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Barry Wartime Weekend - Held at Barry Island railway
station we had quite a few jeeps turn up for this enjoyable show. The
station now contains a wartime museum run by local volunteers, and they've
done a good job of it! As well as the jeeps, and people in wartime uniforms
there was also a replica spitfire, though I don't know how they managed to
get it on display on the station platform - where our area secretary
couldn't find it!!!
Vintage Show, Coastal Park,
Llanelli - A nice show, though smaller than in previous years though
its the first time it's been held at this location. A few of us were there
for both days, and enjoyed looking around the area as well as looking around
Carew Cheriton Airfield Control
Tower - We had a great weekend here at their open day, I was
impressed by the amount of work the volunteers have done restoring the
control tower. Since our last visit many years ago when they first opened
the tower a lot of work has been done, they now have a museum there, and
they are hoping to develop the site further with hangers and a workshop. We
were well looked after, provided with free food and drinks.
St. Athan - a few
vehicles attended the 75th anniversary of St. Athan's airfield, probably
would have got more vehicles there, but as it was a midweek some couldn't
make it. We were well looked after, even had free icecream as out sec keeps
Armed Forces Day, Cardiff
- Most of us managed to attend this event held in Coopers Field, next to
Cardiff castle. The weather cooperated and we had a nice day there. Both our
area and the east wales area were here for this annual event.
Penarth Armed Forces Day
- A number of us attended this small event, and we joined a small parade
(those of us not in a pub watching the Lions play Australia).
Vintage Fair, Porthcawl
- A nice sunny day, a few of out members attended this small show. Quite a
cool wind as we are on the seafront there, but we all enjoyed the day.
Pencoed Show - Plenty of
vehicles turned up, but unfortunately shortly after we arrived it started
raining and didn't stop! We stayed until after lunch, then packed up the
club gazebo which we'd all been sheltering in and made our way home.
A new year has begun and already entries for shows have begun arriving, lets hope the weather is more co-operative this year and all the shows are successful.
I'm finally getting used to the latest version of Dreamweaver software so maybe I can now update the webpages more often!
Area Christmas Dinner - Most of our members were here for our christmas dinner, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food and had a great time. Many thanks to our secretary for organising the dinner again this year.
Pembrey Country Park -Great time here as always, made very welcome by the organisers as always. We went for a road run on the Saturday to Kidwelly, arriving back at Pembrey village to join the miniature steam engines that had made the run from the park. On the Sunday our vehicles were on display and attracted a lot of interest from the public.
Tredegar House, Newport - As always a good show, military vehicle area moved slightly from previos years, and the weather was ok a which makes a change from most shows this year
WW2 Summer, Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo - Once
we'd sorted out where we were camping in the park, we had a great time
here. We had vehicles parked just outside the door to the house, and
re-enactors camped the other side of the drive. It was very hot on the
saturday, I didn't envy the people in uniform on that day!
Most of the
house was used to display what it would have been like during WW2 as a
hospital. Dinefwr Park is a big place, very well looked after by the
National Trust and well worth a visit. Most of us at some time during the
weekend visited the castle at the top of a steep hill... though after I'd
walked up there and discovered it was possible to drive right up to it, it
got more visits!
Most of us really enjoyed this event and I'm sure would
return next year if they hold it again.
Glos Steam & Vintage, South Cerney Airfield
- A very big show with lots to do and see. A lot of military vehicles here,
most of them trucks which unusually outnumbered the smaller vehicles.
Weather was ok with just the occasional heavy shower. Best show I've been to
Car and Vintage Show, Llanelli - A few military vehicles turned up to
a nice show with plenty of exhibits. Weather could have been warmer but it
Day, Cardiff - We had a great day supporting this event at coopers
field in the center of Cardiff. Dry, warm and sunny all day! A good turnout
with vehicles from the south Wales and south east Wales areas here. There
were various displays in the arena all day and a flypast by a dakota too. I
must mention Justin for his hard work lifting children onto his ferret in
exchange for a donation towards the Help for Heroes fund, judging by the
queues he must have made a lot of money towards this worthwhile cause.
the end of the show, most of us travelled a short distance to a pub for a
get together before travelling our seperate ways home.
of Transport - A good show, with a large number of vehicles, some
even travelling long distances to attend helped by the payment of fuel costs
by the organisers. It was a bit cold on the first day but the second day was
much better with a rarity this summer - sunshine! Trips on the train between
the two stations were free for exhibitors so we took advantage of it to
visit the displays and stalls on the other station in Barry.
