BRIT EUROPEAN DELIVERS FOR
GUY MARTIN AND CHANNEL 4
Brit European has successfully completed a high-profile project to collect and deliver a replica
World War One from Norfolk in the UK to one of the many battlefields near Cambrai, France.
In July 2017 Brit European was contacted by JCB with a request to transport a tank chassis
from JCB, Rocester and deliver it to the Norfolk Tank Museum where it was to be made up into
a replica of one of the very first tanks to be used in battle in the first World War.
This was to be the first stage of a long and exciting journey this tank was to make over the next
four months. The finished machine was to take centre stage in a television programme being
shown on Channel 4 on Sunday 19th November at 8pm and featuring the very well known
television personality Guy Martin.
The Brit European team consisted of Ed Beresford, Rob Wardle, Craig Draper and John Jonson (JJ).
Over the four months from July there was a substantial amount of planning required to ensure
that we delivered the tank on the day and at the time required so as to ensure the filming could
go ahead with the minimum of disruption.
For the initial journey, we utilised one of our Mercedes-Benz Dual Fuel Actros tractor units with
the tank nestling on the bed of one of our purpose-built step frame trailers (seen above).
We delivered the tank safely and in good time to the Norfolk Tank Museum where it was lifted
off by a heavy-duty crane and was to then be fitted with tracks, an engine, a gearbox and the
replica Lewis machine guns. All this work was carried out by Guy Martin and the crew from the
Norfolk Tank Museum.
A couple of months passed by until we then received the call to say that the tank was now
complete and ready to go to France.
On Friday 10th November, we collected the Tank from Norfolk now utilising an Iveco Stralis
tractor unit and a Broshuis 3 axle low bed trailer.
Sailing on one of the very early morning DFDS ferry crossings from Dover we arrived in Calais
at 0700 hours where we were met by a French Convoi Exceptional Pilot Vehicle for the long
and sometimes extremely slow journey from Calais to Cambrai.
Because of a ban on Abnormal Loads using the French motorway network we had to follow
a route through village after a village which in itself caused us problems. All the while we
were conscious that we had to be in Cambrais for no later than 1300 hours before the HGV
ban came into place.
We arrived in Cambrais at 13:30 where we were met by a sizeable crowd of people consisting
of spectators, film crew, military personnel and the JCB contingent and of course Guy Martin.
The tank was offloaded on Saturday 11th November Armistice Day and sited at the battlefield
at Viliers-Pluoich just outside of Cambrai where filming began almost immediately and finished
in the early evening of the same day.
We are all extremely pleased of the part Brit European played in ensuring that the tank was
delivered on time and at exactly the right location.
A proud and humbling experience.
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