Stoneleigh 2003

The All Rover Weekend
23 - 25 August 2003

For the last few years the All Rover Weekend
has been held with the Town and Country Festival
at Stoneleigh Park.  This works well for a
number of reasons, firstly it's quite refreshing as
there's lots to do for all the family and secondly,
for those of us who tend to find ourselves a little
overly 'Land Rovered' following Billing and Eastnor
there's plenty of other stuff for petrol-headed folk
which doesn't just involve the Green Oval!

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One of those things being a Green Jaguar :-)
(Note the very broad grin!)

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and a chance to celebrate the Birthday of Chris Savidge
(President of the 101 Club)

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Obviously the 101 Club had a rather good turn-out of members
showing off their smashing vehicles...

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One of the 'different' things at the show was this...
It's NOT a tank, it's a very big gun.
I'm not usually very fond of gun like things
but this is a very impressive bit of machinery
weighing in at about 48 Tonnes when loaded.
It fires 155mm shell around 28Km, and it's
called, quite simply, an AS90

Being the Membership Secretary of a Military vehicle club
I do tend to get to know a number of serving forces people.
I've never really had any issues with them, more an issue with
politicians who send them to fight political wars, and of all
the serving people I know, the Gunners have to be amongst the
most fun. I guess if you're stuck inside a motor like this
for 12+ hours a day, you develop a sense of humour.

So, to the West Midlands Gunners who may end up reading this
many thanks for letting me play, and have a safe tour in November.

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A few pics of Alistair Worsley and his ambi
next to the very big AS90 (War and Peace)...
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Other highlights, quite rational I guess
as it is a 'town and country' show, is the
rather impressive selection of Steam powered vehicles

One of the vehicles pictured here was recently the
subject of a cash offer, of 800,000 Pounds...

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If you've never been to the Town and Country Festival, it's
really worth adding to your diary for 2004.

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