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Military vehicles at vintage festival

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The Military section will be varied in 2017 with modellers, vehicles and displays, including paratrooper bikes, sitting next to a Scammel tank transporter, as part of a 100-strong display.

Rare vehicles include two Russian Uaz vehicles, a 469-not dissimilar to a Land Rover, and a Uaz Trackmaster 452, not unlike a Morris J2 van; a WWII paratrooper's bicycle and a WWII Morris Gun tractor. Another rarity expected is an International M.426 articulated tractor unit, built in 1944 in the USA. There will be a Scammell, A.E.C. Matador 10 ton gun tractor, Diamond T tank transporter and a wrecker.

A first for the show is a Buffel (Afrikaans for Buffalo) a mine-protected infantry mobility vehicle used by the South African Army during the South African Border War. The Buffel was also used as an armoured fighting vehicle and proved itself in this role. It was the first truly effective landmine-protected armoured personnel carrier to enter service anywhere. The South African Army began deploying it in the operational area from 1978.

Post-war military vehicles and modern army vehicles are also well represented. Regular exhibits include rare ex-RAF Scammell range of tank transporters and recovery vehicles, A.E.C. a 1943 A.E.C Matador 10-ton gun tractor and Militant gun tractors, to a 1992 Leyland ‘DROPS’, (Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System!) some of which are still in service with the British Army. Also on display will be a 1965 Commer TS3, 4 ton 4x4, one of 25 only made for the British Army.  Horizontally opposed piston supercharged 2-stroke diesel engine. Plus a WWII RAF fuelling trailer setup, and the following:

  • A 1944 USA International M426 articulated tractor unit
  • The Morris Commercial C8 FAT (Field Artillery Tractor), commonly known as a Quad, is an artillery tractor used by the British and Commonwealth (including Canadian Army) forces during the Second World War. 
  • A 1942 Swiss-made Saurer 6M signal van
  • 1942 FWD made by the (American) Four Wheel Drive Truck Company, established 1910
  • 1944 G.M.C. 2.5 ton 6x6 Airborne Tipper.
  • 1983 Bedford TM 10-ton 4x4, the last of the big Bedfords
  • A ‘Y’ Station Interceptor setup, many were established around the country at the start of WWII, mostly staffed by Radio Amateurs. 
  • A WWII B.S.A. folding paratroopers bicycle.

There will be a Battle of Britain memorial fly-by on the Saturday and Sunday plus free vintage bus rides around the showground on all three days. As well as a rich service history, many of these wonderfully preserved and restored machines have appeared in renowned war movies. Visitors can get up close and inspect the vehicles and equipment that helped shape the world as we see it today.

For further information or to purchase advance tickets please visit: www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk

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