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Latest News Story.
30 December 2021
Seeking information on BSA J12 500cc ohv -twin motorcyle.
Hello I bought a BSA J12 500cc OHV vee-twin motorcycle from Belgium.These are rare machines only made for 4 years, some were supplied to the Army and some to the RAF. Mine has been certified by the BSA owners club as being correct with its frame/engine numbers being RAF numbers, frame h15.2696 engine h15.26.26.
Information reads 500cc h15 special war office twin part of 200 machines supplied to the air ministry under contract 559903/36C10B and 632331/37 between January 1936 and July 1937.
As far as I know apart from my bike there is one other h15 left? I have tried the RAF records dept with no joy (maybe I don,t know the right buttons to push), plus there must be some record as to where BSA delivered these bikes to? And coupled with the small number of these machines would they have been issued to officers rather than other ranks? I would like to wish everone a happy cristmas and I hope some one can make mine happy too with some help in this matter?
12 November 2021
Seeking photographs of British WW2 vehicles.
I am seeking images of British military vehicles of WW 2 period. Those with the striped type, MTP.20, disruptive painting in particular. As part of my hobby I have self published four books on the subject of camouflage of British vehicles based on primary evidence, i.e. General Orders and Military Training Pamphlets. I have noticed that certain vehicle manufacturers established a basic repeatable pattern and have set out to draw these. For this I have numerous images from many published sources but need more of the same vehicles or pattern to enable me to complete some drawings. These drawings would be available to restorers and modellers of British vehicles on request. I have been consulted in the past by several restorers for advice on their projects and had articles on the subject published in CMV magazine. Thank you in advance for any help.
Mr. Michael Starmer
Phone 01604 870937
13 October 2021
Members of the MVT – We are about to embark on a Great Crusade.
The MVT are excited to launch the new look MVT D-Day tour for June 2024 (#MVTDDAY24), commemorating 80 years since the greatest seaborne invasion in history.
2024 has a new organising team with a focus on greater flexibility and improved member involvement, allowing members to do their own thing whilst enjoying the community of the largest military vehicle group in the world.
In the past we have travelled as a large group, 2024 is looking to create an online community of members with a series of experiences, events, discounts, tours, road runs and parades that you wouldn’t get if you weren’t in the MVT community.
It is proposed that members are given an online (and printed version if required) timetable to events over the D-day period.
This will be backed up by regular social media activity during the tour period allowing members to know what is going on, communicate with each other, and enhance their experience.
This approach will allow the members the flexibility to enjoy the experience by themselves, know what is going on and also be part of the most memorable events.
In a change from previous years we will be allowing non WW2 vehicles to register on the tour, although for obvious reasons some events will be WW2 only.
Non-members may come on the tour, however as part of registering for the event they will become a member of the MVT for 12 months. Non-members will have to have signed up before 1st November 2023.
At this stage we are registering your interest to join the MVT D-Day 2024 community, you are not committed to join the tour by registering at this stage, we just want to know what you might want from a tour if you were to go.
Can you please fill in the register of interest form so that we can start to collect information about numbers and what people want. The register of interest form may be found here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VJZF6VB
If you would like to download or view this as a pdf file click here.
Boyan Holmes Membership secretary.
7 September 2021
Have you ever considered becoming an Area Secretary or an Area Contact?
We have a few areas where Area Secretaries have resigned and no replacement has been voted in. We aim to support areas in whatever way we can so if you are interested in taking on the role or are willing to become an “area contact” to keep the area functioning please come forward. We can offer direct support making the roles straightforward and manageable. Please contact our Area Liaison Officer Boyan Holmes for more details, firstname.lastname@example.org
26 August 2021
The winners of the Wilkinson Sword (WW2 vehicles) and the John Keedwell Trophy (Post 1945 vehicles) were announced at the MVT’s digital AGM on the 18th of July 2021.
Both entries were for the 2019 show season, but due to the pandemic the awards could not be presented to the winners. A decision was made to delay the announcement and the awarding of the trophies until such time it would be possible to do so after the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
In the light of the various lockdowns, it was also decided that the awards would not be made for 2021, for obvious reasons that there were no events to go to even if we had wanted to.
So, the winner of the Wilkinson Sword 2020 (show season 2019) for the most miles covered by the best restored US, British or Canadian built wartime vehicle went to Foster Graham of Carlisle.
Foster covered some 1,064 miles in his 1945 Dodge WC64. Congratulations to him. He will be presented the trophy at the next South Cumbria North Lancashire Area meeting.
In 2019 it was muted and agreed upon that a new trophy would be introduced for post 1945 designed and built military vehicles, to give the owners of such vehicles a chance to receive a similar award to the Wilkinson Sword.
