Dig For Victory Show Raises £2000 for ABF The Soldiers Charity!

DFVS is in the news again – our team members have handed over a suitably large cheque for £2000 to one of our chosen charities for 2014’s show, ABF The Soldiers Charity (Formerly The Army Benevolent Fund).

DFVS Team with the ABF - Image is property of North Somerset Times
DFVS Team with ABF – Image is property of North Somerset Times

As a Community Interest Company, raising money for charity is one of the show’s key aims, and one we want to continue in 2015.

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What a show!

A week has passed since the show, and what a show it was!

Here are some highlights.

The team get the Spitfire wings into place – they are pretty heavy!


Gibbs Motors, the centrepiece of the main display area.

People arriving in style at the Victory Dance, in an armoured car!


The USMC display.

Noon on the Saturday, Tobin’s artillery piece getting into position for the noonday gun.

The BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane pass overhead.

Jim Clark’s Sherman starts up and immediately draws a crowd.

Then, after all the fun and games, the large clean up operation began.

The Marquees came down on Monday. The Ops Room now looks a bit lonely!

Sabina directs the Fox Armoured Car out of the field.

Perhaps fittingly, the first items to arrive were the last to leave!

Meanwhile, back at the yard, we have a lot of sorting out to do…

A huge THANK YOU goes out from the DFVS to all our volunteers, exhibitors and visitors over the weekend. We had a smashing time and hope you did too!



1 Day to Go!

We have touched down at the North Somerset Showground! The mammoth logistical task of getting all the vehicles, sets, infrastructure and volunteers is well under way.

The two defenders were part of a huge group of vehicles shuttling back and forth to get the gear to site. Here the Anderson Shelter, mower and wings have arrived, followed by the ‘Little Lady’ jeep, and the torpedo, among others.

The large evening convoy prepares to leave HQ

…and arrives at the showground (mostly unscathed!)

Meanwhile the build teams have been constructing parts of Victory Square, and Artillery Corner, as the two huge marquees go up in the background.

More loads arrive!

The poor old Austin K5 had a fuel issue (There wasn’t any) which was soon rectified and it trundled into the showground – better late than never!

One of the last items in our shipment is the Fox Armoured Car, but it’s by no means the last vehicle. The majority of the 200 vehicles are arriving tomorrow!

It’s all coming together!

4 Days to Go….

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!


Set Building and Waking Up Vehicles

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!