Friday, 29 June 2018 19:05

Barnet’s classic cars joined by vintage armoured vehicles

Written by Nick Jones
Mike Jordan’s 1930s MG J2 parading in Barnet High Street Mike Jordan’s 1930s MG J2 parading in Barnet High Street
Barnet’s annual Classic Car Show on Saturday (30 June) is to be a joint display alongside vintage armoured vehicles to mark National Armed Forces Day.

More classic cars and motorbikes will be taking part because of the extra space available in the parade ground at the Army Reserve Centre, in St Albans Road, Barnet.

Admission is free, and gates open at 10am – ready to see the arrival from 10.30am onwards of the classic cars after their parade up Barnet Hill and along Barnet High Street.

Among the military vehicles on display will be a 1950s Daimler ferret scout car which is in the process of being restored; a ceremonial Land Rover from the Royal Artillery Company together with a field gun used for 21-gun salutes; and two six-ton SV Man trucks.

The Army Reserve Centre – formerly known as the Barnet Territorial Army centre – will be laying on events and competitions in the hope of raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund.

..there could be from 40 to 50 on display

A local band – Hokum – will play for part of the time and an army field kitchen will be offering burgers and hot dogs.

Chris and Diane Nightingale, organisers of the car show, are hoping that more classic cars and motorbikes will be taking part than ever before – there could be from 40 to 50 on display.

“The aim of the open day is to provide an entertaining event for all the family and a chance for local residents to learn more about the activities that take place at the large St Albans Road Army Reserve Centre.”

The St Albans Road site is base for the 240 (Barnet) Transport Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps.

In previous years Armed Forces Day has been marked by a military march, but this year local Air Cadets, Army Cadets and the British Legion will be joining the Royal Logistic Corps to stage a fun packed day in the parade ground at the St Albans Road centre.

Among the events will be a charity WATT bike challenge – a test of endurance on a military exercise bike.

The centre will be open to the public from 10 am to 3pm.

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