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Heritage Commercials - November 2010

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6 Living the dream
After more than five years of hard graft, the father and son combination of Bill and Robert Corrie have every right to be proud of the restoration of their 1960 Mark V AEC Mammoth Major eight wheeler and trailer. Bob Tuck heads for Market Harborough to try this wagon and drag for himself.

12 News
News and events from around the classic commercial vehicle world.

16 Events guide
Where to go and what to see throughout October.

18 A heavy haulage man - part 2
David Bowers continues the story of Bob Fletcher. This month sees him starting work for Econofreight.

22 AEC Coles crane
People buy and restore elderly commercials to remind them of their pasts and the Croft father and son duo of Arthur and Adrian, restored their AEC Coles crane to do just that. David Craggs went to visit them to discover their personal motivation.

28 Letters
Four pages of your questions, queries, comments and views.

34 Not so rough Diamond!
Collecting scale models can lead on to a full-size commitment, as exemplified by John Osborne’s Diamond T that he converted into a wrecker truck after acquiring 300 miniature breakdown wagons over the years. David Bowers reports.

38 Scammell Handyman - part 1
Alan Barnes dons his sunglasses and goes to see Ian McConachie’s recently restored Scammell Handyman in the colours of Meachers Transport.

44 On location
This month Gyles Carpenter reports on the 21st Wisbech Road Run.

46 50 years of the Bedford TK - part 1
Since its launch in 1960, the Bedford TK has become one of Britain’s favourite lorries, doing almost every job in haulage and now becoming prolific on the rally field. Alan Barnes tells the story.

52 Hanomag L28 - part 1
Edward Coe came across an abandoned Hanomag L28 and saved it from the scrap man. He then proceeded to restore it before converting it to run on vegetable oil and doing a ‘grand tour’ of Europe! Here he tells the first part of his story.

56 From our archives
This month’s archive brochure features the Guy Warrior and Invincible six-wheeler. Did you drive one of these lorries?

60 Living off the fat of the land
Tony Hawkridge looks back at his days as a driver’s mate, and recalls a few ways of making a few extra bob.

64 Atkinson memories
Back in the March 2010 issue of HC Alan Barnes wrote a cracking piece using archive photos from Atkinson Vehicles (London) Ltd. Chris Gardner now continues the story based on his archive of photographs from the Atkinson works in Walton-le-Dale.

68 The farmer and the engineer.
Peter Smith tells the story of the friendship of two men from opposite sides of the world - Joseph Quain from Australia and Sydney Guy of Wolverhampton.

72 Archive album
More superbly nostalgic photos from the NA3T archive.

76 Citroen AK400
Alan Barnes tracks down a superbly restored little van working for a Citroen specialist down in Buckinghamshire.

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82 Chris’s scrapbook
Chris Woodcock continues his series of articles based on his fantastic collection of period photographs.

86 Taking the Trubble!
The words 'Albion' and 'Chieftain' go together like the proverbial hand in glove, especially if you’re living in Scotland! When Dave Walker from Huddersfield drove up to Bob Weir’s home town of Livingston to take part in this year's Peter Drummond Memorial Run, the opportunity to hear his story was too good to pass up.

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04 Crouch in waiting
Leicestershire-based Crouch Recovery operate one of the latest high-tech fleets of recovery vehicles in the country. But when the going gets really tough, David Crouch reckons you cannot beat the strength of some Golden Oldies to come to the rescue. Bob Tuck is the lucky guy who is allowed to test drive three of his bonneted specials.

10 Too good to miss
Alan Barnes goes to see an example of a once-common lorry that’s now becoming increasingly rare - Ford’s Cargo 38-tonne tractor unit.

16 Centrespread
This month we feature Geoff Makinson’s FTF heavy hauler taking part in the 2010 Kirkby Stephen Rally.

18 Star of the show
Roger Hamlin comes across a gem of a find down in Cornwall - one of the last TLs produced by Bedford.

20 The 14-litre winner!
David Craggs tells the story of James Voysey’s show-winning ERF E14 tractor unit.

26 Statement of intent
In Finnish, Sisu means guts and perseverance. Ed Burrows explores the history of a fiercely independent smaller manufacturer that’s not hesitant about building its distinctive blend of trucks using components sourced from the industry’s big hitters.