Thursday, 7 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE: MILITARY VEHICLES



VINTAGE MILITARY VEHICLES 
AT
HUNGERFORD ARCADE RAISING
MONEY FOR THE
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
POPPY APPEAL

It was a very cold but thankfully sunny day when the military vehicles arrived outside Hungerford Arcade for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  The vehicles created a lot of attention and looked magnificent in the sunshine.  Their owners dressed in period military uniforms the whole scene looked very authentic.  Adults and children alike were walking around talking with the owners and gave generously to the Poppy Appeal.  I will be focusing on one vehicle at a time, spread over a couple of weeks as they do have war history and someone out there may know one of these vehicles personally.  I have taken pictures of the numbers painted on each vehicle which are genuine.  If you do know one, please do let us know.

The first vehicle featured is a M3A1 White Scout Car which has a V8 side valve 16 litre engine. This scout car was with the USA 2nd Armoured Corp who liberated Belgium in 1945! The vehicle remained in Belgium until last week when it was purchased by Paul Gannawry and brought back to England.  Paul belongs to the part of living history group called "The Garrison".  They carry out reinactments and fire real artillery blank shells.  If this vehicle rings any bells with you, we would love to know

All of us at Hungerford Arcade would like to say a big thank you to the the Military Vehicles Trust and the Kennet Valley Military Vehicles Trust for making this event possible and for all the money raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Rita


M3A1 White Scout Car 



Rear view of the M3A1 White Scout Car

A very proud owner, Paul Gannawry

The original USA number

Owners Paul Gannawry, Ruby and his
long time partner of 40 years, Theresa Soley

"What are you looking at?" says Ruby




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