Devon Military Vehicle TrustAlan Johnson

The Military Vehicle Trust (MVT) is an organization dedicated to the conservation of all forms of ex-military vehicles.

Formed in 1968 as the Military Vehicle Conservation Group by Peter Grey, the MVT is now a registered charity, and the oldest military vehicle club in the world, from just a few members on the South Cost of England, the Trust now enjoys a large and enthusiastic membership worldwide.

In 1974 Peter and the group organised the first tour to the D-Day beaches, this was the first of many tours to the continent over the next 40 years. Now, MVT members have vehicles from pre First World War to the present day, from bicycles to tanks and from just about every manufacturing country in the world. Some members will spend years researching and restoring their vehicle whilst others are content just to buy and run a restored vehicle. All are proud of the standard of their vehicles and this is reflected in the frequent requests for vehicles for film and TV work.

The MVT has around 45 local areas holding informal monthly meetings that provide a forum for members to discuss just about any topic they want. Wherever you are, you can be sure there is another member who can help or who knows someone who can. Most areas organise social events, outings and participation in local shows. As many members are ex-services, there are close ties with ex-servicemen’s associations. In particular many areas have close involvement with the Royal British Legions poppy appeal with members and their vehicles supporting the collection points.

The Devon Area MVT has members who share the aims of the Trust which was established for the purpose of restoring and preserving military vehicles of historical interest and the preservation of books, drawings, records, documents, sound and visual recordings, films, photographs and other media and ephemera relating to such vehicles, their history and development, and promoting and encouraging the same aim in others.

For more information see the Devon Military Vehicle Trust Website.