Heritage Commercials | May 2002

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Heritage Commercials - May 2002

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Why there’s room for heritage commercials both on the road and rally field.

Rain fails to dampen Gillingham spirit; museum plans put on hold; Black Country trolleybus spectacular.

Thorny Comes of Age!
Peter Durham crosses Offa’s Dyke to meet the owner of a beautifully-restored Thornycroft Sturdy.

Municipal Servants
Jeff Colledge turns up a selection of local authority vehicle photographs from 50 years ago.

A Day Out with VAL
In superb photographic weather, Alan Barnes follows a ‘mystery tour’ with the magnificently-restored Friends of King Alfred Buses’ 1965 Plaxton Panorama- bodied Bedford VAL 14.

Down Memory Lane
Vintage vehicle photographs from North Dorset.

Why a London show disappointed commercial vehicle fans.

Taking the Biscuit!
Matthew Richardson visits Greco Brothers’ ice cream wafer business in Middlesbrough to learn about the firm’s varied transport history.

Developing the Dennis F Series
Firemaster tells how the Dennis F15 fire engine (incidentally now modelled by Corgi) came about.

Roadside Ramblings
How loads and loads of authenticity are raising the appeal of heritage commercial vehicles.

T’HAT’s All Folks!
Bob Hatcher tells Peter Durham why he bought a former Kingston-upon-Hull Fire Brigade 1964 AEC Mercury.

Grampian Glory
Curator Mike Ward explains what’s going on at the Grampian Transport Museum.

Going, Going...
Andrew Webster recalls the legions of buses and coaches that made their way to the Paul Sykes organisation in Yorkshire.

Realistic - or What?
Corgi’s model of an F15 fire engine, and a book recalling a transport driver’s experiences on the road, come under review.

On Location
Another great three-page fold-out colour photograph by Peter Durham.

Clock This One!
Why Andy Mills has taken the Perkins route with his delightful 1948 Morris-Commercial lorry.

Readers’ Letters
Another seven pages of your much-valued views and comments.

Birth of Modern Logistics?
Alan Earnshaw further examines the Great Western Railway’s innovative road transport schemes.

Military Matters
Desert transport life with the RAF; a fast Crusader tank; how ‘Dad’s Army’ vehicles met the threat from ‘Mr. Hitler’.

Having Fun - at a Gallon a Minute!
Pat Freeman visits Stephen MacHaye to learn about his growing collection of military vehicles.

What’s On
As the new season gets under way, we list the top heritage commercial events to visit.

A ‘Ditchcrawl’ to Remember!
Paul Strong brings another selection of memories from his days as a lorry driver.

Early Morning Deliveries
Jeff Colledge looks back to the heyday of milk delivery vehicles.

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Where There’s Muck, There’s Money!
Hinton Sheryn looks back at more of the rugged vehicles engaged in off-road construction duties.

Put Another Coat On!
In ‘Restoration in Practice’, Mike Berry and his team repaint an entire Bedford coach - in the depths of winter!