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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ROAD RUN RETURNS • If you have a News story, e-mail email@example.com or write to The Editor, Classic and Vintage Commercials, 5 Yalding Hill, Downs Court, Yalding ME18 6AL
PD’s archive • I’m sure most readers prefer to see pictures of older lorries and British ones in particular. Those much-revered bygone makes like AEC, Leyland, Scammell and Guy bring back happy memories of haulage in the 1960s and 1970s. Okay, they can still be seen at rallies, but period shots allow us to see what they were like in real life. The liveries and the backgrounds all help to re-live the past.
CLOSE-UP on Classics Bedford TL • PART 2: Peter Davies concludes the story, and with it, the sad end of the once-mighty Bedford brand.
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BIGGAR BRAVEHEART • Biggar is Albion’s spiritual home and headquarters of the Biggar Albion Foundation and Albion Vehicle Preservation Trust. Clansman ESJ336 has lived in the area for many years and is very much a family heirloom, as Bob Weir discovered.
A PAIR OF PROPER LEYLANDS • A few years ago, every haulage company and their dog operated Leylands. Now, working examples are incredibly thin on the ground, but Pip Dunn tracked down a pair in South Yorkshire.
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SWEDISH STYLE • By the time this F10 bulk powder tanker entered service with North Yorkshire haulier Young’s (Stokesley) Ltd in 1978, Volvo had become firmly rooted in the UK. Without question the Swedish company added new style to the British haulage scene and most drivers welcomed the high standard of comfort and ease of driving that Volvos provided.
Carrying on • We welcome photos of older lorries (15 years and older) that are still in service for publication in this section. We can accept contributions by email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to The Editor, Classic & Vintage Commercials, Kelsey Media, The Granary, Downs Court, Yalding Hill, Yalding ME18 6AL. Please provide as much (or as little) information about a vehicle as you are able and, before entering or taking photos on private property, please ensure that you have all the permissions that you need to be there, and to be taking photographs.
TESTING TIMES • We present a selection of photos taken inside Goods Vehicle Testing Stations…
FAMILY AFFAIR • Des Hill begins a two-part story, told mainly via his photo album, of his family’s Nottinghamshire-based road haulage business.
AMERICAN BLUE • Though it was invented here, Maurice Calthorpe’s unique elevating roof was also patented and used elsewhere. Mike Neale tells the story of its stateside incarnation, and tracks down a rare survivor.
MODEL CORNER LEYLAND/ALBION LAD VISTA-VUES • Mike Neale looks at some models of different makes sharing the same cab…
YORKSHIRE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL • The first Yorkshire Motor Sport Festival weekend took place near Holmfirth over the weekend of June 25/26/27. For many, the main attraction will have been...