HQ 44 South Military Collectors Club member Mark Cameron, with his former British Army 1968 FV432 armoured personnel carrier. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The HQ 44 South Military Collectors Club will roll out the
heavy armour for its military show at the Taieri A&P
Showgrounds at Labour Weekend.
Anti-aircraft guns, armoured personnel carrier rides,
camouflage face-painting and high-powered searchlights will
all be part of the fun.
''There will be two Bofors anti-aircraft guns and more than
30 vehicles on display, including a Chevrolet six-wheeler
`Jimmy' truck, a Ferret staff car which was used in the 1991
Gulf War and a Dodge command car,'' HQ 44 South Military
Collectors Club president Ed Davies said.
''There will also be historic re-enactments by war gamers in
the main arena of a World War 1 scene in the French town of
Le Quesnoy, a World War 2 scene at Crete, when New Zealand
soldiers heroically defended an airfield against a German
attack, and Vietnam and Gulf War scenes.''
Rides would be offered in a former-British Army 1968 FV432
armoured personnel carrier, Land Rovers and Jeeps.
Mr Davies said the military collectors club had about 52
members, many of whom would be coming to the show.
The club approached the Mosgiel RSA earlier this year, after
it sought ideas from people on fund raising for the extension
to its Church St building.
Mr Davies said the link between the two organisations seemed
obvious and the RSA was keen, so the military collectors
club's usual Labour Weekend event at Waimate was moved to
Mosgiel this year.
Members of the club were travelling from as far as Nelson and
Invercargill for the event.
He said the Army, Navy, Air Force, St John and Red Cross
would also have displays at the show, while Taieri College
pupils dressed in army fatigues would carry out a camouflage
The Mosgiel Fire Brigade would cut the roofs off four old
cars in a jaws of life demonstration.