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Firepower Feb. 2007

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The day started with Saracenstump's (Stuart) Land Rover running a bit rough, well apparently I've been doing it all wrong, I thought it was the big hammer that was to be used, not so as I found out when Stuart pulled in to a layby to kick his motor :dunno:



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Neil's Stolly on A13

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& Mv's at Firepower

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Complaints department :whistle:

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Best bit of the day.. Pie 'N' Mash with loads of liquor.. :drool: :drool: :drool:

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oh dear my trade secrets are out!!!!! :whistle:

great day after all that,lee no mention of the landy bumper cars on the way home!! :evil:



Hmmm.. yes.. what was all that about :dunno: first Stuart tries eject us out of the back off the landy with the speed bumps.. then then he decides to play bumper cars with a mates Landy on the A13 :whistle:


Neil can't decide what side of the road we drive on in the Uk so he uses both ;-) :dunno:



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Great stuff gents - I am sure your group has the best fun out of all of the groups.....you are always smiling!


Stuart - what was wrong with the Landy and did laying the boot it work??


Neil - that Stolly looks the business - what does it do to the gallon and does it recognise speed bumps :schocked:


Who was driving the Landy over the speed bumps......has he been giving Mark lessons in his Reo :whistle:



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That was a very good and pleasingly informal show and it was a pleasure to meet some of the guys from here :-) . It's definitely one for the diary next year. The museum was very good. I like to see exhibits you can walk right round, touch and peer into without barriers or H&S stupidity. It was very well laid out, informative and well presented - exactly how a museum should be to foster an interest in its subject matter. 10/10.


Driving the WLF home via the Elephant and Castle and back through Brixton and Streatham was fun too! I find it flattering that even hoodie kids turn to look when I drive past and it's amazing how cars let you change lane when they see the rear wheels easing out towards them! Even taxi drivers give way! I had to chastise a clown in a Beemer who cut me up after overtaking on the inside using a bus lane before braking hard right in front of me. I sounded the air horn from about 6' away and saw him jump in his seat. Magic! :evil:



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Hope you didn't get the pie and mash from the town centre! Might find you can't keep off the loo tomorrow!


I only work about 1/2 mile from Firepower and haven't been there, although I have been to the old rotunder many times and thought it lacked vehicles.

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I only work about 1/2 mile from Firepower and haven't been there, although I have been to the old rotunder many times and thought it lacked vehicles.





If you had been to the Rotunda museum before the Firepower was opened, you would have found a whole yard full of vehicles and artillery. Many of them are now in the Firepower museum. Some of the older and smaller armament exhibits are still in the Rotunda due to lack of space in Firepower.


I used to do a lot of work on the vehicles at Rotunda, working on a Sexton, Morris Commercial Bofors, Honest John launcher, Stalwart, BV202, jungle 25 pdr field gun etc. They are now all in the Firepower museum.



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the Stalwart is now stored outside at Firepower rusting away, not on display to public.. it stood for a couple of years with the hatches open.. they have other bits outside too going the same way >:(





Back in the early 90's, the Stalwart came down to the REME workshops at Ashford for a make over, leaving with a gleaming Deep Bronze Green paint job. It was used around The Rotunda moving cannon barrels, etc., then they had a clutch problem, I went up there and renewed the clutch, see photograph attached. Although it was a RA limber vehicle, I think priority was given to artillery and SP guns inside as space is still limited.



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