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Heritage Commercials - November 2007

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Editors Comment
Words and wisdom from our esteemed editor David Craggs.

6 Bedford flood victim re-floated
This is a restoration story with several twists – this Bedford’s been flooded on numerous occasions and has now been converted to run on gas and fired by electronic ignition.

12 News
Peter Love has his finger on the commercial vehicle pulse and brings you three pages that will both inform and entertain.

16 Trans-Pennine road run
Gyles Carpenter was at this, the 39th year of running the HCVS Trans-Pennine road run, and filed this colourful report.

18 The McKenna Mandator
David Craggs crossed the Irish sea to meet the McKenna family and learn more about their magnificent AEC.

24 Mr AEC’s latest restoration
Arch AEC enthusiast Mike Higlett’s latest restoration is a Mammoth Major Mk3. Alan Barnes went to see it nearly before the paint had dried.

30 Readers’ Letters
We know you love this section, so now the nights are drawing in, why don’t you send us your memories and observations – the prizes are here to be won.

34 Union Cartage Company (UCC)
This is part one of two, penned by transport historian Bill Aldridge, which details the company’s growth and types of lorries used including those made ‘in-house’.

40 The Jevon Memoirs
The month’s look into the driving life of Tony Jevon, sees him caught in a violent electrical storm with severe personal consequences.

42 On Location
Following on from last month’s pictorial look back at Covent Garden, through the expert lens of the late Arthur Hustwitt, which was well received – here are two more fabulous pages from the same location and era.

44 Old Betsy
David Bowers brings us the story backed by fantastic pictures, of the restoration of a 1934 Morris Commercial – Old Betsy.

50 From Our Archive
BR ‘Fred’ Emery of Balham, SW London sent in this fantastic Albion CX.1 sales brochure – thanks Fred, it will give a lot of pleasure to the readership.

54 The Wychwood Brewery Bedford
Peter Norton likes assignments to breweries and it shows. The pictures are stunning but the words get a bit ‘slurred’ towards the end!

60 SA Bell Ltd – The Final Part
Ex-SA Bell driver Alex Hunter, shares with us the final chapter in the Bell story, which has been his own personal tribute to the Bell family and its many loyal and professional employees. 66 Super Scammell Showtrac
Scammell restorations don’t come much better than this one undertaken by Robbie Richards and reported on by Roger Hamlin.

70 Vic Harvey Transport Part 2
Alan Barnes concludes the narrative that complement the wonderful archive pictures supplied by the Harvey family that detail the company history.