Steve parker of the West Pennines area had already come up with a design for such a trophy and he was given the go ahead for it to be made. Then came the next decision and that was what to call it.
John Keedwell was a long-standing member of the Council of Management, also Area Secretary of Severnside and an organiser of many military vehicle shows over the years.
He was also a Post War vehicle owner and was a strong advocate of the vehicles. Sadly, John passed away in 2019 so it seemed fitting to name the new award the John Keedwell Trophy, for post war vehicles.
The late John Keedwell.
The criteria, for entering for the John Keedwell Trophy, are along the lines of the Wilkinson Sword with a couple of differences.
Firstly, it is for vehicles designed and built after 1945, and there is a mileage multiplier to level the playing field, so that larger vehicles can also be included. This multiplier is based on the weight of the vehicle in Imperial Tons which is used to multiply the mileage travelled under its power to UK based events.
Again, like the Wilkinson Sword the John Keedwell Trophy could not be presented at the 2020 AGM because of the pandemic, but was presented to the winner of the 2019 season at the Mid Lancashire Area meeting at Heaton’s Bridge in August this year (2021).
The first recipient of this new trophy is Paul Sennant who travelled 1,719 miles, which after the multiplier calculation was 10,314 miles.
Paul did this in his 1993 Leyland Daf T244 four tonner. The MVT’s Awards Officer Jonny Newbould was on hand, along with the maker of the award Steve Parker, to present it to Paul. Congratulations to him and now it’s over to you.
If you would like the opportunity to perhaps hold either of these trophies for a year, please get in touch with John Newbould by emailing him at email@example.com and he will be able to send you the details of how to take part.
18 July 2021
Chairman’s report from the Military Vehicle Trust’s AGM held on the 18th July 2021 virtualy on zoom.
AGM Chairman’s report 2021.
Thank you for joining us for a first for the MVT, a digital Annual General Meeting.
Normally one could say truthfully what a strange feeling to be holding such a virtual meeting, but after the past sixteen months we’ve all had, this doesn’t feel quite so strange as perhaps it might have.
Two years ago, as we looked back on the previous year and looked forward to the next, we could not have known how wrong our expectations could have been.
2019 was like any other year, a busy one with a full list of events to attend, including the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Arnhem, which I know many MVT members enjoyed. Many attended annual events like the Yorkshire Wartime Weekend, the Victory Show, War and Peace Revival to name just a few and everyone gearing up to attend them in 2020.
As we all headed out in October and November 2019 to set up stalls to help with the selling of poppies for the Royal British Legion and Remembrance Sunday, little did we know it would be the last time that many of us would be gathered together with several vehicles parked in close proximity for eighteen months. A few weeks later we heard reports on the news of a virus spreading in China.
2020 dawned with a possible threat to our wellbeing. The major topic at Stoneleigh Militaria was what impact would such a Virus from China have on us which was now spreading across Europe with devastating consequences. Within weeks the reality struck as the virus reached our shores and cases and deaths from it rapidly rose and the UK was plunged into Lockdown.
All of a sudden, our lives were turned upside down and put on hold. The Council of Management (CoM) held a meeting digitally (the first of many) to discuss the advice we should give to the Area Secretaries and members of the MVT. Following Government guidelines, we made the decision that all activities in the name of the Trust must cease until further notice. Any further changes in the Government guidelines would be reflected in changes to the MVT’s policy and notification given to the members. Any changes were posted via the Windscreen magazine and e-mail. Social Media in the form of Facebook and the MVT’s website were invaluable as any changes were notified immediately whereas the magazine had a delay of weeks to reflect any changes.
A few clubs had decided to publish their magazines in the form of ‘e-zines’ which we were not in favour of. We took the decision to carry on publishing the Windscreen magazine so that there would be at least some semblance of normality to being a member of the MVT, if nothing else we would maintain the expectation of the magazine dropping through the letterbox.
It soon became obvious that as time went on the season of events was getting smaller and smaller as one event after another was cancelled. As the lifting of Lockdown came in June many did heed the Governments guidelines but some arranged get-togethers, and attend some events that were still going ahead. Fortunately, they were relatively few and some we were able to nip in the bud and prevent any adverse publicity that might have resulted. We must always remember nothing we do in our green machines can ever be described as ‘low profile’ and as a result we are always under scrutiny.
The planned events to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day were well and truly scuppered with the first lockdown. Not to be thwarted many members arranged to mark the occasion by putting on displays in their front gardens, which I know first hand created a lot of interest in the local communities, and in some cases were a focal point for rather more subdued celebrations. So well done to everyone who took up the clarion call of ‘Make Do and Carry On’.
For many the same happened with Armed Forces Day and efforts were made to make sure past and present members of our armed forces were not forgotten either.
