2020 Events 

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.


New Year's Day Road Run - Sedgemoor Auction Centre - 01.01.20
These photographs were taken on New Years Day.
The Sedgemoor Auction Centre was hosting the New Years Day Road Run, a vintage vehicle gathering.  There were well over 400 entries of vintage cars and tractors and commercial vehicles on display.
The event did not show any signs of suffering from the damp and foggy weather conditions, by 11:00 the exhibitors park was full to overflowing, the first entries arriving around 07:00.
The organisers, Somerset Traction Engine Club, also marshal the event with their club members.
There were also undercover market stalls and refreshments and a car boot.
The vehicles left the site to follow one of two alternative routes at 11.30 am.  All sorts of classic road vehicles participated in a run around the area and out over the Somerset Levels.

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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)


    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon


  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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