Heritage Commercials | September 2013

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06 Cover story
Bob Tuck visits John Thomas to see
the latest addition to his collection –
an ex-RAF Seddon Atkinson 401.

12 News
What’s been happening in the world of
classic commercials.

18 History of DAF – part 2
This month Alan Barnes tells how the
company entered the world stage with
the 2600 and continued with more
success up to the late 1970s.

24 Magic our Morris
Dean Reader speaks to Norman Reynolds
about the restoration of his 1939 Morris
Commercial 10cwt dropside.

28 Your say
Three pages of your questions, queries
and memories.

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34 Going Commando
Mark Gredzinski trawls his archives to tell
the story of yet another unsung haulage
hero – the Commer/Dodge Commando.

40 High speed Courier
Bob Tuck goes all ‘Top Gear’ at the wheel
of a highly modified Triumph Courier van.

46 History of Freightliner
When a US haulier was told by
manufacturers he couldn’t have the truck
he wanted he went away and made his
own – and his firm is now one of the top
truck makers in America.

54 Centrespread
Go for a day out by the sea with this
Leyland Comet.

56 Hidden treasure
Once in a blue moon, a rare and
important lorry will suddenly appear out
of the mists of time – such as this Albion
LEA 47.

60 Archive album
Yet more nostalgia from the archives of

64 Dawn of the Thames Trader
Alan Barnes investigates the history of
Ford’s ubiquitous Thames Trader.

70 On location
This month Gyles Carpenter reports on
the Steelboys Run.

72 Truly scrumptious history
Alan Barnes looks into the way Bulmers
Cider has been transported around the
country since the late 1800s.

80 Mercury rising
Dave Bowers speaks to Derek Rogers
about his life in transport – including
restoring the AEC he drove since the
early 1970s.

86 Free gem at the heart of Britain
Coventry is home to one of the finest
transport museums in the UK. Bob Weir
went along to investigate.

90 From our archives
This month we feature extracts from
Gardner’s 8LXB brochure. Did you
work on these iconic engines?

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106 Final word
Is this the most detailed commercially
produced model ever?