Classic & Vintage Commercials magazine is dedicated to heavy commercial vehicles. Focusing on the truck manufacturers from the heyday of road haulage over the past eight decades. Take a trip down memory lane with Britain’s best-selling classic road-haulage magazine. From reader’s restorations and recollections to company histories and archive images, you’ll find a welcome mix of nostalgia and news and even some classic trucks for sale.
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THE TOMMY WILLIAMS COLLECTION • Peter Simpson gets rare access to a rather special Bedford-based collection which has surprisingly deep significance within Britain’s haulage industry.
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CLUB CALLOUT • The Editor reviews the latest club magazines received by Classic & Vintage Commercials
BEDFORD M-TYPE • As part of this month’s Bedford anniversary special, Peter Davies begins an in-depth analysis of the model that continued the brand’s support of military fleets worldwide into the 1970s.
Letters • YOUR VIEWS, COMMENTS AND RECOLLECTIONS…
THE COMPLETE PACKAGE • After it had spent 18 years hard at work, the owner of this rare 1979 DAF 2100 put it out to grass for 15 years before resurrecting it to show standard in 2017. Pip Dunn tells the story.
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY ROAD RUN • David Reed reports. October 4 2020
BLACKPOOL TOWER • Okay – it’s not the famous tower that has dominated the town’s seafront since 1891, but this little Guy Vixen tower wagon of 1956 vintage had its own role to play in keeping the town’s equally famous tram system going. It was used to maintain the all-important overhead power cables and had already put in 17 years service with Blackpool Transport when I took this shot in April 1973.
AULD DICK • Thornycroft lorries are now rare, and the opportunity to see one in the flesh is not to be missed. George Bell’s 1956 Swiftsure is a good example, and he’s owned it for over 30 years, as Bob Weir discovers…
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MALCOLM’S MEMORIES • More period photos from the personal collection of Classic & Vintage Commercials reader Malcolm Ladd, this time with emphasis on heavy haulage and tanker work.
JETTISONED JOWETTS • It’s not widely-known, but Jowett were well on the way to producing a stylish modern replacement for the Bradford van when vehicle production ceased in 1953. Mike Neale’s tells the story, and traces some surviving prototypes.
BMC’S HALF-TONNER • Peter Simpson presents a personal profile of BMC’s bigger car derived LCV of the 1960s, and ponders whether an opportunity was missed.
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MODEL CORNER FORD TRANSIT MK1 • Mike Neale begins a two-part profile of miniature Mk1s, beginning with contemporaneous models sold mainly as toys.
ME NO SAVVY • Nick Baldwin begins a two-part analysis famous French brand that deserves to be better-known on this side of the channel.
Next month • Coming up in the May 2021 issue of Classic & Vintage Commercials OUT Friday April 30