Heritage Commercials | February 2014

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Heritage Commercials - February 2014

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

10 Readers’ letters
Your chance to ask a question, put things
straight or record a memory.

16 Riding high
Thanks to the efforts of driver Alan Dixon,
the striking, elegant lines of Tom Riding’s
1939 Rigid 8 have been seen at shows and
events all over the country. Bob Tuck goes
to Longridge and discovers ‘Locomotion’ is
simply a joy to drive.

22 Ford’s first
With the Second World War at an end Ford
decided to design its first completely British
lorry. Alan Barnes tells the story of the
development of the ET – English Truck –
and tracks down a restored survivor.

30 Subscription form
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32 The pig’s nose!
Mike and Julie Blenkinsop take a look at the
ubiquitous Citroën H van as it reaches a
‘certain age’.

38 Punctual Pullage
The AEC Mercury was one of the most
popular commercials of the Swinging
Sixties. Bob Weir went to Aberdeenshire to
meet Bill Milne and his late model Mk II.

42 Archive album
Four pages of pure nostalgia from the
archives of NA3T.

46 US Fords focus
With an illustrious history that once
embraced the full spectrum of weight
classes, Ford has been a major player in
the US market. As Ed Burrows relates,
although its heavy end was sold to
Daimler North America during the
Nineties, Ford has continued to produce
light/medium trucks.

56 Big friendly giant
It may be about 60 years since Chris Lawes’
Martian came off the Leyland production
line but there’s no stopping the beating of
its Rolls-Royce heart. Bob Tuck goes to
Braintree in Essex to discover there’s
nothing alien about this Leyland’s appeal or
its working ability.

62 The lost years
At the beginning of the Second World War,
many companies, both large and small, had
their lorries requisitioned by the military.
Most were never seen again – but Geoff
Fishwick has found one that’s just
resurfaced after 74 years!

66 Ford’s big idea
We have a look at some of the working
examples of Ford’s 1970s and ’80s
heavyweight, the Transcontinental.
72 From our archives
This month we feature extracts from the
March 1955 brochure for Austin’s three and
five ton lorries. Did you drive one?