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Heritage Commercials - April 2013

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06 Eight of the best
Andrew Malcolm’s latest addition to the Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre is a short wheelbase 1966 Atkinson eight wheel tipper. Fresh from the paint shop, the Atky shows off the restoration talents of Ian McFarlane but it is the memories of retired W H Malcolm driver Jimmy Donnelly who brings the vehicle alive. Bob Tuck admires the vision and has a gruelling stint behind the wheel.

12 News
News from around the world of classic commercials.

18 Swiss role
Alan Barnes continues with the story of Roger and Margaret’s 1958 Saurer restoration.

24 The return of the Seven
Dean Reader tracks down a rare classic that came very close to going to the scrapheap.

28 Your say
Four pages of your memories, questions and observations.

32 Subscription form
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34 Duchess of Teesdale
The north east of England has a well-earned reputation as a treasure trove for old commercials. Bob Weir went to Teesdale to meet a popular heavyweight.

38 A Superior Scammell
Only six Contractor Mk2 tractors were ever built. Alan Barnes travelled to Wales to see the only surviving UK example.

44 Keeping your cool
In the February issue of HC we featured a Land Rover that had been converted into a fire appliance, and had suffered from overheating. This problem had been solved by fitting a fan cowl - but there are other things to check as well, as Andy Chapman explains.

46Mercury rising
Dave Bowers meets up with the owner of an AEC Mercury that has been preserved in honour of the many thousands of deliveries that it made over the years in the vicinity of Colne, Lancashire. 

50 On location
This month Gyles Carpenter reports from the South of England Scammell Road Run.

52 American legend
The Marmon badge did not appear on a truck until 1964 - and ceased to be in 1997. Over the course of three decades, Marmons earned acclaim as being the Rolls-Royce of trucks. But as Ed Burrows records, the 160-year history behind the name is no less illustrious, stretching from V16 luxury cars to all-wheel-drive systems, from winning the first Indianapolis 500 to pioneering 6x6 oilfield specials in the deserts of Iraq.

60 Archive album
Four pages of superb nostalgia from the archives of NA3T.

64 Class of 64
64 years after the founding of the British Road Services organisation, Robin Masters invited anyone interested in this iconic haulage operation to join like minded others at the Lincoln Farm cafe in the heart of historical Warwickshire.

70Spence Haulage part 2
Tom Leddy continues the story of Spence Haulage, the family run transport business which operated from its depot at Swinton in Berwickshire for over 40 years.

76 From our archives
This month we go military with a brochure of specialised motors from Wyvern.

80 Beaut Ute
Australia’s answer to combining the practicality of a pick-up truck with the smooth riding characteristics of a saloon car was most capably answered by the development of the famous, iconic ‘Ute’. Dave Bowers looks into the design of one such vehicle based on the US Ford Custom range of cars.

83 Model world
We present more of the superb scratch-built models made by Alan Fixter.

84 Mud, blood and Thornycrofts
The Thornycroft J Type was one of the most popular lorries used by the British Army during the First World War, and went on to work for many years after in ‘civvie street’.

87 HC Marketplace
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Thanks for the memories John
With the passing away of retired Sunter driver John Robinson at the age of 97, the heavy haulage world has lost one of its long time heroes. Bob Tuck looks back at the life and feats of a man we will probably never see the likes of again.

The first of the many
For the DAF 2600 to be acclaimed as "The mother of international road transport" could very well be regarded as something of an understatement. The impact that this offering from the Dutch company made when it was launched at the Amsterdam Show in 1962 was staggering, as Alan Barnes found out.

Oil in the blood
Colin Morrow can date the beginnings of his family’s company, Colin J Morrow & Sons Ltd, back to a century ago. Gina Harvey tells their story from lamp oil to modern tankers.

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04 Strength in numbers
The long established Turner’s of Sedgefield recovery operation is led by management which adopts a very hands on style. But of all the 30 plus motors in its rescue fleet, Bob Tuck only has eyes for the very special – highly modified – Scammell S26 which first left the Watford production line in 1983.

12 Motors by moonlight
In common with many haulage enthusiasts, Mark Gredzinski has amassed a large collection of photographs taken of lorries on the move, static in yards or at the roadside. However, one unique aspect of Mark’s pictures is that many were taken at night.

18 Centrespread
The pick of the bunch from Mark Gredzinski’s midnight photo shoots.

20 The final countdown
In 2007 the last right-hand drive T-cabbed Scania was sold in the UK, a 380 LB6x2 MNB rigid unit supplied by Silurian Scanias in Cardiff. Alan Barnes traces the history of bonneted Scanias going back over 100 years.

26 Working classics
Arthur Ingram reports on three demobbed Army rarities still at work.

30 The Wandering Minstrel
Alan Barnes revisits Goff Radcliffe to have a look at his bespoke Volvo FL6.