Manor - A nice two day show, with a
lot of re-enactors in attendance. The weather could have been better but
still had a lot of public at this event. The recreation of the manor as a
french chateau occupied by germans was particularly good. We had a
number of jeeps and a motorbike at the show, though problems were had
starting the motorbike - see pictures page.
Historic Vehicles MOT - The
government has announced that all pre 1960 manufactured vehicles will be
exempt from the MOT test. This change will come into force by 18 November
(Read official statement)
Pencoed - A big show with a lot of
vehicles, its grown a lot. We were lucky with the weather, following a week
of rain we had a dry and sunny weekend! An excellent turnout of military
vehicles, including a few that we haven't seen at shows in this area before.
Best Military Vehicle was won by Paul Price with his Willys jeep.
Pembrey Country Park - An enjoyable
weekend, with some of us camping i the park from Thursday to Sunday. We had
a roadrun on the Saturday, but shortly after we set off the rain started so
that when we stopped at a viewpoint on Pembrey mountain all we could see was
mist! We then proceeded to Kidwelly where we stopped in a nice cafe for
refreshments. As we'd parked in different places near the cafe the people of
Kidwelly must have wondered what was going on as when leaving there were
jeeps going in all directions!
Sunday was a much better day with sunshine! This is the main day for the
show, with classic cars attending and plenty of public there too. We all
enjoyed the show and will definitely be back next year.
Tredegar House, Newport - As usual
a very good show, but as with almost all shows this year the weather could
have been better. A good turnout of military vehicles though less large
vehicles, maybe due to the cost of fuel. A few of our members stayed the
weekend, travelling on the Saturday to the forest of dean for a road run.
Classic car show, Aberdare park -
Despite the weather a good turnout of classic cars, and two jeeps which were
the possibly the oldest vehicles there. Disappointing that there were no
stalls but that was probably due to the weather - we had a heavy showers
throughout the day. It was the first year the show has been held on here,
previously at Tonyrefail.
Orllwyn Teifi Vintage Show - A nice
show, but would have been a lot better with good weather! The rain and cold
wind spoiled it a bit, and as with most shows this year seems to be getting
smaller, possibly due to fuel costs to get to the shows. A few of us turned
up in jeeps, and Paul succeeded where most people failed - managed to
balance jeep perfectly on ramps in the ring (see pictures page).
Gnoll Park, Neath - As usual a good
show, lots of vehicles and the weather was ok too! A good day out.
Gower Agricultural Show - Not many
vehicles at this show, as it is an agricultural show, a few tractors,
landrovers, stationary engines and a couple of jeeps comprised the vintage
section. Unfortunately the weather wasn't too good with heavy showers most
of the morning - and we now know the club gazebo is not waterproof! - though
the sun did make an appearance for the afternoon.
This event had the honour of being the first to have Justin's recently
acquired 1942 Ford GPW as an exhibit! Driving around the main ring I was
surprised to hear the commentator describe the driver (no names) of
the jeep in front of me as handsome - the jeep possibly, but the driver???
Classic & Vintage Show, Llanelli -
A couple of us got together for a road run to the show on a hot sunny day.
Very nice show, with plenty of exhibits. We enjoyed a free open top bus ride
around the town from the show which was something different.
Armed Forces Day, Cardiff - We had
a good turnout of vehicles for this event even though the weather wasn't
good. Seven vehicles from the South Wales Area and five from South East
Wales area. Everyone seemed to have a good time, though it was a long day as
we had to be on-site early and couldn't leave until 6pm. On the way home
that evening the convoy of vehicles heading west stopped at a pub for a
drink which we all needed, also nice to be in the warm, I'm still waiting
for summer to start. Thanks to Ernie our secretary for working so hard with
show organisers, and also to Peter Young for once again arranging the use of
University car park for us so we could all arrive at the show together.
Transport Festival of Wales - A
nice show held in the park and ride opposite the liberty stadium. As another
event was on at the same time only 2 military vehicles attended, one jeep
and a harley motorbike.
