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Heritage Commercials - December 2010

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6 Chinese love affair
Of all the vehicles Tony Knowles has in his huge collection of Classics, Bob Tuck only had eyes for one - the 1959 Chinese Six ERF. And he was to have the pleasure of driving it on the 2010 Wisbech & District Road Run. What a great time was had by all.

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

16 Product reviews
New products out in time for Christmas.

18 Life in transport - Pat Seal
Pat Seal, who was a veteran of haulage to the Middle East, sadly died earlier this year. David Bowers tells his story.

22 Veg-oil voyager - part 2
Last month Edward Coe told of how he rescued an abandoned 1958 Hanomag L28 and began its restoration. This month he continues the story of its refurbishment and modifications - including converting it to run on vegetable oil.

26 Austin K2
Roger Hamlin reports on another of his fantastic finds while over in New Zealand.

28 Readers’ letters
Five pages of your questions, thoughts, news and queries.

34 Scammell Handyman MkIV - part 2
Alan Barnes continues the story of Ian McConachie’s restoration of an ex-Meachers Transport Scammell Handyman.

40 Atkinson memories - part 2
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.

44 The farmer and the engineer - part 2
Last month Peter Smith told the story of Australian farmer Joseph Quain and the Guy lorry he purchased brand new in 1928. In part two, he brings us up to date with what happened to the lorry when Joseph passed away.

46 50 years of the Bedford TK - part 2
Alan Barnes continues the story of this ever-popular British classic.

52 On location
Gyles Carpenter brings us the sights from the John Lane Memorial Run around the West Coast of Scotland.

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58 1950 Morris Commercial LC3
Alan Barnes reports on the painstaking restoration of a Morris Commercial used by a landscape supply company in Cambridgeshire.

64 1966 Atkinson Mk1
We bring you the story of one of the latest lorries to be completed by prolific lorry restorer Dick Robinson.

70 From our archive
This month we feature sales leaflets for Leyland’s Octopus and Hippo, courtesy of Fred Emery. Did you drive one of these lorries?

74 Chris’s scrapbook
Transport historian and writer continues his series of articles based on his fantastic collection of archive photographs.

78 Leyland Steer
The need to get everything just so was the overriding ambition behind the restoration of this ‘Chinese Six’ Leyland Steer; and although Alan Wright and his son Matthew got off to a bad start when they gamely attempted the rebuild of another old Leyland, the following paragraphs underline their determination that everything should go exactly to plan at the second attempt!

82 Archive album
Yet more superbly nostalgic pictures from the NA3T archive. Can you help fill in the gaps?

86 Cattle king
Restored cattle floats are a rare breed on the Scottish vintage vehicle circuit, and Bill Struthers from East Kilbride owns arguably the cream of the crop. Bob Weir pays him a visit.

89 HC Marketplace
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04 Wigan warrior!
Even after covering more than two million kilometres, there’s still plenty of life in Ashurst’s 1984 Scania 142. Bob Tuck heads for Wigan where he tries to discover the reason for this faithful servant’s longevity.

10 Mack R686RT
Pete Norton reports on a little bit of Americana that’s currently making quite a big impression on the UK’s classic truck scene.

14 ERF EC12
Mention the name Robbie Richards, who hails from Redruth in Cornwall, to most people in the vintage movement and they will all know exactly who you are talking about, because Robbie is know as Mr Perfection.

16 Centrespread
This fantastic photo was taken by Gyles Carpenter and shows John Fallon’s 1972 Leyland Beaver taking part in this year’s John Lane Memorial Run in Scotland.

18 H Askey Transport - Over 100 Years of Excellence
Although the Leyland DAF featured in this article is over 15 years old and is company MD Rob Askey's pride and joy, his company is considerably older and dates back to Victorian times.

26 Scammell train
Soft-skinned army trucks are generally assumed to operate well to the rear of the front line. But as Ed Burrows recounts, that wasn’t how it was in 1990-91, when the Desert Rats’ tanks were trailered into battle by mighty Scammell Commander tank transporters.