07 July 2022
150 military vehicles are confirmed to take part in the South West’s largest festival of vintage transport.
The 5-7 August 2022 will see the Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) stage its Annual Show at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The show now in its 46th year is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK. Set on an ex wartime airfield, the sprawling show site covers around 200 acres.
The varied Military section will feature military modellers, vehicles and military charities. Over 150 displays including rare ex-RAF Scammell range of tank transporters and recovery vehicles, two B.S.A. folding WWII Paratroopers bicycles, a Leyland-DAF T.244 British Army 4-Tonne 4 x 4 Truck, fitted with an Electronic Repair body used to repair field artillery computers, a 1944 USA International M426 articulated tractor unit, a 1951 Unimog, one of 160 made for the Swiss Army and only two in the UK, a 1945 Morris Commercial C8 FAT (Field Artillery Tractor) used by the British and Commonwealth during World War II to a 1941 Matchless WD G3L Motorcycle which was used in the TV series Wish Me Luck in mid ‘70s. The bike also visited the Normandy D-Day commemorations many times, riding there and back!
As well as a rich service history, many of these wonderfully preserved and restored machines have appeared in some of the renowned war movies of our time. Visitors can get up close and inspect the vehicles and equipment that helped shape the world today.
The commercial vehicle section also features the unmodified Land Rover in its various forms. It is without doubt the original multi-purpose vehicle whose secret lay in its versatility, making it the ideal vehicle for adaptation to a particular role, be that with the local farmer or fighting alongside the army in some of the most inhospitable parts of the world.
Aside from the magnificent display of over 300 classic motorbikes and scooters, visitors to the show can expect to see over 1000 classic cars from pre and post war, including over 80 Classic American cars, 30 visiting car clubs, 70 bicycles from 1892-1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 80 stationary engines, 70 full size steam engines, model engineering, 200 tractors, over 70 buses and coaches, 150 military vehicles, 315 emergency and commercial vehicles, 70 industrial trucks and plant machinery and 50 vintage caravans.
Show Highlights include the Live Action Arena the Steam Section is at the heart of the show and will be packed with nearly 70 full-size Steam Engines of all descriptions. The Demonstration Arena puts these mighty machines to the test, plus there’s the opportunity to drive one. Don’t miss the grand parade of miniature steam in the Alec Tanner arena or watch The Tigers children’s motorcycle display team who will be showing their amazing skills throughout the weekend.
Massive Trade stand zone - featuring over 100 trade stands, autojumble and craft marquees where you can have a rummage to find a hidden gem or bargain along the way.
Food & Drink - There’s plenty of food and drink pit stops across the showground, a firm favourite is the vintage tea room with the 1940s Radio.com broadcasting a great selection of tunes, Lindy Hop dancers plus regular sets by vintage singer Miss Franny Delight. Miss Franny will delight you with songs from the 1920s through to modern day with a vintage twist.
FREE vintage bus rides - Operating around the perimeter of the show site, and to and from Cirencester Town Centre and Kemble railway station to the show ground connecting with selected First Great Western Trains including Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham.
Free Admission for WWII Veterans - The show would like to provide free tickets to any WWII veterans and their carers. Special parking and transportation will be provided on the showground for these veterans.
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