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Welcome to the website of the MVT's South East Midlands Area. Our members look after and restore a whole range of ex-military vehicles with both UK and overseas origins. Vehicles include the well known Jeep through to tanks, transporters, lorries, Land Rovers, motor bikes, the humble folding bicycle and range from pre-First World War to the present day.
Local areas hold informal monthly meetings that provide a forum for members to discuss just about any topic they want. Wherever you are, you can be sure there is another member who can help or who knows someone who can.

Our meetings are usually held at the Aviator pub, Sywell Aerodrome, near Northampton, at 8pm on the first Thursday of the month (but not January). Just go into the bar and ask for directions to the MVT meeting room. Check first with the Diary section in case the venue or date has changed.
The MVT's main website is at www.mvt.org.uk and there is also a Facebook page: Military Vehicle Trust
Last mvtsem.com site update: 17-04-18


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B-17s at Deene- thorpe

On Saturday, April 28, we have obtained permission for one last tour around Deenethorpe Airfield before re-development starts.
The theme is to commemorate the USAAF's 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy), the RAF's 100 anniversary and to promote Wicksteed at War.
The format would be as follows: all vehicles to meet at the entrance to the airfield on the A427 and follow instructions from marshals; all vehicles to be in place by 1000 hours; at 1000 hours a short "drumhead" service at the memorial with the local Royal British Legion and, hopefully members of the USAF; a tour of the field; form up on the runway in a delta formation for a mass drive along the runway.
The owners of the field, the Brudenell family of Deene Park, will be joining us.
The old airfield will shortly be turned into a "garden village". The plans include a village green, shops and community hall, as well as more than 1,000 homes.
The event is from 1000 to 1300 but trained MVT marshals are needed by the memorial on the A427 at about 0900. So far 80 MVs are expected but more are welcome.
Notes: There are no toilet facilities on the airfield.
Do not enter the runway without permission of the duty fire crew.
The nearest postcode I could find is PE8 5AS but this might not take you directly to the memorial or airfield - consult a map!

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Around 100 members and guests crowded into the Cirrus Room at The Aviation to hear our guest speaker World War Two Lancaster pilot Rusty Waughman, of 101 Special Duties Squadron, RAF. Report and pictures in the Area Minutes section.

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100 years of the RAF is being marked by Sywell Aviation Museum. See Sywell 2018 section, left.

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A message from Neill Elliott, SEM Area Secretary:
Some of you may remember Mike Garnett who came to one of our meetings and gave us a talk about Arnham. Mike is a serving member in the army and is based at RAF Chicksands. He has sent me the following message.
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This year the Corps Day is taking place on the 21st July 18 held here in Chicksands....It marks the formation of the Intelligence Corps....I myself have not been to last years event but I have been informed that it will be broken down into 2 phases.
Phase One
Display Arena....Family Events....Bouncy Castle.......Inter unit Competition (Tug Of War, Football, Rugby ), Food stands etc (Very much like the Armed Forces Day last year but maybe on a bigger scale!
hopefully  The MVT..!
Phase Two
Open Air concert...outside the Officers Mess…
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There is one special condition with the event in that Chicksands is an operational military base so we would all have to arrive at a set time and be booked in through security. The same applies to leaving so we would not be able to leave in dribs and drabs.
Corps Day is for military personnel and their families only and we would be their guests.
If you are interested please message me as soon as possible at neill.elliott@hotmail.co.uk
I am asking now because our meeting next week will be entirely dedicated to our guest speaker Rusty and Mike really needs to know approximate numbers before our May meeting.
Many thanks
Neill
Pictured above: Display from last year's show with Chicksands Priory in  the background

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MVT members sport their new high-viz vests after the safety training day on March 24. See section, left.

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We have been invited to supply up to four vehicles to help celebrate Armed Forces Day on Northampton Market Square on Saturday, June 30. This is a high-profile event with usually the Mayor and Lord Lieutenant taking the salute. We need to be in place from 1000 to 1600. If you can help, contact Tim Cross on 01604 583081.

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Secure vehicle storage for vehicles up to GMC lorry size is available at Rushden. Please contact Gary Stock if you are interested on 07850 401271.

