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Breakdowns!
Mechanical breakdowns, I’ve had a few in my time, probably more motorcycle than car, although those involving a car have proven more painful. One weekend, my wife and I decided on a trip to York for the day and just as we reached the city, we heard a
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Dig The New Generation
The Mercedes New generation cab was first seen in 1973 and launched in 1974 and, via a number of facelifts, lasted in production until 1996. It was seen across not only Europe, but also many other parts of the world, including North and South America
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Editor: Charles Waters Email: hc.ed@kelsey.co.uk Art Editor: Philip Silk Contributors: Bob Tuck, Ed Burrows, Mike and Julie Blenkinsop, Pip Dunn, Timothy Byrne, Mat Ireland and Russ Harvey. Advertising Sales Hill View Media Managing Director: Ben Fos
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The Trucks To Preserve Now
Ten years ago, I presented a list of trucks that people should possibly consider to seek to preserve. The vehicles were all still – just about – available on the second-hand market, or from dealers and recoverable from yards, but now is the time to r
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When ‘Sal’ Came North
Tuesday 8th March 1983 was a good day – well for me anyway. You might have used the expression ‘Red Letter Day’ or perhaps referred to being so happy that you ‘Felt like a dog with two tails.’ Or perhaps you felt so fortunate about something you may
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Your Say
I’m just writing to say how much I enjoyed your ‘Mission Impossible’ article in Heritage’s June ‘20 issue. It was great to see the shot and read the commentary about my old Octopus. I can’t, however, share the enthusiasm for the Albion Caledonian cro
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Mr Christopher John Smith Obituaries
The world of ERFs and vintage show goers were saddened to hear of the death of one ERFs greatest enthusiasts Mr Chris Smith, the President of ERF Historic Vehicles Ltd., REVS. Chris passed away on 10th July after celebrating his 80th birthday with hi
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The Solway Club Show
In the Spring, the Solway Vehicle Enthusiasts Club postponed their annual show due to the Covid-19 crisis, the event has now been rescheduled and will take place on the weekend of 26/27th September (restrictions allowing) at the Lockerbie Lorry Park
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The Number Plate Book
by John Harrison ISBN 978-0-9004775 Price £7.95 Available post free from the author from: - (Please make cheques payable to John Harrison) 175 Hillyfields, Loughton, Essex IG10 2PW Published by Newby Books, P O Box 40, Scarborough YO12 5TW. Tel/Fax:
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Tom Sykes Testimonial Road Run
Despite the restrictions caused by Covid-19 the Tom Sykes Testimonial Run went ahead as planned on Sunday the 26th of July, writes Bob Weir. Organised by the Biggar Albion Foundation Club, dozens of commercial vehicles turned up at the Route 74 Truck
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The Golden Age Of GM And Gmc
Not that many decades ago, General Motors Corporation was the world’s biggest business by market capitalisation. It used to be said that what was good for GM was good for America. It’s GMC truck division certainly was, as were the diesel engine inter
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Edwin Richard’s Followers
It’s a fairy tale come true story that ERF devotees around the globe never tire of listening to. Of how way back in April 1933, the ‘Dynamic Foursome’ of Edwin Foden, his son Dennis, Ernest Sherratt and George Faulkner pooled their positive energy to
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1996 Daf 95 400
P567 ODX was purchased new in October 1996 by H J Pearson of Chedburgh, from the DAF dealer Chassis Cab at Bury St Edmunds. It was put to work by them on traction of ferry trailers (tilts at the time) out of the port of Felixstowe. Harry Haws, founde
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MUNICIPAL VEHICLE HIRE’S RED AND MAROON COLOURED ARMY IN THE 1970s AND 1980s
Jack Allen’s were agents for the Dennis Brothers’ waste collection vehicles in the sixties, so the early MVH fleet consisted of Dennis Pax chassis fitted with either Paxit refuse collectors or Eagle gulley emptiers. Jack Allen’s became national distr
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When running in articulated form, Geoff Johnson’s 1977 (HH2), was normally coupled up to this Nicolas modular semi-trailer. It proved quite a versatile outfit and is seen on 22nd July 1984 handling this impressive tank heading for Teesport. ■
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Pioneer And Explorer Two Of The Best Of British Recovery Tractors
Another honour for a Pioneer went to Mick Price of Wolverhampton whose recovery tractor was selected as one of the main vehicles to be on parade at the VE-Day commemoration event in London in May 2015. The Pioneer SV/2S, H4782576, called ‘Invincible’
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French Connection French Estafette Survivor… … That Has A Dual Identity!