As the second Lockdown loomed, because of a second surge in the number of reported cases. the realisation hit again that the virus wasn’t going away anytime soon. And so continued the pattern of more events being cancelled and life as we knew it being curtailed yet again, and still, we live with the consequences today. But we just have to adapt and change the way we do things. That was certainly the case with the anniversary of Victory in Japan Day (VJ Day) with other much smaller alternatives to mark the day taking place according to the local Covid restrictions that were in place.
I know that despite Lockdown members have not wasted any of the time you have found at your disposal. I know many will have had jobs lined up for them around the house, but I know many an hour will have been spent in garages and workshops across the land working on our mechanical veterans. I know I have tackled jobs that I have been wanting to do for a very long time but just never have as I didn’t want to take the vehicle off the road or miss an event due to a problem carrying out the work. With Lockdown that pressure was removed so I was able to immobilise the Jeep for several weeks and get those jobs done. I look forward to seeing many an article about the work you have carried out to rescue yet another historic vehicle for us and future generations to marvel at.
CoM have continued to run the Trust via meetings on Teams and Zoom. A new insurance package was negotiated for all our insurance needs with a lower premium to reflect the reduced activity of the Trust, but also at the request of members the Personal Public Liability Insurance (PPLI) renewal date was adjusted with the help of our brokers Graham Sykes. In short what this means is that the PPPLI now runs from December to December. As a result of this, unlike previously when the policy was renewed in August which had caused members problems providing a current policy when registering for the events later in the season, the new policy now runs all the way through the show season thus removing that problem.
The membership numbers have held up throughout the pandemic and figures remain close to our peak numbers just ahead of the 2019 D-Day Tour, at around the 5,700 mark. As a result of this stability, we have been able to operate the Trust and maintain membership benefits and, in some cases reduce our costs, which means that the membership fees will remain the same for the time being. With the increase in membership so does the income from Gift Aid, a real bonus in being a charity as the extra £28,000 in incomes helps us keep are membership fees down. Without this support from HMRC single membership would be £7.50 annually more expense and Joint membership would be £10 a year more.
The pandemic has created some extra savings but these we are looking at being ploughed back into helping get events that have stalled over the last couple of seasons get back on their feet. We will also use these funds to help our Areas around the country that might need help to re-establish themselves when everyone comes back on stream. A virtual meeting has been arranged with the Area Secretaries to discuss what sort of help they might need.
The pandemic has also meant that we have re-evaluated the way the Trust operates and we feel that there may be other ways things can be done which will help the club financially. Peter Hamblin our Treasurer will give a full breakdown of where we stand financially in a few minutes.
Our membership service provider has made improvements and changes have been made to the system to help you renew or change your membership status at any time of the year. They have met the challenge of the pandemic and because of the work they have done you wouldn’t know they too have changed their day-to-day way of working, which is a testament to why we chose them to work with us three years ago. Due to the unprecedented past sixteen months, we have taken the option to extend our current contract with them for another year which will give us time to renegotiate a new contract, which will help to maintain continuity in the way we run our membership service.
Initially when the pandemic hit CoM discussed having logoed facemasks made to be sold in our online shop, but it was felt that perhaps we should wait until the easing of Lockdown and the removal of legal restrictions tomorrow (the 19th of July) and we were once again allowed to attend events. To that end for the last few weeks there have been both Facemasks and Snoods with the MVT logo printed on available from the club shop, and we will continue with both for a while yet until there is no longer a requirement for them. I suspect we will be wearing masks or face coverings of some sort for sometime to come as many people will wish to continue wearing them whilst continuing to following the Hands/Face/Space advise given at the start of the pandemic. The Snoods I suspect are here to stay as they are extremely practical for all kinds of uses, not least keeping your neck warm.
As from this coming Wednesday the 21st of July, the MVT’s new website will go live and you will notice a very different looking site. The website has had a complete redesign, with all the work being carried out by our Webmaster Dave Sutton. It has been a major undertaking by him and CoM as it has been through a number of versions before this iteration was adopted. It has taken on the MVT colours which are reflected in our information sheets, business cards and the publicity trailer. The site also has different levels of access for the public, MVT members and Area Secretaries/MVT Officers and there are a few new features to reflect those different levels of access.
The MVT website is accessible to anyone who cares to take a look at what the MVT does and is about, but where it now differs from the previous site, is that as a member of the MVT you can create an account and access extra pages, the main one being MVT-TV. What is MVT-TV I hear you ask, well was Dave’s brainchild and provides a page that has links to all kinds of interesting military vehicle related videos on the internet. The number of videos available is growing all the time and will continue to grow as Dave is keen to hear from you of any MV related videos that you have stumbled across and feel other members would enjoy. The final level is for Area Secretaries and club officers to access the paperwork and guidance documents that help them run their Area and the club in accordance with the Charities Commission.