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Sunday 22nd April is Drive It Day, a scheme initiated by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, of which the MVT is a member. The aim is to encourage historic vehicle owners to raise awareness of our national love for classics by taking to the road for a Sunday blast!
Why not head for Bicester, a former RAF bomber station where specialist auto businesses are now  based. Expect to see thousands of classic cars, aircraft, workshops, stalls etc.
There is an entrance fee of about £5 if you book on line or you can pay a little bit more on the gate. Bicester Heritage is in Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX27 8AL. For sat nav purposes please use OX26 5HA. It is about four miles from either junction 9 or 10 of the M40, 15 miles south west of Silverstone.
More details on http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/?ticket=sunday-scramble-tickets
We might RV somewhere en route and arrive together.

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Modern British Army vehicles will be on display at an Open Day at Bramcote Camp (off A5 near Nuneaton, just north of Rugby), on Sunday, July 22. We have been invited to join them.
There will be stalls, food, and displays of modern vehicles such as Husky, Bulldog, Challenger tank, Mann wreckers. The Morgan Car Club is also attending. All MVs are welcome and there is free entrance. Be there before 9.30am. Leave when you want.
As at our Chicksands visit last year, names and registration numbers are needed two weeks before and bring photo ID with you.
The address is Gamecock Barracks, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 6QN. We might RV somewhere en route and arrive together.
Picture: Action from last year's Bramcote Camp Open Day.

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The Tanks, Trucks and Firepower Show has been cancelled "due to unfore- seen circum- stances". All prepaid tickets will be fully refunded, said a spokes- man. "Thank you for you continued support as we start to plan our bigger, better, louder and improved show for 2019!"

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THE MVT's Council of Management meeting in February agreed to start a Facebook page. There were some concerns about this in terms of the reputation of the MVT but it was thought that members would do their best to ensure that the page is fun, interactive and above all useful for the members of the MVT and potential members. Please encourage other members to join!

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Simon Tasker is the first winner of the MVTSEM Top Traveller Trophy, a magnificent edifice made by outgoing secretary Ian Gardiner from gear cogs off a Jordan F1 car.
It was awarded at the February meeting to the affiliated SEM member who had travelled the most miles during 2017 to and from events in an MV of any age.
Fourth was Steve Smith with 604 miles, third Peter Clarke with 936 miles, second Brian Rive with 1,203 miles and the winner was Simon Tasker with 2,096 miles in his ex-USAF Dodge Ram. Simon's year included a trip to the Netherlands. He is pictured (left) with Ian.
Fancy a shot a the TT Trophy? Just keep a record of your travels this year. Journeys to and from any event where your vehicle is on display count.

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No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy . . . unexpect- ed road closure in the middle of Roger's Road Run
Picture by Tim Hawkes

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The website for Wicksteed at War 2018 is now up and running. You can read all about the exciting line-up of activities and MV owners can send in their applications now. The theme is centred around the 100th anniversary of the RAF, so expect as great display of warplanes on the ground. Click on http://wicksteedatwar.co.uk/

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We want to know what South East Midlands Area members have lurking in their garages and sheds, so please send us a picture and short write-up of your green machine. We'll put them on the Members' Vehicles section. Email the webmaster at petegerry@btinternet.com and attach a jpeg picture. Or you could bring along a photograph and description to a monthly meeting.

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An Army surplus and military clothing and equipment store in North- ampton is offering a 10 per cent discount for MVT members on production of your member- ship card.
Combat Cellar is in The Maltings, St James Road, which is part of the Westbridge filling station and taxi compound, just down the hill from Northampton Station. There is parking right outside.
Opening times are pictured.
The website is www.combatcellar.com

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If you consider yourself in the South East Midlands Area, it is vital that you affiliate yourself to the area. Only those who have affiliated can stand for office, vote at meetings or take part in the mileage award. It's easy to do, just go onto the main MVT website (www.mvt.org.uk) and click on the "Membership/join" tab. Then click on "Affiliation Form" tab. Fill in the form, selecting "South East Midlands", tick the "I'm not a robot" square and submit it. It only takes a few minutes.

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MEETINGS

Our meetings are usually held at the Aviator pub, Sywell Aerodrome, near Northampton, at 8pm on the first Thursday of the month (but not January). Just go into the bar and ask for directions to the MVT meeting room. Check first with the Diary section in case the venue or date has changed.

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