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Welcome to the website of the MVT's South East Midlands Area. Our members look after and restore the 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. The club's main website is at www.mvt.org.uk
Last mvtsem.com site update: 09-01-17

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From Ian Gardiner, SEM Area Secretary:  

I would just like to wish all the SEM MVT members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
May I take this opportunity to thank Neill Elliott, who as chairman has helped me throughout the year; Peter Clarke for all his hard work covering the meeting minutes and putting all the information up on our webpages; Tim Cross, Brian Rive and Kevin Lamberth for their fantastic photographs they have taken during our events; and all the members who attended our monthly meetings, road runs and Wicksteed at War.
I hope that we are heading in the right direction with the group and the increase in members during our monthly meetings seems to point to that.
I would like to think the SEM MVT Area has had a good 2016 and I hope to continue that in 2017.
Merry Christmas!


The famous Roger’s Road Run is set for Sunday, January 22, so make sure your MV is still up and running. Roger already has the soup simmering and the mould has been scraped off the mince pies he forgot to hand out last year! There will be an interesting place to visit and a late lunch at the end, which will be in the North- ampton area.
We meet as for the last run at Wolverton House restaurant, Stratford Road, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5NZ. It will open for breakfast at 9am and there should be a private room for us.
Please note there is a low bridge on the route with an 11ft 3ins clearance and that the run will start at 10am.


SE Midlands members should keep a note of their MV mileage during all of 2017 as we are starting a Wilkinson Sword-type comp- etition, based on miles travelled to and from meets and shows.
Unlike the main MVT comp- etition, this will be open to all MVs, not just wartime.
You must be affiliated to the SE Midlands Area to take part and the winner will be announced at the February 2018 meeting.


OUR friends at the Sywell Aviation Museum will be opening their doors again on Easter Saturday, April 15, and MVs are welcome to display in the car park (times later).

Before that, the museum is holding a number of fund-raising talks in the Cirrus Room, The Aviator Hotel, Sywell.
Sunday, February 12, 1400hrs: "The People's Mosquito  - Returning a Mosquito to the UK Skies" by Alan Pickford, describing the history of the Mosquito and how The People’s Mosquito have a plan to return one to UK skies. How Jerry Yagen’s Mosquito KA114 was returned to flight in New Zealand. The talk also includes video clips of museum patron, the late Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown, describing how he made the first carrier landing with a Mosquito, the People’s Mosquito’s own video and footage of some of the flights made in New Zealand by KA11.

Sunday, March 5, 1400hrs: "The Hangar 11 Collection - rare and historic Warbird operators” by Steven Atkin. Steven details the Hangar 11 Collection, led by Peter Teichman as chief pilot, one of the most active Warbird operators and airshow participants in Europe, averaging over 80 public displays per season. Featured in the talk are their TV and film star aircraft, P-40 Kittyhawk, Hurricane, Spitfire Mk XI, and P-51 Mustang, and what it takes to maintain and support these fantastic aviation icons.

Sunday, March 19, 1400hrs: "Full Circle - A Display Pilot's Story" by Bill Ramsey. Bill's fascinating personal story of around 50 years' involvement with aviation, covering his operational career - an even split of bomber pilot and flying instruction – and his eventual career in the display world. The main part of the presentation covers his time as a display pilot with the BBMF, as the RAF solo aerobatic display pilot for the Grob Tutor and of course his time with Vulcan XH558, and his time as Senior Supervisor to the Red Arrows. The talk includes a number of short films not seen in public before.

Admission to each talk is £5 per person.


Arthur Jones was guest of honour at our Christmas meeting. He is pictured below pointing to the beach where he landed in Normandy. Neill Elliott is operating the laptop.

SHERMAN tank driver and war veteran Arthur Jones entertained at the December meeting with two love stories, one his mother’s love for her son and the other the love of a family in France who took him in when his Sherman tank broke down.
Arthur joined the army in 1944, aged 18, and, after just a few weeks learning to drive a tank, landed at Gold Beach on D+7. His was an observation post tank and had a dummy gun!
He ended the war in Bremen, aged 19, but was not demobbed until 1947.
He and a friend traced the family who had looked after him in 1944 and 62 years later there was a reunion, filmed by Central News TV.


Wicksteed At War 2016 was a great success and we hope a large selection of SEM MVT members attended and enjoyed it?
Wicksteed At War 2017 is going to be even bigger and better than this year but, to make it work and run to the high standards we all expect, takes team work and effort.
This year we were down on numbers regarding help from MVT members and, as we all know, many hands make light work.
We are asking for any members that would be interested in attending and helping us run the event please can you contact Ian Gardiner, our Area Secretary, so he can get an idea of how many people we will have.
In March we will be having another marshalling and first aid course day, where everyone will be trained for the first time or refreshed so that we can all work together like a well-oiled gearbox!
It would also be great to meet new members of our aArea or just people that don’t get the time to attend our monthly meetings at Sywell Aerodrome (8pm, first Thursday of the month.
We would also welcome family and friends who would be interested in helping to make it that perfect family day out.
Ian looks forward to hearing from you on workshop@igracing.co.uk


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. The webmaster has kicked off this section with his own Harley-Davidson MT350E.


A new Army surplus and military clothing and equipment store has opened in North- ampton and we have been offered a 10 per cent discount for MVT members on production of your membership 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.
A website, www.combatcellar.co.uk , will be operating soon.


If you consider yourself in the South East Midlands Area, it is vital that you affiliate yourself to the area, for the reasons announced by the CoM recently. It's easy to do, just go onto the main MVT website (www.mvt.org.uk) and click on the "Affiliate to an Area" tab on the left. Fill in the form and submit it. It only takes a few minutes. You will receive an acknowledgement via email later.



Our meetings are 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.


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