Dave is also trialling a cloned Area site, working with Paul Edwards of the South Hampshire Area. This means that whilst giving the Area its own website with its own identity including local news and information, write-ups and photographs, the site will look like the MVT’s main site. It also means Paul, or whoever is the chosen Area website administrator, only needs to worry about maintaining his local pages as all the legal requirements of a website like the T&C’s, privacy policies etc will be updated automatically whenever any changes are made to the main MVT website. This considerably reduces the amount of work required locally running an Area site, which frees up much more time being able to get out and about rather than being sat in front of a computer screen, which would be a great relief to some. So, our thanks to Dave for the many hours of hard work, and overcoming a few knock backs, he has put into creating this new and dynamic website.
For the last few years Clean Air Zones (CAZ) were just something that were going to happen in the future, that future is now here, delayed by 12 months due to the pandemic. However, the Council of Management has not been sitting back and waiting for the zones to be introduced. With the sterling work of Steve Parker (of West Pennines Area) various controlling bodies have been approached to try and change the proposed inclusion of Private Heavy Goods Vehicles (PHGV) into the same category as Commercial Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV). The implication of this was that those who own ex-military vehicles that fall into this category could have faced charges of up to a £100 a day if they drove in a CAZ, whether intended or not. The PHGV class also includes motorhomes, which we know many members use to tow an ex-military vehicle with, or for those with horses and military horse draw equipment, horseboxes.
With a lot of time and patience Steve put together a very comprehensive and compelling case for the PHGV category of vehicles to be charged at a more realistic reduced rate, asking for an exemption from the charges altogether we felt was pushing our luck too far and could well have meant PHGV’s remaining in the HGV category. As a result of these arguments the policy makers of the Clean Air Zone for Greater Manchester, covering ten boroughs, changed their stance of including PHGV’s with the commercial HGV’s and introduced a much reduce daily rate for the PHGV’s. Many other proposed CAZ’s we are sure will look at the Greater Manchester scheme and hopefully take on board the reduced rates for PHGV’s. Steve has made contact to join forces with other organisations that have similar concerns for their members, including The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. He continues to monitor what is happening with other CAZ’s around the country and if he gets a whiff of the PHGV’s being penalised he will approach the relevant policy makers.
As I said at the beginning of my report it has been an unprecedented year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank members for your support of the MVT and I hope we have helped to retain a little piece of normality over the last sixteen months. I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every member of the Council of Management, and partners, on your behalf for their unstinting work to run the MVT, the world’s oldest and largest military vehicle club.
10 April 2021
Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Military Vehicle Trust 2021 to be held virtually online at 1:00 pm on Sunday 18th July 2021.
Details of how to register your interest in attending will be given in the next issue of windscreen magazine and on this website. Links to the virtual online meeting will then be issued in the week prior to the AGM.
MVT General Secretary
5 March 2021
Commercial Vehicle Tyre Age
Use of tyres aged more than 10-years on goods vehicles, buses and coaches.
The law on the use of tyres on steering axle or axles of affected goods vehicles, buses, minibuses and coaches on Great Britain’s roads.
15 January 2021– February 2021
Following on from extensive coverage of this topic in Issues 5 and 6 of the FBHVC Newsletter including a summary of the new subordinate legislation, the DfT have now published their official explanatory guide on gov dot uk. This gives details of the vehicles affected together with what they need to comply with. There are also links on the webpage to the source legislation.
In summary the vehicles affected are:
Goods vehicles with a gross mass more than 3.5 tonnes
Buses and Coaches
Minibuses, which need to further comply with the tyre page requirements on all axles that are not equipped with twin wheels
So far as the UK historic vehicle movement is concerned, those exempt from the new legislation are vehicles of historic interest not in commercial use defined here : VHI definition
This means that vehicles in the above affected categories which are less than 40 years will have to comply with the new rules even if historic by the international recognised standard.
Readers may also be interested to read the updates to the HGV Inspection Manual, updates to the class 6 (PSV) Inspection Manual, updates to the class 5 Inspection Manual, and updated versions of the Categorisation of Vehicle Defects and Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness documents.
We would recommend that all drivers and owners of historic heavy vehicles study these documents; while some are predominantly aimed at fleets, there is useful information both around tyres and other matters in all of them. We as a movement have a good record on roadworthiness matters and it is in everyone’s interest for this to continue.
Large vehicles used commercially of any age, and large vehicles under 40 years of age regardless of use, are required to comply with the following when on the highway from 1st February 2021:
Front axle(s) tyres to be less than ten years old (it is defined as a Dangerous fail if they are over, or a Major fail if the date code is illegible). Front axles means any steered axle in the front half of the vehicle.
