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Heritage Commercials - April 2010

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6 Cover story
Alan Barnes reports on a restored Bedford TK that’s been owned by the same family for over 40 years.

11 News
News from around the classic commercial vehicle world

13 Events
Where to go and what to see throughout March.

16 Thompsons of Prudhoe part two
Alan Barnes continues the story of this well-known firm, covering the period from the 1960s up to the present day.

22 Triumph Courier restoration
This month the editor continues the rebuild of his van’s engine.

24 Subscription form
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26 The Viking!
Roger Hamlin goes to see ‘the Viking’, a Volvo F10 that’s been superbly restored by Rob Davies.

28 Readers' letters
More of your thoughts, questions and queries.

34 Classic Commer
Alan Barnes takes a trip to Kilmarnock for a look at a stunning British classic - John Hunter’s Commer C Series.

38 Chris’s scrapbook
Transport writer and historian Chris Woodcock continues his series of articles based on his superb collection of archive photographs.

41 60th anniversary Studebaker
Helen Tindill tells the story of her family’s restoration of a very rare Studebaker fire engine.

42 Left behind!
Tony Hawkridge tells us about one of the many hazards that could befall the driver’s mate - being left behind!

46 Miniature marvels!
The editor visits Sandy Fraser, the designer and manufacturer of some of the best miniature classic commercials around.

50 On location
This month Gyles Carpenter reports on this year’s Sharpness Road Run, followed by a look back at last year’s superb Cheshire Run.

54 From our archives
There’s been a lot of talk in HC recently about the invasion of foreign-built lorries that eventually came to dominate UK road haulage. This month’s brochure features one that perhaps wasn’t quite so successful - the Fiat 159NC17.

58 Memorable Merrett’s
Adrian Cypher looks back at the long history of Merrett’s Transport of Melksham.

60 Museum visit
Roger Hamlin comes across yet another collection of unrestored British classics while on his current trip to New Zealand.

62 Mercury Memories
Ivan Ostroff rekindles childhood memories as he travels to Bedfordshire to see two superbly restored AECs.

66 Seddon Atkinson 401
David Bowers meets Robert Edwards who’s recently restored an up and coming British classic.

68 Post Office Morris
We go to see Peter and Steven Miller’s Post Office Morris Light Goods Van, which they’re using to recreate a little bit of yesterday.

72 Borders Belle
The Foden DG4 was a popular lorry during the 1930s, and is a firm favourite on the vintage vehicle circuit. As Bob Weir finds out, Melvyn Thomas from Dalmarnock in Glasgow owns a cracking example.

76 Archive album
More superbly nostalgic photographs from the NA3T archive.

80 Scammell - heavy haulage
Alan Barnes looks back at the heavy haulage vehicles made over the years by Scammell.

86 Long distance funerals
We’ve come across many classic lorries still working for a living but David Hall’s Leyland Beaver must do one of the most unusual jobs ever for a lorry.

89 HC marketplace
The place to try first if you’re buying or selling anything to do with classic commercial vehicles.