CTP Gillingham Gathering - 23.02.20.
This is an early season static gathering of all sorts of vintage vehicles over 20 years old.
There is most years an optional road run from Warminster, for those who travel from that area. This is not actually organised by the CTP, but of course the entries have to get to Gillingham, so it makes sense to travel in organised groups.
The informal road run which this year started at Warminster services with cars arriving from 9.00 ready to leave for Gillingham if they wished.
The vehicles had already started to arrive in Warminster when I arrived. A lot of vehicles, in a lot of cases, are in better condition now than when they were new. The vehicles having been restored by the owners over many hours and even years.
These photographs were taken on Sunday morning at Warminster Services junction A36 and A350 and on the road in Mere and also at Gillingham.
Atkinson, 466 RKO
Not as old as she looks; Atkinson L1786XA, 466 RKO (with Gardner 6LX diesel) dates from October 1961, and was new to Marley Tiles from Kent and still carries their fleet No.10 on the cab.
She later passed to haulage contractor; P.G Furnell from Upton, Poole, before finding her way onto the fairs with Richard Townsend & Sons from Weymouth, fitted with two generating sets.
After they finished with her, the Atkinson passed to well-known preservationist Norman Young.
This motor has now spent way more years in Dorset than she ever did in Kent.
1947. Austin K4 Brewery Dray. Reg No: FOW 486.
1964. Commer Superpoise Mk IV. ARU 350B
D.H. Weeks Haulage Bedford TJI 1258
The Westend Garage, Bruton had several vehicles at the event. The 'military division’ has grown and is popular and much requested around the West.
They have managed (with some degree of success) to get a 1940 Morris Quad (complete with limber and 25 powder gun) refurbished and up and back on the road.
Running speed was alright 70 years ago but not quite up to today’s standards.
When out with its big brother the AEC matador and 5.5” howitzer they make up an impressive sight.
The four vehicles were as follows:
641 XUX 1943 AEC Matador
1954 Austin Champ JGU 134K
1940 Morris Commercial Quad WRK 995K
HOR 203E Limmer and Trinidad/ Foden
Atkinson - ATV 121K – Ex fairground Tow vehicle
Off to the Annual Gillingham Vehicle Gathering - 23.02.20.
I travelled down from Warminster, with the local band of drivers and owners from the lorry park at the Travel Lodge, as I do every year.
There are plenty of good rural spots to get photographs of these entries on route but after they pass, you are then at the rear, so do not really have a chance to get more photographs.
I have often managed to get photographs in Mere, each time I pick out a place that maybe suitable for the next year.
I have often looked at this building with its red brick and chimney and wondered about its history, so today I investigated and used it for a back drop and shelter from the rain.
It was a mixed time for industry in the town. Landers' Brewery in Salisbury Street was founded but later, possibly because of the Temperance movement, this became a bacon factory in 1884.
Later it was a milk factory, being owned by Cow and Gate and then Unigate, until it closed in 1970.
This is now the home of The Yapp Brothers Wine Merchants.
This made the ideal setting for passage of the veteran and vintage vehicles making their way to the Gillingham vehicle gathering.
Arthur Smith photographed with his Willys Jeep, is a local man from Heytesbury. This is a genuine WW2 Willys Jeep.
KYK 746 - a 1950 6 wheel Mammoth Major Ex refuelling Vehicle P Gumm.
1930’s Bedford KXS 416 - George Smith Horseboxes - This is how you would go racing 70 years ago.
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