The owner that Adam White purchased the van from was able to confirm with the local fire chief of the Leuglay barracks that the Estafette was purchased from the French post office, La Poste by the ‘Amicale des Sapeurs Pompiers de Leuglay’, something
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Renault Estafette
Introduced from May 1959 – May 1962 Engine used 845cc Payload was 600kg, R2131 payload 500kg In production from May 1962 to Nov 1968 Engine used 1108cc, type 688 Payload was 800kg & 1000kg for ‘Estafette 1000’ In production: Sep 1968 – Jun 1980 Engin
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Classic Truck
While doing a job for our sister title Trucking recently, I snapped these two oldies still earning a crust in Spalding in mid-July. I’ll confess, I don’t think the 54-plate Renault Premium is little more than a shunter – I’m not ever sure if it’s roa
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A Permanent Premises Is Wanted!
Volunteer at the museum Andrew Thorpe, got in touch with Heritage Commercials via facebook recently, inviting myself and my wife Anita to view the collection of firefighting vehicles while still possible, as the building is up for rental by North Lin
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KETTERING VINTAGE RALLY & STEAM FAYRE
Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions for any outdoor public events and not knowing when they will be completely lifted, and in the interest of public health, this year’s event which was planned for 26-27 September 2020, has been postponed. The
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Classic And Vintage Commercial Show
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum sends Heritage Commercials this update on proceedings. As Government rules on July 7 and 10, allows us to hold larger public gatherings of people onsite. We have discussed the Classic and Vintage Co
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Leyland Torque Including Journal
This is the Summer 2020, number 88 issue, which has extra pages keeping you entertained for even longer. Featured in this issue is the penultimate part to the history of Todmorden’s Transport which covers the years 1952-1961. There’s also a small fea
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Highland Classics
Sandy and his wife Jane live in the village of Torphins near Banchory on Royal Deeside. He was born and raised in the area and has lived there all his life. Torphins main claim to fame is that it is situated three miles south-east of the hamlet of Lu
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Specification
Registration: ETC 108 Engine: Leyland E117 K5 6-cylinder petrol Gearbox: 4-speed Top speed: 45mph Registration: NKP 600M Engine: Cummins 14 litres 6-cylinder diesel (250bhp) Gearbox: 8-speed (Fuller) Top speed: 65mph ■
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Restoration Re-engineering
As regular readers will know, Ray and Ken Walsh turn out restorations – invariably of more interesting vehicle types – at a rate that’s hard to keep up with. “We’re suckers for lost causes too,” admits Ken Walsh, talking about what he describes as th
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South Pacifics Part Two
In last month’s issue of Heritage Commercials, we marked the sad passing (on Friday 10th April) of John Wynn with a snapshot look back at his 87 years of life. As we explained, John discovered he was a petrol head at a very early age and while of cou
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Foden 6x4 Heavy Hauler
William Sheldon’s 1959 Foden 6x4 heavy hauler is still earning its keep – well it will be after lockdown measures ease. ■
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Pioneer And Explorer Two Of The Best Of British Recovery Tractors Part Two
Since moving to the new site at RAF Lyneham from Bordon, 48 RB 50 is currently in the REME reserve collection backstage, while 39 YZ 41 (named ‘Swampy’) is the current star of the show; the road registration of ‘Swampy’ is believed to be USU 210. Inc
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Best By Bassetts
The vehicles that the firm ran in the 1960s, 70s and 80s were a draw for many road transport enthusiasts, including myself, with a fleet where the lorries were not only given fleet numbers, but were also given (predominantly girls) names as well. Als
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