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Heritage Commercials - January 2004

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The editor remembers his early years with trains and buses.

42 Years of Pain Rewarded
Geoff Lumb tells the remarkable story of the restoration of his rare Commer Centaur bus which has its origins way back in 1961.

The latest news from the world of heritage commercial vehicle preservation.

Vauxhall Went to War
A special bumper feature from Alan Earnshaw and David Hayward that tells the story of the Vauxhall Motor Company’s wartime effort.

Cinders Shall go to the Ball
Pete Kelly tells the story behind the remarkable resurrection of an old Chevrolet truck, thought by many to have been well beyond restoration, which has literally risen phoenix-like from the ashes.

Trams by Twilight
A special evening running session took place for Hallowe’en at the Crich Tramway Village and our intrepid reporter, Jeff Colledge, was there to record proceedings.

Fact File No. 2
This month we take a close look at the Morris Minor van and Minor LCV Register that fosters interest in them.

Behind Closed Doors
It is surprising what some people have in their garage at home, and there was certainly a surprise in store when Keith Langston went to a rural Cheshire outpost to look at a fire engine!

Book Reviews
The latest crop of releases from specialist transport book publishers.

Casting a Critical Eye
Bill Rear looks at a recent Original Omnibus release and compares it to the prototype that he used to drive many years ago.

Bedford QL
When the Army decided it needed a go-anywhere vehicle to boost its war effort, it knew who to turn to, as Alan Earnshaw explains.

Ask the Experts
This month’s subject for our experts to tackle relates to Bedford buses.

The Way Things Used to Be
Frank E. Grants continues his reminiscences from his driving days and discusses one or two of the difficulties that were encountered.

Events Round Up
That’s it, the season has finished and it won’t be long before the next one! Our final instalment rounding up the late 2003 season events

Got an old lorry that you want to sell, or a quantity of spares that have been cluttering up the garage? You can advertise them for free in our unique Truckmart pages!

Three Southern Events
Firemaster reviews three of his favourite fire appliance shows and reminds us that there is much more to them than just fire engines.

Looking for someone who can fix that leaking radiator or perhaps you need an idea for that special gift - see our classified advertisement pages!

Winter Coal Yard
This month’s Tailgate looks at an area of transportation that was once commonplace but now is just a distant memory.