Annual MVT North Oxon and Cotswolds Gathering.
annual camping and road run event at Swinbrook was our most
successful yet with 37 vehicles in attendance. Some of these
had come from as far away as Brighton, Bournemouth,
Birmingham and Norfolk and it was great to have the Champ
Camp come to join us once again.
the Saturday morning we started off on our road run. To
prevent traffic congestion we split ourselves up into three
groups and with our two motorcycle outriders keeping us in
order we soon arrived at Windrush airfield. We all squeezed
in to the control tower where Bill King gave us a talk on the
history of the site. After some exploration we then headed
off to the delightful Mill Inn at Withington. The Landlord
was prepared for our arrival, but it seems the locals were a
little surprised to find the car park full of military
vehicles and the Inn packed out. After a fabulous lunch we
drove up to Chedworth Airfield where we were treated to a
stunning air display of radio controlled aircraft. With time
moving on we returned back to Swinbrook for our barbecue and
following morning some more vehicles arrived including a
massive Foden Drops carrying a Shorland (which only just
squeezed in through the gate) and we then set off to
Charlbury station where we met up with David and his K2
ambulance. From there we drove up the hill to the little
known country house of Ditchley Park which was used by
Winston Churchill as a secret residence during the Blitz.
During the war it was often believed that Churchill was
staying at Blenheim Palace, but in fact after arriving at
Blenheim he would travel in secret to Ditchley Park (just a
few miles away) where he would avoid the possibility of
attack by German Commandos or bombing by the Luftwaffe.
Ditchely Park is a fantastic location and as it is till
Government property we were very privileged to be able to see
it. A quick tour of the grounds and some history of the
property was followed by a photo session outside the front
final entertainment for the day was the drive up to Enstone
airfield where there was another barbecue waiting for us
after which we split up and headed for home. Overall it was a
fantastic weekend and many thanks to everybody who was
involved and to those who came so far to enjoy it.