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Heritage Commercials - February 2011

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6 ‘O’ so fabulous
David Craggs has seen hundreds of restored lorries in his time, but he thinks this little ‘O’ Type is certainly one of the best.

12 News
News and events from around the classic commercial world

14 Reviews
We look at new products on the market

16 What goes around comes around
In the December issue we featured a couple of photographs of GPO 1, a streamlined mobile post/telephone office pulled by a Morris Commercial Leader tractor unit. In this short article Geoff Fishwick fills in a few of the gaps and introduces its sister vehicles.

18 A life with lorries - Paul Harwin
On 29 March 2007 a man who had been involved with lorries all his life suddenly passed away at the relatively young age of just 48. Paul Fox tells his story.

22 Steven’s Foden
Alan Barnes goes to see a superbly restored Foden that’s got something of a mystery surrounding its construction.

28 Readers’ letters
Six pages of your comments, queries and memories.

34 1951 Atkinson L1586M
Alan Barnes revisits Mike Attle to see another of his superb classic commercials.

40 Ferrari’s fantastic Fiat!
This wonderful looking Fiat 682/RN-2 racing car transporter Chassis No.001461 was owned from new in 1959 by the Ferrari factory, until the company finally sold it in 1970. It is the only original Scuderia Ferrari Factory Team racing car transporter of this type remaining in existence. Ivan Ostroff tells us its story.

44 A Boilermaker’s beloved Bedfords
Alan McEwen worked all his life as a boilermaker. However, he also had another interest - Bedfords. Here he tells the story of the lorries he used during almost 40 years in business.

48 On location
This month Gyles Carpenter reports on the Huddersfield Halloween Run and Roger Hamlin shows us some of the classics on display at his year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair.

52 From our archives
This month we feature the sales brochure for the Diamond T 910N tractor unit.

56 Gilbert Birdsall Ready Mix
“You are a very brave man” was the comment made by one of the manager’s at RMC when talking to Gilbert Birdsall about his plans to establish a ready mix concrete business in north east Northumberland. For a new business to “mix it” with the big boys RMC and McLaren was indeed a brave decision. Alan Barnes reports.

61 Subscription form
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62 Archive album
Four pages of nostalgia from the superb NA3T photographic collection.

66 Less is more!
Having being involved in the road haulage industry for the last 20 years, Cyril McGuinness has seen many changes. Cyril says he has a tendency to rescue things, describing himself as an advocate of preserving what he considers to be important examples of transport history as he explained to Gina Harvey.

72 Vic Draper’s Leyland
Roger Hamlin reports on the latest restoration by well-known New Zealand enthusiast Vic Draper - a superb Leyland Beaver.

74 Morris Minor Ice cream van
“When the ice cream vans ring their chimes it means they have sold all their ice cream” - a great line and one that I found very useful during my daughter’s formative years! Last summer I was intrigued by the sight of a small red and yellow ice cream and as there was not a chime to be heard I deduced that it must be fully stocked, reports Alan Barnes.

78 Restored ERF Joins the Collection
There’s a well known saying, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” Nigel Addy is certainly testimony to this phrase, looking at his restorations.

80 Chris’s scrapbook
Transport writer Chris Woodcock continues this series of articles based on his collection of period photographs.

Classic Truck

04 Yorkshire Blue
It may have come within a whisker of being cut up for scrap, but Geoff and Kath Dodds’ 1976 F88 is now turning heads wherever it goes. Bob Tuck heads for sunny North Yorkshire to try this Swedish Classic for himself.

10 Conod’s of Leominster
David Bowers visits a business that’s been successfully serving the needs of transport since 1933

16 Centrespread
This month we feature Bernard Cowcill’s 1984 Leyland Landmaster taking part in the 2009 Kirkby Stephen Rally. Photo Gyles Carpenter.

18 True grit!
Very few gritters or snowploughs have made it into preservation. Alan Barnes visits Stewart Kaye to see one such collection which covers four decades of keeping our motorways clear and safe in the winter months.

24 Fallen giant
GMC bestrode the North American truck market for a century and in the middle decades was the world’s largest truck manufacturer. Ed Burrows recalls the highs and lows of a nameplate that packaged substance with all-American style.

30 Restoring ‘Shunter’
There is always an air of excitement when a newly restored lorry takes its first bow. Hugh and Tom Flynn's recently refurbished 1985 ERF C Series 'Shunter' is currently wowing enthusiasts on the Scottish vintage vehicle circuit. Bob Weir pays them a visit.