Hello and welcome to the website of the Military Vehicle Trust.
We are the world’s largest military vehicle club and the only charity dedicated to the conservation of ex-military vehicles and so keeping our mechanical veterans alive.
Our members look after and restore a wide range of ex-military vehicles with origins in both the UK and overseas and from pre-World War One to the present day. They include the well-known jeep, tanks, transporters, lorries, ambulances, cars, Land Rovers, motorbikes, and even the humble folding push bike.
You can contact the MVT by Email or telephone using our call handling service Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
There is a network of 33 local MVT areas throughout the country, where like-minded people meet up, enjoy the hobby and offer mutual support to one another. They organise meetings, social events, road runs and events and many are active on social media. So why not take a look at the interactive map to find the Area closest to you.
As many of our members are ex-services, we have close ties with ex-servicemen’s associations. In particular many areas have close involvement with the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal with members and their vehicles supporting the collection points.
MVT members pay particular attention to the authenticity of vehicles, equipment and displays. Our events are of educational value for members of the public and we try to ensure that the younger generations are aware of our heritage and the debt we owe to all branches of the armed forces. All members are proud of the standard of their vehicles and this is reflected in the frequent requests for them for film and TV work.
The MVT and its members attend and organise a variety of shows both big and small across the U.K., see our Events Calendar ,and even into Europe for events such as the 2019 75th D-Day Tour to visit the beaches, and in some cases with vehicles that actually landed on French soil back in June 1944!
As a registered charity we are proud to help and support our veterans in returning to the beaches on which they fought for our freedom and the freedom of Europe in 1944 – 1945. With our presence, the vehicles we preserve help to educate and inform the people who attend the anniversaries about what happened from June 1944 to May 1945 and of course the fighting in the Far East that didn’t finish until VJ Day in August 1945. We owe a debt of gratitude to all who fought for us, and still serve in the armed forces, so we can be free today.
Meet the team who run the MVT for you
Clean Air Zones Officer - Council of Management
Insurance and MVT Events Officer - Council of Management
Membership Secretary and Area Liaison Officer - Council of Management
Social Media Officer - Council of Management
Safety and Awards Officer - Council of Management
For Sale and Wants Ads and Non-MVT events Officer - Council of Management
Windscreen Magazine Editor - Council of Management
Data Protection Officer - Council of Management
Treasurer - Council of Management
Website Manager - Council of Management
General Secretary - Council of Management
Chairman - Council of Management
My name is Steve Parker, have been heavily involved with the forthcoming Clean Air Zones etc, that are to be introduced in many cities in the UK. These restrictions my affect many of our members with vehicles less than 40 years old. This is my main roll on the Council of Management.
I am also the Area Secretary of the West Pennines area.
I have had many ex British Military vehicles over the years, all of which have been post war vehicles, from Land Rovers, Austin K9 and a Abbot Self Propelled gun etc. The K9 was my first show vehicle as such, some 35 years ago. My current vehicle is a Reynolds Boughton RB44 I have owned this vehicle since 2011. It was a mortar carrier variant, It came from a dealer but direct from the MOD. I have always been interested in military vehicles the bigger the better! Owning big vehicles makes us realise the MOD is a big firm!
I have been a MVT member for over 20 years.
As the person responsible for events and insurance with the MVT it is my responsibility to ensure that our members are safe and professional when attending events and that those members involved with organising events know what they are doing and have the support that they need. With increasing regulation and personal responsibility I am really keen to make sure that we keep on top of the regulation and that our hobby can continue to be enjoyed without too much red tape.
As Membership Secretary, I deal with telephone and email inquiries about joining and renewing your MVT subscriptions and any other queries that our members have. I also liaise with our database managers and card providers to ensure our membership systems run smoothly. However, the most enjoyable aspect of my role, involves getting out to meet our members and promote the MVT.
My role as Area Liaison Officer involves communicating with our national network of areas via our hardworking Area Secretaries to help them in their work representing the Trust at a local level.
If you need help joining the MVT or with anything related to your membership please email me or telephone me.
I have enjoyed being a military vehicle owner and re-enactor for nearly 20 years. We have a Willys Jeep, Daimler Dingo and Matchless G3L in our family collection which is inspired by my husband’s uncle who served in Phantom GHQ Liaison Regiment in WW2. In addition to taking our display to events up and down the country, we also enjoy local area MVT events and I am also part of a pyrotechnic team which provides special effects for battles.
I am the MVT’s Social Media Manager.
My role is to look after the MVT’s social media accounts and create the post on current topics and events.
I have been a member of the MVT for 30 years, and I have restored several military vehicles from motorcycles to scout cars.
I have also been the South Cumbria and North Lancs Area safety officer for ten years, and I am now its area secretary.
