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RtV - The characters!


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This thread is soly for pictures of the people that organised and participated in the Route to Victory event................Every one of them being damn good eggs. What pictures do you have? - Post away.

 

The man on a mission - Keith Brigstock, chief organiser of RtV

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Did you know they also made a film about his exploits at Ramsbury this weekend.

It was almost entitled - 'A Brigstock too Far!' - then the weather improved!

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Chief Dispatch Rider and Convoy Controller throughout the weekend - Ed Abbot DSC_0318.jpg

Pictured leaving Littlecote House aboard his trusty and faultless Matchless

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One of the unsung characters of the event - Dave Stevens.

 

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Not able to participate on any of the convoys or parades through the town due to limited man power at base camp, Dad's duties included manning the main entrance gate ensuring that only those who needed access to the field got in! As you can see from his formal dress, he is normally more at home building his model railway, and is seen here dressed for the occasion as a railway ganger from up-north - His wippet is just out of shot!

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The Kennet Valley MVT Area Sec - Wendy Stevens (on right) and Theresa Soley (on left)

 

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Theresa delt with all of the vehicle bookings (amongst many other duties) for the event and Mum acted as K Brigstock's secretary over the weekend, along with organising and sorting all manner of duties during the organsing process. The black Lab 'Ike' is the Area's mascot and has stastically attended more Area meetings than any other member!

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Highly successful at evading the camera most of the weekend, Paul Gannaway from the Kennet Valley MVT

 

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Paul also worked tirelessly over the weekend, marshalling vehicles, helping to prepare the field and the main entrance beforehand and collecting and returning all of the Arena barriers to name but a few of his duties as one of the long-standing stalwarts of the former Wiltshire Area (now Kennet Valley Area) Military Vehicle Trust. He owns a string of WWII MV's that would provide a superb convoy in there own right!

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Some people's vehicles were in a poorer state of repair than others...........! Poor old Degsy pushes from behind!

 

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Retired Chairman of the MVT and previous longstanding Area Secretary of the Berks & Oxon Area, Rex Ward has always supported our events - An now that he owns that little Staff Car, has given us countless opportunities to take the mick! Did we mention about when he got stuck in the pig effluent up on Ramsbury Airfield on the Saturday convoy, even with my mother-in-law sat in the back as ballast????

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The aforementioned Degsy - Stalwart and very early member of HMVF.

 

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Degsy drove all the way from Conway in Wales to attend the event and participate. His epic adventures can be read elsewhere in the Route to Victory section of HMVF under the heading 'One Piece at a time' - Volumes I and II !

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Sorry Jack - Have you just got up ?

 

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Rubbing his hands together like Arkwright with a shop full of potential customers, Jack is still full of smiles despite the inclement start to the weekends weather! Thats a hell of a tent old boy, you should get yourself a Command Tent - I hear they are very good!

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A Big Mack and Large Cup of Tea Please!

 

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Jim Clark brought his Mack and his Sherman to the event, and following behind Jim on Monday's armoured convoy aboard Adrian Barrell's Sherman, the noise that Jim's M4A4 makes had people running down their garden paths to watch!

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Adrian Barrell examins Mike Roberts blown head gasket, which he had needed to replace on his Diamond T 969, half-way between Wolverhampton and Ramsbury!

 

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I shudder to think of the fuel costs of driving the two Diamond T's to the event, participating and then driving home again!

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Described by Keith over the microphone commentary as the 'Wiltshire Beauties!'

 

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Andrea Benham rallied enough support to get together this tribute to the Women's Land Army, which looked really impressive atop of Phil Benham's White M-16 Half Track.

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I'm not sure of the rank or names of these guys, but they were indeed characters of the event and put on a truly outstanding performance wearing the Allied uniforms of the era.

 

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The first time a paratrooper wearing an M41 Jumpsuit had dropped into Camp Ramsbury since WWII.

 

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Col Ben Tottenham, Ramsbury resident and participant of the original Operation Market Garden

 

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Their are some great pictures of Ben in uniform during 1944 in the Route to Victory booklet that was produced and sold at the event.

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