Essex HMVA - 2013 Show Reports

1940's Preparation for D Day commemoration

At Ongar Station

I’ve just gotten back from this event, and although the weather was very nice, there was unfortunately not a lot to be seen, (except for some good 1940&'s jive dancing at North Weald station). Our Jimmy was the largest vehicle there, followed by Dodge, a Nice Morris tractor and a few Jeeps. There were also a few re-enactors camped about.

A vintage bus service ran between the two stations, steam train rides were also available on the Saturday, but unfortunately on Sunday the Steam locomotive broke down, so had to be pulled by a diesel engine. Some of the advertised events failed to appear including the "Battle of Britain flight", although the PR Spitfire did a very thrilling (but short) display on Saturday. On Sunday a Warhawk/ Kittyhawk flew around in the distance for a couple of minutes. There were 3 classic cars in attendance.

Potentially, they have the makings of a really good event there - but I think, in my humble opinion they need to organise it better and set the scene more atmospherically by not letting the general public etc. park modern cars amongst the exhibitors. The staff at the event were very friendly and helpful, and above all I still enjoyed it. A local show that I think deserves some more support from the Essex HMVA.

Report By Roy Mitchell

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