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Heritage Commercials - June 2008

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A Pride of Lyons
Editor Craggs was privileged to photograph the latest restoration to leave the Andy Gibbs workshop and receive the full story behind this fabulous ex Lyons’ Albion.

16 Events Guide
A few ideas of where to go and what to see during the month of May 2008 - have fun.

The Valsler Story - Part 5
This is sadly the last in this fascinating series of recollections of Len Valsler’s life in haulage, and in this part our hero tells of becoming a haulage contractor and of his ‘happenings’ with dockers.

24 The Jevon Memoirs
This month’s self-illustrated memories of his driving days by ex HGV driver Tony Jevon sees him train up in the art of transporting hazardous chemicals.

26 Readers’ Letters
Five great pages crammed with requests, information, observations and real driving memories - keep ’em coming lads.

32 A Salesman’s Confessions
Peter Smith recalls advising customers about the best specification of vehicle he had to offer - some didn’t take his advice and paid the price!

HCVS’s Golden Jubilee
Alan Barnes takes a look at the famous HCVS from its inception through to this, its Golden Jubilee year.

40 Archive Album
This month’s fabulous photographs feature lorries working in and around London in 1950-52, taken by the late Arthur Hustwitt.

44 Kirkby Stephen - 2008
Four pages of pictures devoted to this year’s event, which was held in bizarre winter weather - the photographer was, of course, Gyles Carpenter.

48 The Kiely Irish Classic Collection
The Kiely family of Milford, Co Cork, has a long history of road haulage, which is borne out by Billy Kiely’s outstanding collection of classic commercials.

56 Transport Saudi Style - Part 2
Ian Pender, currently living in America, recalls his first trip across Saudi Arabia with a loaded F89 Volvo - great reading.

60 The Gibson Bedfords
This is a tale about two restored Bedford cattle trucks belonging to the Gibson family of Garstang, who are still livestock hauliers.

65 From Our Archives
What could be better to follow the Gibson story than to reprint period sales brochure extracts extolling the virtues of their Bedfords.

70 From bad to worse
More heavy haulage memories from ‘second-man’, Tony Hawkridge. A terrifying tale from a great storyteller.

74 The Chieftain of Fife
The full history of the Cook family’s award winning 1951 Albion Chieftain as told to Bob Weir - good story, good pictures.

77 HC’s Marketplace
Seven pages of adverts of sales and wants that unlike some in other magazines, are guaranteed to be still available, thanks to the efforts of our sales exec, Annie Durrant.

84 Scania’s History - Part 2
You’ve enjoyed reading about the early years in this iconic company’s history, and now Stephan Pullen brings you bang up to date with the Scania story.