Swansea Airport, RAF Fairwood 70th
anniversary - We took 3 jeeps to this very interesting event. We were
made very welcome and were shown a DVD that had been produced chronicling
the history of the airfield. A surprising number of RAF squadrons were at
various times at the airfield during WWII.
Barry Festival of Transport - I
didn't take a vehicle and due to the heavy rain all day hardly anyone else
did either! Quite a few buses were there but only about 10 cars
Abergavenny Steam Rally - As always
a good show, and they were lucky with the weather there, although on the
Sunday when I went it rained most of the way there and back but at the show
it was dry!
Pencoed Classic Car Show - A good
turnout of vehicles as usual for this show, and apart from a couple of
showers good weather too. The best military vehicle award was won by Justin
Legg with his ferret, and he also won 2 other awards, best past winner and
ummm I can't remember the other one but I'm sure he'll remind me!
Fortress Wales, Margam Park -
a good show, with re-enactment groups from all era's putting on
displays. Not quite as many military vehicles as last year, but that was
probably due to fuel costs and the weather which although dry and sunny was
Border Counties Show, Monmouth - A nice show just across the river
from the center of Monmouth. Reasonable turnout of vehicles, weather could
have been better though it was mostly dry.
Fortress Wales, Margam Park -
Excellent show, best they've held so far with good weather and a huge amount
of public attending.
Classic Car Show, Pencoed - As
usual a good show at this event.
Abergavenny Steam Rally - Always a
good show, with more heavy vehicles than we see at most shows. On day I
attended we had very good weather which always helps!
Barry Festival of Transport - a
small show, which had more military vehicles than previous years. Free
admittance for the public helps to make this a good attraction for people in
the area. Lots of buses too, giving free rides around Barry which were very
Tredegar House, Newport - very well
attended as usual, this is one of the most popular shows of the year in the
area. We had good weather this year, and a nice display of military
Forces Day, Cardiff - Hottest day
of the year for this huge show! All military vehicles that enters turned up,
makes a nice change to get 100% attendance. We probably had the best spot
where we were located next to the docks as we had a light breeze which was
needed. Our group had a guided tour of the frigate by one of the navy
officers during a time it was closed to rest of the public. I was surprised
to learn that our entire navy consists of just 32 ships. Everyone who
attended enjoyed this event, and on the way home that evening the convoy of
vehicles heading west stopped at a pub for a drink which we all needed.
Thanks to Ernie our secretary for working so hard with show organisers, and
also to Peter Young for arranging the use of University car park for us all
to meet in to arrive in convoy at the show.
At time of writing our season of attending events and shows has come to an
end, so this report covers the years’ activities by the “regular” members of
The season started by several of us “dusting down” our vehicles to take to
Margam Park for a photo-shoot to advertise the forthcoming event “Fortress
Wales” which was to be held at the Park over the early May bank holiday
Our next outing was to the above event where several of our members camped
at the park for the duration of the show. The weather turned very cold and
miserable on the Monday, this is when our club gazebo came to very good use.
Karl Boston transported his VT55 recovery tank to the show (at great
personal cost) which was of great interest to the visiting public.
Unfortunately Karl was not allowed to drive his tank around the park which
was disappointing for him.
The following weekend, 10th May, saw a good turn-out of vehicles
at the car show at Pencoed College, the weather was fine and we all enjoyed
the day, our new area banner, provided by the MVT, had its first airing at
There was a gap in activities as we awaited the “big one” – the Normandy
Tour.Several of our members went on the tour, some on the official camp site
some at privately arranged accommodation, but we all got together for visits
to the many places of interest.One of our party had a mishap right at the
end of the tour, Paul Price had a problem with his camper van which wouldn’t
start, and by the time he had fixed it he had missed his scheduled ferry
crossing. On the positive side Pauls jeep literally kept the Welsh flag
flying, as shown on the back cover and inside report of Windscreen issue
Terry Peters and I did not return home after the tour week, but continued
with our annual holidays touring through France and down to northern Spain,
where to our dismay we had foul weather and therefore returned into France.