Rear tyres to have their age marked (can be any age, but there must be a date mark) with a minor defect (formerly described as advisory) if the date codes are illegible. There is also allowance to be given if dates are on the inner face of a pair of twin wheels, but this should not be regarded as an invitation not to comply.
A minibus for tyre age purposes is any vehicle with 8 or more passenger seats, and includes the likes of the Land Rover Station Wagon, various limousine-type vehicles, as well as the more typical minibuses derived from vans like the Ford Transit or Bedford CF. Minibuses are required to comply with the tyre age regulations on all axles that are not equipped with twin wheels, i.e. the above paragraph for front axles also applies to a single wheel rear axle of a minibus.
We remind readers that tyre date codes are four numbers, the first two of which are the week and the last two are the year, so 5210 is the end of 2010 and 0411 is the fourth week of 2011, tyres with either of these date codes being too old for the front axle from 1st February 2021. A three digit tyre code with a triangle nearby denotes a tyre from the 1990s, example 527 is the last week of 1997 and a three digits without a triangle is the 1970s or 1980s.
Enforcement can occur both at presentation for annual test or during a roadside encounter. For those with an operating licence, this could also include an unannounced visit to your premises.
To the owners of vehicles that the tyre age requirements do NOT apply to, we would remind that everything else about tyre roadworthiness does apply to you and your vehicles, and that some kind of periodic assessment/documentation of tyre condition would be prudent. You also risk voiding your insurance policy if your vehicle is deemed unroadworthy following an accident.
Should there be any further developments around this topic, we will respond accordingly on behalf of the historic vehicle movement.
5 March 2021
FBHVC clarifies the introduction of E10 petrol for historic vehicle owners.
After an extensive consultation process, the Department for Transport has announced that they will legislate to introduce E10 petrol as the standard 95-octane petrol grade by 1 September 2021. They will also require the higher-octane 97+ ‘Super’ grades to remain E5 to provide protection for owners of older vehicles. This product will be designated as the ‘Protection’ grade.
The introduction of the 95-octane E10 grade and the maintenance of the Super E5 protection grade will be reviewed by the Government after 5 years to ensure they remain appropriate to the needs of the market. In relation to the E5 protection grade, such a review will examine market developments over the period. HM Government have sought to reassure FBHVC members and historic vehicle owners that, without a suitable alternative becoming available, it is highly likely the Super E5 protection grade would continue to be available.
Filling stations that stock 2 grades of petrol and supply at least one million litres of fuel in total each year, will need to ensure one product is the Super E5 protection grade. While not all filling stations meet these criteria, almost all towns across the UK will have a filling station that supplies the ‘Super’ grade and currently one major retailer, a national supermarket group, has committed to offer the product. The main exception to this is in certain parts of the Highlands, north and west coast of Scotland, which will be covered by an exemption process and allowed to continue to market the 95-octane E5 grade.
The Federation therefore recommends that all vehicles produced before 2000 and some vehicles from the early 2000s that are considered non-compatible with E10 – should use the Super E5 Protection grade where the Ethanol content is limited to a maximum of 5%. To check compatibility of vehicles produced since 2000, we recommend using the new online E10 compatibility checker: https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-e10-petrol
It should be noted that some Super E5 Protection grade products do not contain Ethanol as the E5 designation is for fuels containing up to 5% Ethanol. Product availability varies by manufacturer and geographical location and enthusiasts should check the situation in their location.
18 November 2020
A NEW THREAT TO OUR HOBBY.
Action needed by YOU NOW.
Please read the article on the proposed Clean air zones legislation, which if not amended will price our hobby off the roads in the U.K. for ever !
If you want to continue to drive your Military vehicle to shows or go on road runs without having to fork out hundreds of pounds each day for simply driving it then read the article and print off, fill out and post the MVT Campaign letter to your Local MP and Councillors to let them know how this flawed legislation will stop you enjoying your hobby.
This Legislation if not amended to make exempt our vehicles will also prevent your kids and grand kids from taking up and enjoying our hobby as well, so do it for yourself and them it will only take you five minutes to print it off, fill it in and put in the post box but it could safe guard our hobby forever.
5 August 2020
What not to do while drunk in Spain on Ebay.
By Lance Parsons MVT Member.
As many a boy did I dreamed of driving a tank and blowing things up. Years rushed by and I never got a chance to fulfil my dream until my children got me a driving experience to drive round in a tank…… The die was cast from the moment I got in a 432 and drove it round a field, my passion was reawakened and the search was on.
