This years War and Peace Revival 2018 took place at Hop Farm for the second year, which according to most people is the true home of the show. The weather was kind to the show this year, although dry and dusty and a touch on the warm side it proved to be a very popular and successful event. With so many things to see it is difficult to chose which way to go. There is always something going on. Walking around the worlds biggest military vehicle show it is surprising the verity of vehicles you come across from WW1 to modern day military vehicles. The hours of work that has gone into restoring and maintaining these vehicles is truly amazing.The first thing that caught our eye as we walked through the entrance gate was a display of WW2 motorcycles. All restored to a high standard, three Ariels, BSA M20’s a Velocette, these motorcycles not all that common and usually demands a high price. A Norton big 4 outfit together an impressive display of WW2 bicycles set the scene. The living history displays as always at the War and Peace Revival were well thought out in every detail such as the Spitfire standing ready to scramble, The aircraft and all the ground equipment gives you some idea of how it would have looked during the war. We also spotted Ian Hughes newly restored International TD14, it was finished just in time for the show. The restoration work was carried out by Whitedell Engineering on the south coast.If you like tracked vehicles then you need to be at the War and Peace Revival 2018. Jon Phillips bought his Stug and Marder to the show. British, American, German and Russian vehicles. The T34 Russian tank, American armour including Shermans, M3 Stuarts, The Valentine DD, Chieftain and many post war tanks. The living history displays add so much more to any military show, letting the visitors see how equipment was used and bringing history to life. This is an important part of getting the young people interested in our hobby. Our favorite subject Jeeps. Bantam, Willys, Ford and Hotchkiss Jeeps were well represented at the show. The Jeep is the mainstay of the military vehicle movement because they are probably the world’s most recognized vehicle. They are easy to drive being slightly smaller than the average car and will fit in most garages or sideways. Another important point is they are easy to maintain and parts are easily available form suppliers such as Joe’s Motor Pool and Universal Jeeps. The Arena was always busy with displays throughout the five days of the show.International and Whites halftracks in nearly every variant were somewhere to be seen. We picked just a few of the vehicles to include from the War and Peace Revival 2018. There is always something you may not have seen before.Landrovers of all types, this years show was one of the best for Landrover displays. A firm favourite with military vehicle collectors, some of the early models now demanding a very high price. If you brought along your savings there was some nice looking vehicles for sell along with a few projects.
We look forward to next year’s show, see you there