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I have just got back from what was one of the best MV events that i have ever done. Truly spectacular and my thanks go out to the organisers and DR boys who did such a great job.

 

For the people who couldnt make it, i thought that i should add some photos for you.

I will add only a couple of pics then upload as my PC has a habit of crashing.

 

I arrived at about 8.30 and only just made it in time for the convoy to form up. The field entrance was quite bad so us latecomers formed up in the road.

 

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We then drove off in conoy to Membury airfield.

 

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The Jeeps are alongside the runway, and the heavies are a few hundred yards behind them. Hang on, someone is missing:

 

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The runway was built with the wrong alignment so the new runway runs diagonally across it.

 

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After having looked around the airfield we drove off to Littlecote House (the 506PIR HQ building) where after forming up, we had a grand tour.

 

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This was the Officers Mess.

 

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This was Col Sinks Office

 

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The tour was excellent and most enjoyable. We finished off by looking at the small military museum established downstairs and then had a look at the surving E Co barrack (old stables) that had been reloacted from Aldebourne.

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Going back outside again we had a bite to eat and something to drink. The organisers had laid on a fabulous barbecue. By the time we had finished eating more vehicles had joined the convoy so we had over 50 vehicles.

 

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We then drove off to Ramsbury airfield. Being part of such a long and well organised convoy was really something. Looking forwards you could see vehicles dissapearing off in to the distance, then looking backwards there seemed to be an endless line of them behind me.

 

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After a quick talk on the history of the site, we drove off to Savernake Forest. At this point one particularly unintelligent person decided to try and over take all 50 vehicles in the convoy in one manouver. Luckily nothing was coming as that would surely have ruined his day and delayed ours. He then got stuck in the middle of the convoy until we went into the forest and he escaped.

 

The forest used to be a massive ammunition dump and we received another short talk on the history of the area. All very interesting.

 

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Following that we drove through the centre of Marlborough, where i managed to stall the Jeep (which was beginning to overheat) in probably the most awkward location possible. With half the convoy dissapearing in front of me, and the other half stuck across the roundabout behind me i tried to restart it. Now with a flat battery i got the crank out and after 10 swings on it it burst into life. At this stage i received a massive cheer and round of applause from the population of Marlborough who happened to be in the high street at that time.

 

As the Jeep was over heating, i skipped the last bit of the road run and headed back to camp at Ramsbury. When i got there i saw that more MV's had arrived, including two Shermans and two Stuarts.

 

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As i had other duties to perform that evening i then headed for home, being a fairly quick and easy journey.

 

Overall, a superb event, incredibly well organised and managed. Met lots of people that i know as well. Thanks everybody. I do hope that they do it again next year.

 

Tim (too)

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Hows the Jeep doing now ? Tim (too) any thoughts of what caused the problem or what your going to check to correct it ? . A Good idea you had to include that manuel starting crank along with the rest of your gear eh!

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This was for me a wonderful way to start this day! Really enjoyed the report and the photos, looks like you had a great time! Since the sun is shining here in Hamar today, I'll get the Dodges started and taken out from their winter hiding.

 

Thanks!

 

 

Marty

 

Ps.com - Didn't see many Dodges in the photos... Are you a racist perhaps??? ;-)

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see many Dodges in the photos...

 

Yes you are right. I have gone through my photos and i dont have one decent Dodge photo. Not intentional i am sure. I really didnt take that many photos. The best ones would have been while we were in convoy, but taking photos and driving at the same time is not the easiest of things. Anyway, here are some more photos, you might be able to make out the odd Dodge in the background:

 

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Hows the Jeep doing now ? Tim (too) any thoughts of what caused the problem or what your going to check to correct it ? . A Good idea you had to include that manuel starting crank along with the rest of your gear eh!

 

The Jeep was just beginning to overheat. It was sluggish and making odd "pinking" noises. After we broke away from the convoy and headed back to Ramsbury the problem quickly resolved itself and it was running as well as ever. After a quick drink and saying goodbye, it then went the 35 miles home without any problem.

 

Luckily, i always carry a starting handle and have done from the get go. I therefore know that i can always start it if in trouble and of course if i am ever caught in the Sahara desert i can wind it backwards up a sand dune that would be otherwise uncrossable.

 

Tim (too)

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Great, it sure looks great! Now tell us more on Jacks escapades!

 

I will let Jack tell you about that himself. He certainly had a good time, although was a little bemused that when we went through every town the people waved and cheered at us, and just waved empty jerrycans at Jack. Its a Wiltshire thing i suppose.

 

Went back to the campsite late last night and had a drink with the HMVF guys. Great to put faces to names. We then went down into Ramsbury town and watched the search light Living History group in action. Very impressive.

 

Now it is Monday and it has been pouring with rain all night. Seems to be brightening up a bit at the moment, so hopefully the field wont become too boggy for vehicle movement. We will see.

 

Tim (too)

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I will let Jack tell you about that himself. He certainly had a good time, although was a little bemused that when we went through every town the people waved and cheered at us, and just waved empty jerrycans at Jack. Its a Wiltshire thing i suppose. .

 

Tim (too)

 

 

 

I have actualy seen evidence of this.......i am sure photos / film evidence will follow soon

(got ta keep the suspense going...........)

 

Ashley

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Hang on. Isnt that him there behind that manly truck? You can just make out his luxuriant hair.

nah when we saw him he had a black jacket on with what looked like a chicken on the back of it

i will admit when the convoy passed ours there was a lot of vehicles and escort riders at zulu crossing

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nah when we saw him he had a black jacket on with what looked like a chicken on the back of it

i will admit when the convoy passed ours there was a lot of vehicles and escort riders at zulu crossing

 

A chicken! :rofl:

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nah when we saw him he had a black jacket on with what looked like a chicken on the back of it

 

 

 

May be but was it smiling :-D

 

Ashley

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Probably trying to blag a jerrican of go juice :-D

 

Blag......off me:shocked::nono:........More chance of hell freezing over:whistle:

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