Now we have our glorious new venue at the Lawns thoroughly tested it is obvious from your reaction in 2012 that dressing for the occasion is becoming increasingly popular. For the first time we were able to dedicate a field to our living history groups who were able to dig in and camp with mature hedges and trees screening them from the car park and the other show fields.
We had a great selection of visitors arriving in 1940′s styles on the Sunday of the show, wearing both civvy clothing and military and home front uniforms. For 2013 we want to encourage even more of you to join in the spirit and the fun of the event, now is the time to make your plans and to gather the clothes and accessories to your look.
The options are many and varied, for the British there are all the civilian and volunteer services such as the LDV, WVS, AFS, ARP to mention just a few acronyms. For me (and many others) ladies civilian fashions of the wartime years are elegant and flattering to the wearer and I have personal experience that the ladies go wild for men in uniform … (I used to get beaten up a lot when I worked as a traffic warden)
Apart from the admiring looks you’ll get when dressed to the nines and the new friends you will make, the warm glow of participation and the feeling of being part of the “in” crowd there is the benefit of a reduction in your show admission fee.
I’m giving you this heads up now, shortly before Christmas 2012, to give you time to plan, to give you the joy of anticipation and the fun of chasing down the various accessories to go with your chosen outfit. Of course, if you are like me ,a quick scurry round our traders on the preview Friday or Saturday of the show (Friday tickets are valid for a second visit) will garner those last minute bits or even complete outfits to ensure that you are resplendent on the Sunday. And, if you are either stuck for ideas or looking to create the authentic look, the book below may help:
So, see you at the 2013 show, in the future and back in the forties!
The Overlord Show for 2009 was a great success with a new arena layout and more ambitious re-enactor battles. As this photographer was involved in the commnetary all his show pictures are of the vehicles. So, if you have pictures of the 2009 activities please add them below – if you have pictures from 2010 please select the 2010 gallery from the dropdown above.
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We are the Solent Overlord Military Collectors Club, the change from Vehicle Club came about to reflect the growing interest in equipment, weapons and other militaria.
But military vehicles are the mainstay of the members collections – some are shown here
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The galleries show some of our vehicles and activities. If you are a registered user you can upload your own pictures. To become a registered user send a message to the site admin.
To view select a gallery from the galleries tab – if you are reading this page you have clicked on “galleries” rather than selected from the drop down list – try again
Be like our club members when invited to climb onto, over and inside a vehicle. Push, pull, prod, poke and pry. If you break something you get to keep the pieces.
Mouseover the tabs at the top of the page, read the posts, comment if you want to
If you want to ask a “how to” or become a subscriber then click here to contact the webwright
There are a lot of individual little articles written at various times by various authors. You can read through them by running down each page and clicking “read more” if an article (post) takes your fancy. Or you can view a group of articles on similar themes that are organized into categories. Look at the right hand side of the page and click on whichever category meets your needs:
Don’t worry if what you see on this page doesn’t match with what is there on the sidebar, this site is constantly evolving and the illustrations are all taken from the very early days before the site went “live” – opened to the public. As the site is being updated frequently any picture on this page is out of date within a couple of days!
Because it is easy to update the content it is easy to update the events list. Again look to the right hand side of the page – the “sidebar”.
There is an area marked “Future Events” which shows the first five upcoming trips, meetings, shows or visits. At the bottom is the “View All Events” link – to view all future events click on that and you will be able to select either a calendar showing events month by month or a list of all future events in the diary with the option of reading more about any one of them by clicking …
If you go to the top of the page – you can use the page up key, your mouse or click on the”Return Top” button at the bottom of the right hand side of your screen -
- you will see the tabs at the top of the screen. “Home” takes you to the front page of the site, ”About ” displays links to various pages about the club, ”Contact us” … well, you get the idea
If you do a “mouseover” – hover the mouse pointer over a tab like galleries a drop down menu appears:
so click on the subject that interest you and away you go.
type in your search term “French” or “truck”, click the magnifying glass and your search is returned:
If you want to ask a question use the “Contact Us” tab, mouseover the tab and select from the drop down tab. Maybe you want to contact the bloke in charge of the social side to moan about the appalling lack of things that he organises. Select ”Social Events” and you are presented with a contact form:
To ease the burden on the site admins, who spent a lot of time on previous sites deleting posts from spammers and the like who wanted to sell us viagra and bodily enhancements we have made the contact forms a little more difficult for the software used by spammers to fill in. (And for the record we are both impressively well endowed and possessed of the stamina of a stallion. Ladies, please use the “Site Admin” contact form … )
As a result of our security measures you will need to fill in your mail address twice and, when you have finished the rest of the form, fill in the “CAPTCHA code shown in coloured numbers and figures – in this instance “WFV5″, Then click on submit. The person you wish to contact will receive your message as an email with your return address so they can answer you directly, just bear with them as most club officials lead busy lives trying to ean enough to keep their vehicles in fuel and spares.
And, if a post has stimulated you to reply with a comment then, if comments are welcomed (and they are for most posts) then click on the “write a comment” link
Type your comment and click submit:
And in the sample comment above is an explanation of how it will be dealt with.
And lastly, if you want to see some of the older stuff, if you wondered what happened in , say, November 2010, you can click on that month in the “Archives” section of the sidebar and see all the posts from then:
And the calendar? Why are several dates circled? Those are the days on which at least one post was added, click on an individual day to see that day’s posts. And why does November 2010 have no posts before the 15th? Because that is the bay this blog was born!
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A graceless oik with no technical or social skills who somehow weaselled his way into the webwright’s seat. All mistakes of content, spelling and design sit briefly on his Teflon covered shoulders. As he spends most of his time driving vehicles with automatic gearboxes his nickname derives from the noises his suffering leisure transports make.
Secretive progenitor of the “Project X” vehicle powered by the legendary RR B20 engine and responsible for the hideous marriage of a teenager’s Chinese motorcycle with an unsuspecting Heinkel
Proprietor of Honest Merv’s Military Emporium – “Everything’s a Steal”. A club resource that turns unwanted items into cash for military charities