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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.

 

 

 

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Military Vehicle Trust

THE NORMANDY D-DAY FESTIVAL JUNE 2019

 

5th Weds Creully Camp opens. Vehicles and re-enactors. Until 10th June

5th Daks over Normandy. Main Dakota and C47 fly out from Duxford.

Latest information seems to confirm 40 plus planes, to be based at Caen.(Carpiquet airfield). At Caen until 9th June

At some stage Round Canopy planes arrive from Ottery St Mary, Devon.

To be based at Cherbourg Airfield. 3-6 Daks expected, plus jumpers.

6thThursday D Day commemorations at many locations

6th Airborne School ‘Neptune 2019’ Parachute event based at Carpiquet

Parachute drop at 08.00 hours DZ LE HOLDY

6th ‘Gliderbourne’ 75th Anniversary Location TBC

6th Camp Arizona opens at Carentan. Until 10th June.

7th Friday Bourse Militairia. The Cattle Market, Carentan. 08.00 until 16.00

Stalls almost fully booked. Over the road from camp Arizona.

7th Round Canopy drops at Ranville and Pegasus Bridge. Times and flight

routes from Cherbourg (Maupertus airfield) to be confirmed.

8th Saturday Airborne School Drops 08.00 DZ to be confirmed

8th Saturday Parade. Isigny-sur-Mere. 20.00 til 21.30

10 tanks, 350 vehicles and armour already entered.

Longer parade route than Ste Mere Eglise, and a large town square

display usually after parade.

9th Sunday Parachutage at La Fiere. Round Canopy lead, assume 12.00 TBC

Nato contingent from Ramstein Germany TBC

10th Monday Hilaire Petitville. Commemorations 10.00 til 12.00

 

 

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SOUTH HAMPSHIRE MVT FACEBOOK PAGE

 

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

 

 

D-DAY COMMEMORATIVE CONVOY

 

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.

 

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Vice President Michael Burne on [email protected] .  Entry forms with full details will be sent nearer the time.

 

 

LEE VICTORY PARADE 25th-26th Sept 2021

 

Further details can be found on:

www.leevictoryfestival.co.uk/

STOKES BAY CAR RALLY

 

The Rotary Club of Gosport 68th Vehicle Rally Bank Holiday 30th August 2021 entry fee £4.00 to good local causes, entry form available from Paul Edwards

OVERLORD SHOW

 

The revised date for this year's show is August 13-15th vehicle entrants can register at www.overlordshow.co.uk/exhibitors guaranteed to be an explosive show!

GOODWOOD REVIVAL 

 

Seeks British WW2 vehicles 17th-19th Sept 21.

This year's Revival will recreate the famous 1946 London Victory Parade as a major part of the weedend events. APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Welcome

The Jeep

 

By now the war was under way in Europe, so the Army's need was urgent and demanding: Bids were to be received by July 22, a span of just eleven days. Manufacturers were given 49 days to submit their first prototype and 75 days for completion of 70 test vehicles. The Army's Ordnance Technical Committee specifications were equally demanding: the vehicle would be four wheel drive and have a crew of three on a wheelbase of no more than 75 in (1,905 mm) – that was later upped to 80 in (2,032 mm) – and track no more than 47 in (1,194 mm), feature a fold-down windshield, 660 lb (299 kg) payload and be powered by an engine capable of 85 lb•ft (115 N•m) of torque. The most daunting demand, however, was an empty weight of no more than 1,300 lb (590 kg).

Initially, only two companies entered: American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland Motors; Ford Motor Company joined the competition later.

Though Willys-Overland was the low bidder, Bantam received the bid, being the only company committing to deliver a pilot model in 49 days and production examples in 75. Under the leadership of designer Karl Probst, Bantam built their first prototype, dubbed the "Blitz Buggy" (and in retrospect "Old Number One"), and delivered it to the Army vehicle test center at Camp Holabird, Maryland on September 23, 1940. This presented Army officials with the first of what eventually evolved into the World War II U.S. Army Jeeps: the Willys MB and Ford GPW.

For these respective pre-production runs, each vehicle received revisions and a new name. Bantam's became the BRC 40. Production began on March 31, 1941, with a total of 2,605 built up to December 6. [As the company could not meet the Army's demand for 75 Jeeps a day, production contracts were also awarded to Willys and to Ford.

Since Bantam did not have the production capacity or fiscal stability to deliver on the scale needed by the War Department, the other two bidders, Ford and Willys, were encouraged to complete their own pilot models for testing. The contract for the new reconnaissance car was to be determined by trials. As testing of the Bantam prototype took place from September 27 to October 16, Ford and Willys technical representatives present at Holabird were given ample opportunity to study the vehicle's performance. Moreover, in order to expedite production, the War Department forwarded the Bantam blueprints to Ford and Willys, claiming the government owned the design.

Bantam did not dispute this move due to its precarious financial situation. By November 1940, Ford and Willys each submitted prototypes to compete with the Bantam in the Army's trials. The pilot models, the Willys Quad and the Ford Pygmy, turned out very similar to each other and were joined in testing by Bantam's entry, now evolved into a Mark II called the BRC 60. By then the U.S. and its armed forces were already under such pressure that all three cars were declared acceptable and orders for 1,500 units per company were given for field testing. At this time it was acknowledged the original weight limit (which Bantam had ignored) was unrealistic, and it was raised to 2,160 lb (980 kg).

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Bantam BRC60

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Willys MA

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Ford GP

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