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Heritage Commercials

Heritage Commercials

October 2020

Heritage Commercials magazine is Britain’s brightest full colour magazine for classic and vintage commercial vehicle enthusiasts. It celebrates the days when roads were still quiet and lorry driving was fun as well as hard work. But Heritage Commercials is not just about old drivers – its strong historical content looks at the various vehicle manufacturers, while it keeps up to date with the current preservation scene with stories of beautifully restored vehicles of a bygone age, and their owners, being featured. The magazine also regularly features light commercials – vans to you and me – buses and coaches, fire engines and military vehicles, as well as keeping in touch with the ever growing number of superb long distance road runs and events held throughout the year. This is living history on the move!

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
jubilee year 1977

When I was an apprentice signwriter back in the 1970s, I heard a man who had just purchased a lorry from where I worked ask my foreman if he could have a Union Flag painted on the front of his new vehicle. The foreman said no, we don’t do that sort of thing. I was confident enough to do it, but not confident enough to approach the chap in private and say that I could do it one weekend, my loss, as apprentice wages were poor back then. Once qualified some four years later, I went self-employed and got asked to paint all manner of things. For example; two Siamese cats on each side of a van for a local cat breeder, duck’s heads on van sides for Cherry Valley Farms…

14 min.
rock on rod

You think you have seen it all and then wham – all of a sudden you find yourself looking at something you have never seen before. Just where the heck did this come from? Even trying to describe the stunning job Rod Richards has made in rebuilding – or should that perhaps read recreating – WMA 836J leaves you scratching around looking for superlatives to try and fit something that you haven’t a clue what to say about. And while the pictures certainly reflect its stunning appearance, up close in the metal it just oozes a presence and almost intangible class which is more than just one heck of a well-done restoration. And seeing that Rod did the vast majority of it himself, it’s yet an extra attribute to this…

2 min.
the ayrshire road run goes ahead

The club’s annual run to Portpatrick has been one of the standouts in the vintage commercials calendar in recent years, but the 2020 event was modified to take account of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The modified run kicked off at 10am from the Route 74 Truck Stop in Lesmahagow near the motorway and was subject to strict ‘self-distancing’ rules. The route was limited to 100 miles, with a radius of only 25 miles from the starting point. “Although Scotland’s ‘lockdown’ rules have recently been relaxed, safety is the main concern at all times and social distancing is self-imposed at 2m to allow us to go ahead,” said organiser Jim Smith. “There will be no group social gathering, organised lunch or evening dinner. Although takeaway food is available on-site up to 5pm, participants…

2 min.
wally lever

Wally was born in his grandparent’s house in Trebanog, in the Rhondda valleys, one of six children. During his school years at Porth he was an army cadet. Leaving school, he went to work at Coedely brickworks with his grandfather. He met and married Betty and moved to Ystradowen, a small village near Cowbridge, where they lived out their lives. Betty died in 2014, leaving one son, Peter. Moving to Ystradowen meant a change of career for Wally. In 1963, he started working for Bryn Palling. Bryn had the contract to remove all the railway lines in the area (Dr Beeching’s order). Wally started driving the Thornycroft, four and six cylinder Thames Trader’s and then Ford D series. He often said that the lorries would struggle under the weight of all…

1 min.
harris & miners – brian harris transport

John Henderson was privileged to call Brian Harris a friend for more than 20 years and his pictures from regular visits to the firm’s Bovey Tracey depot, up until it closed in 2001, are complemented by images of the Devon trucks’ weekly trips to Scotland. The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 220 colour and 12 black and white images, most of which have never been published before. Historical images from long-standing truck enthusiasts, Rick Ferrari and Geoff Milne are a welcome addition to the book, as are pictures from the collections of the Harris family’s official biographer, John Corah and the late Brian Harris. Each chapter is in alphabetical order, with vehicle marques in chronological age sequence. The author also includes information on the Harris family’s home village, Widecombe-in-the-Moor,…

1 min.
somerset coastal run

Well known Somerset classic commercial owner, Tony Thompson organised a classic vehicle road run from the Sedgemoor Livestock Market near Bridgwater to Blue Anchor Bay, near Minehead on Sunday, 2 August, writes Joseph Lewis. Tony’s 1975 Atkinson Borderer was joined by around a dozen trucks and a host of classic cars on the 60 mile round trip. Tony would like to thank the owners of the regular car boot sale field at Blue Anchor for allowing the vehicles to assemble here for lunch time. Owners attended from a wide area including Wells, Glastonbury, Weymouth and Cornwall. £310 was raised for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Tony commented: “With so many events cancelled this year with good reason, I thought a socially distanced social would be just the ticket and this proved…