Go forward 2 years and while sitting in a bar in Spain I noticed a CVRT Spartan for sale on E-Bay. Not saying the beer had clouded my judgement, but it had. Putting in a bid I was sure would be beaten I sat back and had another beer.
The next day the truth hit me I was the proud owner of a CVRT Spartan my bid had won, now the realisation hit me, I owned a CVRT and knew next to nothing about it, I was in Spain and had no where to keep it………..
What followed was a series of good luck and people going above and beyond. The first was the place the Tank was stored in, and Dale of Heywood tanks agreed to keep the Spartan in their yard until I could arrange a place to move it to. The next was the seller Rob who has since become a firm friend and one of the people that are really larger than life. Not only had this man sold me his Spartan he invited me up to learn how to drive a CVRT by driving his Scorpion round an industrial estate at night. Rob then sorted a couple of issues and loaded the Spartan on to a lorry to bring it south, to where I had managed to get a secure parking space.
While searching for secure parking I had been talking to the MVT and DVLA and Bovingdon Tank Museum and Coventry Transport Museum and Alvis and BAE systems and lots of other people trying to get the Spartan registered for the British roads. This help ranged from above and beyond (the Library staff at Bovingdon) to someone at DVLA telling me that I would not be able to drive the Spartan on the public road. After 4 months of effort my V5 arrived for my 1980 Spartan.
The Spartan arrived at lunchtime and I was there waiting for it. The driver reversed in to the car park and started to un-strap the Spartan. People had gathered to see the arrival, I am sure most could not believe I had actually been so mad. I climbed on the lorry, I climbed into the driver’s seat in the Spartan, and more people arrived. Then it struck me, I could not remember how to start it… PANIC!!!!!!
I am sat there the lorry driver has finished and now joined the crowd and the crowd has gone into a quiet expectant hush, and I can’t remember how to start it. In my defence I had only started a CVRT once 4 months before. What followed next, looking back at it, was so strange. I sat in the seat looking at the controls willing myself to remember, I know I will call Rob, no answer – Panic getting worse, Call Dale, no answer – Panic through the roof, the crowd is getting restless. Then somehow I remembered Rob had sent me a text with instructions in it on how to start the thing…….. So easy when you know how, following the instructions in a text and she burst into life. Driving her off and into a space was so easy (thank goodness). And turning her off, handbrake applied, I jumped out to a round of applause. And relief like no one would believe.
Once she was here and the news spread I started to get a few phone calls, an ex officer of mine from the Ambulance service told me he used to drive Spartans and that a friend of his was down from Scotland and used to be a driving instructor on Spartans. That evening they turned up to view her and as chance would have one of them had served in the Squadron where the Spartan had seen service, so that evening we took a few pictures of them with the Spartan. Within days I was contacted by the driver of my Spartan while she was in service. He (Hugh) has also become a friend and as soon as lockdown is over is coming for a visit. I have also been very lucky in meeting Chris who was a driver in the forces and has helped teach me all sort of things from daily to checks, to how (very long list).
Since she has been with me, we have been lucky enough to do a few events and even luckier to have met another Paul (and son) who owns a Landy, and is very good at arranging things to happen. Like a 7 vehicle convoy to a local festival or an outing to a military day at a local airfield, or for finding some help to remove the cupola for me to find out why it did not turn and even more importantly, once I had sorted out the 150 odd bearings, helped to put it back on.
I am learning more every day with a great deal of help from other owners/ ex service personal and people interested in military vehicles and even though sometimes I can feel there eyes rolling as I ask yet another silly question they have yet to let me down.
She is slowly coming together with more work still do to. I am hoping that as soon as lockdown is over I will be invited to take her down to the Cold War Museum near Alton where there is a large area of ground to let me drive her around and generally play in.
Updated MVT Covid19 lockdown policy as from July the 14th 2020.
As a charity we have to abide by Government advice and keep the safety of our members and the public paramount. Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT ‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area meetings and public events – they continue to be suspended until further notice.
However, in the light of some of the changes in the restrictions, members are able to attend outdoor events organised by recognised institutions like Museums, Councils etc., where Risk Assessments have been made and Covid19 Government Guidelines are adhered to. This also applies to road runs and below you will see the MVT’s recommendations to keep the public and you safe.
We all know our vehicles are high profile and draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s behave responsibly and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct.
MVT guidelines for those taking part in outdoor events (14/07/2020).
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, temperature or lack of taste or smell) do not participate in the event.
If you develop symptoms after the event follow government track and trace guidance and notify the organiser.
Follow government guidelines regarding good hygiene including regular hand washing.
Observe the Government recommendation to socially distance keeping 2m apart or if not possible 1m+ alongside mitigating measures such as wearing a face covering and not facing each other.