We had a good turnout of vehicles at the Forces Day held in the grounds
behind Cardiff Castle on 27th June. We had a great reception from
the public during the parade through the city with our vehicles. The day
turned out to be hot and sunny with everyone enjoying the event.
A few of us attended the Bromyard Gala on 4/5th July meeting old
acquaintances from other areas. The show was a bit disappointing with the
lack of stalls which we all like to browse. The following week we all
returned to North Nibley for a new Olden Days Transport Show, which again
saw a good turnout of military vehicles.
The Welland Steam Rally at the end of July is always a favourite being one
of the biggest events. This year we did not have the mud bath but were lucky
to have fine weather again.Our next show was the Gloucestershire Steam &
Vintage show at Kemble airfield, end of July beginning of August, which is
another big show with a huge variety of motor vehicles and many stalls to
A couple of us went straight from the Kemble show to the Evesham Vintage
Steam Rally – a first time for us. The showground was rather wet when we
arrived but dried out after a while. This was quite a good event which was
added to with the local MVT areas’ “Barracks” being a great attraction.
At the end of August it was back to Kemble for the MVT National Rally, the
Severnside Area put in a lot of time and effort arranging this event. It was
a little disappointing that many members did not turn up at the show as this
should have been the MVT bumper show.
On September 13th several of us attended a more local show at
Tonyrefail – the annual Transport Festival, a small show but well worth
The following weekend many of us attended the biggest event held in South
Wales – the Vintage Rally held at Tredegar House grounds; again several of
us camped at the showground along with some members of the South East Wales
area. The number of military vehicles was down on previous years, but still
enough to interest the visiting public.
Our last show of the season was at the end of September, the Miniature Rail
and Road Rally, at Pembrey Country Park, West Wales. This was again a first
for us but we had a good display of members’ vehicles. We were made very
welcome by the organisers who arranged camping for us for the weekend.
Pembrey Country Park is a very attractive area with the seven mile long
beach, sand dunes and the permanent miniature railway, a ski slope,
restaurant and a camp site for participants. The site was a World War 2
ammunitions factory which still has the covered bunkers connected with a
network of roadways which we were able to use with our vehicles. The
organisers were very pleased with our turnout and invited us back next year
requesting more vehicles.
Regarding our local club scene – at our meeting at the beginning of the year
our chairman Terry Peters proposed that we meet in the future at 8-30pm to
give members who may be working more time to attend, this was approved by
the meeting and confirmed at the following meeting.
The June meeting was poorly attended as members had just returned from
France and were “recovering”, the chairman and secretary still in France.
It is with great regret that I have to report the death of Dave Barnes’ wife
Bette, who passed away in April. Our sympathies go out to Dave and his
In my last report stated that I hoped for better weather for the forthcoming
season - my hopes have already been dashed as we have had wash-outs at
several events so far this season.
Events attended by our area members:-
The Fortress Wales show at Margam Park went well considering it was held in
the early part of the events calendar - 3rd to 5th May, the weather being
quite cool and changeable, we had a reasonable turnout of military vehicles
but could have been better. It was nice to see several South East Wales
members supporting us at Margam. There was a 'Tiger' Tank on display and
taking part in the mock battle with the South Wales Borderers group.
The following week, 11th May, we again had a reasonable turnout at the South
Wales Classic Car Club show at Pencoed college, with very pleasant weather.
Peter Young took the prize for best military vehicle (he's the one with all
Several of us attended the Abergavenny Steam Rally over the bank holiday
weekend, this is normally a good show to see but this year it was a real
washout with the event finished by lunchtime on Monday.
We had excellent weather on June 8th for the Barry Festival of Transport
show, this is a small show but well worth supporting. I had organised a road
run through the very pleasant Vale of Glamorgan ending at the Barry show,
the turnout was poor with the same regulars taking part.
The Veterans Day event at Cardiff Castle was excellent with a good turnout
of military vehicles from both South Wales areas, the weather superb. We
were on display in the castle grounds with a huge public attendance. We took
part in the veterans parade through the streets of the capital city with
crowds lining the route, a very enjoyable experience.
The Transport Festival of Wales at Swansea was a bit disappointing as the
show was mainly modern transport trucks and the cars on display quite
modern. The military vehicle section was poorly supported but it was nice to
see Barrie Jones back on the scene with his jeep.
