Where to begin? So much work has been going on behind the scenes to get the show ready. Here’s a few snippets…
Paddy adds the RAF Roundels to the spitfire wings…
In the background are some of the 250+ pegs we’ll be needing, all in DFVS yellow!
Here’s a tiny portion of the massive amount of signage we’ll be using:
The ‘Little Lady’ jeep chassis has been re-wheeled by Herb, and the steering column added. Starting to look more like a vehicle now!
GIBBS MOTORS’ sign is painted in the show colours.
Some of the lorries need a little love, like this window on the Matador Gun Tractor
… which itself needed a helping hand to get out of the shed. The trusty Defender helps out.
… Also retrieving the naval 40mm bofors gun, ready to join the convoy to the show!
Every working day currently finishes in darkness – lots to do!
With just a week to go, preparations are well underway. Yesterday we managed to get the Higgins boat loaded on its trailer, and found a small piece of Saving Private Ryan memorobilia underneath…
With the show looming just around the corner, the team have been working hard on the last of the set building tasks. We’ve now been building in the pouring rain of winter and the blazing heat of summer! It’s tough going but will be well worth it in the end.
At the same time, we are ‘waking up’ a lot of the vintage vehicles after the off-season. The latest of these was this Austin K5 Gun Portee.
The damp floor of the garage hasn’t been kind to the canvas, but after some time in the sun, Rich set to with a brush and was able to get it looking nice again.
A huge task that was completed was clearing enough space for the Scania to be brought out and unloaded. This was the first vehicle to be loaded up with set pieces back in 2013, and has been well overdue for a clean-out. This did leave us with a lot of spare parts!
It was tiring work, but well worth it. The truck is due to take the Fox Armoured Car to Weymouth this weekend, so we were up against it to get it cleared.
Sorting out the piles of blast wall and huts took a long time, but this should give us enough ‘concrete’ to build a substantial gun emplacement.
What a job! now sorted and packed, protected from the elements, but almost ready to be loaded and taken to the show.
Our ‘Gibbs Motors’ sign is in progress. We had the letters specially laser cut in our show font. It was amazing to see them being formed! Doing them by hand would have taken a long time, but this method enabled us to give the sign a vintage look.
Finally, our big banner outside the showground is now up! Keep an eye out for it if you are driving past!
Sabina has been sewing like a woman possessed, to make a fresh batch of Land Army overalls for people attending the show, as well as bunting and headscarfs.
Bear the kitten has been ‘helping’ in his own way… By climbing over everything, looking for a place to nap.
The DFVS team were flying the flag at Portishead Carnival today, a fantastic local event. The sun shone and we got hundreds of flyers handed out, before heading into Bristol and spreading the word about the show all over town!
‘Lady Wraxall’ graciously offered to help us out.
Combined UK and USA forces in action.
With the Yanks getting all the attention as usual!
Less than a month left and the excitement is mounting. Sam, James and the team have been working all hours to get everything in place for the show. This includes ranges from promotion, sponsorship packages, health and safety documents, permits, all the way down to painting tent pegs!
The vehicle maintenance team have a list longer than their combined arms to complete, but are hammering away at their tasks undaunted. This includes essential items such as the ride-on mower pictured here, now working again and ready to tackle our showground!
Big trucks like those in the Shopland Collection need big batteries. Luckily you get a discount if you buy in bulk!
Timber trucks old and slightly less old await their turn in the queue
At the Sawmills, one of the newly-painted tanks has pride of place…
… and the spitfire wings are now looking spiffing in camouflage!
Please take a moment to remember those who, 70 years ago today, stormed the beaches of Normandy in France to take back Europe.
The bravery of those men, not much older than boys, who attacked Hitler’s ‘Atlantic Wall’ head on, will never be forgotten.