Tim Gosling visits The Dorset Steam Fair, one of the oldest military vehicle shows in the UK
‘The show has grown exponentially and now covers 600 acres and receives more than 100,000 visitors’
Apart from a couple of exceptions, the idea of a private individual restoring ex-military vehicles to their wartime configuration was virtually unheard of before the 1960s.
The earliest example of a private military vehicle restoration that I can think of, is a World War One Hallford lorry – which was first rallied by Portsmouth-based Jack Sparshatt in 1957.
Admittedly, it was still in very good original condition, so had not required a great deal of actual physical restoration.