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Heritage Commercials - June 2009

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Editor's Introduction
By Stephen Pullen

6 Cover story
We see a lot of restored vehicles here at HC but Bill Usher’s Bedford definitely rates as one of the best. Alan Barnes brings us the story.

12 News and events
Four pages of news from the world of classic commercial vehicles.

16 The Mustard Sandwich
Another cracking tale from Tony Hawkridge, this month from his much younger days.

18 Product reviews
New books and DVDs on the market

20 Scammell Crusader
Another of Alan Barnes’ superb articles on the history of Scammell. This month he turns the spotlight on the Crusader.

26 Workshop
The editor’s latest rusting wreck arrives.

28 Readers letters
Five pages of your queries, questions and memories.

34 Babycham ERF
Roger Hamlin reports on an unrestored ex-Babycham ERF that’s recently arrived on the scene.

38 Events guide
Where to go and what to see throughout May.

40 Tipper Treasures
Bob Weir reports on the classic tippers owned by Gavin Bell of North Lanarkshire.

44 ‘A’ Roads into my life
All good things come to an end and this month we see the final instalment of Tony Jevon’s memoirs.

46 On location
Gyles Carpenter’s superb photography brings us a taste of the 10th Commercial Vehicle Enthusiasts’ Day held at Castle Donington on 21 March.

48 Archive Album
A superb collection of photographs from the late Arthur Huswitt. This month we visit Stoke, Sheffield, Rotherham and Manchester in 1958.

52 Daimler Charabanc
Here’s something a bit different - a 1908 Daimler ‘toast rack’ brought to us by David Bowers.

54 To the spanner born
The seventh and final part of the life story of Roy Partridge. This month he tells of how he switched from Dodge to Mercedes Benz.

60 30 Years of discoveries
More derelict discoveries from the camera of Andrew Simmonds. Have you restored one of the vehicles since he took the photo?

64 The noble art of lorry driving
Paul Fox looks at the changes that have occurred in the haulage industry over the years.

68 Ford Thames 300E
David Bowers reports on the superb restoration of a Ford Thames 300E van undertaken by Nigel Cramm.

74 From our archives
This month’s brochure, courtesy of Fred Emery, features the Albion CX1. Did you drive one?

85 Subscription form
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86 Whiteways Cyder Transport
Alan Barnes looks back on the vehicles used by Devon’s Whiteways Cyder Company.