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Heritage Commercials - May 2009

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6 The Bendor Retriever
Alan Barnes tells us the story of the ‘Bendor Retriever’, an unusual Atkinson-based recovery vehicle that’s only just retired.

12 News
Five pages of news from the world of classic commercials.

18 Major result!
Find of the decade! This 1966 AEC Mammoth Major spent over forty years in a technical college and has only just gone on the road. Tony O’Connor reports.

22 Ford E83W - seventy years young!
Alan Barnes tells the story of the ubiquitous Ford E83W van, which was made from 1938 until 1957.

28 Readers’ letters
Five pages of your news, views and memories. Keep ‘em coming!

34 Archive Album
The superb photography of the late Arthur Huswitt transports us back to London in the early 1950s

38 Events Guide
Classic commercial events throughout April.

41 From our archives
This month’s brochure features the Commer Medium Duty pick-up. Did you drive one?

44 ‘A’ Roads into my life
Another instalment from the memoirs of Tony Jevon. This month he tells of more of his time at the North West Water Authority.

46 On location
Gyles Carpenter brings us some cracking photos from the Max Café Gathering held on 15 March near Reading.

48 Freight mates
In this superb article Bob Tuck looks at three classic Leylands down in New Zealand, two of which still work for a living!

54 To the spanner born
Part six of the life story of Roy Partridge. This month he tells of how he became a Dodge dealer.

60 James Straughan & Sons Ltd
This Northumberland-based company could trace its roots back to 1885. Alan Barnes brings us the story.

66 30 years ofdiscoveries - part 1
Andrew Simmonds has been taking photographs of derelict commercials since he was ten years old. Here’s just a small selection - do you recognise any?

70 Victor, Victor, Yankee, Two, Zero, Zero
Another story from the pen of heavy haulage man Tony Hawkridge. This story finds him in trouble due to Police phonetic code. You’ll really enjoy this!

74 Auld Dick
Bob Weir reports on the restoration of ‘Auld Dick’, a 1956 Thornycroft Swiftsure, undertaken by George Bell of Lesmahagow.

77 HC Marketplace
If you’re buying or selling anything to do with classic commercials try us first. All our ads are up to date at the time of going to press.

84 The Imbert producer gas system
During WW11 producer gas was sometimes the only way to keep your commercial on the road, but how did it work?

86 My life
Dee Sharpley has spent 37 years as a driver on everything from tankers to low-loaders. Here’s her story.