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The South Hampshire Area meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month:


8.00pm Salon bar at the Golden Lion PO17 6EB in the village of Southwick (Pronounced Suthwyk)


(Unless ordered otherwise by General Mayhem)  


We really are a friendly bunch and welcome guests.





Military Vehicle Trust




The South Hampshire Military Vehicle Trust now have our very own FaceBook page, why not search us out and follow us @Southhantsmvt





The event will start at Southwick House on 25th June 2022 near Fareham in Hampshire and run to Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, a distance of about 37 miles.  The object of the event is to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Riders’ Branch.


In order to avoid too much difficulty with traffic regulations the convoy may have to be restricted to 60 vehicles, which should be of Second World War vintage and of all allied nations.


Entry forms with full details will be sent nearer the time.



The South Hampshire Military Vehicle Trust give notice of our AGM being held on 10th November 2021 8.00pm Salon bar Golden Lion Southwick.


Any Member wishing to stand for election must notify the Area Secretary ASAP



The South Hampshire Area meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month:


8.00pm Salon bar at the Golden Lion PO17 6EB in the village of Southwick (Pronounced Suthwyk) we really are a friendly bunch and welcome guests.


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Area Report December 2019




Often when composing the next area report, I inevitably look back to the previous year’s effort for inspiration and as an aide memoire. Upon reading the December 2018 missive, it is scary how quickly time has flown, indeed at this month’s (October) SHMVT meeting at the pub we were discussing 2020 events such as Guernsey, Normandy and Arnhem to name but a few, with members already researching and booking accommodation, as well as the numerous events and runs at home to fit into a very busy diary.






















There is no doubt that, as MVT chairman Simon Johnson alluded to in his August report, requests for vehicles to attend various events seem to be on the increase.  Good news, as it spreads awareness of we do, but we have to be selective.  Whilst we are all perfectly happy to display the wide variety of kit we possess, the event I feel has to be commensurate with the effort we are prepared to make. We do not charge appearance money, ancient vehicles use loads of fuel, and we spend lots for insurance, both to protect the vehicles themselves, us as owners, and of course the MVT Public Liability in case some numpty walks into a tank or trips over a bren gun!  Therefore, we in turn expect the event organisers to provide suitable access, dedicated parking and security, whilst being mindful that we all want to be approachable to the public.  I love the French model where all MV activity seems to be open, accessible, self-policing and works a treat!


I also like functions where we are asked to add a military ’ambiance’, from supporting 1940’s luncheons for older residents, to the Rotary Club’s 40’s dance extravaganza!  An unusual upcoming event is at the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton; an illustrated talk by author Steve Foster on “The Soldier Who Came Back” a true story of his father’s escape from a POW camp in Poland.  Then, as part of our support for this year’s RBL Poppy appeal, we display at various venues to help fill the collection boxes.

Next year of course there are several VE day commemorations being planned for the 8th May at local and national level, and we will again be spread out across the region!





















The DKW Owners Club GB hosted the 46th Auto Union International Rally in Cirencester this summer.  Amongst all the fabulous 2-stroke cars, vans and bikes on show were a couple of 1950/60’s military Mungas, the DKW-branded off-road vehicle built by Auto-Union, and three wartime 350NZ motorcycles.

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Mike Roberts’ DKW350 NZ at

Auto-Union rally

DKW bike display at Auto Union rally

DKW work-in-progress display!