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I know its all been said already but Simon & Tim (airborne Jeep) choosey Suzy, would like to thank all who made the weekend so great for us.

A truly awsome weekend and a great team effort. Thank you to this dispatch riders for keeping us safe, sorry i can only remember Kit by name. I know how much time Jack and team has put into this project-but, with a gathering of so much expertise and like minded people the HMVF team have proved how to put on an event.

 

Thanks again to all we met, thanks to the HMVF team for an event which will be held as a bench mark for all other military vehicle events.

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Will write some more once my head has stop being spinning....

 

But this is this is the first tank into Dorchester since WWII - this was truly historic....

 

Not many people would of been aware but I had tears running down my face - I was punching the air say WE HAD DONE IT!!!!!

 

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Hi Guys

 

 

What an event was absolutely amazing, well done to jack and all the team for putting on a once in a life time event. hello to everyone i met and hope everyone got home ok. Thanks to Keith, steve and john for there hospitality Dave for cooking and Mike and Chris for the ride of my life. Dispatch riders you were great, Everyone was great still cant get over how amazing is was

 

Did anyone get any footage of the Hellcat overtaking everyone on the dual carriageway that was awesome i was just hanging on

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Did anyone get any footage of the Hellcat overtaking everyone on the dual carriageway that was awesome i was just hanging on

 

- I do Tone!

 

........but comes at a price:cool2: Very rare footage!

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I know its all been said already but Simon & Tim (airborne Jeep) choosey Suzy, would like to thank all who made the weekend so great for us.

A truly awsome weekend and a great team effort. Thank you to this dispatch riders for keeping us safe, sorry i can only remember Kit by name. I know how much time Jack and team has put into this project-but, with a gathering of so much expertise and like minded people the HMVF team have proved how to put on an event.

 

Thanks again to all we met, thanks to the HMVF team for an event which will be held as a bench mark for all other military vehicle events.

 

Hi mate,

 

Via Sky I watched the local BBC news called Spotlight and it shows you driving past the camera. I only managed a fraction of a second in shot.....buggar!!

 

Paul

 

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That all looks absolutely outstanding. Wish I'd been there. Congratulations to all concerned. Can we do one up north next?

 

Yes please,.. way up north, but to include all ex. mil vehicles.

Or the rest of us will be in the "were not there" crowd.:-D

 

Cant wait to see more, cant beleive it actually happened.

 

You lucky lot!!

Well done Jack +Co.

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What a weekend, thanks to Jack, Kev and dave and everyone else for a "FANTASTIC" weekend. Still grinning and spent the day telling the family all about it.

 

Looking forward to A&E 2012 Jack :cool2:

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An unforgettable weekend. So many things that haven't been seen before, or maybe again?

Thanks to all that put the time and effort onto this.

The Sunday roast followed by the duelling ringpieces was particularly memorable.:-D I'm not sure who won!

Still got to go through my pics and vids.

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Hi Guys

 

 

What an event was absolutely amazing, well done to jack and all the team for putting on a once in a life time event. hello to everyone i met and hope everyone got home ok. Thanks to Keith, steve and john for there hospitality Dave for cooking and Mike and Chris for the ride of my life. Dispatch riders you were great, Everyone was great still cant get over how amazing is was

 

Did anyone get any footage of the Hellcat overtaking everyone on the dual carriageway that was awesome i was just hanging on

Now you know you were lucky as the dingo was only in second gear and I didn't hear The Hellcat coming!Otherwise .................

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Just home from 4 days of sunburn, radial and multibank induced deafness, carbon monoxide poisoning, too much vodka, too much coke, watching the sick looks of begrudging admiration for JBs efforts from the naysayers, laughing so hard i thought i might poop, being chased all round Dorset by Jim (smile-meeting-round-the back-of-his-head) Clark... nearly caught us a couple of times too, the bu&&er! Successfully liberating Dorchester, watching the WLF's doing what they were made to do, literally hundereds of photo taken... then just for a complete sensory overload me, Jerry.Ice and Enigma had a day at Bovvy...

 

 

 

Jack

Tanks for the memories...

 

 

 

no y'can't have your belt back :kiss:

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You were funny when you got back, like a kid on coca cola!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad you had fun, you guys were brilliant!

