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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FODEN FAN • Down by Gatwick Airport, Darren Clark is continuing a business which can trace its roots back to 1900. He’s also the proud owner of two fine Fodens, and while one is in preservation as a tribute to his famous grandfather, the other is very definitely a working vehicle. Peter Simpson tells the story.
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CLOSE-UP on Classics VOLVO F88 • Peter Davies begins an in-depth analysis of a massively significant lorry that’s also hugely popular with enthusiasts…
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A TALE OF TWO TIPPERS • PART 1: David Reed begins a two-part story on two tippers from the impressive Johnny Murphy collection, starting with a 1971 Albion Reiver he has owned three times since the late 1990s…
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MAGIC MEMORIES • Perry Como’s ’fifties hit song ‘Magic Moments’ referred to ‘memories we’ve been sharing’. When it comes to ‘magic’ memories this 1980 ERF B-Series, named ‘The Wizard’ from Shirley’s of Cellarhead, will certainly conjure up a few such memories that are worth sharing among enthusiasts. This great British classic was only a few months old when photographed at the company’s yard in April1981.
HUMBER MCVEIGH • Mike Forbes previews the latest issue of our Vintage Roadscene Archive series, just published, which looks at this Grimsby-based transport operator, its constituents and associated companies.
PRESERVING OSCAR BLUE • Nuclear power stations have attracted their fair share of controversy over the years but remain a vital part of the UK’s energy supply. Special vehicles have been designed to tackle safety on site, as Bob Weir discovered.
LEN’S LIFE • Pt2: Nick Larkin takes the story from a big decision in 1989 and also looks at the dozen or so lorries Len Janes has preserved over the years.
HUNTING BLACK GOLD • Nick Baldwin begins a new occasional series looking at lorries used on the world’s oilfields down the years.
PROLONGED MINOR PICK-UP RESTORATION • Russ Harvey tells the story of his 15 year restoration which was finally completed during lockdown.
BURIED TREASURE! • A rare WW2-era amphibious landing vehicle has just been dug up after 74 years in a Lincolnshire field, and there are another fifteen still underground. Peter Simpson tells the story…