On a road run, keep stops to a minimum.
Vehicles should be crewed by people from the same household.
Observe any Local Lockdown regulations or National Restrictions that override this guidance.
Members should carry facemasks, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser to be used in an emergency or to comply with guidance at establishments visited.
The organiser must keep a record of the name and contact details for each person participating for use in event of tracking and tracing being required, and those details are to be kept in accordance with the MVT Data Protection Policy.
All participants must be mindful that they are representing the MVT and therefore the MVT’s Code of Conduct must be observed.
The arrangements for the easing of the lockdown and the related Government guidance are being updated frequently. Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times.
30 June 2020
The Work Carries on.
We are living in strange times at the moment and nothing is as it was or will ever be again once C-19 has gone away.
Here at the Management Committee ( MC ) despite not being able to meet up for our usual formal meetings to discuss the running of the MVT Trust in person, we are now embracing technology and using video conferencing to continue to meet up and run the MVT for you our members.
After a little bit of getting used to we are finding it very helpfull in continuing to keep on top of the ever increasing amounts of Government red tape that impacts on our Hobby. So the work carries on in the background keeping our Hobby ready for when this is all over and we can take our vehicles out again and go to shows and be proud we are Members of the Largest and Oldest Military Vehicle Club in the World, the MVT.
The only good thing to come out of this lockdown is the amount of time, although enforced, that we can now devote to finishing off those restorations we have never quite finished, no excuses now…………. i’m off back to the workshop to do more Jeep jobs, strange how the list of jobs never gets any smaller though??
30 June 2020
Updated MVT Covid-19 lockdown policy as from July the 4th 2020.
As a charity we have to abide by Government advice and keep the safety of our members and the public paramount.
Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, none so far have altered the MVT ‘s current policy regarding the organisation of official meetings and events – they continue to be suspended until further notice.
As tempting as it might be to organise an official run out or meet up with fellow MVT members, no matter how casual or coincidental, this kind of activity is still in breach of the Government guidelines (as an organised event), and therefore the Trust cannot sanction such activities. If you choose to go shopping or commute to work (as long as your vehicle insurance allows it) in your MV then that is not a problem, but no gatherings should be organised, because it is against the current Government Guidelines on numbers and social distancing.
We all know our vehicles are high profile and draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s behave responsibly and not make their presence felt even more by travelling or gathering in groups. Such un-official activities invalidate any MVT insurance, as such events cannot be condoned by the Trust.
We extend our sympathies to members’ families who have lost loved ones during the pandemic. Please abide by the current guidelines and any changes that are made in the coming weeks.
Please Stay Safe.
Chairman of the MVT
2 June 2020
Coronavirus Covid-19 Latest update.
The MVT’s continued Covid19 lockdown policy in light of the lifting of some restrictions.
Although lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted, none so far have changed the MVT ‘s current policy of lockdown. Meetings and events are suspended until further notice.
No matter how tempting it might be to organise a run out or meet up with fellow MV owner, no matter how casual or coincidental, these are still not a permissible event under the Government’s current policy.
Although you can now meet up in small groups the deciding factor is that it can only be from two households, which translates to your household and one other, not yours and two other households.
We have said before, and we will say it again, our vehicles are high profile and so draw immediate attention where ever they go. This makes us susceptible to scrutiny and as such we need to be squeaky clean so that anything we do does not bring the MVT into disrepute.
We appreciate the frustration at not being able to do what we would like to, but we cannot break the rules just because someone else has. So please remain at home and only venture out if necessary and as the Government says ‘Stay Alert’ and follow the guidelines.
Simon Johnson Chairman MVT
21 May 2020
Help for Veterans website Launched
When a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or SF Soldier leaves the services whether through ill health, injury or end of service it can come as a very big shock returning to civy street.
Everything you knew or had has suddenly vanished and you are left to fend for yourself in this alien world were no one gives a dam about where you’ve been or what you’ve seen or done for your country.
This is why so many Ex Forces personnel end up on the streets with no home to go to or work to find, and our WW 2 veterans can end up living in poverty alone except for the frequent nightmares of what they went through.
The MVT was contacted by Lisa Manners who came across the MVT website while doing research on the internet for help for her grandad who is a Veteran himself to put together a guide for Ex Forces Personnel to help them through the maze of Government and Charitys who can offer help, advice and asistance to all Ex Forces Veterans no matter how old you are or what war, conflict or service you did.
Lisa’s website can be found by clicking on this link https://businesscostsaver.co.uk/guide-for-veterans/
It is full of great contacts for virtualy everythink under the sun, but if you come across another great charity or resource which you think would be of use then please email the details to the website manager at firstname.lastname@example.org/~mvtor418
and I will pass them on to Lisa to include in her guide, the MVT is always proud to support our Veterans as a lot of our members are Veterans themselfs and we Honour them and their memory by restoring the Vehicles they used in service of our Country and other Countrys around the World. A big thank you to Lisa for doing this from all our Ex Forces community.
