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Heritage Commercials - December 2006

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6 Music maestro please
This colourful and informative feature has many twists and turns as it looks at the life and times of Bill Innis and his electric organ-carrying Albion Claymore.

12 News and reviews
Keep abreast of the time with these two pages of current news snippets and honest product reviews.

14 If it ain’t broke...
Paul Fox talks about his latest purchase, a suberb Leyland Super Comet - should he restore it or leave it original? He’s done the latter.

16 Heart of Wales - 2006
The report on this year’s event not only includes some stunning pictures, but highlights the vital part played by the back-up crews.

19 Travelling Thames Trader
Roger Hamlin has a way of sniffing out the unusual - he’s really done it this time.

22 Scottish Leyland Cub
Bob Weir looks at the Muir family’s ‘Champion of Champions’ winning Leyland Cub - it can only be described as stunning.

26 Readers’ letters
Every month you have your say and every month it seems to get even better - well done guys and gals, keep ’em coming.

30 The Jevon’s memoirs
Tony takes us all back to our driving days with his wonderful self-illustrated anecdotes - this month his life flashes by before him!

32 Gas industry commercials
From the man who penned the London Brick features, Bill Aldridge, comes this glimpse at the formation of the gas industry and the commercials that kept it going - it’s fascinating.

40 NZ Chara’ diary - Part II
Gordon Taylor’s diaries tell of the joys and many frustrations encountered when emigrating with his Chara’ and OB Bedford.

42 On location
Malcolm Ranieri captures the King family’s Bedford OXC in a magnificent Somerset location - just look at the result, it’s amazing.

44 Scottish West Coast Run
Beautiful scenery, renowned Scottish hospitality, cracking commercials - Gyles Carpenter saw the lot - enjoy his report.

46 RAC - always at your service
Dick Gudgeon arranged a terrific location and props for a photoshoot to illustrate this brilliant David Bowers feature about his RAC Mini van and the RAC’s history.

54 Military might - Mack NO
This ‘rufty tufty’ Mack NO served with the Royal Engineers as part of the British Army of the Rhine before becoming a sort of motor home!

58 My driving days - Part I
Lol Fish spent his childhood studying heavy commercials that blasted up and down the A6 near Preston. This is a four-part series following his driving career that followed on from his formative years.

60 From our archive
This month’s sales brochure comes courtesy of the Thornycroft Society and spotlights their new Sturdy Star model.

64 The Spillers Thornycroft
Complimenting the preceding archive feature, Alan Barnes tells the full story of Ray Hammond’s award-winning Thornycroft which was nearly left in a field to rot.

70 Return of the Phantom
Somerset’s Ray and Clive Phillips welcomed Peter Norton to their beautiful part of the country to view their equally beautiful MB LPS1418.