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Heritage Commercials - October 2008

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

6 Cover Story

The Robson ERF eight-legger is the pride of the Robson family’s restored collection which is displayed at their Chain Bridge Honey Farm - this is its restoration story.

12 News
This month we’ve given newshound Peter Love an extra page, which he starts with a truly amazing auction result.

16 Events Guide
What’s on in September? Turn to pages 16 and 17 to find out - there’s bound to be something somewhere that’s of interest to you.

18 Know Your Scammells - Part 2
From information and pictures kindly given by the Scammell Register, Alan Barnes charts the history of Scammell rigid eight-wheelers.

30 EW Rudd of London
Transport historian Derek Rayner has presented this four-page look at the EW Rudd company who were at the forefront of heavy haulage in its infancy.

34 Ford Ebro
Ivan Ostroff visits Gibraltar on a regular basis and files reports and pictures of restorations that emanate from the ‘Rock’ - here’s an unusual one that was assembled in Spain.

38 Anyone for Fish & Chips?
What a fabulous restoration this 1932 Bedford Fish & Chip van is - Andy Bennett tells Alan Barnes of this project that was bought for restoration by his father Paul in 1967!

44 The Jevon Memoirs
Talented ex-lorry driving writer and illustrator, AC ‘Tony’ Jevon gives us another fascinating look back at his working life and the unexpected dangers he faced.

46 On Location
This month we’ve handed the centrespread over to Malcolm Ranieri to make a photographic report on the 60th Anniversary of BRS - great job Malcolm.

48 Archive Album
For your enjoyment we’ve turned the pages to the second set of eight archive pictures taken at the 1954 Coventry Lorry Driver of the Year competition by the late Arthur Hustwitt.

52 James Stockdale Ltd - Part 2
Alex Hunter brings us six more pages of anecdotal evidence of the formation and growth achieved by this famed Yorkshire company, through the 1950s and 60s.

58 MS - The end of a career - Part 2
When I edited this feature, it really moved me and made me realise that fate can deal some pretty awful hands. Thanks for sharing the story with us Dave - Ed.

63 Subscription Coupon
Why not photocopy this page and thrust it into the hand of a loved one when they ask you what you really want for a present - you could end up with free HCs for a year!

64 Factory Dennis Ace
This 1933 prototype Dennis Ace was used by the Dennis factory for almost 40 years. David Bowers tells of its eventual re-restoration.

68 The HCVS 40th Trans Pennine Run
Gyles Carpenter knows a great potential picture when he sees one - the double page spread background to this report is a perfect example - just fabulous Gyles.

70 From Our Archive
As we were desperately short of space in this issue, we looked for something that came as two pages - this spec sheet for the iconic Leyland Beaver has done nicely.

72 The Vater Volvo
It's hard to think of the Volvo F6 as a classic, having driven one of them for a living only recently, but the Vater tipper that has been restored as a tribute to the past is actually 23 years old!

77 HC’s Marketplace
This ever expanding section can either save or earn you money, depending on whether you want to buy or sell. Why not use the coupon on page 77 to use this FREE service?

84 Mercedes, the early years
Lorry enthusiast historian and writer, Stephen Pullen has once more turned the spotlight on one of Europe’s major commercial vehicle manufacturers - Mercedes Benz