The Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (SVTEC) will stage its Annual Show at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire from August 2 to 4 this year. The show, which is now in its 45th year is regarded as one of the biggest and best steam, vintage and countryside events in the UK.
Set on an ex-wartime airfield, the site covers around 200 acres, with surprises around every corner, to suit young and old alike. The event will also pay tribute to American Popular “big band era” bandleader – Major Glenn Miller – one of the most popular and commercially successful dance orchestra of the Swing era and greatest singles charting acts of the 20th century.
This year commemorates the 75th anniversary of Glenn Miller performing at Cirencester in August 1944 shortly before his disappearance. He landed at RAF South Cerney airfield and stayed one night in Cirencester at the US Officers Mess. On Monday August 7, 1944 Glenn Miller and his band performed to 7,000 troops, doctors, nurses and injured serviceman at a special concert. Miller was due to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris on December 15, 1944, to make arrangements to move his entire band there in the near future. His single-engine plane disappeared while flying over the English channel on route to Paris.
Over 100 military vehicles will be present at this year’s show. As the vehicles enter the main arena, an American flag will be raised in honour of Miller, where a musician will perform along with more than fifty 1940s swing dancers. The Royal British Legion Poppy Parachute Display Team, made up of serving and former members of the army, to support and raise awareness of the Armed Forces charities will descend into the arena on all three days of the event at 2pm.
The varied military section will feature military modellers, vehicles and military charities. The 100-strong display includes rare ex-RAF Scammell range of tank transporters and recovery vehicles; two B.S.A. folding WWII Paratroopers bicycles; a 1943 A.E.C Matador 10-ton gun tractor and Militant gun tractors; a 1992 Leyland “DROPS”, (Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System); a Russian UAZ-469 off-road military light utility vehicle manufactured by UAZ; a UAZ-452 Trackmaster off-road van; a 1944 USA International M426 articulated tractor unit; a 1942 Swiss-made Saurer 6M signal van; Matador 10-ton gun tractor; an American 1942 “FWD”, a 1944 G.M.C. 2.5 ton 6 x 6 Airborne Tipper; a Morris Commercial C8 FAT (Field Artillery Tractor) used by the British and Commonwealth during the Second World War; a 1965 Commer TS3, 4-ton 4 x 4, one of 25 only made for the British Army; and a terrific “Y” Station Interceptor display of radio and military telecommunications through the eras.
Several notable entries include an International M.426 articulated tractor unit, built in 1944 in the U.S.A. and a Buffel (Afrikaans for Buffalo) a mine-protected infantry mobility vehicle used by the South African Defence Force during the South African Border War. The Buffel was the first truly effective landmine-protected armoured personnel carrier.
The blues and twos are well represented from across the ages, ranging from a 1943 Austin K4 Turntable Ladder Fire Engine bought from a scrap yard in 1975 to an impressive American 1988 Ford C8000 fire truck from Flemington New Jersey Fire Department. Watch out for the fire tender water demonstration in the main arena.
As well as a rich service history, many of these wonderfully preserved and restored machines have appeared in some of the renowned war movies of our time. Visitors can get up close and inspect the vehicles and equipment that helped shape the world today. Based in the model tent will be the UK Model Tank Club.
The commercial vehicle section also features unmodified Land Rovers in various forms.
Aside from the magnificent display of over 300 classic motorbikes and scooters, visitors to the show can expect to see over 1,000 classic cars from pre- and post-war, including over 80 Classic American cars, 30 visiting car clubs, 70 bicycles from 1892-1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 80 stationary engines, 70 full size steam engines, model engineering, 200 tractors, over 70 buses and coaches, 130 military vehicles, 315 emergency and commercial vehicles, 70 industrial trucks and plant machinery, 50 vintage caravans and over 50 model aircraft taking to the sky above.
Free tickets are being offered to any World War Two veterans and their carers with special parking and transportation on hand. To apply, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 01452 260063.
The closing date to enter a military vehicle is 1 June.
All contact details are available online at www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk