had got to and he said he was just coming down the road behind the Wards and Sherman, so I screamed for everyone to grab their cameras and hopefully there are some shots of it.

 

The other best things from this weekend:-

Waking up in the morning to hear a sherman drive past the tent

Sitting in the back of the Jimmy and as far as I could see forwards and backwards was MVs

Meeting some really nice folks and putting the world to rights with them over breakfast!

Knowing Chef Ives had a constant supply of tea in the morning

Knowing Chef Ives was taking care of the cooking (that man needs a knighthood!)

Feeling happy to walk through the campsite at silly o'clock in the morning in my pink pyjamas and no-one laughing at me (that I heard anyway!)

Knowing my face ached because I had been smiling too much beacause I was having so much fun- something a lot of people will be suffering with this weekend!

Washing up Jacks plate from the roast dinner.

Knowing what the cubed one is getting me for Christmas this year!

 

Thank you Jack, you did it darling, you did it!

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Here is a selection of my piccys, not the worlds greatest photographer but i hope you all enjoy more to follow later.

Enigma good to see you again here is a picture taken by a friend of mine who lived in the village we stopped at.

 

Ashley

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What a great event, even though I am just speaking as a spectator; and not only because everyone had a good time and there were no major disasters. Watching the convoy on the move, particularly approaching the A35 and coming out of Martinstown, you got a real feel for what the roads of Dorset must have been like on the run up to D-Day.

 

The photos are just a taste, we've got more but I'm sure there are loads of others to come; I think we've got stills of quite a few of the vehicles, if anyone wants a hi-res version.

 

I've lashed a video together. It's a bit rough (hadn't used the camera for ages, and haven't had much time to edit it), and the quality's a bit variable (still getting used to YouTube), but hopefully it'll give a flavour of things. It's up in three parts on YouTube:

 

Part 1, Wynford Eagle Hill:

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2, approaching the A35 from Compton Valence:

 

 

 

 

 

Part 3, Martinstown and leaving Martinstown for Dorchester:

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers to all who organised, helped and took part.

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Firstly, Jack/Kev/Mark Hart/Dave H - What a weekend, thank you for all your blood, sweat and tears!

 

Some highlights from me;

 

Screaming down the outside of a row of armour on my Triumph to get to the next road junction needing blocking :D

Cider related hangovers not being too bad

Screaming down the outside of a row of armour on my Triumph to get to the next road junction needing blocking :D

Being stood on a bend of an otherwise empty road as 3 Shermans, 1 Hellcat and 1 Stuart flew past

Screaming down the outside of a row of armour on my Triumph to get to the next road junction needing blocking :D

Knowing someone else was cooking breakfast, and not me

 

Oh, and did I mention I had a fair bit of fun on my Triumph? :D:D:D

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What a great event, even though I am just speaking as a spectator; and not only because everyone had a good time and there were no major disasters. Watching the convoy on the move, particularly approaching the A35 and coming out of Martinstown, you got a real feel for what the roads of Dorset must have been like on the run up to D-Day.

 

The photos are just a taste, we've got more but I'm sure there are loads of others to come; I think we've got stills of quite a few of the vehicles, if anyone wants a hi-res version.

 

I've lashed a video together. It's a bit rough (hadn't used the camera for ages, and haven't had much time to edit it), and the quality's a bit variable (still getting used to YouTube), but hopefully it'll give a flavour of things. It's up in three parts on YouTube:

 

Part 1, Wynford Eagle Hill:

 

Part 2, approaching the A35 from Compton Valence:

 

Part 3, Martinstown and leaving Martinstown for Dorchester:

 

Cheers to all who organised, helped and took part.

Thanks Sean, the videos just made my mind up, yes we do need to do it all again!!!!!

 

Firstly, Jack/Kev/Mark Hart/Dave H - What a weekend, thank you for all your blood, sweat and tears!

 

Some highlights from me;

 

Screaming down the outside of a row of armour on my Triumph to get to the next road junction needing blocking :D

Cider related hangovers not being too bad

Screaming down the outside of a row of armour on my Triumph to get to the next road junction needing blocking :D

Being stood on a bend of an otherwise empty road as 3 Shermans, 1 Hellcat and 1 Stuart flew past

Screaming down the outside of a row of armour on my Triumph to get to the next road junction needing blocking :D

Knowing someone else was cooking breakfast, and not me

 

Oh, and did I mention I had a fair bit of fun on my Triumph? :D:D:D

You were funny when you got back, like a kid on coca cola!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad you had fun, you guys were brilliant!
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Hopefully there aren`t to many doubles here :) my only missed shot was whilst trundling along at approx 40-45 MPH was being overtaken by the Hellcat, my battries had died,Colins card was full and Kevin couldn`t get his camera quick enough :-(

 

Thanks to Colin and Kev for the lift and thanks again to all who helped organise and attended this event and to Jack who made many of the so called officiendos of this hobby stop shaking thier heads in :nono::nono: fashion and stand open mouthed at what they missed.

 

Ashley

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Arrived home 21.50 tired but satisfied, awesome weekend. Hope to see lots more pics, nice to put faces to names.

 

All hail the organising crew, superb job well up the list of fun things to do.

 

Sainthood for Mr Ives & Co in order I think.

 

Time for bed now but this will go on for a while yet methinks :D

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Special thanks have to go to Mike and Mark who's professionalism and eagerness to help got me back to camp when the fuel pump packed up on the Sherman. It was six miles of steep hills, being from Suffolk they all looked very steep to me, and at times it required both Wards to do the job. We appeared back at camp to cheers and applause and they certainly earned it.:thumbsup:

 

Sorry this vdeo's a bit shakey but you'll get the idea..

 

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I think we came closer to perfection with a military event than I could have imagined. I am still grinning and as the train rattled into London at 0745 this morning I was still in a daze. I got home yesterday evening and was a bit like the walking dead. I am reminded so much of that old Leslie Thomas classic The Dearest and the Best. Jack, you pulled it off, mate. I know there were doubters and I know what it has cost you in every sense. But you did it. Your work is done. I've got to be honest and say something inside me hopes this was a 'one off' and although this might upset those who missed it, I'm sure you'll agree that sometimes truly unique events need to be kept that way. I've never done Tanks in Town, but I hear tell that some people who know this event say A & E surpassed it. Just the notion is enough to illustrate the power of what we experienced. The rush from rumbling an armoured column into an English county town to the jaw dropping bewilderment of the population will stay with me forever.

 

So to all our friends on HMVF, old and new, to every one else - but most of all to Jack, Kevin, the incomparable David Ives, Jeremy, Adrian and John piloting our escort/camera jeep, the DRs, Bodge, Roxie and the WLF superkings, I say thank you for the joy of it all.

 

We liberated Dorchester...and no one can take that from us...ever.

 

MB

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Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation - it was spot on.

 

Good to meet you all and thanks to Dave for his great efforts with the food, we popped back to the camp site while the vehicles were parked up in Dorchester. The place would have been deserted were it not for the felorn figure of Mr Ives beavering away!

 

We were doing some emergancy baby supply shopping in Dorchester when everyone arrived, we couldn't see anything but the sound of big engines and rattling tracks were reverberating around the buildings in the streets. It was 30 seconds before the lead Sherman came into view about 20 metres to our left, as a spectator is was really very very good. A compleatly different event as part of the convoy I'd imagine.

 

We missed the convoy driving back to the camp but in the stillness of the countryside we could just make out the Hellcats Radial screaming away as you all got closer! Now I can better appreciate the wartime daily logs which basically say 'not much happened today... tanks heard, no enemy sited' :-)

 

My only issue with the weekend is that I forgot about the pub stop on the ride to Dorchester, wasn't until I phoned RCubed to find out where everyone had gone that I remembered, bugger, would have been great for some photos.

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