Next another show spoiled by the weather, the Lister Tyndale Rally at
Berkeley Castle, again a few of us from our area attended - keeping the
Welsh flag flying.
The "big" MVT Show at Kemble again turned out to be a rough weekend weather
wise. We had a reasonable turnout from the South Wales areas, where members
joined together to convoy to the event. It was nice to meet up with old
friends from around the country and enjoy vehicles not normally seen in our
area. I must congratulate the Severnside members for the effort put in
organising such a big event.
The Bromyard Gala weekend was another washout with foul weather spoiling an
event that is normally well supported. The military vehicle display was a
bit thin on the ground this year - perhaps members heeded the weather
forecast, which was bang-on.
The above events attended by our members is up to date at the time of
writing, let's hope for better weather for future events this summer,
or we are going to have a repeat of last year!
On the local scene we have had our area AGM, "surprise surprise" the same
officers were re-elected. We could do with some young blood to take over the
helm from us "elderly" officers. We do have two "youngsters" in Phil Rice
(Treasurer) and Gareth Williams (Webmaster), so there are hopes for the
future running of the area as Terry and I "fade away".
Eric Raymond Thomas
23 April 1937 – 1st February 2007
It is with great sadness that I have to report the loss of Eric Thomas who passed away after a short illness at his home in Bridgend on 1st February.
Our sympathy goes to Eric’s sons Vaughan and Rhys and the rest of his family.
His funeral was well attended by many of his friends in the MVT, unfortunately several members were unable to attend due to the heavy snow fall that morning.
Eric was a long standing and respected member of the MVCG/MVT, and until the past year was a regular at our monthly meetings.
Eric was also well known by members outside our area, whom he met at the shows throughout the summer season.
Eric will be sadly missed by members of the South Wales Area for the quietly spoken gentleman he was.
On my New year resolutions list is "Write area reports for Windscreen". So to show other areas that we are still "alive and kicking", I decided to make the first issue of Windscreen in 2007.
Our regular faithfuls are keeping the meetings going and we were glad to welcome a new face into our midst when Gordon Ratcliffe joined us at our October meeting and at our annual Christmas Dinner.
We have another member to hopefully swell our ranks in Sam Fletcher, I recently verified Sam's Jeep, which he imported from Norway, it is in quite good condition.
Regarding the Christmas Dinner, it was once again a success with the members enjoying the value for money meal and cabaret, though the comedian was a bit risqué.
Last year many of us attended a variety of events around the country, with the MVT show at Kemble being the best attended ever by South Wales members and was thoroughly enjoyed.
An important event in our area was the "Veterans Day" at Cardiff Bay. The organisers were delighted to see our vehicles on display and requested us to attend in future years, as apparently "Veterans Day" is going to be celebrated throughout the country from now on.
This years event at Cardiff Bay will be held on Saturday 16 June. We would like as many as possible to take their vehicles to this event, (there is a weight limit at the Bay, contact me for details). Last year travelling expenses and camping fees were paid to South Wales members, I hope to negotiate the same this year.
A new event, local to many of us, will be held in Margam Park (J38 M4) on May 5-6-7th. this event is being organised by The South Wales Borderers Re-enactment Society and the Confederate Union Re-enactment Society and have invited MVT members to attend. There is camping at Margam Park from 3rd to 8th May.
The winter period has been a bit uneventful as usual, with the exception of an off-road run at the beginning of winter, which took us up into the very steep mountains above Resolven in the Neath valley.
We joined forces with the Neath Tractor and Commercial Club and followed a very rough track which took us up to the wind farm on top of the mountain overlooking the Afan valley. when I stated the track was rough I do not exaggerate, the jeeps were tested fully in four wheel drive, not recommended for the faint hearted.
At our Area AGM in May 2006 the following were elected/re-elected to office:-
Chairman - Terry Peters. Secretary - Ernie Williams, Treasurer - Phil Rice. Website Co-coordinator - Gareth Williams.
Our Chairman thanked the out going Treasurer, Dave Kingdom, for his work over many years, and welcomed our new Treasurer Phil Rice.
Regarding our Website, www.southwalesmvt.co.uk it is there for members use, as well as passing on Area information, anything you wish to display on the Website contact Gareth who will oblige.
