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Heritage Commercials - December 2008

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

6 The Drew McKee ERF
David Craggs hopped over to the ‘Emerald Isle’ to inspect another gem - the superb ERF restored by Drew and Edgar Mckee.

12 News and Events
Newshound Peter Love reports on recent happenings in the classic commercial vehicle world.

16 Chevrolet G506
David Bowers takes a trip in an unrestored example of a lorry that helped the Allies win the war - the ubiquitous 11/2 ton 4x4 Chevy.

20 Thornycroft Nippy
Alan Barnes brings us the story of the exceptional restoration of a very rare lorry - a 1942 Thornycroft Nippy.

26 Readers’ Letters
Four pages full of your queries, views and experiences.

32 Germans steam over to Dorset
Back in August five German visitors to the Great Dorset Steam Fair caused quite a stir among classic lorry enthusiasts. Alan Barnes reports.

37 Book Reviews
New books to put on your Christmas list, together with a subscription to HC of course!

38 The Jevon Memoirs
Tony Jevon brings us another instalment of his popular series of memoirs. This month he recalls CB radios, typing errors and the problems associated with the growth of the ‘Little Chef’ chain for lorry drivers!

40 James Stockdale Ltd - Part 4
Alex Hunter continues the story of this well-known Yorkshire firm with more tales from the 70s.

44 On Location
Gyles Carpenter reports from this year’s Ayrshire Run. Superb classics, stunning scenery and exceptional photographs - simply the best.

46 Archive Album
Transport yourself back in time with these atmospheric photographs from the late Arthur Huswitt. This month we feature lorries passing through the town of Baldock on the A1 Great North Road.

50 To the Spanner Born
This is the first in a fascinating series about the life and times of engineer Roy Partridge. He tells us of his apprenticeship through to becoming a Dodge and later a Mercedes commercial vehicle dealer in Oxfordshire.

56 Scotland by Scania LB76
The renowned transport writer Bob Tuck takes us on a 300-mile jaunt through Scotland in Andrew Malcolm’s superbly restored Scania LB76.

62 Subscription coupon
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse! Get something for Christmas that you actually want - a year’s HC! Or you could just settle for socks again!

64 Austin FFK
In years past, the Austin FFK was seen everywhere, but few have survived into preservation. David Bowers goes to Lancashire to see one of the few that did.

70 From our Archives
This month’s brochure features the ‘Light 6’ and ‘Light 8’ versions of the Guy Warrior.

74 Swarland Brick Company
In this fascinating feature Alan Barnes visits the Swarland Brick Company up in Northumberland and tells their story from 1937 to date.

79 HC’s Marketplace
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell an old commercial - looking for parts to complete a restoration - clearing garage space for cash - try these five pages of classified adverts first. They’re all current at time of going to press.

84 Mercedes Benz - Part 3
Part three of the history of Mercedes-Benz by Stephen Pullen. This month’s instalment starts with a company devastated by almost six years of war and charts their reconstruction through to 1964.