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Heritage Commercials - August 2009

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Editor's Introduction
By Stephen Pullen

6 Albion M540

Alan Barnes reports on the superb restoration of a 1937 Albion M540 undertaken by Bill Shaw.

12 News
Four pages of happenings throughout the classic commercial vehicle world.

16 Events guide
Where to go and what to see this month

20 Kings of the North!
Bob Tuck tells us the story of the famous heavy haulage concern, Sunter Bros.

26 Product reviews
Reviews of the latest new books and DVDs.

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

34 Leyland Lynx
David Bowers nipped down to the West Midlands to visit JT Payne & Sons of Brierley Hill to see their superbly restored Leyland Lynx.

40 History of J&E Hall Ltd
We go back to the pioneering days of transport in this article by Alan Barnes, to look at the history of the makers of Hallford commercials.

46 On location
Gyles Carpenter brings us some of the highlights of this year’s NE Scotland Road Run.

48 Driving for the SCWS
Alex ‘Nostalgic Al’ Saville tells us of his
early days at The Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society.

52 Archive album
Four pages of sheer nostalgia! This month we’re back in 1960s London with another selection of photos taken by the late Arthur Huswitt.

56 Braw Bucket!
Bob Weir goes to see an award-winning restoration of a very rare sight in preservation - a Shelvoke & Drewry bin lorry.

60 One stunning Bedford!
Roger Hamlin has seen some superb restorations in his time but he rates this as one of the best!

64 Where did it all go wrong?
Paul Fox looks back at the collapse of the British lorry manufacturing industry.

68 From our archives
This month’s brochure features the Guy Big J6 concrete mixer chassis. Did you drive one?

72 Cement powder tankers
Glen McBirnie looks at the post-war development of British bulk cement
powder tankers.

76 1950 Seddon Diesel
Roger Hamlin meets Malcolm Clark and his cracking 1950 Seddon.

78 Unipowers at work
Alan Barnes visits father and son team Len and Jason Skelton to see their two classic Unipowers still at work.