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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.
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
THE MANSION SARISBURY GREEN
Stacy Page has invited WW2 period vehicles to attend the relaunch of ‘The Mansion’ in Sarisbury Green, formerly known as Coldeast Mansion on Saturday 30th May.
The event will be in aid of Alzheimers Research UK and 1940s theme. It will give people the chance to look around the venue; there will be live music, afternoon tea and vehicles displayed outside along with drinks and garden games hopefully too. Time’s are to be confirmed exactly, however it is currently 12-6pm
Limited spaces, Details Paul Edwards
LEE VE75 8-9th May 2020
This is the vision of Lee on the Solent Business and Residents Associations to bring together those veterans, men & women from 1945 who experienced VE Day first hand and give them the platform to share those experiences with the younger generations of Lee on the Solent so their memories and the relationship of Lee and its role in the war can be captured, shared and celebrated through an array of elements to create a remarkable and rememberable event.
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Contact: Jonathan Moore
Tel no: 07710 107231
[email protected] leeve75.co.uk
Ubique are having a 1940 weekend at fort nelson and need vehicles to attend on the 25-26th April.
Contact: Cameron Kinnear 07796 426362.
SOUTHSEA BOWLES CLUB
The pompey pals are celabrating VE75 at Southsea Bowles club and would like a jeep and motorbike to park out side the hall.
Contact: Chris Pennycook 07982402229
SOUTH HAMPSHIRE MVT FACEBOOK PAGE
Tom Kempster has now set up our very own FaceBook page, why not search us out and follow us.
LATEST COVID 19 LOCKDOWN POLICY
as from September 14th 2020
As a charity and responsible public organisation, we have a duty to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount. Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area Meetings and public events; they continue to be suspended until further notice.
However, in the light of recent changes to the law, in particular the “Rule of 6”, we request that members also adhere to this guidance and do not meet up and/or attend events in groups, in the name of the MVT. This also applies to organised road runs, as these can be seen as a means of transmitting the virus between areas.
As a direct result of these new restrictions, we will continue to suspend the Vehicle Verification service for the safety of our volunteer inspectors.
Members are also requested to follow additional local or international restrictions.
We all know our vehicles draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s be vigilant and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way.
Please stay ‘Stay Alert’, not just for yourself but for everyone else.
The arrangements for local area lockdown and the related Government guidance are being updated regularly.
Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times.
After reducing the vehicle's weight by 240 pounds, Willys changed the designation to "MA" for "Military" model "A". The Fords went into production as "GP", with "G" for a "Government" type contract and "P" commonly used by Ford to designate any passenger car with a wheelbase of 80 in (2,032 mm).
By July 1941, the War Department desired to standardize and decided to select a single manufacturer to supply them with the next order for 16,000 vehicles. Willys won the contract mostly due to its more powerful engine (the “Go Devil”), which soldiers raved about, and its lower cost and silhouette. The design features in the Bantam and Ford entries which represented an improvement over Willys's design were then incorporated into the Willys car, moving it from an "A" designation to "B", thus the "MB" nomenclature. Most notable was a flat wide hood, adapted from Ford GP.
By October 1941, it became apparent Willys-Overland could not keep up with the production demand and Ford was contracted to produce them as well. The Ford car was then designated GPW, with the "W" referring to the "Willys" licensed design. During World War II, Willys produced 363,000 Jeeps and Ford some 280,000. Approximately 51,000 were exported to the USSR under the Lend-Lease program.
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.
Willys made its first 25,000 MB Jeeps with a welded flat iron "slat" radiator grille. It was Ford who first designed and implemented the now familiar and distinctive stamped, vertical-slot steel grille into its Jeep vehicles, which was lighter, used fewer resources, and was less costly to produce. Along with many other design features innovated by Ford, this was adopted by Willys and implemented into the standard World War II Jeep by April 1942.
In order to be able to get their grille design trademarked, Willys gave their post-war jeeps seven slots instead of the original Ford nine-slot design. Through a series of corporate takeovers and mergers, AM General Corporation ended up with the rights to use the seven-slot grille as well, which they in turn extended to Chrysler when it acquired American Motors Corporation, then manufacturer of Jeep, in 1987.
Willys MB 'Ubliquitous Grille'
Willys MB 'Early Slat Grille'