My '44 Flying Control Dodge

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First Run Out of the Year - February 3rd, 2024

The Dodge hasn't run or moved since the Historic Quay event at the end of September. While it felt mild today, it wasn't warm. As with the Jeep in the morning, I began with a fan heater under the sump to pre-heat the oil. After that, I turned the engine over several times, to get some oil moving around the engine. Once I felt I'd moved enough oil, the carb was primed and I went for the start. Oil pressure was up straight away.

I pulled out of the garage and let the Dodge warm up on the drive before going for a drive. There wasn't much fuel in the Dodge, so this drive was only a couple of miles around a lane that loops around the village.

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I stopped a couple of times for some photos, then returned home and tucked it back up in the garage again. Springtime servicing can wait until the weather warms up.

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She’s still looking great Steve

Keep her rolling

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Blyth Battery Goes to War - May 18/19th

I've already had several Jeep events this year, but Blyth Battery was the first show for the Dodge. It was warm and sunny as I packed the Dodge and was a nice drive North until I turned East for the coast, at which point I drove into the sea mist and the temperature dropped.

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Visibility was very poor with the sea not even visible from the gun emplacements. It wasn't raining however and I got the tent set up without getting wet. By late evening, torch light was showing the density of the mist as a strong beam of light.

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The following morning, the mist hung around until a little after noon, but did clear to give some blue sky and sun. Many of my photos were taken on Saturday morning during my first wander around the site and so have a dull sky.

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Last year was the biggest event I'd seen there, but 2024 saw an increase in the number of displays and vehicles on show. I've added a selection of general views of the displays, but there were so many artifacts on show from many different aspects of World War 1 and 2.

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These sunny pictures of the battery were taken late afternoon on Saturday. As time moved further into the evening, the mist returned and the wind picked up, from the North, so the temperature dropped further. I shut myself in my tent with the gas heater on and read a book on an RAF bomber pilot.

One of the gun emplacements with replica gun.

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The World War 1 battery observation post and ranging tower.

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There was a battle at noon on each day of the show. On Saturday, I put the long lens on my camera and took photos, while on Sunday, I shot a video on my phone, shown below.

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A short video of the battle on Sunday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAE_NPX597Q
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The displays were located from the Searchlight Battery to the North, to the dunes to the South of the Gun Battery. Most of the Allied World War 2 displays were on the main field to the North of the Gun Battery. Some post war and the WW1 Royal Flying Corps display was by the Searchlight Battery. They are building a fullsize Sopwith Tabloid biplane.

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All the German displays were to the South of the Gun Battery. Behind the battery, there were several classic cars, plus a gazebo for live music entertainment.

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During Sunday afternoon, I got the tent packed away dry and everything loaded into the trailer, ready to go at the end of the show. The show closed at 4pm and I made my exit shortly after. It took a little over an hour to get home and then a couple more to dismantle the truck canvas and pack everything away in the garage and house. All done for just a few more days, then back out for the next show!

More pictures of Blyth can be found on my website - https://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2024/blyth.htm
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Tanfield Railway 1940s Weekend - May 25~27th

We originally planned to camp for the three days at Tanfield. As we got closer to the event, the weather forecast wasn't looking great, with thunder storms and heavy rain predicted. The following week was also due to be wet, giving little chance to dry out the tent. Tanfield is the world's oldest railway and will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary next year. It began life as a horse drawn wagonway, before moving on to steam power.

By Thursday evening, our plans had changed and we wouldn't camp, but leave the Dodge and travel in the Jeep. I took the Dodge on Saturday morning while Lynne took my daughter to dance rehearsals. They would be along later in the day to take me home.

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There were a few vehicles and some dioramas, but not as many as past years. The new May date clashed with a big show in Lincolnshire, a local car show on Saturday and a 1940s day in Durham on Monday, thinning out support.

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The Andrew Barclay Works 0-6-0ST "Horden" was pulling trains on Saturday. This is just one of about seven steam locos in operation at the railway.

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After a quick look around the vehicles and dioramas, I went for a walk around the railway's storage yard, as it's a great atmospheric location for photos.

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The "Hand-me-down" brigade were set up in the ticket office at Andrews House station. Most of the other displays and the field kitchen, were on the show field next to Marley Hill yard.

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Colin Bourdiec and the Seatones were providing the musical entertainment at Andrews House and East Tanfield stations. Saturday was mainly dry and sunny, but the forecast hadn't changed.

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On Sunday, we took Jessie the Jeep and set up next to the Dodge. With heavy thundery showers forecast, I left the canvas fastened up on the Dodge and didn't put any crates out.

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For day two, there was only one other Jeep there.

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On Sunday there were two locos running, with Hawthorn Leslie No.2 joining "Horden" pulling passenger trains.

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During the day, I got the opportunity for a footplate ride on "Horden". A short video of the trip is shown below along with some general video of the two trains. We got soaked in the Jeep heading home on Sunday, but managed to get all the green clothes dried again for day three.

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General Steam Action
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amtYTBCot-k

Footplate Ride
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"Last Man Standing"

When we got there on Monday morning, the field kitchen was gone, but for their tents, the other dioramas ( except the Hand-me-down brigade ) had packed up for the Durham market place event and we were the only vehicles there. So rather than being at the end of the field, we moved the vehicles and barbed wire further up to where the field kitchen had been.

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The sun was out again for Monday, but not all day and there were a few heavy showers. We'd enjoyed the show, despite the weather trying its hardest to spoil things, so had made the right call not to camp.

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Village D-Day Beacon Lighting - June 6th

Our village was planning on holding a D-Day beacon lighting ceremony and put out a request for anyone knowing any veterans to attend. Lynne replied to say we didn't know any veterans, but could bring some military vehicles. So the plan was set.

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I got the Jeep and Dodge out late afternoon, as it took some time to fit the canvas roof to the Dodge and load up some crates. The Jeep also had its RAF markings added again, so the vehicles represented both Commonwealth and US forces at the event.

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We got there around 6:30pm to set up our display and the barbed wire fence, as I figured there would be lots of children around and didn't want them trying to climb all over the vehicles.

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A friend also turned up in his Morris 8. It was a recent purchase following the sale of his Dodge WC52.

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