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16 minutes ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Robert,  back in the mid 70's I was helping a Jeeping friend renovate his house and we found a number of post-war newspapers pushed into a wall space to prevent the wind blowing through.  I opened the 1947 newspapers and started looking through the pages, a local surplus firm was offering working half-tracks for £250 :o, crated NOS unused V8 flat-head engines £750.

 

The firm was still operating in the 1970's and I made a visit, all the vehicle stuff had been sold off but from their salesroom I bought a couple of hundred American flying goggles, less than a dollar each. :o :lol:

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25  2020.

 

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I could buy salvage yard engines for $25 US. I was racing them and went through a few. My brotherr and I could switc an engine out in a hour

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UK friends Jeeping weekend . . . . . . 

 

about two weekends ago a bunch of UK Jeeping friends got together for a Jeeping-Camping weekend, one of the days they drove a few mile down to the coast and sat looking out to sea over the white cliffs of Dover.

Well the following week a very large chunk of the white cliffs started breaking away to crash into the sea below. The Jeeps were parked in the spot of the two cars seen in the second photo and the cliff breaking away a few hundred yards away.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25  2020.

 

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38 minutes ago, General Apathy said:

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UK friends Jeeping weekend . . . . . . 

 

about two weekends ago a bunch of UK Jeeping friends got together for a Jeeping-Camping weekend, one of the days they drove a few mile down to the coast and sat looking out to sea over the white cliffs of Dover.

Well the following week a very large chunk of the white cliffs started breaking away to crash into the sea below. The Jeeps were parked in the spot of the two cars seen in the second photo and the cliff breaking away a few hundred yards away.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25  2020.

 

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Jeepers creepers!  I'm pretty sure it wasn't their fault.   

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1 hour ago, General Apathy said:

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Hahahaaaa Mikie, 0nce again we can see a similarity between one of our posts.

 

Four years ago I attended a reunion week at a mountain / rock-climbing school I was a student at when I was a teenager.  One day when we were out climbing I stepped over this small rock and in the split second that I did I envisioned a small fairytale house so I stopped and placed it inside my rucksack and finished the climb and then had to carry it three to four hours on the descent.

 

Hi Piet,  when I got home after the trip I found a small Smurf to stand in the doorway of his fairytale house . . . . . It looks good stood under the Christmas tree in December, a light dusting of snow on its roofline. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25 2020.

 

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Ha!  I love it!  That rock was just Made for that Smurf!

 

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Normandy Beach Race, today . . . . . . . . . .

 

Today myself and Mike a local Jeeping friend drove over to Ouistreham to see the arrival of cars and bikes for the second annual beach race.  There was a worry that it would be cancelled with the current Coronavirus regulations, but we were there when the cars started arriving. 

 

The car below appears to have been an official Renault race car, possibly eight cylinder.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25  2020.

 

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Some really cool vehicles! Glad the event wasn't cancelled.  Good to see everyone masked up and hopefully being safe.    

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15 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Normandy Beach race, today . . . . . . . . . .

 

Today myself and Mike a local Jeeping friend drove over to Ouistreham to see the arrival of cars and bikes for the second annual beach race.  There was a worry that it would be cancelled with the current Coronavirus regulations, but we were there when the cars started arriving. 

 

The guy stood leaning on the hood of the small Ford pickup is Spanish and lives on the Spanish island of Majorca, he caught the ferry across to Barcelona and drove from there to Ouistreham on the coast near Caen, a distance somewhat around 1,200 kilometres and twenty hours driving, he probably deserves the long-distance award. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25  2020.

 

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I saw posters for this event in Normandy in July, happy to see it went through. looks like a fun event, how many cars were there?

Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than in a Yugo.

 

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18 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Normandy Beach Race, today . . . . . . . . . .

 

Today myself and Mike a local Jeeping friend drove over to Ouistreham to see the arrival of cars and bikes for the second annual beach race.  There was a worry that it would be cancelled with the current Coronavirus regulations, but we were there when the cars started arriving. 

 

The car below appears to have been an official Renault race car, possibly eight cylinder.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25  2020.

 

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Just chop the wings, tail and a bit of the front end off a fighter plane and hey presto: a racing car.........😀

 

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Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

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Keep buggering on.

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18 hours ago, General Apathy said:

Normandy Beach Race, today . . . . . . . . . .

 

Today myself and Mike a local Jeeping friend drove over to Ouistreham to see the arrival of cars and bikes for the second annual beach race.  There was a worry that it would be cancelled with the current Coronavirus regulations, but we were there when the cars started arriving. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 25  2020.

 

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Lovely event, Ken. I particularly like that Renault truck with the crane at the back.

Rene

Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

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Keep buggering on.

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Ken,

 

All those cars are amazing. I am like Rene. I like the Renault truck the best. Did you get a picture of the dog riding on the motorcycle trailer? I really like all of the motorcycles too.

 

So sad to see the cliffs eroding away. It would be amazing to see that many jeeps all together!

