Who are “The Team”?
The Capel Military Vehicle show is run and put on by the Aldhurst Military Vehicle Company and exists with a few simple aims. These are to provide a good, honest fun filled family event that promotes Military Vehicles and period Re-Enactments and more importantly, to raise funds in support of Military Charities.
The core team is very small and consists of a dedicated band of like minded individuals led by our chairman John Dale. In addition, these are augmented by an ever increasing number of volunteers who provide invaluable assistance in the run up to and clear up after the event. We are very pleased that year on year that number is steadily growing. Without these additional volunteers we would struggle to get the show off the ground, so if this is something that interests you, please get in touch with us, we have a role for everyone, from helping with the setup and build, marshalling, helping on the gate or just general assistance to the show. We would love to hear from you.
Chairman – John Dale
John is an avid collector of all things military and is also lucky enough to be the manager of Aldhurst Farm where the show is held. With over 500 acres of land at his disposal, it is no surprise that he has the largest collection both in number and physical size of vehicles. Amongst his ‘toys’ he lists
- T34-85 World War II Russian Main Battle Tank, complete with functioning gun. (If you have been to the show before you will definitely remember this one)
- GMC 2 ½ Ton World War II American Truck
- RAF Fordson World War II Tractor
- 1943 BSA Motorcycle
- World War II American M16 Half Track (Shared Owner)
Vice Chairman – flight lieutenant Andrew Davidson MBE RAF
Andrew is a serving commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force with 27 years of service to date. He has deployed overseas on Operations on numerous occasions including AIR Ops IRAQ in KSA, OP TELIC Basra Iraq, Op HERICK Khandahar, Bastion Afghanistan, Op TORAL Kabul Afghanistan, Op KIPION/SHADER Al Udeid Qatar and the Falkland Islands. He has also supported Exercises both in the UK and overseas in locations as diverse as North America, Canada, Sardinia, Turkey, Yemen, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, France, Italy, Germany.
His ‘Toys’ include:
- GKN SANKEY FV432 30mm RARDEN AFV
- 1977 Land Rover 101 Forward Control (Owner Louise Davidson)
- Rapier Resupply Trailer
- ¾T Sankey Trailer
- 1944 Federal Tractor Unit & Artic Trailer (Owner Joanna Davidson)
- 1982 Lightweight Land Rover FFR (Owner Joanna Davidson)
Treasurer – Michael Sheehan
Mick is a mechanical engineer with Allianz and along with his love of military vehicles he is also a private pilot and an avid and enthusiastic sailor with his own yacht. Mick is married to Donna and between them they have been involved with the planning and execution of the show since its inception. Mick has the enviable reputation of being one of the nicest people you will ever meet. His ‘Toys’ share a common theme in that most of them have six wheels and a very hefty fuel bill:
- Alvis Stalwart (the first one off the production line)
- Alvis Stawart with HIAB
- Saracen Armoured car
Technical director – Jason Wright
Jason is our quirky technical director. His day job as an NHS resilience manager for a major hospital and his pessimistic view on life ensures that we have the highest standard of Risk Assessments in place, thus ensuring the public’s safety throughout the event. Wiggly amps and wavelengths are his thing. An enthusiastic supporter of the show, Jason joined us after the first event where we managed to ‘blow’ up the PA system with our amateurish efforts. Since then the public have been able to hear our outstanding commentator and master of ceremonies in crystal clear quality. Away from the show Jason is a keen amateur radio ham and wanted by the police forces of 5 countries. In line with his hobbies, Jason’s ‘Toys’ are his:
- Land Rover 110 FFR
- ¾ T Sankey Trailer
In addition to running the Capel Military Vehicle Show, all of the team are members of the Military Vehicle Trust, an organisation comprising of enthusiasts dedicated to researching, restoring, running and showing vintage and veteran military vehicles. You do not have to own a vehicle to become a member, all you need is an interest in all things military.
As part of the MVT, we meet every second Wednesday of the month at 2000hrs at the Lamb at Lambs Green near Rusper West Sussex RH12 4RG.
But like all Charity events the organisers cannot run the show without the help of a willing Team of volunteers, so please feel free to come along and join in with the group and meet the team.