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Club baseball caps—for sale
We have a new style Club Baseball Cap for sale to members. They are Khaki
colour with the WVCG Logo and are for sale to club members for $20 each
and if the club meeting on the 6th January 2015 was anything to go by when
every member present purchased one they are not going to last long.
So open your wallets and let the moths out and purchase your club cap before
they are all gone. Remember $20 each is good value. The association is also
looking at Khaki shirts with “WVCG” ( In full ) embroidered on one side and
your name on the other. More details later.
Contact the Treasurer:
Phone: 08 8398 2738
Mobile: 0408 817 485
Email: [email protected]
Cindy Fleming
Advised her father
John Marrow
Passed away on
5th November 2014
He was an ex
WVCG member
Australia day—2015
The 2015 Australia Day Parade was well supported by WVCG members who provided Nine vehicles in the parade and proudly showed off their restored vehicles.
The huge crowds lining the route down King William Street enthusiastically applauded each vehicle as they passed by. This was the biggest turnout of WVCG
members and their vehicles in recent years, despite a number of members who had
indicated they would participate, but did not turn up on the day, well maybe next
year will be even larger. The following photos are of members vehicles who made
the day a success.
1959 ferret scout car
It had come to the attention of the Editor that the Maryborough Museum in
Queensland has a nice example of a 1959 Ferret Scout Car on display and of
course as editor I chased it up for photographs to share with WVCG members.
Up in smoke: WWII trucks lost in blaze
Reg Gibson and daughter, Phoebe, look at the remains of their large shed that housed rare military memorabilia .
A rare collection of World War II vehicles it was hoped would feature in Peter Jackson's touted
Dam Buster's film have been destroyed in a blaze that tore through a Waikato family's shed. The
fleet of military vehicles, one of which was used in the Hollywood blockbuster Pearl Harbour,
were just part of Taupiri resident Reg Gibson's collection, worth an estimated half a million dollars. Now they lie as charred shells in the ruins of the fire that tore through what was widely
known as Reg's Shed early on Tuesday.
"I feel numb at the moment. We can build another shed but the rare ones [vehicles] can never be
replaced," Gibson said. Gibson and wife Rebecca have spent years working with some of Hollywood's top names. Before selling the business, Bald Eagle, last year they supplied transport management and customised trailers on films including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Chronicles of
Narnia and The Last Samurai. Memorabilia from the movies, 35 years of collector's items, and
most devastatingly Gibson's work in progress - a Sexton Self Propelled Gun from WWII - were
just a few of the items stored in the couple's expansive shed.
"It's not a loss of life so there is no grief, but it means years more work for us and a personal collection gone." Among the wreckage were a one-of-a-kind Bedford QLR radio truck used by the
NZ Army in WWII and original ex-RAF Bedford fuel tanker featured in the film Pearl Harbour.
There was also a QL Tipper truck used by engineers going into Normandy and a Chevrolet C60
Canadian Military Pattern truck."They are unique vehicles and this is a huge loss. It would have
been great to have them in a New Zealand museum one day," Gibson said.
Rebecca Gibson was at home in the office when the fire broke out about midnight Monday."I
heard what I thought were fireworks. I looked up and thought 'what's that?' Flames were already
coming out of the roof when I saw it so it would have been absolutely full of fire inside."Her first
call was to 111, and the next to her husband in Wellington. "I felt sick watching it go up. I phoned
him [Reg] and said I have some bad news - I'm standing here watching your shed go up in
flames."The shed was ablaze by the time fire fighters from Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Te Kauwhata arrived. Fire fighters worked their way around the edge of the fire dousing the sides of the
shed with water. They stayed on site dampening down hotspots until 5am, said Gibson. A fire investigator had visited the site and the Gibson’s said the initial indication was a fault in a water
pump had sparked the fire. Reg said he would look to rebuild, but things could take some time.
Nasho association sausage sizzle
Members of the WVCG assisted The National Servicemen’s Association of SA by
supplying their military vehicles to provide a display and a military theme for their
first sausage sizzle at the new Masters Hardware store situated next to IKEA in the
airport complex. They were accompanied by vehicle from the military museum.
Tony Van Rhoda displayed his Land Rover Perentie 110, Mark Turner displayed his
1942 Willys Jeep and Grant Robinson displayed his 1941 GMC 6X6. Our displayed
vehicles added to the sausage sizzle as a drawcard with many people viewing our
vehicles. Though it was a hot day the event was a huge success. They made a tidy
profit on the day. This might be an idea as a way for the WVCG to raise funds.
