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Heritage Commercials - April 2009

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6 Cover story
There aren’t many Bedford TLs in the world of preservation yet. Alan Barnes visited Northumberland to see one that has just been restored by Raymond Hare of Morpeth, together with a period stepframe trailer.

12 News
Newshound Peter Love brings us four pages of news from the classic commercial world.

16 Ratcliffe’s of the Great North Road
The recovery firm of Ratcliffe’s has been trading for over 80 years. Paul Fox tells their story.

20 First Class Minor
Alan Barnes visits Kent to look at the superb restoration of a Morris Minor Post Office van undertaken by Mike Hallett.

26 Restoration Workshop
A new regular feature covering all aspects of vehicle restoration. This month we look at the basics of doing your own electroplating.

29 Readers’ Letters
Over to you now for these five pages of your memories, queries and views.

34 First stop, The Nelson
And now for something a bit different! Chris Woodcock brings us the story of The Nelson transport café on the A5.

38 Events diary
Where to go and what to see throughout March.

40 ‘A’ Roads into my life
Tony Jevon tells how he moved to the North West Water Authority.

42 Archive Album
Four pages of nostalgia from the camera of the late Arthur Hustwitt. This month we feature Bedfords around Oxford in the 1950s.

46 On Location
Gyles Carpenter’s stunning photographs bring us a taste of last year’s Scammell Gathering at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard.

48 Cornish Connection
Graham Thorne helps fill in more of the gaps in the history of Cornish lorry maker Rowe, and the even rarer CMT.

50 ERF Car Transporter
David Bowers looks at the restoration of a rigid ERF car transporter.

54 To the spanner born
Part 5 in the life story of Roy Partridge. This month he tells of how when one door closes, another opens.

60 Australia’s Albions
A cracking article from ‘down under’ written by Tony Barton.

64 1953 Dennis F12 fire appliance
Dennis have a long history as makers of fire appliances. Alan Barnes visited one of the survivors from the 1950s.

70 Fabulous Ford
Bob Weir reports on Thomas Muir’s 1933 Ford Model BB. This superb restoration was undertaken by Thomas Muir’s maintenance manager, Miller Sword.

74 A life behind the wheel
Colin Dicker sent in these cracking photographs detailing part of the working life of his lorry-driving father Norman.

76 Crew Cabs
Back in January’s HC, Stuart Hazell wrote in to ask about BMC/Leyland crew-cabbed vehicles. Tony Osbourne tells us about the ones made by his company.

78 HC Marketplace
All our adverts are up to date at time of going to press, so try us first if you’re buying or selling anything related to old commercials.

84 History of Saurer
The history of Swiss commercial vehicle builder Saurer, brought to us by Alan Barnes.