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Heritage Commercials - May 2010

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6 Leyland Octopus
Alan Barnes reports on the superb restoration of a Leyland Octopus that’s just been repatriated from New Zealand.

12 News & reviews
Happenings from the world of classic commercials together with a look at some new books on the market.

14 Events
Where to go and what to see throughout April.

18 Alan Hadley Ltd
Alan Barnes visits Alan Hadley Limited to find out about the important role they have played in the development of the town of Reading and the surrounding area.

24 Jack Spittle
Master model maker Jack Spittle sadly passed away last year. Glen McBirnie pays tribute to this exceptionally talented gentleman, with photographs supplied by Bob Birch.

26 Leylands on the fairground
Over the years, Rod Spooner has covered various makes of lorry being used on fairgrounds, including Foden, Atkinson and AEC. He now turns his attention to Leyland.

28 Readers' letters
Five pages of your queries, requests and views.

34 Cupar sugar factory
Pete Small looks back at the lorries used to transport sugar beet to Scotland’s only beet factory, Cupar in Fife.

40 Recreating the past
David Bowers visits Lewis Weaver to see the 1942 GMC that he’s just restored as a replica of a lime spreader that used to be owned by his father.

46 From our archives
This month we continue the theme of looking at some of the lesser remembered foreign makers. This month’s brochure features the Saviem JP11 & JP13 of 1978.

50 On location
With the rally season almost upon us, Gyles Carpenter takes a look back at two fantastic events from last year - Kelsall Steam Rally and Gaydon 2009.

54 Smiles of miles
Reckoned to be the last of its kind left in South Africa, Ronnie Grace’s 1927 Austin Seven van must be one of the smallest commercials ever made. However, Bob Tuck says it generates more smiles than any other load carrier he’s ever encountered.

58 Paul Gleeson - restorer extraordinaire
Roger Hamlin visits one of New Zealand’s most respected restorers to see his latest vehicle - a 1953 Ford Thames.

62 Aye ready!
Bob Weir brings us the story of The Scottish Fire Heritage Group, a voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting the history of firefighting in Scotland.

66 1979 ERF B Series
Alan Barnes goes to see Raymond Hare’s ERF B series which he’s restored to represent one operated by his family firm in the 1980s.

70 Archive album
Yet more superb photos from the NA3T archive. Do you recognise a driver or company? Please write in and tell us.

74 Scania-Cummins hybrid
Simon Carter brings us a close-up look at the Scania 110 that was fitted with a Cummins engine by Samuel Williams & Sons in the 1970s.

78 The winter of 63
David Bowers visits Doug Cheeseman, one of the men charged with keeping open the notorious A6 crossing Shap Fell in the harsh winter of 1963.

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

89 Marketplace
The place to try first for buying and selling anything relating to classic commercials. All our adverts are current at the time of going to press.