Solent Overlord Show 2010

Scimitar light tank

I spent a couple of hours earlier at the Solent Overlord Military Show 2010 at the Horndean Showground.

Organised by the Solent Overlord Executive, a group of military vehicle enthusiasts, this annual show brings together hundreds of military vehicles from the Second World War to the modern era – plenty of WW2 jeeps, half-tracks (includking a German one), several guns, a host of Land Rovers, Bren Gun Carrier, a Scimitar light tank, and an FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier. There was even a Rapier Unit to provide anti-aircraft cover!

Rapier 2000 anti-air missiles


It obviously takes real dedication to own and run a classic military vehicle. Obviously something like a WW2 military jeep is going to be harder to maintain than a Ford Focus. But there is usually something pretty redoubtable about a Jeep or a Land Rover. Military vehicle enthusiasts are a dedicated bunch. The only comment I would make, is that too few vehicles had any kind of information. I suppose I come from a museum background, but when I eventually get my Land Rover I will set up display boards about it, its history, the equipment, markings, and such like.

They might seem a bit nerdy but these kinds of shows are certainly popular, especially with the kids. And you can always see people huddled around vehicles, inspecting each others work and swapping notes. Throw in a host of military surplus stalls to rummage over, a beer tent and arena events and you’ve got a pretty good day out. And whats more, any surplus income from the show goes towards a suitable military charity, this year the Gurkha Welfare Fund.

Have a look at my flickr album of pics here – let me know if you can help identify any of the vehicles, or if I have made any mistakes!

56th (London) Division Jeep



Filed under Army, cold war, event, Military vehicles, out and about, Uncategorized, World War Two

14 responses to “Solent Overlord Show 2010

  1. ….it’s not a Scimitar light tank, it’s a Sabre CVRT (Combat Vehicle, Reconnaisance, Tracked)….
    And having no information board on a vehicle which is on display, should encourage visitors/public to approach owners and ask questions….

  2. James Daly

    Thanks for the info re the Sabre.

    As for display boards, I can’t help but feel from my experience that most visitors to museums, events etc are happier browsing at their on leisure. Its great if people do ask questions, but often even a little info will inspire questions.

  3. ian colvin

    Sorry for no information board on the CVRT, as Matt say’s it is a Sabre which was upgraded in 1997. The vehicle spent some years with the BAOR before spending its last service years with the Combined arms tactical training centre. Take a look at youtube “kick ass tank video” look for 04FD40. It came out of service in late 2004. I own this sabre with a good friend and we are both menbers of SOE and Organisers of the show so time was very limited during the event. What makes this worse is that the information board stayed in my Landrover all weekend so appoligies again.

  4. James Daly

    Hi Ian, thans for the info. I’ve had a lot of fun ID’ing the various vehicles, I’ve defo sharpened up my vehicle ID skills!

    As for the thing about information boards, I was thinking out aloud – I hope it didnt seem like I was aiming it at anyone in particular!


  5. ian colvin

    Hi James, No problem just frustration on my part for not providing the information to all our/my visitors. I hope you enjoyed the event as my team worked very hard to deviler something very special and your feed back is very welcome. Ian (Solent Overlord Chairman)

  6. James Daly

    No problem Ian, I enjoyed it very much. My compliments to you and your team on a very well organised event. I hope to visit many more in the future.


  7. ian colvin


    Just a thought, I am looking for some good vehicle photo’s. Do you have any that I may be able to use with your permission ?.

    Best Regards

  8. James Daly

    Certainly Ian, feel free to use any on my flick account, there is a link in the article. There are some larger size pics there if you click on ‘all sizes’. Feel free to use whatever you like; I would be grateful for a credit and a link to my website.

    Best wishes


  9. ian colvin

    Thanks James,

    I will be intouch when I am back from the US,in the next week or so.
    Best Regards

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