Last weekend we attended the Essex Military and Flying Vehicles Show at Damyns Hall, which marks the end of our Summer Show Season. Here are our highlights and some of our favourite moments and memories of the season.
It’s been a massive Summer Show Season; which is best displayed by some stats! We have spent just over 500 hours at the shows and the two vans clocked up over 2200 miles each. I also estimate that we, as a team I must add, consumed 63 Bacon Butties (I won’t disclose the number of cans of beer though!). Speaking of the team, we’ve had 10 difference staff members attending the shows this year (which if you think about it makes it 6.3 bacon butties per person, which is not so bad right?). This doesn’t include Klaus, our ever-present mannequin, who has worn US Tanker, US Paratrooper, US HBT, Tiger Stripe and British 37 Pattern Uniforms. He’s also the only ‘staff member’ to have attended all the shows this year!
The Summer Show Season started for us at Wicksteed at War, a show which we were attending for the very first time. This show helped us to hit the ground running, as well as a chance to get our first bits of feedback for some of our new ranges. It was great to meet the guys from the Red Army 416th Rifle Regt, who were the first to closely inspect our new Soviet Uniforms from Schuster. Not only did they give us a massive list of new ideas for products to increase our range, but we also bumped into them at most of the other shows through the Summer as well! My only regret for the show is that I missed the Spitfire and Hurricane flyover as they flew directly over our tent! From the expressions of the people stood outside of our marquee, we missed a cracker!
After Wicksteed at War, we headed to Tankfest for the 2nd time in as many years. As soon as we got there we were very excited to see the incredible selection of tank all over the Museum grounds. Even our tent was only about 50 metres away from the main parking area for the display tanks. Even as we approached the museum, we knew we were nearly there when we saw road signs with the words “Tanks Crossing” under the unmistakable silhouette of a tank. We even managed to enjoy the Spitfire flyover as well at Tankfest, which had agonisingly alluded us at Wicksteed!
The mid point of our Summer Season took us further North: the Yorkshire Wartime Experience. Yet again the incredible atmosphere at the show captured our attention, even with the weather doing its best to dampen spirits. The parades and displays were outstanding, none more than the massive Diamond T Trucks display. The show also gave us the chance to have a catch up with 9 Pz Aufklarung from Norway, who we met at the same show last year.
Next was the longest and furthest away show of the Summer: the War and Peace Revival. There was the ever impressive range and quality of entertainment throughout the week, from the staff favourite Rockabilly sets to the audience participation of the brilliant Bierkellar night! We met re-enactors portraying a massive range of impressions, all the way from WW1 to modern day (and everything in between). It was also great to see our stuff in action, with a special mention to Geoffrey who shared with us some great photos and a brilliant video of one of our Panzerschrecks.
The last hurrah of our Summer came this last weekend at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Essex. We were attending for the 2nd year in a row, with a well seasoned team of staff who had amassed 400 hours of shows this Summer between them going into it. The weather was stunning for the whole weekend! The show also played host to perhaps our favourite display of the Summer; an interactive reconstruction of WW2 Prisoner of War Camp by WW2 in Colour. We will definitely be watching out for them during next year’s Show Season!
Although the Summer Shows are over for us for 2016, this does not mean we’re having a break. More time in the office means more new products and product development! We’ve already got some fantastic new items in the pipeline, which will be added to the Website as quickly as possible when they come in! Our Monthly Newsletters will keep you updated with the best new bits and pieces, and if that’s not enough for you then keep an eye on our Facebook. Epic Militaria will also be 10 years old in October, which we look forward to celebrating. Finally, a massive thank you to everyone who came to see us during the Show Season. It has been pleasure meeting new and old faces again, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the future!