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Heritage Commercials - March 2008

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

6 Cover Story
The Holmes family’s Leyland 75, which was only bought for the tyres, was saved from decay under a load of old coal sacks for 27 years!

12 News
Peter Love has researched and collated another three pages of news to keep you informed and up to date with your hobby.

15 Auction Review of 2007
This is the second and last look back at the auction scene in 2007 as seen through the ever enthusiastic eyes of Peter Love.

18 Gyles Carpenter’s 2007
A selection of photographs taken by Gyles of some of the commercials that attended two major steam events that took place in 2007 - Great Dorset and Onslow Park.

20 The Valsler Story - Part 2
Following good reader feedback on Part 1, I just know that you’ll enjoy this and subsequent parts of Len Valsler’s life in transport by Alan Barnes.

26 Readers’ Letters
This is one of the most popular sections of the magazine and your letters and reminiscences are simply fascinating - keep ’em coming.

30 The Weaver Collection
David Bowers took himself off to Shropshire where he enjoyed interviewing the Weaver family and browsing over their many lorries.

36 Archive Album
The late Arthur Hustwitt took these fine shots at the Royal Group of Docks in London during the 50s - nostalgia at its best.

40 The Jevon Memoirs
This month’s self-illustrated look back at Tony’s working life sees our hero changing jobs and driving a mobile crane and walking off the job!

42 Leyland’s Marathon
Paul Fox and some fellow drivers discussed the death of an under developed and under funded world class lorry - the Leyland Marathon.

46 On Location
On seeing this fabulous painting brought into the office by ex-HC editor Peter Kelly, it simply cried out to be the centrespread.

48 Dennis Municipal Lorries
Having dealt with the Dennis postwar haulage and bus chassis in February’s HC, Bill Aldridge looks at their success in the municipal sector.

54 Was it worth it?
Talented transport writer Leslie Purden, is the owner of a preserved Bedford that cried out for a total rebuild - was it worth it?

58 Hillman ‘Tilly’
Many HC readers will have driven one of these splendid utility vehicles during their military service. This is the story behind Bill Tipping’s Hillman version of the ‘Tilly’.

62 AEC Mammoth Major
This immaculate AEC is the oldest production Mammoth Major lorry in existence and has been finished in Bowaters colours, its original owners.

67 From Our Archives
Thanks go to Fred Emery for the use of his AEC sales brochure, which perfectly complements the previous feature.

72 Boyhood Memories - Part 1
David ‘Blue’ Atkinson writes of his childhood in Cumberland when his father was a lorry driver. It’s a great read about growing up in the world of northern transport.

76 Castle Classics
Scottish correspondent Bob Weir visited Glamis Castle and reports back on the Earl of Strathmore’s colourful collection of commercials.

79 ADvintage
FREE readers’ ads - buy or sell through HC - the enthusiast’s magazine.

84 Emerging Classic
This month’s Emerging Classic section features the history of the Unimog range penned by enthusiastic HC contributor, Stephen Pullen.