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Heritage Commercials

June 2021
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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 But Heritage Commercials is not just about old drivers – its strong historical content looks at the various vehicle manufacturers, while it keeps up to date with the current preservation scene with stories of beautifully restored vehicles of a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!

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
what’s in a name

Why do people name their vehicles, I ask myself? Well, there is no straightforward answer for this, but personally, I feel each vehicle has its own personality, and has a name to suit. Leyland as an example, in 1904, named their first petrol-engined lorry ‘The Pig’ and carried on the animal theme with Lion, Tiger, Terrier, Beaver, Buffalo, Hippo, Octopus, Rhino and Bison to name just a few. I guess, if an owner is proud enough of his or her lorry and has named it, then there is more reason to believe that he or she will be inclined to look after it. Giving a lorry a name maybe creates a bond between driver and lorry. A quick look online and there are hundreds of suggestions for lorry names. These for example…

16 min.
just in time

I wish I could say that I had the foresight to think about it but any credit for the recording of the bulk of these assorted images must be passed to good friend Paul Hancox. And it was probably a typed letter that landed on the door mat asking if I could do him a favour: “Can you please go down to Sunters yard in Northallerton,” asked Paul, “and take a picture of every one of their motors in there for me please.” It seemed an oddball request but seeing that Paul also enclosed payment to cover the price of a film, its processing and then return postage of all the prints, it didn’t seem too much to ask. So, on Saturday 10th May 1985, with a brand new roll of…

2 min.
tommy williams’ classic lorry road run

Starting from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire at 10:30 the assembled lorries which all had the welsh slogan of ‘Ni yma o hyd’ (which means ‘we are still here’) emblazoned across the front. It saw most of Tommy’s collection being driven, one Austin driven by friend Teifon Thomas and three Bedfords. The one that Tommy had selected to drive himself was complete with coal sacks and scales on the back. Gethin Thomas had his Foden out complete with scale model on the back. Some of the other lorries on the Run were a Guy Otter, AECs, Fodens, Leyland Octopus and trailer. The lorries embarked out on the planned route, up the A40 to take the right-hand exit at the roundabout over the River Towy bridge and on into Llangadog. Here the lorries picked up…

1 min.
a great family day out

One of Basingstoke’s most popular annual events will be held this year after being cackled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Basingstoke Festival of Transport organised by Basingstoke Deane Rotary which is usually held in May will this year be held on Sunday 22nd August now that UK Government restrictions have been eased. The event, originally organised by The Thornycroft Society and supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, features many old Thornycroft commercial vehicles and has become one of the largest events of its type in the South of England, attracting nearly 1000 vehicles and attended by more than 20,000 visitors, will again be held in the War Memorial Park. With such a large number of assorted vehicles, autojumble, trade stalls and refreshments all day, with fun and games…

1 min.
the old timers tractor rally take two!

After the successful running of the inaugural rally back in 2019, and like many events with the forced postponement of the rally due to the Covid pandemic last year, plans are now well under way for the second gathering on the 31 July and 1 August, 2021 writes Anne Bates. The organisers are appealing for exhibitors to attend the rally which highlights veteran and vintage tractors, commercials, stationary engines, cars, period implements and collections. It is again located at the idyllic venue of The Parks, Woofferton, near Ludlow, Shropshire owned by the Hyde Family which is set in beautiful parkland around a fishing lake. The idea came to fruition by the late Ken Crowther, Edward Price and Chris Tranter (themselves owners of many veteran and early vintage tractors) who had cajoled many…

13 min.
vivre la france

We were discussing the restoration of the intriguingly-designed 1963 Citroën HY van the Walsh brothers, Ken and Ray, have just finished. “People think we’re just a pair of provincial Mancunian nutters,” says Ken Walsh. “Well, don’t judge a can of worms by the lid – and of course it’s the prospect of restoring a can of worms that gets us excited. The more rusted and seized up the better – and better still if it’s something we are totally unfamiliar with. Foreign classics fit the bill perfectly, especially if they’re of a kind that’s seldom – if ever – seen on British roads. “People are surprised by how many foreign makes and types of vehicle we’ve done. We ought to rename ourselves Walsh Brothers International.” We list them. Counting the Citroën, six have…