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Mission Statement of the LRDG Preservation Society: To learn as much as possible about the unit, the men in it and the equipment and tactics they used. Then to share that information with all whom wish to learn. To that end this group has built a replica of a classic WWII LRDG truck (1942 Canadian Chevy, right hand drive, India format) and outfitted it with "historically correct" military equipment, gear, provisions, and uniforms. The vehicle was built by Rick Butler in Yreka California from several vintage trucks and parts from around the world. Converting a left hand drive vehicle to right hand drive was one of many challenges.
The LRDG Preservation Society is the inspiration of Jack Valenti who is the chief historian, coordinator of equipment and artifact procurement and show organizer. The truck is displayed several times a year throughout the California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington areas and staffed by "LRDG clad" volunteers. This is a non-profit organization that survives through its volunteers whom donate equipment, historical information, time and money. Our society includes LRDG enthusiasts from countries like England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, South Africa and more. The only requirement for membership is an interest in history, get on the mailing list and maybe an official LRDG T-shirt! For more information contact Jack at his email address: email@example.com
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Nov 30th 2015
Well there has been a lot of
activity this year with the LRDG Preservation Society year.
T-Patrol attended eight different venues and S-Patrol attended
at least four that I know of. (Two desert battles in
There have been some challenges this year also; our original long time LRDG fitter and builder of T-8 (Rick) has had some health challenges this past year. He was recently hospitalized for a “gallstone attach”. What is more important is that his memory and mental acuity is noticeably deteriorating. He therefore has been unable physically to continue any work on the T-9 Radio truck; so I had to make some tough decision. Either to abandon the project completely; pay big bucks to have someone else finish it, or lastly turn the project over to someone interested enough to finish it.
So after much consideration I decided that I did not currently have the financial ability to pay someone to finish it and was abhorred to just abandon it; so that left me with the last choice, to see if I could find someone with enough interest and commiserate people with the skills and funds to complete the project.
I approached several over a period of several months that showed interest but they were heavily involved in several other projects and were unable to complete it in time for the MVPA Convention, next Aug 11th-13th, which was one of my conditions. I finally found just the “outfit”; that has the people and finances to complete T-9.
Doug Boales is the President of
Eagle Field Foundation. Eagle Field is a former 1942 Army Air
Force Training base which is located in Firebaugh, Ca. which is
just south of Dos Palos, and Los Banos, California. Currently it
has the only original large wooden hanger from that era in the
He has taken both trucks to
Eagle Field on the weekend of Nov 28th; to do some
much needed repairs and repaint T-8 in time for the
With all that said I would like
to strongly encourage others in
Now for a tentative schedule of
1. March TBA – CHG Desert Battle – Most likely back to Stoddard Valley (TBA) S Patrols http://www.chgww2.net/events/
April 17th - 24th
– MVCC “
May TBA - Planes of Fame –
May 26th – 28th –
ATHS Convention –
5. June 19th – 20th – Hollister Air Show – T-12 Jeep http://www.hollisterairshow.com/
July 3rd -
July 4th –
July 9-10th Anniversary of
Aug. 11th -13th –
MVPA Convention at
10. Aug. 29th – War Birds over Paso Robles – T-12 Jeep http://www.ewarbirds.org/airshow/index.html
Sept. 19th – 27th
– MVCC “
Nov. 11th – Veterans Day
There may be some last minute changes and I
will post them on the site and /or on the Facebook site.
Thanks for your support.
Jack, Kim, Rick and all of the members of the LRDG Preservation Society
Photo above is from WWII LRDG vet "Titch Cave" who now lives in South Africa. See more photos from Titch under "WWII LRDG units in the field" section. This is like being in a dust storm on the mars (very fine soot blowing 50mph plus, yellow or reddish haze\fog) that can last for several days. Sometime it will rain mud too. Actually there's a positive in that the fine silt covers everything and kills misquotes, "nature's insecticide".
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