Displaying your vehicle

Displaying your vehicle/project on the Website

Would you like your vehicle/project to be displayed on the website? if so, this is all you need to do:

  1.  Complete the Questions and Answers. The more you can tell us the better the write up will be.
  2.  Email the completed questions to us
  3.  Send a selection of pictures, of your vehicle throughout its life if possible, to go with the article (between 9 and 15 pictures)
  4.  We will the write an article from your answers and send it to you to read through.
  5.  Once you are happy with the feature write up and you have sent photos we will put it on the website.
  6.  We will notify you via email once its on the website.
Its as simple as that. smiley
Note: We will try to get your projects onto the website within a few weeks of receiving the Q&A

Displaying your vehicle/equipment on the Club Stand

What do I need to do to display with the club?
How much will it cost to display my vehicle on the Club stand?
How is the Club stand organised?
How do I prepare my vehicle for travelling to the shows?
What food/drink should I bring?
What do I do on arrival at the showground?
What happens during the show?
Looking out for visitors to the stand
Do we go into the Arena?
Prizes at the show
When can I leave?
After the show
Is there anything else of importance that I should know?

As a Club, we all work together to give the Club Stand a definite military ‘look and feel’, which the members enjoy. We take a lot of care with the stand layout, attention to detail, the vehicles, the displays and the camping to achieve this. It makes a popular and attractive display for the show and visitors.

At most events, the organisers allow camping on the Club Stand. To maintain our military theme, all those who wish to camp on the stand with the displays, will need to have a Military or ‘green’ tent. However, most shows do have an area(s) allocated for public camping, so if you have a caravan, campervan or a non-military tent, you should be able to use those facilities.

Organisers of Events/Shows always ask that we identify a Show Marshall, who can pass on communications to their Club or respond to questions on behalf of their Club.

Key aspects of the Show Marshall role are listed below:

  1. Agree attendees and manage ticket allocation where necessary
  2. Manage the layout of the Club Stand (Vehicles, tentage etc.)
  3. Ensure that Club Guidelines are followed
  4. Act as spokesperson for the Club.

For Events/Shows where we display weapons, there will be a ‘Weapons Marshall’.

Key aspects of the Weapons Marshall role are listed below:

  1. Ensure that copies of Deactivation Certificates are available for every Deactivated Weapon on the Club Stand (No Deac Cert and the weapon cannot be displayed).
  2. All Deacs, Airsofts, RIFs, Replicas etc. are clear
  3. All gas is expended from Gas Airsoft Magazines
  4. All Airsoft/RIF Magazines are empty
  5. Anyone on the Club Stand displaying a weapon in the Gun Pit, or on their vehicle, has a VALID Club Membership Card
  6. All weapons in the Gun Pit are secured
  7. All weapons on vehicles are secured.

***NOTE*** Remember that all weapons are the responsibility of the owner.

For all future shows, I will identify who will be the Show Marshall and who will be the Weapons Marshall.

I’m sure that I can fully rely on everyone to assist the Marshalls as they perform their roles.

Kind regards,

Gordon (Club Chairman)

 

What do I need to do to display with the club?

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Firstly you must be a Forum member. If you are not already a forum member, you can register on the forum anytime. You will receive an email notification when your application has been accepted. This will usually take 1 to 2 days. Once you have joined the forum, tell us about yourself and your vehicle. If you would like to display your vehicle at an event, you can let us know via the Forum.

How much will it cost to display my vehicle on the Club stand?

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This depends on how many free passes that the event organisers allocate to the Club. We have to limit the number of vehicles to 12 at most shows. If we are given a limited number of free passes (usually 6), then the cost for the other tickets needed will be divided equally between the 12 people who are displaying. This means everyone displaying gets a ticket at a discounted price and keeps the ticket allocation fair. We ask that people send the required monies prior to us ordering the extra tickets. Each event is different so we post the cost on the forum, along with the arrangements for that event, as soon as we know how many are required.

How is the Club stand organised?

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We try to set-up the club stand the morning before the show opens.  Firstly, we find our allocated plot, which often changes between receiving the tickets and arriving at the show, and put the camo-net fence up. The club’s12x12 is then placed in position with the shelter in front of the tent, this serves as our central point, which is where we gather round the fire in the evenings and for the BBQ etc. The other tents are put up either side of the 12×12, with any military trailers behind the tents. Once the tents are up, we then organise the vehicles to make the best of the display.

