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Heritage Commercials - May 2004

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Preservation in Practice
In a thought provoking article, Alan Earnshaw discusses how commercial vehicle preservation might fare in the 21st century.

CMP Ambulance Update
More information comes to light following last month’s feature by David Hayward.

Bandt’s Ute has Australian Root
Where did it all begin? New Zealander Christopher Moor reckons just over the water from him. That’s where he claims the idea for a utility or pick-up truck was first mooted.

Beamish Beauties
As another season gets under way, Tony Tolson reminds us of some of the treasures that can be found at Beamish - the North of England Open Air Museum.

Readers’ Letters
Four pages of your letters, including some interesting topics for discussion. More..

West Lothian’s Tartan Veterans
The Anderson family have built up an impressive fleet of 12 preserved lorries. Bob Weir visited their premises at Bo’ness in the shadow of the Forth Bridge and brought us this feature.

Fact File No. 4
The Leyland PD1/1 comes under the microscope this month as Keith Langston looks at a batch of 30 vehicles that inadvertently found their way onto Crosville’s books and proved to be both robust and versatile.

Toastracks tothe Seaside
Colin Shears has had a long association with Sidmouth’s Austin Toastracks. Here he recalls his earliest encounters with them and his subsequent interest in ensuring their survival.

Still No Seats On Top!
Martin Ingle continues his look at some of the oddities that have been built on bus or coach chassis - this time it’s the turn of ‘modern’ chassis with under floor or rear-mounted engines.

Tow Truck Enthusiast On Top of the World
Long distance HGV driver Glyn Salathial has a great outlook on his world 1,500 feet above sea level on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Keith Langston made the journey up Colty Mountain, Gwent to bring us his story.

Ask the Experts
One engine at the front, another at the back. This month our ‘expert’ answers a reader’s question about ice cream vans.

Chilly at Gillingham
A road run in February? - bound to be a bit nippy then. The annual gathering at Gillingham, Dorset certainly was, as Alan Barnes found out!

Reviews
A couple of recent releases to add to the transport enthusiast’s library.

Events Guide: Part 3
The final part of our planner to help you plot your season: August to November.

Model Corner
Alan Earnshaw reviews the latest crop of Corgi and Lledo Days Gone models, including a fine selection of 1:50 scale brewery drays.

Marqé of Extremes
Jeff Colledge looks at some of the key vehicles produced by Scammell of Watford over the years and shows that they came in shapes and sizes of enormous extremes.

TKs @ BG2004
A special preview of this year’s Bedford Gathering which will have as a theme, the Bedford TK lorry.

Sent to Coventry
This month’s Tailgate features a Coventry firm with a liking for Bedfords.