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Heritage Commercials - January 2002

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Restoration in Practice - Thinking of acquiring an old vehicle of your own to restore? Mike Berry sets out to explain the many pitfalls that can be encountered.

An Austin K4 Restored - John Reeves tells the story of another winner from the Sage stable of Chard, Somerset.

Atkinson Dream Comes True - Peter Durham visits a lorry driver whose dream of one day owning an Atkinson eight-wheeler has at last come true.

The Pie Man Cometh - Peter Kelly visits the famous Lancashire pie and pudding makers Walter Holland & Sons, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

All the Fun of the Fair! - In ‘Model Corner’ we reveal some exquisite new fairground models from Corgi Classics.

On Location - Peter Durham’s centre-page subject this month is a glorious Leyland Beaver and trailer.

Rhapsody in Red! - With some dazzling photographs of beautifully-restored fire engines, ‘Firemaster’ tells the story of the Dennis ‘F’ series.

Must it Really be Goodbye? - Bus fans will love Jeff Colledge’s photo-report from October’s Heart of the Pennines Bus Rally - perhaps the last-ever such event to be run.

Porter’s Progress! - Peter Durham visits HCVS West Midlands Area Vice-Chairman Mike Porter to learn how he progressed from a Dawes bicycle to a superb 1948 Morris series Z van in Post Office Telephones livery.

Roadside Ramblings - The transport cafes of old - and a Thornycroft picture that appeared out of the blue!

Goods in Transit - Have the ubiquitous Ford Transit vans been around that long? They certainly have - and Alan Earnshaw tells what made them such an outstanding success.

Down at the Old Coal Yard - Peter Kelly visits Shrewsbury to meet former lorry driver Rikky Clark, who has taken up the pastime of painting after half a lifetime on the road.

Ice Cream ‘Mystery’ Solved - Heritage Commercials explains why early Mr. Whippy vans had a separate engine in the back.

Wrestling With an Octopus - In the second part of his ‘Driving Days’ recollections, Paul Strong remembers the day he was entrusted with a brand new Leyland eight-wheeler.

A Fire Engine called Eleanor - Clive Shearman tells of the entwinement between ancient English history and a Thornycroft fire tender called Eleanor.

Ripponden Recollections - Heritage Commercials takes a retrospective look at the famous Ripponden & District coach operation, which was sold off 45 years ago.