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Yorkshire MVT Web Designer
Hello, my name is Steve Carr, I'm your friendly, but not so local webmaster, living in Durham. Early in 2006, Tim Benton sent the heavy mob up to the North East. After a brief struggle lasting about 3 seconds, I agreed to build the Yorkshire MVT Website. I hope you all approve of the results. It's old tech HTML code, simple, but it works and I didn't think that MV collectors are interested or impressed by modern flashy websites, knowing how most of their vehicles are very old tech! The site has grown a huge amount since 2006, but pictures and information from the area members, are always welcome.
 
From 1983, I was fairly obsessed with building radio controlled aircraft, particularly very large scale ( see My Air Force ). In June 2004, I caught a chest infection, which brought on asthma and a dust allergy, which forced me to cut back my exposure to balsawood dust. So as an alternative hobby, in April, 2005, I purchased a part M201/part MB Jeep, which over 2005 was converted to look more like a Willy's MB.


Me in flying kit at Battlegroup North.
 
Hotchkiss M201
The Jeep was one of the first M201's built in 1958, fitted with a 1944 engine and running on 6 volts. It was upgraded by the French to 12 volts some time later, and during a factory rebuild in 1966, then converted to 24 volts. Probably some time after the rebuild, it served in the desert, as I found sand paint under the French three tone green/brown/black camo and a bracket for a spotlight on the screen as seen on "Sahara Jeeps". It remained in service into the mid 1990's, after which it was put into long term storage. It was finally auctioned in 2000 to a dealer in Scotland, where it was kept until I bought it in February 2005.

My Jeep website tells the story of the work carried out and events attended.

See - 'Jessie' the M201 Jeep

In the sixteen years of owning this Jeep, I've clocked up almost 17,000 miles around Scotland, England, France, Belgium and Holland.

The Jeep as found at WHB Jeeps in Scotland.
The drive home from Scotland.

First time out with the markings painted.

 
For the first three years, it remained a standard olive drab Jeep in US 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group markings. In 2008, I began to convert it to an airfield "Follow Me" Jeep, adding the checkered roof and sides, the red and checkered flags and the follow me sign and light box on the back, still in US markings.
In 2018, for the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, I decided to go with RAF markings for both the Jeep and trailer. I didn't want to make the colour scheme change permanent, so made some magnetic RAF No. 1 Group markings. These hide the US stars and other group markings, and being magnetic, it's now a quick change from US to RAF colours. With the left over plastic, I also made some Red Cross markings for a different look when Lynne is driving the Jeep.

 
Dodge WC51 Weapons Carrier

In August 2010, I bought my second vehicle, a Dodge WC51, also a Flying Control vehicle. The conversion from Olive Drab was started by a friend and myself in 2008, adding a basic wooden rear body. Once I got the truck, windows were made in the rear body, doors made for the cab, and the inside of the rear body fitted out with period radios and other equipment. A house move and a change in storage location dictated another change so it could be garaged. Late 2021, the Dodge was returned to a more standard WC51 configuration and colour scheme. See 'Faith' the 100th Bombardment Group Dodge for more details.

2008~2021 2021~Present
 
1943 Ford GPW

In January 2012, I bought a third vehicle, a Ford GPW in a bit of a state, for a complete strip down and rebuild. This project took about 18 months, spread over about two years, with the registration paperwork and insurance in place by mid April 2014. This Jeep is also in US 100th Bomb Group markings. There were several original reference photos to use which made replicating the markings easier and and it was also in the background of a picture of the B-17 Fortress that I modelled in 1/6 scale 20 years before.
'Hope' the Ford GPW

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