Pictures from Myrddin who attended the inaugural event at Bursledon Brickworks – a 40s weekend with military vehicles included.
We will coerce him into writing about it shortly …
The annual carnival in Bishops Waltham is set for June 11th 2011 – I’ve just checked on Google after posting the info on the Manor Farm event which clashes! But this is open to all vehicles not just WW2
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.
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
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.
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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
The genesis of the club was in the late sixties just as second world war relics and vehicles were becoming to be appreciated as historical artefacts instead of worn out rubbish and scrap metal …
In 1968 Military Vehicle Conservation Group was founded by a group of WW2 military vehicle enthusiasts based in Worthing. Also in 1968 a local group based in Portsmouth was formed. This ‘Solent Area’ group was chaired by Chris Pearce and included a number of members still active in the military vehicle field, including among them Don Harris.
This group undertook the organisation and running of a military vehicle show to commemorate the Normandy landings, the first show being held at Fort Widley, near Portsmouth in 1974, 30 years after D Day.
The membership of the Solent Area steadily grew and regular monthly meeting were established. The club continued to organise their annual D Day military vehicle event at venues including Fort Widley, Blackbushe, Thruxton and Popham. However it was those shows held on Southsea Common that established the popularity of the event.
In the later years many will remember the notorious ‘Mudmead’ show held in Denmead, (NOT the current show site!), this being as a result of a tropical rainstorm that engulfed the South Coast over the show weekend and the subsequent discovery of a high water table on the show site!
The annual show continued to gain in popularity, attracting international exhibitors and members of the public from Europe. The Overlord Show, as the event became to be named, established itself as one of the premier shows for military vehicle enthusiasts worldwide. As the show gained in popularity, so the show site grew to accommodate an increasing number of military vehicles, traders and participating public.
The public’s interest in and private ownership of in military vehicles continued to increase as did the countrywide membership of the MVCG and in 1987 the group became the Military Vehicle Trust (MVT). The Solent Area of the MVT continued to flourish and maintained the responsibility the organisation of the Overlord Show.
To secure the future and success of further shows, a new independent club was formed in 2004 and titled Solent Overlord Executive Military Vehicle Club (SOE) The name was changed in 2008 to Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club to reflect reflecting the club members’ wide interests in military vehicles, military history, weapons and equipment and the ever increasing popularity of living history re-enactment.
The club continues to grow, attracting members interested in all aspects of the military. There is a strong social network and the level of club activity can be judged by checking out the forthcoming events
SOE is a thriving club based in the Solent area (Southampton/Portsmouth/Petersfield) and beyond that caters for the military collector, their family and friends.
The club organises and runs the prestigious OVERLORD military spectacular, a three day event that attracts over 100 military traders, 500 re-enactors portraying aspects of military life in the 20th century and representing many nations; 350+ vehicles and exhibitors who inform and entertain the public through static displays and exciting arena events. Surplus from the event is used to support local and national charities; past recipients have been organisations such as Rowans Hospice, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion, Combat Stress and the Ghurka Welfare Trust.
For further information on the club please contact us
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