I'm writing this whilst enjoying the unexpectedly good weather for the bank holiday weekend we're having this weekend, and reflecting on just how lucky we were in having just as good weather for our first Drive it Day a couple of weeks ago.
I'm really pleased to say that for our first Drive it Day event, I thought it was a great success - we had over 20 vehicles turn up, the route we took showed off some of the best countryside in the Dengie area. The rare Bantam Jeep was unexpected and very welcome, as well as all those who braved the day riding some fantastic motorbikes.
I'd just like to extend our thanks to the Star Inn - Steeple
, who very were very welcoming hosts for everyone who stopped to get a break from the journey and enjoy a drink and Sunday lunch and have invited us back next year if we choose to run the event again - I'd welcome members feedback about what they thought of the event.
Essex HMVA Website
Russell and David continue to be busy in the background updating the Essex HMVA website and including pictures of members vehicles and collections - if you would like to appear here, please contact them at: Essex HMVA website editors
, sending them pictures of your collections and a description where appropriate. This is a chance to let others see about your passion, and I would encourage everyone to do so.
Olive Drab Magazine
We are several issues into our quarterly magazine and the feedback from our members has been very good. We have a range of articles and as one of our members said: “its not just full of green things”. Thanks to all those who have submitted articles so far and also to those who plan to do so. For non-members, you can have a glimpse of what you're missing at: www.olivedrab.co.uk
A general note to vehicle owners, I often get requests for vehicles to take part in film work. When I am asked if we, can supply vehicles it's usually at short notice. So, if I do approach you with regards to film work I would appreciate a speedy answer in order that we can either supply a vehicle or I can ask someone else. Doing film work can be a great experience and you never know who you are going to meet!
(This also goes for other requests we often get for vehicles for weddings, school leaving days, 40's parties and even funerals.)
To those people who request a vehicle for these types of activity, can I ask you to bear with us and we will do our best to fulfil your request if we can. However, please consider this is our hobby and the vehicles are the owners pride and joy, valuable, not cheap to run and if you want something like a tank it's expensive!
Currently the Barn is full, however there may be some movement soon, 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
Likewise, if you are an event organiser, please use our contact us
form to enter your event details so we can add it to our web site in order that our members can see it.
A reminder to members to look out for their monthly newsletters. Don't forget also, we have monthly members meetings, and if you are looking to join, you are most welcome.
Essex HMVA Chairman