BRITISH TRUCKS AT WORK IN THE SIXTIES


BRITISH TRUCKS AT WORK IN THE SIXTIES

PETER DAVIES    Book Number: 89985    Product format: Hardback

Trucks have well-balanced proportions and functional simplicity, while lorry sign-writing is an art-form in itself. The author's fascination with British trucks has been lifelong, although as a photographer he has sometimes had to contend with uncooperative or even aggressive drivers. Legislation in 1930 laid the foundations for the modern truck as we know it, coinciding with the introduction of diesel, but it was in 1964 that 32-ton gross articulated vehicles were allowed for the first time, transforming the whole industry and bringing the UK into line with European competitors, although British design was never at the cutting edge compared with its rivals. At the same time, motorways were under construction and a raft of new maintenance and safety regulations improved driving conditions. Some services went to the wall, for instance the much-lamented British Road Services which transported many a student's belongings to and from uni. The author divides his collection of archive photos by region, starting with Bristol and the South West, where Avonmouth docks are a busy centre for the truck enthusiast. It was also the home of British Commercial Vehicles which built the classic HG6L and HA6 trucks for BRS. Most leading hauliers had London depots, with AEC at Southall, Scammell at Watford, Ford at Dagenham and Vulcan at Maidstone. Further out, Slough had an impressive fleet, and a Foden eight-wheeler FG/15 is shown at the depot in Langley. The same lorry was beautifully liveried in the East End for Rank's Flour. Many of the best known haulage companies originated in the northwest, including the green, blue and red liveries of the Liverpool Cartage Co. A mine of information covering the whole UK mainland. 128pp, 152 photos in black and white and 43 in colour.
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ISBN 9781871565003
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