As my first attempt at a 'Blog' I hope you can forgive my ramblings.  The idea is to give an idea of what we get up to at the Shopland Collection.  The posting of these blogs may be a little random but we'll try to keep you all in the picture.

This evening we had our usual Wednesday night club in the workshops.  At the moment we are working on the rear axle of the Staghound armoured car and hope to have it fitted over the next few weeks.  This might sound a very small step but it represents a massive move forward in the vehicles restoration.  For the past ten years the Staghound has been a glorrified tin box come skip as we have searched the globe for parts.  Tonight really was a case of painting wheel nuts but it is another step on the path to completion.


Very recently The Collection has acquired a WWII fuel bowser, as used by the RAF.  The trailer adds to the Collections growing tribute to the Boys in Blue.  It is hoped to restore the trailer and tow it behind the Bedford QL bowser.  The QL is unique in itself as it is a pre-production model and was used in the 1969 film, Battle of Britain.

StaghoundAt present there are several vehicles in the workshop including an AEC Matador, Willys Jeep and a long term project, namley a Staghound armoured car together with a mobile 3.7" HAA gun for the coming season.

The other day we were asked to assist the BBC with the making if the latest series of Upstairs Downstairs to be aired next year. 

Although this might sound very glamourous, in reality it was more about driving from A to B until the poor old trucks had enough and overheated. 

On the bright side tea and coffee was a plenty and the food was pretty good.  All in all a good day out and I even got a free hair cut and make-over.


AA DefencesVehicles from the collection travel throughout England and onto the continent, as much as time and money permits. At present the majority of the vehicles are in hibernation for the Winter months although you’ll often see one of the Jeeps out and about. At present event dates for 2011 are scarce but a large presence will be made alongside member of the local IMPS at the North Somerset Show on the 2nd May 2011.