Meet the Family

Andrew Baker owns an impressive collection of CVR(T)s. Ann Evans finds out more

Many people know Andrew Baker as a military vehicle collector and enthusiast and one of the founding members of the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society. He’s also co-organiser of the Tanks, Trucks & Firepower Show held over the August Bank Holiday.

What maybe isn’t so well known is that Andrew has what is possibly the only full collection of working CVR(T)s in the world. These Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) were designed and manufactured by Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd which was located in Coventry from 1919-67. And Andrew Baker has a unique collection of every marque ever built.

In the early 1960s, as the UK’s overseas commitments were proving costly on the defence budget, a new strategy was proposed that troops and equipment would be airlifted to trouble spots throughout the world from their bases in Europe.

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