|WO Reg:||04 BF 45|
|Struck Off:||Rud 13/5/67|
|Sold:||For sale: Rud 4/4/67 Lot: 2115 A  B  C . Not Sold. Again Rud 8/5/68 Lot 606 A  B  C .|
|Civ Reg:||Was UK Reg: CHJ 26 G [Sothend-on-Sea 1968]. In other words this registration was not original for this Austin Champ.|
|Location:||Gentofte (a Copenhagen suburb) -|
|Owner:||Niels Vegger firstname.lastname@example.org|
Neils supplied the top two photos in 2011.
Neils contacted the Register in 2007:
"The REME badges is in red at the bottom then yellow and blue and has the
number 47 on it. I have also find the lot number 606 on it."
I can add a bit more:
Your vehicle was allocated to the Commanding Officer of REME LAD. His
vehicle would have been a Truck 1/4 Ton 4x4 FFW with a Royal Artillery Tactical
Sign front and rear of vehicle. This was a metal plate 4.5" x 4.5" painted red
over blue with Q3 in white on top. Other REME LAD troops used a Truck 3 Ton GS
4x4 with the same RA tactical plate.
Ex Ole Willumsen Frederiksberg Denmark
The picture was taken at the Copenhagen Classic Car Cup. 1996
I have had a couple of VW-181 kübels (1975 & 1976) and a M151A1 MUTT (1967) but as they are rather common here, I thought that it would be more exciting to have something really unique.I have always thought that the Champ was a fascinating piece of engineering and the more I dug into it the more I became convinced that this was the car I wanted. My main source was Pat Wares book In National Service, but since then I have aquired all the Champ-related literature I could lay my hands on.
As a member of both the MVT and The Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society I had an excellent opportunity to call several owners who had Champs for sale. This was December 1995. One of these was Maurice Reed who lives in Chelmsford, not far from Harwich which suited me well as you shall see. Another benefit of this contact was that Mr. Reed lives just down the road from Gus Gowers and knows him well ! Mr. Reed had had the car for 12 years but had not used it much in the last season and wanted to sell it as he felt he couldn't cope with the maintenance any more. Mr. Reed sent me some recent pictures of the car and we agreed to meet in Harwich (which is the port of the ferry to Denmark) in the beginning of february 1996. Then I could decide if I wanted to buy the car. There was really not much to think about, because the car was in virtually original condition although showing signs of age, but not a spot of rust in sight.
It ran OK and I decided to take it with me back to Denmark. I arrived in the middle of a snowstorm and had to drive 100 kms to reach some friends on the east-coast of Jutland, the western part of Denmark. Some journey I can tell you ! Several cars went in the ditch right in front of me and the batteries packed up near the end of the journey so I had to have it tow-started once. But otherwise it didn't miss a beat, although it consumed petrol at an alarming rate. Eventually I managed to have it transported to the Copenhagen area where I live and I used it on temporary plates for a couple of events in August 1996. The picture was taken at the Copenhagen Classic Car Cup, where the Danish Historic Military Vehicle Association was invited to do a display and a couple of "laps on the track , which used the streets in the middle of old Copenhagen ! There was also an event staged by the National Museum and the Champ attracted a lot of attention in both cases. I must admit that I have have hardly used it since then. The main problem is that there is a lot of small jobs needing to be done before you can call it fully roadworthy, so instead of doing a partial restoration I have decided to go for the full treatment.I brought a lot of spares with me from this and last years shows at Beltring and I have just bought new rubber boots for the axles. Much is dependent on access to proper facilities but things are looking bright in that department, so I hope to start in earnest next spring. ........Ole Willumsen October 1997