 

 

Hi Rosie,

I'm fairly sure it's actually illegal to that much fun in one day.

A day I will never forget as long as I live

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Will write some more once my head has stop being spinning....

 

But this is this is the first tank into Dorchester since WWII - this was truly historic....

 

Not many people would of been aware but I had tears running down my face - I was punching the air say WE HAD DONE IT!!!!!

 

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Well done Mr Beckett, you and Kev achieved something amazing with this event. This photo could sum up the whole event, Sherman trundling into town, you punching the air. You did it.

 

Sincere thanks from us all

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Well - I can’t really say much more than what has been said already.

 

If you were at A&E - you KNOW how good the event was and what it meant to be part of it.

 

If you weren’t fortunate enough to be there - you will have read the words and seen the pictures and this will give you a feeling of how well it all went.

 

First thing - many thanks to my mate in Grime (tootallmike) who came to my aid Monday morning at 730hrs on the M25, junction 7-6 when the Ward threw it’s toys out of the pram and decided to lose all power. He didn’t just come to my aid but ended up going home and back again for a new fuel filter which cured the fault (after taken the fuel system apart endless times) and got me back home.

 

Jack - I take my hat off to you. You ignored the kill joys who said you were wasting your time and it would never be allowed to happen (thank god you did). I know a little of the work behind the scenes done by yourself and others to make an idea into a reality and I fully understand just how much had to be done behind the scenes. You proved a point to the doubters and I hope those who have poured scorn at your efforts are enjoying eating their humble pie.

 

Many thanks David - your efforts in the field kitchen are appreciated by all those who attended. It’s not just the food preparation but your selflessness in missing out on the convoys etc to prepare the days meals as well. Top man.

 

Kev - the convoy man. Make no mistake - to plan and organise a convoy the size of ours, get it from A to B without dramas and still be able to smile at the end of it takes a genius. Thanks mate.

 

The DR riders - you’re all bloody mad and top job in escorting the convoy.

 

The tank owners - thanks, for making this a truly memorable occasion. There is nothing like a piece of armour to really add some sparkle to a convoy. If you ever get the chance - ask Adrian if you can have a look inside his Sherman. Hats off to you mate - forget the fact it’s a Sherman and just admire the dedication in acquiring all the stuff which goes inside it.

 

All those who attended in whatever shape or form. You, me, (us) made this a truly special event. Not seen in the UK since the preparation for D-Day. If it wasn’t for the dedication of all of us - it quite simply would never have happened - and that would be a crying shame for the people of Dorchester and all those who witnessed this truly remarkable spectacle.

 

Memories - LOADS OF THEM.

 

Recovering the Sherman with Mike and our toys - something which the Wards were built to do. The rousing reception when we pulled into base camp with the Sherman on tow. The beaming face of our fearless leader when he realised his dreams had just been made into a reality. The clapping and cheering wherever the convoy went. Meeting up with the many faces of HMVF. Made new friends and met up with old friends.

 

My most memorable moment.

 

We were in convoy and passed a little house where an elderly lady was waving out the window but crying at the same time. Brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. This single memory means more to me than all the memories from a great weekend.

 

Should we do it again - for the pure fun factor, of course we should. But when and how often is another issue. Annual event - I don’t think so. I am in the camp that thinks it was so special because it has never been attempted before and hence never seen before. Maybe on the anniversaries of D-Day - to keep the memories alive and show the younger generation what was happening back before they were born?

 

WELL DONE TO ALL OF US.

 

Markheliops

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Well said Mark

It was unique

Whilst I was on traffic detail in Martinstown an old lady came out of her house and told me how it was like being a young girl again watching all the Americans in their trucks coming through the village again... magic

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Well done everybody involved , you have been a part of both creating and re-creating history and I , like everybody else here , take my hat off to you for the work put in and the sacrifices made .

 

I'd hoped to be there but life has recently taken one of those unexpected turns and I wasn't able to attend so this weekend I got engaged instead !

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I'd hoped to be there but life has recently taken one of those unexpected turns and I wasn't able to attend so this weekend I got engaged instead !

 

Crikey Dave - thats a bit drastic just cos you missed A&E!!!

 

Congratulations mate.

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