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Welcome to the website of the MVT's South East Midlands Area. Our members look after and restore a 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.

Our meetings are usually 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. Check first with the Diary section in case the venue or date has changed.
The MVT's main website is at www.mvt.org.uk
Last mvtsem.com site update: 15-01-18

If you would like to be notified via email when the MVTSEM website is updated, please send an email requesting this to petegerry@btinternet.com including your name and MVT membership number. By doing this you are consenting to the webmaster keeping your name and email address on a database. Your email address will not be shared with any third party.

No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy . . . unexpect- ed road closure in the middle of Roger's Road Run
Picture by Tim Hawkes


The website for Wicksteed at War 2018 is now up and running. You can read all about the exciting line-up of activities and MV owners can send in their applications now. The theme is centred around the 100th anniversary of the RAF, so expect as great display of warplanes on the ground. Click on http://wicksteedatwar.co.uk/


There's a chance to clear out your garage and attic of old military junk and replace it with a new load at the SYWELL DIG-OUT bring and buy sale at our February meeting at 8pm on Thursday the first of the month. Anything remotely military, tools and books are all welcome.
We also want details of your MV mileage for the Piston Cup. This is open to all MVs, whatever their age, and is for mileage travelling to and from shows, meets and other events where the vehicle is on display. Members must be affiliated to the SE Midlands Area to take part.
This is also the area's annual general meeting when we elect a secretary and chairman.


Our March 2018 monthly meeting will be addressed by World War Two Lancaster pilot Rusty Waugh-    man, left, of 101 special duties squadron. We are told that, although being 93, he is still as sharp as a pin.
Rusty was one of the lucky ones who returned from the infamous Nuremberg raid on March 30, 1944. More Allied aircrew died in that single night than the total RAF losses during the whole of the summer-long Battle of Britain.
The raid that evening began as a run-of-the-mill operation the RAF and United States Air Force were undertaking every week. It ended with Bomber Command’s heaviest losses of the war and in one pilot being awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. 
The meeting is at 8pm, March 1, in the meeting room near the bar of the Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Members of Sywell Aviation Museum and other non-members are welcome at this meeting.

Lancaster of 101 Squardron RAF



Sywell Aviation Museum has two more talks before the museum’s grand opening on Easter Saturday,  March 2018.
The first, on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 14.30hrs, is "Flying for Fun: the Vintage Aircraft Club & Light Aircraft Association” by Steve Slater, CEO of the Light Aircraft Association. If you are interested in vintage aircraft, light aircraft, or aviation history, or just like taking photographs of aircraft with varying degrees of vintage style, this is for you.
With his roots in flying as a 14-year-old through a successful career including aviation and motor industry, Steve now owns and flies a Piper J-3 Cub and is co-owner and co-restorer of the famous “Biggles Biplane” replica BE2c (pictured above).
Discover how you too could become airborne and enjoy the thrill of flight without the cost of a Spitfire or Lear Jet.
The second talk, on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 14.30hrs, is "Around The World at 90 Knots"by Squadron Leader Bill Purchase, MBE, RAF retired.
To mark the 50th anniversary of remarkable trainer, the de Havilland Chipmunk, successor to the famous Tiger Moth, the RAF mounted Exercise Northern Venture. The intention was to fly two of these rugged little aircraft and circumnavigate the Northern Hemisphere, calling at their Canadian birthplace and return to the UK.
The route took them across Europe, and included Russia, the Bering Strait, Alaska, Canada, North America, Greenland, Iceland – and the North Atlantic.
Bill covers their epic flight contending with bad weather, sometimes awkward local security, air traffic expectations and restrictions, plus the excitement of numerous challenges in flying over 16,000 miles in a 50-year-old, single-engine design.
The talks are in the Cirrus Room, The Aviator Hotel, Sywell, and admission is £5 per person on the door.

Chipmunks flying around the world


Nick Thomas has produced a booklet on British Army Jeeps and he's keen to come up with a definitive list of British Army Jeep survivors. Please check out his website (www. britishjeep.com) and the BAJR Facebook group (https://www. facebook.com/ groups/4245616
44379118/). If you have an ex-British Army Jeep, please let him know via the contacts page of his website or via Facebook.


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.


An Army surplus and military clothing and equipment store in North- ampton is offering a 10 per cent discount for MVT members on production of your member- ship 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.
The website is www.combatcellar.com


If you consider yourself in the South East Midlands Area, it is vital that you affiliate yourself to the area. Only those who have affiliated can stand for office, vote at meetings or take part in the mileage award. It's easy to do, just go onto the main MVT website (www.mvt.org.uk) and click on the "Membership" tab. Then click on "Affiliate to an Area" tab. Fill in the form, selecting "South East Midlands" and submit it. It only takes a few minutes.



Our meetings are usually 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. Check first with the Diary section in case the venue or date has changed.


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