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Heritage Commercials - January 2011

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6 Perfect combination
When Kevin McNamara and Iain Wilkinson joined forces with the restoration of MGW 981L back in March 1991, they knew the job wouldn’t be complete until they found a suitable semi-trailer. Bob Tuck heads for Tyneside to marvel over a combination that turns heads wherever it goes.

12 News & events
News from around the classic commercial vehicle world

16 Reviews
We have a look at some of the new products on the market.

18 The Firefly
Ivan Ostroff fulfils a childhood dream when he finally gets to drive a real vintage fire appliance!

22 Ford Model T
Roger Hamlin visits Martin Stone to see his newly restored Ford Model T oil tanker.

29 Readers’ letter
Four pages of your questions, memories and comments.

34 Fordson E83W
Alan Barnes goes to see a beautifully restored Fordson that’s so good it’s appeared twice on screen.

40 From our archive
This month we feature extracts from the brochure for the Albion direct injection EN286 diesel engine, courtesy of Fred Emery. Did you have anything to do with these engines?

44 Welsh Wreckers
Justifying what can be an expensive, and not to mention space consuming hobby, like keeping a classic lorry for instance, isn’t always easy. The best way is to make the vehicles in question earn their keep, which is exactly what breakdown/recovery operator Bryn T Jones does. Jo Roberts reports.

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50 On location
This month Gyles Carpenter reports on the HCVS Yorkshire Branch gathering at the National Coal Mining Museum, followed by a report from David Bowers on this year’s Hereford Truck Show.

54 The 2010 Camiones Clasicos
It is a lamentable but nevertheless inescapable fact that the truck preservation movement in Spain can be classified only as a ‘very late starter’. But then the same could be said of the country’s domestic truck builders, writes Martin Phippard.

58 Chris’s scrapbook
Chris Woodcock continues this popular series of articles based on his superb collection of archive photographs.

62 Return of the Super Comet
Roger Titley worked on a Leyland Super Comet while learning to be a mechanic back in the early 1970s, not realising many years later he’d actually end up buying and restoring it! David Bowers pays him a visit.

66 Company history
Following on from his two part feature on Ian McConachie’s restoration of an ex Meachers Scammell Handyman, Alan Barnes completes the story by looking at the history of this well known haulage company.

72 Archive album
Four pages of sheer nostalgia from the NA3T photographic archive.

76 Veg-oil voyager - part 3
After rescuing, restoring and modifying a 1958 Hanomag L28, Edward Coe decides to give the old lorry a real test - a tour around Europe!

82 City slickers!
The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) at Bridgeton Garage, is a Mecca for classic commercials enthusiasts. And although the exhibition is more well-known for its impressive collection of buses, there are also several lorries to whet the appetite.

85 HC Marketplace
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04 Long haul Hinos
Haulier Conor Jennings of Long Haul Commercials based in Tullamore, Co Offaly, has been a long-time enthusiast of classic commercials, as three generations of the Jennings family have been in the transport business for more than 75 years, Gina Harvey picks up the story.

10 Super Swedes!
Lee Herbert’s father, Keith was an owner driver during the 1980s handling bulk work with a Volvo F88 and for young Lee the school holidays meant exciting trips out in the lorry with his dad. Now Lee has a fantastic classic collection of trucks of his own, reports Alan Barnes.

16 Centrespread
This month’s stunning shot was taken by Gyles Carpenter and shows a cracking Leyland Clydesdale taking part in the 2010 Huddersfield Halloween Run.

18 Foden revival
David Bowers visits a haulage company that’s proud to use Fodens everyday - and has every intention of continuing to do so for years to come!

23 Steve’s dazzling DAF!
It never ceases to amaze Pete Norton just how many classic and vintage commercials there are scattered around our fair isles. The people he meets and the stories they tell him about their vehicles are sometimes just astounding. And this story is no exception, as you will see.

26 Minsk muscle
MZKT of Minsk, Belarus, was first established in 1947 as MAZ. Its trucks are now badged Volat. Ed Burrows recounts the history of a manufacturer responsible for some of the most remarkable load carrying vehicles ever put into production