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Heritage Commercials - March 2010

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Editor's Introduction
By Stephen Pullen

6 Scammell Routeman
John Mould bought this Scammell second-hand in 1986 and worked it until 1991. It then spent many years standing neglected in the open before being restored into a trophy-winning showpiece.

12 News
News from around the classic commercial vehicle world.

16 Thompsons of Prudhoe
Alan Barnes looks into the history of this successful haulage company which if things had gone to plan for the founder would never have existed in the first place!

22 Club focus
This month we get the history of the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society and have a look around their fantastic museum.

26 Workshop
The editor makes a start on rebuilding his Triumph Courier’s engine.

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

34 Taking the candy
Bob Tuck reports on another contender for title of Britain’s oldest working lorry - the 1932 Ford Model AA used by Carters Steam Fair.

38 BMCs at Bathgate
Peter Small visits an unusual event to commemorate the old BMC/British Leyland plant at Bathgate in West Lothian.

40 Atkinson archive
This fantastic collection of archive pictures was kindly made available to Alan Barnes by Clive McDonald, and is bound to trigger memories.

46 On location
As we’re now in the depths of winter it’s nice to look back on some of the superb events held last year. This month Gyles Carpenter looks at the 11th Kirkby Stephen rally.

48 From our archives
This month’s archive sales brochure is dated 1976 and looks at the 8V-71 Detroit Diesel engine fitted to the Bedford TM.

52 Mixing it at St Ives
Transport historian Paul Fox looks at the ready-mixed concrete operations of the well known St Ives Sand & Gravel concern.

56 Celtic raider!
Alan Barnes visits Ian Whinham to see his 1963 Albion Reiver that’s just been restored in Redpath Bros colours.

60 Archive album
Four pages of pure nostalgia from the NA3T archives.

64 30 years at Stewartby brickworks.
Steve Tunn looks back on his thirty years working for the largest brick-producing factory in the world.

67 Subscription form
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68 Leyland FE1
David Bowers gets a small glimpse at what it was like to be a lorry driver in the pioneering days of road haulage when he drives Graham Baker’s 1927 Leyland FE1.

72 The Walton pensioner
Bob Weir visits Graham Forster to see ‘The Walton pensioner’, a 1955 Albion Chieftain.

76 Austin K4
Christine Thomas introduces us to her latest project, a rare 1942 Austin K4 that has a fascinating history.

78 1925 Thornycroft A1
Despite being fully restored this lorry never attends rallies but instead spends its time as a static display piece in the reception area of a transport business. Roger Hamlin reports.

80 Chris’s scrapbook
Another delve into the scrapbook of transport artist, writer and historian Chris Woodcock.

83 HC Marketplace
The place to try first to buy or sell anything relating to classic and vintage commercial vehicles.