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Heritage Commercials - April 2007

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6 Albion explodes onto the scene
The story behind the meticulous restoration of an explosives-carrying Albion Clansman, by David Bowers - it should go down a bomb!

12 News
Packed with news and a guide to keep you in touch with events to be held during March and April 2007.

14 Reviews
This page gives you an over-view of books, two of which will help with restoration projects and a superb ‘Wildy’ DVD.

16 Jempson’s of Rye
A fascinating look at the history of this well-known south east coast transport company, backed by superb archive material, collated by journalist and photographer Alan Barnes.

22 The homeward leg from Portugal
This intriguing yet light-hearted Noel Minchew feature deals with his trip back to the UK after taking heifers to Portugal - he backloaded with French wine!

25 Readers’ Letters
We know how much you enjoy this section of HC, and this month’s letters are bound to tickle your fancy - why not have a go yourself, you could be a winner.

30 Unforgettable trip
HC reader and retired lorry owner tells of his trip to Australia.

32 Seddon - the full story
This timely eight-page special by transport historian and writer, Bill Aldridge focuses on Seddon over the years giving us a terrific insight into the workings of this famed company.

42 On Location
Malcolm Ranieri took this fabulous centre-fold picture of one of Michael Bowman’s collection, a 1950 ‘O’ type Bedford.

44 The Jevon’s Memoirs
This month’s episode in talented ex-driver Tony Jevon’s lorry driving life sees him work a real good ‘wind-up’ on a mate in ‘cahoots’ with his guv’nor.

46 From Our Archives
The spotlight is turned on Leyland’s answer to the overseas threat - the Marathon.

50 TC Brears & Sons
To follow the Marathon brochure is this tribute by John Brears to his Leyland Marathon as well as a look at the company’s profile.

54 Call an ambulance
Ambulance historian, Chris Batten takes us back in time to recall the history of the UK’s ambulance service and the vehicles used.

60 NZ Morris commercial wrecker
Roger Hamlin filed this unbelievable report from NZ featuring an ‘untouched’ Morris that is still working after nearly 60 years!

64 A Welsh bus pioneer
The much respected company of Thomas White & Co were true passenger carrying pioneers with a proud history writes Viv Corbin.

68 My life in transport
Things never run smooth in the world of transport - Lol Fish’s four-page insight into his working life certainly prove that - just fascinating.

72 Highland Gyles
A last look back at Gyles Carpenter’s 2006 Scottish collection.

74 Scania of the glen
Andrew Murdoch has restored a Scania 111 that has covered two million miles, and took it back to Sweden along with others to raise money for charity.

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