Now that spring is approaching we look forward to another good year out with our vehicles and attending as many events a possible.
Normandy Tour - All the South Wales members who went on the tour
had a great time. Most attended the show at Horndean, near Portsmouth on the
last weekend of May before catching the ferry to France on 1st June. The
ferry was packed with military vehicles, and on disembarking at Ouistreham
we formed a huge convoy to our campsites, with a police escort. Most of the
South Wales area members were camped at Etreham, with some at Port-en-Bessin
and a few at Arromanches.
During the next few days we formed convoys to visit the British and
American areas of invasion, visiting Pegasus Bridge and all the landing
beaches. When driving onto Gold Beach at Asnelles one of the trucks got
stuck in soft sand much to the amusement of those watching, and we were
treated to an interesting recovery display.
As well as joining the MVT road runs we also expored the area
ourselves visiting the German batteries at Azeville,
Crisbecq-St Marcouf and Longues-s-mer. We also
went for a drive to Ste-Mčre-Eglise, and visited Carentan, where we found
the site where we camped on our tour on the 50th anniversary - 10 years ago.
June 6th - Security was very tight with roads closed
everywhere, even the major roads, and police stopping traffic at every road
junction. Fortunately we had special passes that allowed us though because
we had a WW2 veteran with us. It was great to have a motorway just for
ourselves! We travelled to Pointe du Hoc where our two Jeeps were the only
wartime vehicles that were allowed into the area. The ceremony at Pointe du
Hoc was attended by six of the veterans who attacked on D-Day, one of which
was born in Wales and is still proud of his Welsh roots. After the ceremony
ended we travelled a few miles to the very impressive American cemetery
above Omaha Beach. As we were leaving the cemetery we were approached by a
man who was providing catering in one of the large tents set up in the
car park who very kindly gave us all his surplus hot dogs, rolls and cookies
which we distributed around the campsite when we returned.
Other places we visited included "Hill 112" near Caen, a British
cemetery at Tilly-s-Suelles and the town of Villers-Bocage. We also went one
night to see a spectacular firework display at Port-en-Bessin. We also
joined a convoy which travelled slowly around Bayeaux. A very good
road run was organised by Peter Gray which went to the railway near
Conde-s-Noireau, where we went on a train as far as the tunnels where the
train used by Rommel used to stop safe from air attack. we then had an
excellent lunch before the convoy left for Tinchebray where there was a tour
of the town followed by a civic reception.
The time we spent in Normandy flew by and we had hot sunny weather
most of the time. The ferry crossing back to Portsmouth was as smooth as on
the way out, after all the travelling to different places every
day, driving a jeep all the way home was very tiring, now I could do with a
holiday to recover.
SOUTH WALES AREA REPORT
Now that the show season has just about come to an end I thought
that I had better put pen to paper and prepare an area report, as I have had
some flack in the past regarding the lack of input from our area. Believe it
or not, I have sent in reports on two occasions this year, neither of which
were printed, I may have missed the deadline or they may have gone missing.
What I decided to do is to start at the beginning of the year and
recap on our "goings-on".
Our faithful regular members have been keeping our area meetings
going and I am very greatfull for their attendance, but due to the "slow
period" of the winter we hold our meetings every other month as from
October, as you should be well aware by now, there being no meetings in
November, January and March. I must mention that the proposer to the changes
did turn-up on one of these months (sorry Terry).
Our Xmas Dinner, which has become an expected event, was once again
a great success with numbers being improved as spouses/partners were
cordially invited to join in our festivities and everyone enjoyed
themselves. Regarding the Xmas dinner, by the time you read this article we
will be less than four weeks from the next one, which will be held on
Tuesday 9th December. Those members who wish to take part in our
festive activities and have not told me please let me know the number of
places you require so that I may book accordingly, pick up the phone now!!.
The first meeting of 2003 was our area A.G.M in February, the
numbers present were a little disappointing, which our chairman Terry Peters
commented on in his annual report, our treasurer Dave Kingdom once again did
a good job of his report which showed our accounts in a healthy position.
Regarding "Election of Officers", I did not receive any formal nominations,
although every area member had received a nomination form through the post.