How do I prepare my vehicle for travelling to the shows?

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Details/maps of where the shows are can be found on the website under the events heading. It is always worth checking your fluids and tyres prior to setting off. If you have many items to bring, make sure that they are well packed in the vehicle and that the canvass/doors are secure before leaving. Ensure that you have your maps, tickets and money with you in the cab for easy retrieval. We always have a packing list to ensure that we do not forget anything.

What food/drink should I bring?

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Although many of the events have food and drink stalls. However, it can be expensive and we have even been to some that have none. So its best to always bring enough, just in case,  Friday night is when we do the BBQ. You are welcomed to use the BBQ to cook your own food. On a Saturday evening, we make a ‘Curry’ for all members, free of charge. So you’ll just need to bring your own breakfast/lunch.

Please keep the stand clean and all rubbish must be placed in the black bin-liners.

What do I do on arrival at the showground?

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If tickets have been received in enough time to post out, show your ticket to the Marshall on arrival. They will direct you to the Club stand. If tickets have not been sent out, phone one of the members who will come and meet you with a ticket. We use the forum to arrange who will be arriving when and to exchange mobile numbers. Often we also arrange to travel in convoy.

On arrival at the Club stand, its all hands on deck, once the fence and 12×12 are up, we help each other to put up all the members tents and we’ll show you where your vehicle will stand.

What happens during the show?

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We aim to have breakfast and have all displays set-up before the public arrive. It is up to you to prepare your own vehicle and display. There is always someone ready to help with removing roofs and lifting the heavier/more awkward display items. Once you have got your vehicle display ready, everyone will be expected to take a turn in manning the stand. It gives everyone else the opportunity to look around the show without leaving the displays unattended.

Anyone who ‘disappears’ for the day, expecting others to watch their vehicle/display, will not be invited again.

Looking out for visitors to the stand

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Whilst the Public are around, it is important that we have people on the stand looking after things, answering questions and promoting the Club. If you are looking after someone else’s vehicle/display, then be vigilant and don’t let people handle weapons or enter the vehicles without the owner’s consent. Be especially vigilant with children.

All those displaying are ambassadors for the club and should always be polite and helpful. If there are any issues, please inform the Show Marshall immediately.

Do we go into the Arena?

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At most shows, we take all of the vehicles into the arena. On rare occasions, the organisers will choose just one or two of the vehicles. When we go into the arena, you may have the opportunity to talk about your vehicle. If you’d rather not be given the microphone, there will be someone there to help out if necessary. It is worthwhile knowing something about your vehicle, be this it’s history, why you bought it, how you use it or what work you have done or plan to do.

Always take great care when driving to/from the arena as there will be many pedestrians who just walk out in front of you.

Prizes at the show

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At most shows, there are prizes for vehicles, best club stand etc. If you win a prize, we’ll want to capture this on camera for you. The prizes can consist of trophies and cash.

When can I leave?

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Unless pre-arranged, members will only be allocated a ticket on the understanding that they have stay for the full weekend. Obviously, there can be emergencies and you are allowed to leave early. As a rule, we generally start to dismantle our displays and the stand at 16:00 on the final day of the show.

**Polite Note** Everyone should help with packing away the Club Stand once they have packed their own things away.

After the show

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We try and upload the pictures onto the website the next day. We also write a show review which again is uploaded to the website, usually within a week after the show.

Is there anything else of importance that I should know?

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The main aspects of being at a show, are to get involved. It is important that you have fun, take plenty of pictures and have some form of display to go with your vehicle.

Please remember that there is no annual membership fee to be part of the Military Lightweight Club. As such, we do not have a committee and there are no ‘club-politics’. We do take into account the opinion of all our members and appreciate open and honest feedback. Militarylightweight.co.uk has third party liability insurance.


QUESTIONS AND SAMPLE ANSWERS

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Questions

Please answer the questions relating to your vehicle. Feel free to add any other information that you want.

Q1 – Why did you buy a Landrover? (Or Scammell, Pinzgauer, Alvis etc)
Q2 – Why did it have to be a Lightweight? (or Pionneer, Series 3 or Stalwart)
Q3 – How long have you had it and where did it come from?
Q4 – What do you use it for?
Q5 – What was it used for In-Service? Has it got It’s History?
Q6 – Has it been modified?
Q7 – What condition is it in? Q8 – What work needs doing or what modifications have you yet to complete?
Q9 – Has it been restored to its original in-service condition?


