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Heritage Commercials - December 2009

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6 Friends Reunited
Bob Tuck travels to the North East of Scotland to see the newly restored ERF ‘C’ Series once owned by the famous firm, Gibbs of Fraserburgh.

12 News and reviews
News from around the classic commercial world and a look at new products on the market.

18 History of Express Dairies
Alan Barnes looks at the history of this massive concern whose interests included farms and supermarkets.

24 Northern Delights
Henry Thomson & Sons are one of the most respected haulage companies in the north-east of Scotland. Bob Weir met the founder's son Harry Thomson to see his fleet of classic lorries.

28 Readers’ letters
Five pages of your news, views, questions and queries.

34 Austin K2
Alan Barnes visits W&M Thompson to see the 1945 Austin K2 which they have recently restored from a kit of parts.

40 Workshop
The latest on the restoration of the editor’s 1962 Triumph Courier van. This month it’s time to machine the engine.

42 The Welldrillers
While covering the World Crawler Challenge in New Zealand, Roger Hamlin came across quite a few lorries; but one of them stood out like a sore thumb - an immaculate Bedford KM!

46 On location
The Jim Beresford Memorial Run, as seen through the superb photography of Gyles Carpenter.

48 Life in transport
‘Nostalgic Al’ continues the story of his time at the BRS Douglas Group in Glasgow.

50 History of Wreford’s Transport part two
This month Alan Barnes brings us up to date with the history of this well-known Northamptonshire firm.

56 Classic Lightweight
David Bowers finds a very different vehicle to cover this month - a Morris Y Type Post Office radio detector van owned by John Thornley.

62 Transport Memories
A look at Doug Evans’ driving days with BRS in Swansea in the 1950s and 60s.

66 S Williams & Sons Ltd Part 2
David Craggs continues the story of Samuel Williams & Sons of Dagenham using superb archive material supplied by Roger Cox, son of company director, the late Frederick Cox.

72 Archive Album
Yet more superbly nostalgic archive photographs from NA3T.

76 An Octopus ‘Down Under’
In the 1960s Australian John Barnham was living in England. When he returned home he took an ex-BRS Leyland Octopus with him and set up hauling goods across Oz!

80 Company History
Stephen Pullen went to visit Eric Hair to find out about a family tradition of road haulage that goes back almost 80 years.

83 HC Marketplace
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