We are excited to announce Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE will be at the Classic Land Rover Gathering 2021on SATURDAY to talk about the Crossing of the Darien Gap Expedition which he led in 1971/72, using 1 very trusted Land Rover and 2 of the first Range Rovers.
It was probably the most challenging expedition John has led shown in dramatic film footage which he will present in addition to his talk.
Land Rover 88 inch Forward Control Fire Appliance.
Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade is a registered charity, started in 1884. It is a unique organisation under contract to provide fire cover for Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service. We operate as an on-call station but the Members provide their time free of charge.
The 88-inch Forward Control Fire Appliance and the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade
A unique vehicle preserved
and exhibited by an equally unique organisation
Retaining its original registration number of REG 999, this is one of only four 88-inch Forward Control Fire Appliances built on a Land Rover Series II chassis that were manufactured by Land Rover and converted by Alfred Miles Ltd/Dennis Brothers Ltd. This model is unique in that it is the only one that has been fully maintained to retain its original condition.
Its construction and conversion enabled it to transport fire-fighting equipment across rugged terrain and was intended to be particularly useful in country districts to negotiate fields, ditches and undulating land to reach forest, brush and grass fires.
Manufactured in 1960 by Land Rover, the vehicle was intended for conversion by Alfred Miles Ltd in Brockworth, Cheltenham. Difficult times forced them to sell their fire appliance division, so the conversion was completed by Dennis Brothers Ltd, Guildford, and designated to their ‘M’ series.
The standard Land Rover selections were modified by Alfred Miles to provide eight forward and two reverse speeds in high and low range, with the cab mounted over the engine.
Its main gearbox was remote controlled to Miles’s special design, giving positive selection into any gear and retaining the quality of drive achieved by the Rover Company.
It was fitted with equipment lockers usually found only in the larger type models. A 150 gallon water tank was housed below these compartments, as close as possible to the chassis to ensure a low centre of gravity.
In 1963, the vehicle was purchased and registered by Baker Perkins and spent her life until 1992 as part of the works’ fire brigade at the Baker Perkins factory in Westfield Road, Peterborough.
In 1992, she was presented to the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade when Baker Perkins moved to a new factory.
Vehicle has clocked up only 9,000 miles in her entire life. She is now in full working condition, having been painstakingly restored by the PVFB.
The other three vehicles include a prototype fire appliance, a drop-sided truck and a fire appliance similar to the one in the ownership of the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade. Each has now been located and the PVFB are in touch with their owners. All three are undergoing restoration. The ultimate goal is to get all four vehicles back together again for a public reunion.
Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade is also unique as it is the only volunteer fire brigade under contract in the UK. Formed in 1884 by Peterborough city businessmen, the brigade is a registered charity and operates as a private fire brigade under a special contract with the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority, responding to calls as directed from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to serve the people of Peterborough and the surrounding villages. The brigade effectively operates as an On Call (retained) fire station, except that its members provide their services unpaid.
We hope we don’t need to call on these guys, but in the theme of the Gathering, we have arranged for Green Line Medical to attend to provide full medical cover from first aiders upto paramedics, with no impact on the NHS, as per event safety guidance from the HSE. Hopefully we won’t need them, but it’s good to know they are on hand, just in case.
In the mid 1980s, a new Land Rover model was being designed under the code name Project Jay, subsequently named Discovery. At the 1989 Press and Dealer launch in Plymouth there were 86 cars, all with consecutive registration numbers from G451WAC to G537WAC, enthusiast call them “gee-wacks”. (G-WAC)
In 2007, a few owners of these early cars met at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, and formed a group called the Project Jay Preservation Group to find the launch cars and any other Jay of interest. Jays were built from 1989 to 1993, which we know as the ‘200’. The ‘300’ had the code name Romulus.
The group have found 22 launch cars that are still “alive”; together with several other factory registered G-WACs that were used in the factory demonstration fleet, and as test cars. The group formed a club in January 2019 and have a website at www.pjpg.co.uk
Rover Series One Club was formed in 1979 by three enthusiasts for those
interested in early Land Rovers, it has since grown to be the largest Land Rover
club in the world now with over 3,000 members across the globe.
publish a bimonthly magazine, Legend, its contents include photographs,
historical and technical information as well as forthcoming events.
Club’s website (www.lrsoc.com) contains Land Rover Technical bulletins, past
editions of the club magazine and the world’s largest web based collection of
Series One photographs. Our extremely active forum, provides a point of contact
for members from all over the world
supply extensive range of original and remanufactured parts and also have
appointed technical officers who specialise in particular models and can offer
As a result of the pandemic we needed to find a new venue for our first Classic Land Rover Gathering and feel that Lower Farm, Skillington provides the perfect location, in rural Lincolnshire.
The next problem, with the continuing third lockdown in the UK is the timing, and we hope that pushing the date back to the weekend of 24-25 July 2021, gives us the best chance of finally being able to host the event.
Any tickets purchased for the 2020 event which have not been reimbursed will obviously remain valid for 2021 and tickets will go back on sale soon, and we hope you will join us in July.
If you have any queries regarding the event please get in touch at email@example.com
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