WW II Russian tank with German markings uncovered after 62 years. WW II Buffs will
find this interesting. Even after 62 years (and a little tinkering), they were able to fire up the
diesel engine! A Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer pulled the abandoned tank from its tomb under the boggy bank of a lake near Johvi , Estonia . The Soviet-built T34/76A tank had been
resting at the bottom of the lake for 56 years.
From February to September 1944, heavy
battles were fought in
the narrow, 50 kmwide, Narva front in the
north eastern part
of Estonia. Over
100,000 men were
killed and 300,000 men
were wounded there.
During battles in the
summer of 1944, the
tank was captured from
the Soviet army and
used by the German
army.(This is the reason
that there are German
markings painted on the
tank's exterior.)
On 19th September, 1944, German troops began an organized retreat along the Narva front.
It is suspected that the tank was then purposefully driven into the lake to conceal it when its
captors left the area. At that time, a local boy walking by the lake, Kurtna Matasjarv, noticed tank tracks leading into the lake but not coming out anywhere. For two months he saw
air bubbles emerging from the lake. This gave him reason to believe that there must be an
armoured vehicle at the lake's bottom. A few years ago, he told the story to the leader of the
localwar history club 'Otsing'. Together with other club members, Mr. Igor Shedunov initiated diving expeditions to the bottom of the lake about a year ago. At the depth of 7 metres
they discovered the tank resting under a 3 metre layer of peat. Enthusiasts from the club,
under Mr Shedunov's leadership, decided to pull the tank out.
In September of 2000 they turned to Mr. Aleksander Borovkovthe, manager of the Narva
open pit company AS Eesti Polevkivi, to rent the company's Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer.
(Currently used at the pit. The Komatsu dozer was manufactured in 1995, and has recorded
19,000 operating hours without major repairs.) The pulling operation began at 09:00 and
was concluded at 15:00, with several technical breaks. The weight of the tank, combined
with the travel incline, made for a pulling operation that required significant muscle. The
D375A-2 handled the operation with power and style. The weight of the fully-armed tank
was around 30 tons, so the active force required to retrieve it was similar. A main requirement for the 68-ton dozer was to have enough weight to prevent slippage while moving up
the hill.
After the tank surfaced, it turned out to be a "trophy tank" that had been captured by the
German army in the course of the battle at Sinimaed (Blue Hills) about six weeks before it
was sunk in the lake. Altogether, 116 shells were found on board. Remarkably, the tank
was in good condition, with NO RUST, and all systems (except the engine) in working condition. This is a very rare machine, especially considering that it fought both on the Russian
and the German sides. Plans are underway to fully restore the tank. It will be displayed at a
war history museum in the Gorodenko village on the left bank of the River Narv.
Preparing to pull it out.
People from the nearby village come to watch.
Komatsu D375A-2 is ready to go.
In mint condition.
Hosing off 62 years worth of "muck."
Incredibly, after a few minor repairs, they were able to start its diesel engine.
Pretty amazing.
Light horse dedication memorial
A new memorial was unveiled recently in Maryborough Queensland to the
Light Horsemen of WW1 and is a fitting memorial to those men who made the
supreme sacrifice. It is a beautiful memorial and well worth a visit,
Jeep For sale
For Sale 1942 Ford Jeep
This vehicle has had all new brakes.
The head has been removed and machined.
The vehicle has been converted to
Right Hand Drive.
The indicators has been placed into
the Blackout lights also all lights have
been checked and fixed.
The vehicle has also had the latest
fuses added for ease of replacement
and isolated switch has been added for
more protection.
Tyres are near new and a Canvas covers has been made to cover the vehicle
when hood and windscreen have been
folded down.
The vehicle drives really well for its age. On club Rego non transferable.
Price: $20,000 ONO - Contact: 0405 203 044
Aaron FELL
08 8382 7201
0402 357 960
08 8536 2627
0409 833 879
0408 835 018
[email protected]
08 8398 2738
0408 817 485
08 8536 2627
0409 833 879
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Aaron FELL.
Rick SHEARMAN and Aaron FELL.
Hugh DAVIS and Aaron FELL.
For sale—brand new—has never been used
2000 lb winch still in the box— $100
Contact: Tony Van Rhoda Ph: 8536 26 27. Email: [email protected]