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The Staghound Register.
The history and description of the M6, Staghound armoured car have already been covered in other articles on this site. As the author of the Staghound Register I would like to discount any thoughts that I am any authority on these complex and rare vehicles. My only credentials to begin the register was the fact that I own a very sorrowful Staghound that needs years of hard work to see it back on the road.
The reason for my owning a Staghound owes much to serendipity than a great desire. As with most thing I life, the things you need and want are usual at the most far and distant point away. The Staghound was bought in a deal for a 1942, GM Fox chassis from a gentleman in Australia over the telephone from the UK. The growing infatuation with the Staghound was compounded by the opportunity to ‘clamber’ over a restored example whilst on a visit to Holland. The sheer size and proportions of this armoured car, which in most characteristics could be described as a tank, is overawing. (Indeed see a Staghound parked next to a Daimler A/C!)
The reasons for starting the register were of a slightly selfish nature. Despite the photographs and reassurances, my Staghound arrived minus many of the key items needed to put it back together. When faced with the task of locating spare parts I realised the complete absence of any help or support regarding the Staghound. The primary aim of the Staghound register is to bring together like-minded people who face similar problems, with a difficult and obscure vehicle.
To date the register has just over forty Staghounds listed although the number of restored vehicles is relatively small. In percentage terms around 25% could be described as road worthy with 18% under restoration, 25% gate-guards or static and 32% derelicts. During my research the most help I have receive has been from enthusiasts in Australia which some what reflects the fact that 50% of my listed vehicles are on the Australasian Continent. One of the most interesting facts highlighted by this research is that only three Staghounds are left in Britain, the nation that bought nearly all of the 3000 plus built. At present I know of 10 vehicle that have been broken up by enthusiasts for spare parts but this figure is clearly far too small and probably it should represent the vast majority.
The Staghound register has exceeded all of my initial expectations and the level of response has been quite remarkable. What has been most amazing is the help and response I have received from people many thousands of miles from myself. There is still much work to be done and many avenues to follow until a true picture can be established about the remaining vehicles.
Owning an obscure vehicle is not a challenge for the faint hearted but this register offers an opportunity for Staghound owners to gain the help and support needed to keep these sprightly giants on the road!
If you own a Staghound or know for a one, please contact the address below:
James H. Shopland,
The Staghound Register,
67 Teignmouth Road,
Tel. 01275 873107.
For further reading see Bart Vanderveen’s article in issue 32 of Wheels and Tracks.
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