The Bart Vanderveen Challenge Shield is awarded annually to the individual, chosen by nominations, who has contributed most to the military vehicle preservation movement. Inaugurated and sponsored by After the Battle, publishers of Wheels & Tracks magazine which was founded by Bart Vanderveen in 1982 and edited by him until the 75th issue published in April 2001. The trophy is presented at the War and Peace Show, which is the world's largest gathering of privately owned military vehicles, held annually at The Hop Farm, Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent, in July.
Please click below to view a rundown on each year's award.
In 2005 the trophy was awarded to Joe Lyndhurst.
This was Pat Ware's address:
The Bart Vanderveen Challenge Shield was inaugurated in 2001 by Winston Ramsey of After the Battle, publishers of Wheels & Tracks magazine, in recognition of Bart's huge contribution to the military vehicle movement.
Bart restored his first military vehicle in 1959, having already published his first book on the subject. During the 'sixties Bart's Olyslager books became - and remain - the essential reference works for enthusiasts worldwide. He went on to publish many military vehicle books and, from 1982 until his death in 2001, he was the editor of Wheels & Tracks magazine.
You could say that Bart was the founding father of the present military vehicle movement… and, if it were not for Bart Vanderveen, we might not be standing here today.
The Bart Vanderveen Challenge Shield is made to the individual who is felt to have contributed most to the military vehicle preservation movement. The name is chosen from nominations made by fellow enthusiasts and the award is made here at War & Peace.
As a mark of respect, for the first year the award was made posthumously to Bart himself; in 2002, the recipient was Peter Grey; Rex Cadman and IMPS were joint winners for 2003; and, last year, the award went to Tony Budge. Although sadly he is no longer with us, I can assure you that this year we have an equally worthy winner . . . another of the pioneers of the military vehicle hobby in this country.
Joe Lyndhurst, best known for his Warnham War Museum . . .
Joe was born in 1924 in Richmond, Surrey. During the war he was intrigued by the Jeeps that he saw driven by Canadian and American soldiers and resolved that one day he would own one. It took him another 20 years but, in 1962, Joe bought his first Jeep . . . from a film company!
He used the Jeep as his second car during the summer, but took it off the road and started to restore it to its original military spec during the cold winter of 1962/63. Other Jeeps followed and he entered three in the HCVS London to Brighton run in 1968, taking all three prizes in the military class.
Since the end of the war, Joe had been involved in running the family business, the New Beach Holiday Camp at Earnley near Chichester. The Earnley site meant that Joe was immune from the usual storage problems and by 1973, his collection had grown to 20 vehicles. Not surprisingly, Earnley had become the focus for other enthusiasts in the area, and dressed in US 5th Army uniforms whenever they attended vehicle shows, Joe's informal group became known as Lyndhurst's Army.
When the holiday camp was sold in 1974, Joe used his share of the proceeds to buy Tyldens at Durford Hill, Horsham. He had big plans for Tyldens . . . and at Easter 1976, re-opened Tyldens as the Warnham War Museum.
Joe and his wife, Yvonne, ran both the Museum and the restaurant.
As word spread among enthusiasts, the Warnham War Museum began to acquire near-legendary status. Back then, large private collections were unusual, private museums even more so. Aside from the 'official' collections held at places such as the IWM and the Tank Museum, Warnham was one of the few locations where enthusiasts and the general public could see a display of WW2 vehicles together with literally hundreds of other WW2 artifacts.
When I bought my first military vehicle in 1980, Warnham was one of the first places that I took it and I can still remember picnicking in the field at the back of the site . . . though I also recall that the restaurant did a fine line in afternoon teas. I will also confess to you that in 1980 I persuaded my new wife that we should spend one day of our honeymoon at Warnham . . .
In 1983, Joe wrote the definitive book on military collectables which was published by Salamander . . . even today, it remains a sought-after guide to this fascinating topic.
The collection continued to grow and expand and Warnham began to host a monthly militaria sale and the occasional auction. As inevitably happens, the collection grew too big for the Lyndhursts to manage and, eventually, the only sensible course of action was to sell-up. Today Tyldens is a nursing home and the collection has been distributed across the world. Curiously, the militaria fairs continue . . . albeit at nearby Kingsfold.
After a short spell in hospital, Joe died on 14 August 2000. During his 40 years of involvement with the movement he had seen the military vehicle world change beyond all recognition . . . but his passing has left it considerably poorer.
Joe was a real enthusiast. Generous with his time and his knowledge and always ready to lend a hand. He was almost certainly responsible for encouraging many to collect and restore military vehicles and Joe is a worthy recipient of the Bart Vanderveen Challenge Shield.
Sadly his widow Yvonne is not well enough to be with us today but a long time friend of Joe, George Kimmins, has kindly agreed to accept the award on his behalf.
Thank you. Joe Lyndhurst.