 

...Kat

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This 31 minute film popped up on my YouTube feed today. Seems very appropriate for the blog here. A jeep tour of the Operation Market Garden battlefield, given by a Dutch young lady and featuring the recently discussed movie "Theirs Is The Glory", with many "then-and-now" segments. I think you'll enjoy it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjt47jP8Wec

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On 9/27/2020 at 4:05 AM, cutiger83 said:

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All those cars are amazing. I am like Rene. I like the Renault truck the best. Did you get a picture of the dog riding on the motorcycle trailer? I really like all of the motorcycles too.

 

So sad to see the cliffs eroding away. It would be amazing to see that many jeeps all together!

 

...Kat

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Hi Kat,  we returned for the Saturdays events and there were many many more cars there, mainly just regular American street cars.

 

here's a shot off the start line taken by my friend Mike.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 28  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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On 9/26/2020 at 2:44 PM, earlymb said:

 

I saw posters for this event in Normandy in July, happy to see it went through. looks like a fun event, how many cars were there?

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Hi David,  On the Saturday we thought there could have been a couple of hundred cars and as many motorcycles. There was lots of stuff that turned up but hadn't booked into the event so cars were parked all over the area.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 28  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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On 9/26/2020 at 6:01 PM, Dogsbody said:

Lovely event, Ken. I particularly like that Renault truck with the crane at the back.

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Hi Rene,  another break-down truck appeared on theSaturday I will see if I have a shot of it and post later.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 28  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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4 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Kat,  we returned for the Saturdays events and there were many many more cars there, mainly just regular American street cars.

 

here's a shot off the start line taken by my friend Mike.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 28  2020.

 

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Great picture! Looks like lots of fun! 

 

...Kat

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On 8/28/2020 at 6:25 PM, General Apathy said:

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Todays UK radio . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

The output on BBC radio 2 today is totally ' DIRE ', so for the last four hours whilst working on my computer I have been playing the back catalog of Led Zeppelin tunes through Youtube, just reached ' Kashmir ' and still blown away with it even after so many years . . . . . . . . . .  :love:

 

Emailed my daughter earlier with one of our favourite songs with the message ' love you, always ' 

 

Bob, Carak, Carmen and Stryder the dog, at the Bron-y-aur farm near Machynlleth, North Wales, the dog was such a calm creature.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 28  2020.

 

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And only 18 miles from my house!!

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On 9/28/2020 at 3:45 AM, pararaftanr2 said:

This 31 minute film popped up on my YouTube feed today. Seems very appropriate for the blog here. A jeep tour of the Operation Market Garden battlefield, given by a Dutch young lady and featuring the recently discussed movie "Theirs Is The Glory", with many "then-and-now" segments. I think you'll enjoy it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjt47jP8Wec

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Hi Para, thanks very much for a very interesting link to the Arnhem tour . . . . over the years I have spent many happy hours, days, weeks around Arnhem and the area with friendly Dutch collectors and vehicle owners.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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On 9/26/2020 at 6:01 PM, Dogsbody said:

Lovely event, Ken. I particularly like that Renault truck with the crane at the back.

Rene

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Hi Rene & Kat,  sorry I couldn't get any closer shot of this second breakdown truck at the show.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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On 9/26/2020 at 12:45 AM, mikie said:

Some really cool vehicles! Glad the event wasn't cancelled.  Good to see everyone masked up and hopefully being safe.    

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Hi Mikie,  yes we were really pleased that it went ahead, it would have been such a shame for the year long planning that the organisers made if it were cancelled. 

 

As you say almost 99% of people had a mask on . . . . . . an original RAF Irving jacket seen in this photo. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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On 9/26/2020 at 12:45 AM, mikie said:

Some really cool vehicles! Glad the event wasn't cancelled.  Good to see everyone masked up and hopefully being safe.    

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Hi Mikie,  a couple of ' drop-tank ' racers during the grand parade down the course . . . . . . . 

 

there were less people over the other side of the track as it required walking a long circuit of the course to get there.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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13 hours ago, 517th said:

Don't see the Jeep lined up with the Hot Rods!!..Was Mr Sparks out there??...

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Hi 517th, there was at least one Jeep and one Dodge weapons carrier circling around, the Jeep led the first grand parade down the course.

 

Doubt Mr Sparks was there when we spoke with the organisers they were disappointed how many British entrants had to withdraw because of the the lockdown of the ferries. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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13 hours ago, 517th said:

And only 18 miles from my house!!

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Hi 517th,  you were probably in junior school when Zeppelin used to use the farm for writing songs . . . . . . .

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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5 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi 517th,  you were probably in junior school when Zeppelin used to use the farm for writing songs . . . . . . .

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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Quite apart from any awesome Zep connections, that is a beautiful photo! 

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5 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Mikie,  yes we were really pleased that it went ahead, it would have been such a shame for the year long planning that the organisers made if it were cancelled. 

 

As you say almost 99% of people had a mask on . . . . . . an original RAF Irving jacket seen in this photo. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 29  2020.

 

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No events here like this at all since March.  Glad everyone there got the chance to get out and enjoy yourselves.  And thanks for showing us a bit of what life used to be like.  

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21 hours ago, mikie said:

Quite apart from any awesome Zep connections, that is a beautiful photo! 

 

21 hours ago, mikie said:

Quite apart from any awesome Zep connections, that is a beautiful photo! 

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Hi Mikie, thanks a very quick photo back in the day with an old camera, no cell phone cameras then.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 30  2020.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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