Ode to an Otter

Craig Moore profiles a fantastically restored Otter Light Reconnaissance Car that made its first public outing at last year’s Yorkshire Wartime Experience

The Otter LRC has been marked up as Headquarters Canadian Royal Engineers, 3rd Division Canadian Infantry

Imet Gary Burns at the Yorkshire Wartime Experience 2023 event standing next to his restored Otter Light Reconnaissance Car (LRC).

It was the vehicle’s first public outing since its restoration.

I asked him why he wanted this sort of vehicle. Gary replied: “I had always liked the look of them. The British were desperate for armoured cars in World War Two and the War Office went to the Canadians for help. They took inspiration from the Humber and Morris LRCs, so their draughtsmen took pen to paper and, 70 days later, one drove off the production line.”

“I like the Otter because it looks like a 1930s coupe car as it has a drop boot, which helps with vision out the back.

It also has a family connection. I have marked it up as Headquarters Canadian Royal Engineers, 3rd Division Canadian Infantry, the unit my grandfather served with in World War Two.”

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