The Essex HMVA continues to grow, with a membership increasing after the Military and Flying Machines event. We continue to meet at the Bell Woodham Ferrers on the fourth Thursday of the month and of course Essex HMVA members along with MVT members or those interested in joining either or both groups are very welcome to attend.
MILITARY AND FLYING MACHINES - 2014
In all the show was probably one of if not the best and most successful we have organised so far. Military and classic vehicle attendance hit around the four hundred mark.
The new public entrance, enlarged public car park and access road worked well however we are well aware there were problems for some people in exiting the event, we plan to work with the airfield owner to address those points, For those who experienced any issues please accept our apologies, the issues were not of our making.
The new show layout worked well with lots of complimentary comments we will of course build on this and we know we can make the set up even better.
We had a several “no shows” which was disappointing, the two Sherman tanks nonattendance was due to Gavin, their owner, being unexpectedly called in to hospital the day before the show for a short notice operation. We wish Gavin all the best and he is making a speedy recovery. The other big “no Show” concerned our WW1 aircraft! the nonattendance there was due to them being requested to attend a BBC filming session so it was their decision to attend that rather than our show, however in reality it would not have made to much of a difference as the wind on the Saturday would have meant that flying for WW1 aircraft was not possible anyway.
The air displays were excellent with all giving high quality and exciting displays, and we have had some great reviews as well. The P51, Dakota and Huey all looked impressive and the Spitfire with Dan Griffiths piloting it was thrilling to watch. The wing walking is always popular as are the aerobatic displays.
Vehicle bookings we our highest so far including a WW2 Bedford trucks both wartime and post-war variants and many other old British makers including Morris, Austin, Humber, The USA was well represented with a host of GMC’s, Dodges, and wartime Jeeps and Harley Davidson. Post War vehicles, both armoured and soft skin are also represented with of course the Land Rover in its many variants as well as Alvis, AEC, Austin Champs and Daimler.
Living History wise many groups and displays with a thousand plus exhibitors and living history reenactors attended. One of my favourites was a “multi period” Battle consisting of Western era battling against German and US WW2! The sight of two ladies in Victorian dress chasing a US paratrooper with frying pans was amusing to say the least. OK so it’s not serious but its great fun and that as much as anything is what the show is about.
The music line up had a few changes this year and we thank the Jive Aces for coming along and playing on the Saturday afternoon and evening on the evening gig they were joined by the Polka Dot Girls and it was truly brilliant both groups are really so good and to have them together on stage was fantastic.
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Thank you all for your support, as this was our first big HMVA event it was not without its difficulties and we were not sure how well it would go, but with everybody’s help and support turned it into an event better than we could have hoped for. We greatly appreciate that many of you pulled out all the stops to help us, So once again a big thank you!
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Currently the Barn is full, however there may be some movement in the near future, so if you have an interest in storing your vehicle there, please let us know.
We have had several new shows added to the events list so I recommend you go to www.essexhmva.co.uk
, where you can see the latest info on up and coming events
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