There were no volunteers from the meeting for any of the offices, so Gareth
Hoare proposed re-election of the current officers, the motion was eagerly
carried. The officers re-elected for 2003 being:-
Chairperson Terry peters
Secretary - Ernie Williams
Treasurer - Dave Kingdom
Fund Raiser - Gareth Williams
We have caught-up with "Information Technology", as our Assistant
Secretary – Gareth, has created a website for our area which he is running
very efficiently (we knew we would find work for him) we have had many
compliments on its content, some as far afield as the U.S.A. Gareth has
included a "calendar of events" for the show season, which is of particular
interest to our area members, and updates it on a regular basis. We also
have a "sales and wants" section by popular request. Keep up the good work
Gareth. Our website address is:-
Our next monthly meeting was in April, there was not a lot to
report on as we were just coming out of the quiet winter period. The good
news was that two new potential M.V.T. members had entered the world – Phil
Barrow had another son in February, No 3, and I had my second grandson the
By the time of our May meeting things had started to liven-up with
members having attended several shows. The big event at the start of the
show season in our area was at Swansea Singleton Park where many of
our members attended and put on a good display of military vehicles. A
couple of us, Terry and myself attended the Cobaton show,
arranged by Preston Isaac and the Devon Area, we were made very welcome and
was able to sample Garry Anstee’s cooking from his famous WW1 portable
military stove. Gary persuaded us to attend the Buckfastliegh show later on
in the year.
When at the Cobaton Combat Museum we were able to witness the
ceremony of unveiling of a plaque by Hon. Mrs Rowcliffe, daughter of Field
Marshall the Viscount Slim, Commanding Officer during the Burma Campaign.
The plaque was dedicated to the men and women of that campaign, also in
attendance were members of the Burma Star Association.
At our June meeting our chairman Terry gave a very interesting
report on his visit to a fellow enthusiast in Oklahoma, U.S.A. Whilst there
he met several other enthusiasts and ended-up putting their jeep to rights,
he had an enjoyable time and was well received.
I dont know if any one from our area attended Overlord 2003 at
Horndean, Terry and I were there last year but as stated above Terry was in
the U.S.A. and we normally travel to shows together. As I did not attend
"Overlord" I went local to the Abergavenny Steam and Vintage Rally
which turned out to be a very good event.
June, of course, is a very good month for shows, the Lister
Tyndale Rally at North Nibley is always one of the favourites for South
Wales members, there is always a good selection of military vehicles, a good
auto-jumble, stalls to suit the womenfolk, and good camping facilities,
except when you tow a caravan under the branches of low trees (oops, our
chairman can fill you in with the details).
Several of us went on a road run from Swansea to Laugharne (of
Dylan Thomas fame) as part of the Swansea Festival of Transport,
there were many shining vintage cars and us with our "green machines", a
very enjoyable time was had by all. The Festival of Transport show on the
Sunday was not very good and it did not help when our military vehicles were
given an out of the way location.
The South Wales area had quite a good turnout at Kemble Airfield
M.V. Show, which was a first class event at a first class venue. We must
thank the committee for all the hard work put in organising this event.
Having being invited by the Devon members to attend the
Buckfastleigh show, three of us, Terry, Barry Smith and myself with our
spouses took-up the invitation and we were very glad that we did, we were
very well received and had a marvellous time. We once again were able to
sample Gary Anstee’s cooking and we thank him and his team for their
efforts. We enjoyed a visit to Totnes on the steam train, and the road run
on to Dartmoor was outstanding, how some of the vehicles managed to clime up
the hills is a miracle, (I did not realise that there were hills in England
as well as Wales).
After Buckfastleigh my attendance to the weekend shows was very
limited due to illness in the family, but the reports kept rolling in at our
The reports I had on the Nostalgia Show at South Cerney Airfield
were mixed, apparently the event was not as good as when held at Wroughton.
Then there was the second show at Kemble run by the Stroud Vintage
Club, the members that attended enjoyed the show. Unfortunately I missed the
Yeovil Festival of Transport but Terry, my fellow nomad,
attended and gave it a very good report, it was very well organised and
Terry stated it was one of the best at Yeovil.
