Beauty on the beach

Wherever it went in Normandy there was one particular wartime Jeep that made people look twice and admire its cheeky stance, as it literally stood out among the huge ‘crowd’ of Jeeps. It was Shaun Hannan’s superb, very early, 100 pointer Bantam BRC40.

While many military vehicles spend most of their time in museums, Shaun believes in using his pristine vehicles on the roads (and the beaches, apparently) in England and France.

Among the more than 350 World War Two military vehicles including scores of standardised Jeeps at the 80th anniversary event, this ultra-rare, corrugated floored Bantam attracted a constant stream of envious and inquisitive admirers on the beach at Arromanches, most of whom had never seen an example of the marque before.

And then, a couple of days later, when this Jeep joined the parade at Bayeux as part of D-Day commemorations, there was a special cheer for this oldest, unique war horse.

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