My '44 Flying Control Dodge

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There was more than expected, so we radioed Chris to bring his Dodge down to assist.

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Right at the end of the day, my daughter went for a last ride on the Helter-Skelter and took some pictures of the two show fields from the top ( sites 1 & 2 ).

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Below is a link to a video compiled from several trips around the museum site, with the camera mounted on both the Dodge and Jeep.

https://youtu.be/UcORp8EvD38
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On Thursday evening, we took four vehicles for a drive and on a photoshoot around Pockerley Manor ( site 6 ).

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We left Pockerley past the old church and headed towards the wagonway ( site 7 ) before re-joining the main site road and heading for the town ( site 4 ). Derek hadn't yet arrived and Paul had gone out for food but caught us up in town, joining the front of the line for some pictures.

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Friday September 2nd

We hung around the show field until the 11am convoy and continued on another lap after everyone else pulled back into the show field. We followed the route again, back to town and stopped at Coffee & Cake Corner ( site 5 ). In addition to being close to the cafe, we got a good view of convoys and other vehicles going by.

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We headed on to the rail yard ( site 3 ) and after bumping into Lynne's parents there, she headed back to camp with the Jeep while I stayed to get some photos of the Dodge up against the loading platform.

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We were back in town towards the end of the day as the trams were waiting to take the last of the public back to the entrance.

Before food that evening, and with Derek and Paul around, we had a six vehicle convoy around the site again for more pictures, starting with a group shot at the far end of the colliery yard ( site 8 ), making use of the building's steps for a good vantage point.

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From there, we headed back through the pit village ( site 9 ) and around the road to Pockerley Manor ( site 6 ).

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From there we drove down past the church and towards the wagonway sheds ( site 7 ). We past some British paras heading the other way.

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From there it was back on the main road to town ( site 4 ), where we ended the photoshoot. While in town, the British paras turned up again.

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Saturday September 3rd

I began Saturday with a wander around the second show field ( site 2 ), taking a look at the vehicles and dioramas there.

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That was followed by the 11am convoy, followed by morning coffee at the usual spot ( site 5 ). This time we were joined by a friend's Jeep for a while.

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We moved around a few more times across Saturday to different locations. Here we are back at the colliery.

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Passing traffic at Coffee & Cake Corner.

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At the end of the day, the museum was providing a meal in town for all those attending. We were going to take the vehicles until the rain set in for the evening and everything was covered up.

Sunday September 4th

The last group of four pictures from coffee corner were a selection of just a handful of pictures from Sunday. We did the convoy and morning coffee, then went back to the main show field for lunch and then to started packing up camp.

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Five days on site under canvas was exhausting, both due to the fresh air, lack of sleep and the heavy steering on the Dodge giving me arms like Popeye! With the Jeep and the Dodge, Lynne and I managed to burn through around 19 gallons of petrol in four days of driving. However, it was still a cheap holiday and the highlight of our 1940s calendar.

Further pictures can be found on the following links.....

https://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2022/beamish2.htm

https://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2022/beamish3.htm
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Re: My '44 Flying Control Dodge

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Excellent report there Steve, and that's as different from "turn up and park in a field" as you can get. I think only the wartime railway event would have more "stuff" :D
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