Safety in our hobby, both for members and the public, has always been important, but in today’s world even more so. However it should not make our hobby impossible with bureaucracy.
A sensible and measured approach is what I and the rest of the Management team strive for.
As awards Officer I administer the Wilkinson Sword Trophy competition and look after the award items themselfs.
I’m responsible for your Online Sales and Wanted adverts together with your Event listings. Our hobby means that we are always looking for kit.The MVT offer a perfect way to buy and sell using the free website. All you need to do is complete an electronic “Online Contact Form” found under the Contact the MVT tab on our website homepage. Simply fill in your details making sure that all the mandatory fields are completed. Remember that a photograph says a thousand words so will help you buy or sell your item quickly. Also if you have an Event that you want to advertise then simply complete the same contact form but tick the Non MVT Events Diary box. You don’t have to wait until spring to get you events advertised, why not get the details on our website early and relax. Remember that everything that goes onto the website will also appear in our quarterly Windscreen Magazine to further increase the audience for your Sales/Wanted or Event listings.
Why I am a military vehicle enthusiast.
I’ve hankered after a Military Vehicle of my own for many years before taking the plunge. My first MV was a NEKAF M38-A1 which was a great drive and bought at the perfect time when my kids’ thought it was cool to jump in it and get an ice cream. I currently own a Wartime Willys MB Jeep and a 1940 BSA WM20. I’m still tempted to get something bigger or armoured but my suburban garage is already bursting at the seams! One day….
As Editor of the Military Vehicle Trust’s magazine, Windscreen, I am responsible for putting together the magazine each month using material supplied by members and contributors together with news items and feature articles. I’ve been involved in publishing for over 25 years now, starting off with military model making magazines before progressing to monthly news stand military vehicle magazines.
I’ve owned a wide variety of military vehicles in that time, including Jeeps, Land Rovers, armoured cars and several unusual vehicles too!
As Data Protection Officer, I am responsible for ensuring MVT members’ personal data is kept safe and secure, by auditing and enforcing internal and external administrative compliance with UK Data Legislation.
My primary role is that of Treasurer to the Trust and I look after all aspects of the financial management of the Trust, working closely with other members of the Management Committee to safeguard the organisation’s finances. I am also one of the trustees of the trust and as a trustee I am appointed to manage the assets of the trust for the benefit of its beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of the trust. As Publications Manager I also take responsibility for the publication/ print and delivery of the Trust’s Windscreen Magazine and all printed material used by the Trust and any of its areas.
I’ve been a member of the MVT for over 20 years now and have run a good few military vehicle and steam shows in my time.
As Website Manager I am responsible for running the MVT’s website which is continually evolving as we include more content and features which our members can use.
These website features will be invaluable to our members in helping them with their vehicles but will only be available to current MVT members, so if you are not a member now or have expired, why not join the MVT? As after all, we are the oldest and largest military vehicle club in the world.
Despite the name, my role as the MVT’s General Secretary, is not really clerical or secretarial. I do, however, “have responsibility for the efficient administration of the Trust”. That includes dull things like maintaining the Trust’s records, along with arranging and minuting the Council of Management meetings and the AGMs. One thing that needs keeping a constant eye on is ensuring that we are always in compliance with statutory requirements, as well as our own Articles and Memorandum of Association.
Whilst that might sound quite grand, I regard my main role as more “General Muggins”, so both the public and Trust members contact me, mainly by email, on the widest range of subjects. This can be anything from a missing Windscreen magazine to asking where they can hire a Sherman tank for a prom night!
But perhaps the best thing about the job is chatting to members and other enthusiasts about our hobby. I can spend hours each week, mainly on the phone, talking to folk.
As chairman of the MVT I provide leadership of the Council of Management team which looks after the running of the MVT. I help the team realise and implement changes that we need to make for the smooth operation of the club for the benefit of all members.
I am responsible for guiding the forward planning of the MVT to keep it the thriving club that it is in to the future. I deal with keeping the Trust up to date regarding changes in regulations
governing all aspects of running the MVT. With the input and help of the management committee, I hope we can continue to be the world’s largest military vehicle club.
Simon Johnson the MV enthusiast.
My interest in MV’s goes back many years but started to take a hold after on my honeymoon I took Nina on a tour of the D-day beaches. She should have realised then something was afoot. 1992 saw me buy my first military vehicle to take my father and father in-law back to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-day and to the beaches they had landed on. Sadly, both veterans are no longer with us but we still have the Jeep and the memories. Since then, I have had a 13 cab CMP LAAT 3 tonner, great truck but just too expensive to run. I have a James ML, two Jeep trailers, one US and one British, and most recently I have bought a 1968 M715 five quarter ton Kaiser Jeep.
Some of our members’ vehicles
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