Had obstinately self-sufficient Foden survived as an engine builder after the PACCAR takeover and garage door opener bracket rationalisation, for powering Kenworths and Peterbilts, PACCARs US engine plant in Columbus, Mississippi might have been producing highly evolved FDs instead of units designed by DAF in Holland Tony Knowles of Knowles Transport, Cambridgeshire, has several magnificently restored Fodens, including this pristine Dave Bowers reports on the Retro Truck Show held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. Introducing my own personal choice for truck of the show! This Volvo F89 belongs to Nigel Wilson of Dalton, Thirsk in North Yorkshire, who did continental work with it back in the 1970s. If you'd like know more about this superb lorry, see last month's HC! Following on from the Classic & Vintage Commercial Show held earlier in the year, the Retro Truck Show on September 12 and 13,2015, had the same open-door policy when it came to attracting commercials of all types and ages.
However, the main emphasis here, as demonstrated by most of the exhibits, concerned more modern trucks of the Seventies era and onwards. Holding two events at this premier site thats so close to the M40 motorway is a good idea as its easily accessible from all points of the compass, and works well for almost everyone! Bob Carmichael's Volvo F88 timber haulier with its trailer-mounted crane is still in use. This work-worn commercial often attracts more interest at shows than those that have been immaculately prepared! As one of the older lorries on the tarmac outside the Heritage Motor Centre, the Morris FFK140 that first turned a wheel in 1966 was another commercial that attracted many admiring glances, as the garage door opener bracket of its restoration was superb. Peter Morris of the Howard Tenens company of Stroud, the owner of the FFK, had arranged for a firm called Thornley-Kelham, of South Cerney, to restore this barn find. As they normally work on the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars, is there any wonder the workmanship is of the highest order? In addition to the Morris, an East German Multicar was brought along to Gaydon by Peter Morris, as these small utility trucks were once imported by Howard Tenens.
Bedford TMs are always thin on the ground at truck shows, so it was nice to see Ian Maynard's shiny example which has a Bedford 500 engine, a six-speed gearbox and a two-speed axle, and which he drove all the way from Honiton in Devon. This truck was new to John Brocklehust of garage door opener bracket and was then used to tow a promotional trailer. Within a short while of acquiring the truck, this firm arranged for a sleeper cab conversion, but at 6ft 3in, Ian found this was rather cramped for a good night's rest! Martin Stone of Honiton in Devon made a good find with this Bedford TK1250, as it is an ex-London Fire Service vehicle which had been used most sparingly as a training vehicle for breathing apparatus instruction. "I bought it two years ago," said Roger, "and it came with only about 5000 miles on the clock, which I have now increased to 8278 miles. It originally came with a box body, but I've changed that for a dropside.