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.
The annual award is made to the individual who is felt to have contributed most to the military vehicle preservation movement, and the name is chosen from nominations made by fellow enthusiasts. As a mark of respect, for the first year the award was made posthumously to Bart; in 2002, the recipient was Peter Grey; Rex Cadman and IMPS were joint winners for 2003; and in 2004 the award went to Tony Budge; the late Joe Lyndhurst was posthumously given the award in 2005 and in 2006, Preston Isaac was the winner. Mike Stallwood took the award in 2007 and in 2008 Jack Beckett was the recipient. 2009 saw David Fletcher receiving the award, and in 2010 the award was presented to John Marchant. In 2011, Nigel Hay was awarded the trophy. The 2012 award was presented to John Belfield with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to Barbara Dixon.
The shield sponsored by After the Battle, is now managed jointly by the Military Vehicle Trust (MVT) and the Invicta Military-Vehicle Preservation Society (IMPS). Please send your nomination for the 2013 award to either organisation, including your name and address, to email@example.com for the IMPS or firstname.lastname@example.org for the MVT.
Please click below to view a rundown on each year's award.