A local show at Gnoll Park, Neath, was very small with not
much to see, but at least it got some of our members together that are
unable to travel to the distant shows. Another local show at Margam
Country Park is always another favourite where we had a reasonable
turnout of military vehicles in the magnificent setting of the park and
Gareth Hoare reported on the Severn Valley Railway event,
which was very well organised. He and other S.W. members had a thoroughly
good time (Gareth will go anywhere for a free ride on a train – a Rhondda
Valley boy!!). Dave Barnes said he enjoyed the show at Hay-on-Wye.
I did manage a short weekend at Stoneleigh with several
other area members – the military section was quite good, but stalls seem to
heave been lacking. The whole showground had been turned right around from
the familiar location that we remembered year after year and the show had
become smaller. Peter Slater once again had put in a lot of effort arranging
the military section, which looked quite good in its new location.
Apart from attending events in this country a big-issue in our
monthly meetings was the Normandy Tour 2004, several of us have registered,
just in the nick of time, as the demand was beyond all of our expectations.
Those of us going are looking forward to it very much, but personally I am
not that eager to drive my jeep from Port Talbot to Portsmouth/Southsea – a
journey of some six hours – a hard ride to look forward to.
Back on the local scene the last big event in South Wales was the
Vintage and Classic car rally at Tredegar House, Newport,
where there was a huge display of vehicles of all types. The military
vehicle section was very well attended with several vehicles from "over the
bridge". Unfortunately this was the last show after a run of some twenty
four years, a great pity as all our members were always eager to attend.
The last show prior to writing this report, which was attended by
several of our members, was the Dean Forest Railway, "War
on the Line" at Lydney, Glos. This was very well organised by the
railway enthusiasts, and the mock battle carried out by the Military
Re-enactment Society was very well executed. The weather was again very good
to us, but Phil Barrow, with his two sons, spent a very cold night in his
personal "Fridge" - his White M3A1. Paul Price and Joanne travelled to the
show for the day in their jeep accompanied by Gareth and myself in our jeep.
We enjoyed the event and will definity be back there again next year.
As previously stated, and at the time of reading this report our
ordinary monthly meeting will have ended. Our next get together will be our
Xmas Dinner, see you all then.
Windscreen Report Summer 2002
Wales Area Report,
Our area is
still alive and kicking, unfortunately Charlie Lewis, our scribe for
"Windscreen" entries, has been unable to attend meetings, as he has had to
work away from home, thanks to Charlie for his past efforts.
By the time this article is printed the season will be well under way, our
first major show being at Singleton Park, Swansea on May Day where we always
have a good turnout of M.V’s.
Over the winter period we have
had a fairly quiet time but our "old-faithfulls" turn up regularly for
monthly meetings, and we have had three new members join us in the early
part of 2002.
We had a good "get-together" for our Christmas
dinner in December where everyone enjoyed themselves.
area AGM took place in January where the following were elected:
Chairperson – Terry Peters
Secretary – Ernie Williams
Treasure – David Kingdom
Assistant Secretary – Gareth Williams
After discussion it
was decided that the position of Events Co-ordinator be incorporated with
that of the Secretary’s role, and the position of Fund Raiser incorporated
with Assistant Secretary.
Due to the winter period being
uneventful the following motion was put forward by Terry Peters:
"That the regular club meetings currently held at one month intervals,
be amended to two month intervals between October and February each
year. Meetings in the period between April and September to be held each
month as at present. The dates to remain as at present i.e. the second
Tuesday of the relevant month. The membership would maintain the right to
override the proposed arrangement in the event of there being sufficient
need or special occasion".
After consideration by the
meeting the proposal was seconded with slight amendments to fit into the
year. The final programme agreed by the meeting being: Meetings to be held
in the months of February (AGM), April, May, June, July, August, September,
October, December (Xmas Dinner).
The above changes to take place as from
We have now caught up with Information
Technology, our assistant secretary – Gareth, has created a website for our
area, the address being: -
www.southwalesmvt.co.uk One of the useful
items of information on the website is a calendar of weekend events, which
is updated as show dates become known.
I am pleased that our
area was successful in our bid for funds from "Head-Office". The intended
use being to purchase a new banner and fund the running of our website.
After last year’s disruption to the shows due to the foot and mouth epidemic
we are all looking forward to a good season of events.