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THE roar of military jeeps resonated around Portsmouth Port last night.

As the sun went down, a stream of army green vehicles queued up to join one of the ferries to France.

Off to Normandy ! 'Trevor Cardall (66) from Hertfordshire catches up on a bit of reading as he waits at Portsmouth International Port in his Ford GPW ready to board the Brittany Ferry - the MV Normandie 'His vehicle was built in Detroit in 1942 and then shipped to Europe with the RAF using it between 1943 and 1946 in France ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141544-1888)

Off to Normandy ! 'Trevor Cardall (66) from Hertfordshire catches up on a bit of reading as he waits at Portsmouth International Port in his Ford GPW ready to board the Brittany Ferry - the MV Normandie 'His vehicle was built in Detroit in 1942 and then shipped to Europe with the RAF using it between 1943 and 1946 in France ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141544-1888)

Among them waiting to board was Trevor Cardall, 66, who was driving his 1942 Ford.

The vehicle is named Vera after a neighbour who agreed to store the vehicle in her garage while he restored it.

It was built in Detroit and then shipped to Europe. The RAF used it in France between 1943 and 1946.

Mr Cardall, from Hertfordshire, said: ‘We are going to meet friends who have the same hobby and to help the French with the celebrations of the freedom of their country in 1944.

‘It means a lot to me because of various friends of mine whose grandparents were there at D-Day. There are people I know who lost some of their family during that six years of war. All these people deserve our utmost respect because without them we would possibly be in a different situation to what we are now.’

Friends Phil Newman, 55, Martin Stevens, 46, and Chris Funnell, 62, were travelling in restored US jeeps.

Mr Newman, from Surrey, said: ‘We are going to try and see as many veterans as we can and visit as many battlefields as we can.’