Heritage Commercials | April 2002

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Heritage Commercials - April 2002

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What happened to all those British Road Services lorries?

Headliners
Heritage Commercials sparks Somerset reunion; More ‘old-timers’ sought for big AEC event; Anglo-Scottish ‘test route’ challenge; End of a West Country era.

It’s Merely a Hobby...
Peter Durham visits rural Somerset on a cold January day to photograph Graham Mears’ 1964 Morris LDM30 van and learn about his interest in heritage commercial vehicles.

Commercials at Tramway Village
Jeff Colledge colourfully recalls a visit to a vintage vehicle day at the Crich Tramway Village last year.

Let There be Light!
Heritage Commercials searches out some great archive photos of vehicles connected with the electricity supply industry.

What a Gas!
A photographic look back at some interesting gas board vehicles.

Fleet Tale with a Difference!
After seeing one of his ‘long-lost’ Austin K4s restored to all its old glory, Geoff Williams, of the once-thriving wholesale fruit and vegetables firm that once owned it, couldn’t wait to tell John Reeves the whole fascinating story.

Waiting in
the Wings
Peter Kelly visits John Boughey and his C&G Coachworks team near Much Wenlock,Shropshire - and finds a surprise or two in store.

Letters
...and what a lot we’ve got, commenting on everything from learning to drive in a Karrier Gamecock to life with a 1950 Ford van, the Runcorn Transporter bridge and a jet-propelled Bedford VAL!

Win a Vintage Aircraft Flight
The organisers of the Sixth Great Vintage Flying Weekend at Kemble Airfield are looking for some smart commercial vehicles - and offering a free flight on a wonderful vintage aircraft.

On Location
A splendid Leyland brewery vehicle is captured in an authentic setting by Peter Durham.

Think of a Letter...
Working out those mysterious Bedford bus and coach designations.

Nightmare in the Fog!
Leo Horsfall tells of a nightmare 350-mile journey from Tavistock to Bradford in the fog as he recalls his driving days in the 1940s and 50s

News
New doubts over Portsmouth transport base; Commercials at Brooklands; Preservation group thrives in Western Isles; the ‘Moggie’ that wasn’t.

God’s Wonderful Road Vehicles
In the second part of his overview of railway-owned road vehicles, Alan Earnshaw considers more aspects of the Great Western Railway’s road services.

Garry’s Name’s Up Front!
Peter Durham asks Garry Hill of Pershore, Worcestershire, why two tractor units, an Atkinson and a Leyland, have now been in his ownership twice.

I’ll Take theOld Road...
In ‘Roadside Ramblings’, Peter Kelly reflects on what it must have been like to drive along the‘old’ Great North Road.

Signalling a Great Museum Visit
In ‘Military Matters’, Ken Rimell visits the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford Camp, Dorset.

SORN it Out!
Alan Earnshaw delves into the requirements of the Statutory Off Road Notice legislation.

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Scammell Scarabs - a Model Guide
The three-wheel Scammell Scarab was one of the most useful and endearing commercial vehicles ever built. Robert W. Berry looks at the history of the ‘mechanical horses’ and lists the scale models available.