Sample Answers

The answers below were used to create the ‘Cyprus Camo’ Article that is already on the website.

Q1 – Why did you buy a Landrover? (Or Scammell, Pinzgauer, Alvis etc)

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Some time back around 1985 I was looking for a car. I ‘d always like the Land Rover look, but had never been in one. I saw a Lightweight advertised in what was then the Thames Valley Trader, now Autotrader. It was a 24v Lightweight with white hardtop, winch and large tyres, from memory. It was slightly more than I could afford, but also it would have to stay on my parents drive. They were none too keen, as I was away for long periods in the summer. But the seed was sown  . . . .  .

In the early 1990’s I looked at a selection of Lightweights at Keith Gotts, Hampshire. But I need a vehicle that was a) secure (they were all with tilts), and b) would do over 55mph as I travelled around the country. It would be 2006, before I had the spare cash to finally get one.

Q2 – Why did it have to be a Lightweight? (or Pionneer, Series 3 or Stalwart)

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A Lightweight was not essential, but it was certainly my preferred option. The ideal would have been a red soft-top V8 Lightweight. The angular look was the decider. I didn’t even know at the time that they were never made with V8’s.

Q3 – How long have you had it and where did it come from?

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I bought the LWT in April 2006 after searching for a couple of months. It is a 12volt GS version.  It was advertised in one of the magazines and importantly, was local enough to be viewed. I’m not a mechanic, so wanted one that was in reasonable condition. The owner had it garaged and was selling to fund a wedding. It had been bought from XWD (now Drop Zone) in Sussex when de-mobbed. XWD had refurbished it and given it the Camo colour scheme it still sports.

Q4 – What do you use it for?

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Having fun. When it was bought I doing 30k business miles each year. At home the car was parked, and I’d use the Lwt whenever possible. In more recent times it has served as my only vehicle, although it’s not ideal for job interviews and long motorway miles. At least not if you’re in a hurry.  It seems to get used to subsidise the local refuse collection a lot.

Q5 – What was it used for In-Service? Has it got It’s History?

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I have the military service card copied from the Royal Logistics Corp Museum at Deepcut in Surrey. It entered service in September 1980. Between 1981 and 1985 the card shows –

7 FD Force HQ. Signal Squadron

40 FD Regt. RA

45 FD Regt. RA

In 1986 it went to –

TMP Thetford

1998 it moved again –

Aston Down

It was first registered for the road in 2002, following the work at XWD.

Q6 – Has it been modified?

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The vehicle is pretty much as it would have been in service. Prior to my purchase it was given  bit of a refurb, having a decent spray finish in desert camo. It also had new seat bases and backs, it now has a Dixon-Bate towball as opposed to the Military hitch.

Since purchase a few mods have been made for ‘usability’. A 12v socket is now available, and a FuelCat has been put in the fuel line to assist running on Unleaded petrol. The original 6.50 Hi-Miler tyres on 5J rims are stored and for daily use replaced with 205/80 Marshall radials. I have also used 7.50 tyres in the past. The Kph speedo was replaced with a Mph version as it was easier to read and had a trip meter. I have recently found that the Kph may have been the original fitment. All parts are retained to return to ‘as was’ if needed. A wheelarch toolbox is yet to be fitted. As is an overdrive.

Q7 – What condition is it in?

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Overall, the condition is very good, and outwardly very original. However, as with any older vehicle, there are a few areas that would benefit from a little attention to keep the vehicle in show condition. A replacement doortop (the drivers side) needs painting in camo, and as ever, the vent panel could do with a strip down to ensure it lasts. But, touch wood, it is all solid

Q8 – What work needs doing or what modifications have you yet to complete?

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As mentioned above, I’d like to get the overdrive fitted. For pottering around it’s not essential, but on longer trips would make a huge difference. Last summer we travelled nearly 1,000 miles around France. The overdrive would make another trip somewhat more comfortable.

Q9 – Has it been restored to its original in-service condition?

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I’m not sure what it looked like in actual service. I have been told the current desert camo colour scheme was selected by a potential purchaser when de-mobbed. However, with the original wheels on, it looks 99% standard.