Nev the Saracen

Craig Moore speaks to Adrian Sergent about the restoration process of his venerable Alvis FV603 Saracen

My normal area of interest is tracked armoured fighting vehicles, but now and again something unusual catches my eye.

This time it was Adrian Sergent’s newly restored Alvis FV603 Saracen armoured personnel carrier. Its first outing was at the 2022 Overlord Show, and it had taken six years to complete.

Adrian had painted it in British Army Light Stone. I was used to seeing photographs of army green Saracens in service in Germany with the British Army of the Rhine, and the ‘sixers’ in Northern Ireland during the early years of the Troubles, patrolling the streets of Belfast.

On a trip to Hong Kong in the early 1980s, I had seen Saracens painted blue and used in a policing role. This was the first time I had encountered Saracens painted in Light Stone sandy yellow before.

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