2 April 2020
Old Soldier’s Lifetime Wish Realised
A Kent charity working to make a reality of the dying wish of an old soldier is close to achieving its goal.
A feature length documentary made by award-winning filmmaker Peter Williams is close to completion and will be premiered later this year.
The film is being released by The Hill 112 Memorial Foundation, which is continuing the work of Albert Figg, part of the liberating army that secured a vital strategic site as the Allies moved south through France following the D-Day invasion of 1944.
The battle for Hill 112, just outside Caen, was long and bloody, costing the lives of more than 7,000 Allied soldiers over a 10 week period as the two sides fought to gain control of this critical part of the landscape.
Albert Figg, a Sergeant Gunner with the 112th Field Regiment during the campaign, worked tirelessly towards the end of his life to create a permanent memorial on the hill to men from the 43rd Wessex, 53rd Welsh, 15th Scottish and 11th Armoured Divisions who confronted six SS Panzer divisions in brutal and costly battles.
That memorial now features a Churchill tank, a 25-pounder field gun, a statue of an infantryman and 112 trees in the shape of a cross, creating pathways of remembrance for relatives.
With the memorial close to completion, Albert’s dying wish was that memorial should be finished and a documentary film made to tell future generations of youngsters about the supreme sacrifice made by so many in defeating Fascism. He asked award-winning filmmaker Peter Williams if he would do this for him.
The film, which is being released this summer, incorporates filmed interviews with 20 of the veterans who took part and has been a labour of love for Peter, who met Albert on a number of occasions and is himself a member of the Hill 112 Memorial Foundation committee chaired by Albert’s daughter Annette.
The film will help to raise funds to provide a viewing platform that will allow visitors to gain a better understanding of the battle and its strategic significance, finally making Albert Figg’s dream a reality. The charity is meanwhile continuing to appeal for funds to pay for the film’s creation.
A Canterbury Tale; The Battle for Hill 112 will be premiered at The Studio at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre later this year and will then be used to entertain and inform audiences and raise funds for the foundation. Supporter groups in Wales and in Scotland, home to many of those who fought in a variety of Allied regiments and units, will also be organising special screenings.
The Foundation, which has the backing of Appeal Patron His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, is looking to make contact with the relatives of those who fought on Hill 112 and is also keen to hear from groups that would like to screen the documentary-length film. Donations towards completing Albert’s long-held ambition are also welcome.
For more information see www.thehill112.com
25 March 2020
MVT Area meetings and Vehicle Verification Coronavirus update.
Following the Government announcement on Monday the 23rd of March 2020, the temporary suspension of all MVT Area meetings will be extended indefinitely. The suspension will last until the crisis has passed and the restrictions imposed are lifted by the Government.
As a consequence of these new tougher restrictions the Vehicle Verification service has been revised to protect members and inspectors alike, so no vehicle inspections will take place for the duration of the restrictions. However Richard Adams, who runs Vehicle Verification Service, will continue to help members with their first time registration applications where he can, and for as long the DVLA feels it can continue to accept new applications.
The MVT will continue to monitor the situation and Government advice and will advise accordingly.
Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.
18 March 2020
18 March 2020
AGM 2020 POSTPONED
Due to the rapid escalation of developments with the spread of the Coronavirus the MVT’s Management Committee have taken the decision to postpone the AGM that was due to be held in Coventry on Sunday the 5th of April.
The decision has also been taken to cancel the Safety Awareness Days that were to be held on the 29th of March at Phoenix House, Catterick Garrison, and Armourgeddon near Kettering.
Fortunately for us, none of what we do is vital or essential and because of that we feel that it is necessary ask you to temporarily suspend any Area meetings for March and April.
We will closely monitor any guidance given by the Government and relevant bodies and react accordingly to meetings and events planned for later in the summer. It will be a very different kind of year for all of us, to the one we had already planned for. The health and safety of us all is paramount, so please follow any advice from the authorities and stay safe.
Simon Johnson MVT Chairman
6 February 2020
Introduction of 10% ethanol into petrol E10.
The FBHVC has today released a press release about the intoduction of E10 petrol, please read this as it affects most of our vehicles.
22 February 2020
This years AGM will be on Sunday 5th April 2020 at 1pm at the Coventry Transport Museum 16 Hales Sreet coventry CV11 1JD.
Please remember that all members need to bring their current membership card to gain entry to the AGM. For more details please look in the News section of the Winscreen Magazine.