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Heritage Commercials - July 2010

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6 AEC Matador
Simon and Melanie Fisher’s AEC Matador spent over 25 years on emergency standby at Heathrow Airport. Alan Barnes reports

12 News and reviews
What’s happening in the world of classic commercials and a look at some new products on the market.

16 Events guide
Where to go and what to see throughout June

20 Doon Valley Classics
The Johnstone family from Dalmellington in South Ayrshire, have a history of haulage in their blood. Bob Weir drove deep into Robert Burns country, to see one of the finest collections of old lorries north of the border.

24 Workshop
This month the editor and his long-suffering other half continue the work on the Courier’s engine and then get diverted onto an unexpected project.

26 Brittania returns to the road
The UK Coach Rally held at the East of England Showground on the weekend of 17-18 April also marked the return to the road of a classic vintage coach which had first appeared in the event 52 years previously in 1958.

28 Readers letters
Your news, views, queries and memories.

34 Yippee it's Mr Whippy!
More than 20 years after it previously dispensed its last ice cream, Ian Smith invites Bob Tuck to witness the very first sales outing of his newly restored 1962 Commer Mr Whippy ice cream van.

40 1955 Guy Otter
David Bowers travels to North Yorkshire to see the Guy Otter that’s recently been restored by Eric Weighell.

44 Museum visit
On 1 June 1986 the National Transport Museum of Ireland opened its Heritage Depot at Howth in County Dublin, although the beginnings of the historic collection can be traced back almost forty years earlier. Alan Barnes tells the story.

50 On location
Gyles Carpenter reports on this year’s HCVS London to Brighton Run and then heads north to cover the Cheshire Run.

54 WH Berry & Son, Sand and Ballast Merchants
Bob Smith looks at a haulage company who, since the days of the horse and cart, have been a familiar sight delivering aggregates all over their native Hampshire and beyond.

60 Chris’s scrapbook
Transport writer and historian Chris Woodcock continues his series of articles based on his extensive collection of archive photos.

64 Quarry life to married life in three weeks!
Adrian Hobbs thought he would eventually restore his Seddon Mk5. Then he had the mad idea to drive it to his wedding!

66 Llandudno Transport Festival
David Craggs reports on this year’s Llandudno run and then picks four of his favourites for an in-depth look.

74 From a lad to a man.
Lol Fish looks back at the early days of his career in transport.

76 Farmyard find
Roger Hamlin meets Chris Pitt to see his Bedford OLB that had spent many years hidden in a farm building.

80 Archive album
Four pages of superbly nostalgic photos from the NA3T archive.

84 Whitbread transport
Alan Barnes tells the first part of the story of the transport side of the Whitbread brewing empire.

89 HC Marketplace
The place to buy and sell anything relating to classic commercials.

Classic Truck

04 Like father, like daughter
No surprise the latest head-turning Volvo F12 8x4 heavy hauler to join the preservation scene has come from the Lancashire-based Booth family. What is a surprise is that it was 21-year-old Leanne Booth who was the driving force behind the entire project. Bob Tuck reports on the second vehicle to carry her name.

10 Second class, class one
Chris Woodcock looks at the new compulsory Driver’s Certificate of Professional Competence qualification that’s recently been introduced and finds out what it will mean to you.

12 White van man’s Q car
At first glance, this Ford Transit looks like thousands of others that go about their business the length and breadth of Britain each day. But all is not as it seems, as Ivan Ostroff found out.

16 Son of Scammell
Ed Burrows recalls the short but productive history of Unipower following its acquisition of the Scammell business when the Rover Group was privatised.

22 CB in the UK
It was the craze of the 1970s and early 80s. Everybody wanted one, whether at home, in the car or especially in a lorry. But with mobile phones and email these days, how’s the CB world today?

24 Astran Scania 141
David Bowers reports on the re-creation of one of the lorries used by the pioneers of the Middle East runs - Astran.

28 Denby Transport
The Lincoln-based company Denby Transport has been much in the news of late by championing the ‘Eco-link’ trailer system which may be the future of high-volume haulage in the UK. But what’s the history of this innovative family-owned company?