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A few random pictures .  . .


The British Motor Museum at Gaydon was turned in to Land Rover heaven on May 12-13 when the marque celebrated its 70th birthday. Peter Clarke (Series III Lightweight) and Steve Myles (Pulse Ambulance) were there.

Two long-standing MVCG and MVT members, Barry Mapperson (ambulance) and Dennis Rothwel (Series IIa Lightweight). While at Gaydon, Barry's 1968 ambulance took part in a photoshoot for a future Classic Land Rover magazine article. Barry is sitting on his Parabike.

Ultra-rare Wolseley Mudlark. Only 15 were made, two survive and the other is in India! The Mudlark later morphed into the Auston Champ. It has the oldest working Rolls Royce B40 engine in the world.

The Lightweight is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018

Pinkie Pair

Spot the interloper in this line-up of mini-Land Rovers! It's Peter Clarke's half-scale Jeep.

Jeep Ted proudly displaying his Certificate of Merit for taking part in the Mini Me event of Toylanders

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Pictures by Jane Hartley

Simon Tasker's Dodge Ram

Peter Clarke's Land Rover Series III Lightweight

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Picture by David Abbott

Picture by David Abbott

Picture by Dean West

Picture by Peter Clarke

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Memphis Belle was a 1990 British-American war drama film and featured an all-star cast with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr (in his film debut) in leading roles. Memphis Belle was a fictionalization of the 1943 documentary Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fotress by director William Wyler, about the 25th and last mission of an American Boeing B-17, the Memphis Belle, based in England during World War Two. The 1990 version was co-produced by David Puttnam and Wyler's daughter Catherine, and dedicated to her father. The film closes with a dedication to all airmen, friend or foe, who fought in the skies above Europe during World War Two.
Anyone want to volunteer their Jeep for a recreation of this scene?

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The British Motor Museum organised this event and the star of the show was the replica Mark IV tank made for the film War Horse. The museum and reserve collection were also open to visitors.
Pictures by Peter Clarke

Ford WOT1-1A which was rescued and restored by the late Brian Shoe- bridge, a former SEM area secretary.

Champ and Jeep in the display area.

A genuine two horse power cart from 1916 displayed in the arena.

First World War soldiers cycle to the Front.

In the museum was the first pro- duction Land Rover, known as Hue.

1947 Nuffield Gutty which eventually morphed into the Austin Champ.

This AEC London bus was comman- deered by the War Office and driven to the Somme in 1916.

Land Rover "Pink Panther"

1983 Land Rover Light- weight Series III was in the museum's packed reserve collection.

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Learning to drive her Dad's Ferret at Firepower is Felicity Jackson, aged 12.

Dustbins go flying in the arena display.
Picture: Stuart King

Peter Clarke parked his Light- weight next  to this tree...

Some pictures from Simon Tasker




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1940s' re-enact- ment weekend July 8-9, 2017, at Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tatters- hall Thorpe, Lincoln- shire. Pictures by Brian Rive.









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May 27-29, 2017, Lincoln- shire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby    Pictures by Brian Rive













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Peter Clarke's half-scale Jeep had its first outing of 2017 at the May Earls Barton classic car meet, carried there in the back of his Land Rover Lightweight. His grandchildren, Finley and Heidi, took the chance to drive it to see some of the other military vehicles at the meet.



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This picture came to light when sorting out old photos. It was sent as a thank-you note to Peter Clarke by these ladies who enjoyed the VE Day 50th anniversary celebrations at Bletchley Park, where the SE Midlands Area kept lots of vehicles in the MT sheds.
The ladies - Anne, Barbara, Peggy and Glad - were finding it difficult to walk around the park and were grateful for a lift in Peter's 1942 Ford GPW. One of them said it wasn't the first time she had been in a Jeep, as she dated an American airman during the war!

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Brian Rive attended the Ramsey at War weekend on August 21, 2016, and sent us some pictures of more unusual MVs






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A small but select SEM area turn-out for the Holme Front road run.
Brian Rive has added the next three pictures of other participants.




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South East Midlands area founder Steve Gascoigne has been wiling away a wet Cornish morning by watching Jeep trials in France on You Tube.
He writes: “Ken Lewis, who now lives in Normandy, sent me this, which reminded me of the 'trials' organised by the late great Hank Schumacher in Edge Hill quarries in the late 1960s and early 70s and where many of the 'old school' jeepers met one another. In those days we didn't have crash helmets, roll cages etc and most of those engines don't sound nor perform like the originals either!”
MVT president Richard Beddall, adds: “Having just watched the French clip, if my memory serves me right, Hank used to set out trials where the intention was not to get every car completely stranded on the sections. I wonder if the section in this clip was actually driven by the Clerk of the Course in a Jeep when he laid it out!”
The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZncxV8FqOs

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Mapledurham house was the film set for The Eagle Has Landed starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall and Jenny Agutter.





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Sywell Air Show 2012 and the Red Arrows make a spectacular entrance (sorry about the white knees on the Hotchkiss!).

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I want one!

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South East Midlands Area founder Steve Gascoigne, who now lives in Cornwall, in his Jeep with webmaster Peter Clarke hanging on in the back

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Olney Motorama, 2012 . . . not the usual vehicle The Stig is accustomed to.