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Wartime In The Vale

The Cherished Vehicle Insurance Services event season quite literally opened with a bang at Wartime In The Vale last week. The 25 pounder field gun used to launch the two day military show caused more than one of our team to duck and cover in surprise, much to the laughter of their colleagues. Wartime In The Vale is proudly sponsored by Cherished Vehicle Insurance Services and always proves to be really enjoyable weekend filled with ex-military vehicles and nostalgia.

The headliner of the show was Deborah II – the WW1 MKIV tank built from scratch by Guy Martin. The team from Norfolk Military Museum were on hand to display the beautiful vehicle and it entered the arena supported by a squad of able bodied reenactors in full service uniform.

The Alvis Fighting Society were on form with a fantastic display of speed and dexterity in their vehicles, proving that the armoured carriers are just as manoeuvrable in reverse as they are chasing each other around the track and through the pyro display.

For Cherished Vehicle Insurance Services, the highlight of the weekend was the support of the M18 Hellcat “Bronx Bruiser” parked up next to our gazebo. The old girl had many an admiring gaze and despite having some misfiring issues with her deactivated 50cal, was still able to outrun the AEC Militant in the arena. The Cherished Vehicle team were lucky to be able to ride on the “Bronx Bruiser” and as the tank thundered over the dry grass, we were treated to a Dakota flyby across the blue skies above us.

Wartime In The Vale is a perfect excuse to peruse some amazing ex-military vehicle collections, and our roving eyes spotted at least three Kettenkrads, as well as Pink Panthers, M3 Half tracks, Pinzgauers, Scammells, Hummers, Daimler Ferrets, plenty of Willys and GPWs and a fine collection from the Austin Champ Owners Club.

It was great to meet and greet our clientele, many of which have ex-military vehicle collections on our multi vehicle scheme. It’s always good to say hi to any members of the Military Vehicle Trust and we heard a lot of plans for the trip to Normandy which sounds like it’s going to be huge next year! A number of our clients mentioned they took advantage of our Member to Member cover to move their collections around the event, and we saw some great modifications and restorations that had clearly been lovingly finished.

The September air was cool and autumnal as the Cherished Vehicle and A-Plan Thatcham Schemes teams descended onto the Malvern Three Counties Showground for three days of Volkswagen fun. The gazebos and flags were raised, our Prize Draw was displayed and important things like tea were provided courtesy of Dan Cameron’s rather swish T5 camper facilities. The Cherished Vehicle team had the privilege of displaying a lovely T2 Rat Camper beside our gazebo, which generated a great deal of interest and chatter.

Busfest is considered the largest VW Camper show in the UK with over 25000 people and 8000 vehicles attending. Cherished Vehicle Insurance and A-Plan were proud to sponsor the three day event which boasted over 350 trade stands and a packed programme of events that led well into the evenings.

The Cherished Vehicle team had great fun meeting many VW owners and hearing about their own quirky campers or fully decked out vans. Our gazebos became particularly popular when the dark clouds gathered over the Malvern’s and minutes later the torrential downpours began. We suffered some minor flooding beneath the tents and the flags had to be swiftly rescued when they escaped down the road, but we managed to weather the worst of it. It certainly didn’t seem to lessen the mood of any of the attendees, all of whom were happy to tell us about their travels, although many were tempted to hide inside the Cherished Vehicle Rat Camper until the storm passed…

The Cherished Vehicle Insurance team are based at the Worcester A-Plan Branch and specialise in Classic and Military vehicles. We have a scheme specifically for TR Register Club members and our largest policy is a collection of over twenty military vehicles ranging from Willys Jeeps to Chieftain Tanks! We provide discounts for club members, multi vehicle policies and can offer Agreed Values on all Classics. We are a small team who enjoy talking with our clientele about their collections and are always pleased to take on any weird and wonderful vehicle enquiries.

For more of our adventures in the world of Classic and Military vehicles, and to see photos of all the lovely campers we saw at Busfest, pop over to Facebook and give the Cherished Vehicle Insurance Page a follow!