Just a LOUD NOISE

Regular CMV contributor Nigel Hay addresses the issue of sirens on World War Two vehicles

Fitting sirens to classic military vehicles is a phenomenon that only really seems to affect owners of US World War Two vehicles, and is often seen – and more to the point, heard – when enthusiast convoys are passing through a village or arriving at a showground or arena.

I’m talking about the wailing of more sirens than would be heard in the background of a New York crime thriller. It is something that is bound to reach a crescendo at June’s Normandy commemoration events.

It seems that the ultimate bolt-on accessory these days is a siren, regardless of authenticity. I am always disappointed to see and hear them fitted to military vehicles, in most cases completely out of context. Why waste all that time and money restoring a vehicle to then spoil it with an incorrect accessory?

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