Malaya and Borneo Veterans Day 2014 Gun Firing

Last Saturday, the 9th of August, The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia held their annual Veteran’s Day service at the Torrens Parade Ground.

For around 10 years our gun crew, the “9 Mile Snipers”, have attended this service, firing 3 shots from the 25 Pounder Field Gun during the minutes’ silence at about 20 second intervals. The gun crew are proud to support this event and it forms part of their regular events calendar.

The next day, Wayne Milburn dropped a CD full of photos from the event at the museum for us to put up on the site, which are included in the gallery below. Thanks Wayne for the great pictures!

Bay to Birdwood Interview with SA Life

The museum was visited on the 7th of November by Kelly Golding from Channel 7’s SA Life, as well as the Bay to Birdwood’s Communications Manager, Belinda Petersen, to film part of a promotional segment for this year’s Bay to Birdwood Run.

They were interested in showcasing some of the more unusual vehicles that have been entered into this year’s event and the 1953 Alvis Saracen Mk 5 armoured personnel carrier certainly met that requirement.

As you are probably aware by now, the theme of this year’s Run is “100 years of Military Motoring History” and our museum will be entering a number of vehicles into the event. If you are interested in entering a military vehicle, you can still submit a late entry, with details of the run here.

At the time of the interview, the Saracen was showing low oil pressure, so we weren’t able to get much action footage, however subsequent investigation has shown that some water had gotten into a junction box when we washed it and had shorted out the warning light, so it should be all good to go again in the near future.

The footage will be airing on Sunday the 14th of  September at 17:30 and will also feature interviews with the owners of a 1924 Amilcar and a 1915 Dodge.

UPDATE – the footage and a transcript of the interview can be found here: