British Lorries of the 1960s

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, 2009 - Transportation - 96 pages
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British commercial manufacturers played a prime role in boosting Britain's economy during the 1960s, especially as many vehicles were exported worldwide. British lorries were, therefore, considered as being the workhorses of the world, performing a wide range of duties from heavy haulage to general goods delivery. This highly visual study of British lorries of the 1960s captures in 120 illustrations this often understated but very necessary work, which was undertaken day and night, 365 days a year. The images, many contemporary colour and black and white, include some delightful publicity items in addition to covering the heritage and preservation scenes. The comprehensive text reveals much about the marques that were everyday names, along with information about Britain's road haulage and commercial vehicle industries. Malcolm Bobbitt is the author of some thirty automotive books and is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and the Society of Automotive Historians. This book will rekindle many memories and serve as a reminder of the important role British commercial vehicles played during the 1960s.

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I have just glanced online at the Atkinson info on p.63, following a Google search, but find that there are some factual inaccuracies - the model range described as having been introduced in 1968 was actually announced at the 1970 Earls Court Show, and the bonneted tractor shown with a Pickford's headboard (though not full Pickfords livery) at the 1968 Show was not an Omega. Neither, in fact, was it actually delivered to Pickfords. 

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Hi there, I have just purchased Malcolm's two books on British lorries of the 1950s and 1960s which I was looking forward to reading and browsing though havng been written by an acclaimed writer and a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers.
I am afraid to say that the books in no way came up to the standard one would expect given the author's credentials, in fact some of the mistakes in the captions betray a lack of research which is extremely misleading to the general reader and can only be described as schoolboy howlers to anyone with even a slight knowledge of commercial vehicles and the road haulage industry in the recent past.
If Mr Bobbit is planning any more books on commercial vehicles may I suggest he gets clear in his own mind the difference between gross weight and payload, the date when AEC was taken over by British Leyland, the history of Scammell and Maudslay, what a pick-up is, what a LAD cab was, the difference between a twin steer and an eight-wheeler---------I could go on but needless to say there are mistakes and mis-informed statements on practically every page.
As an ex- lorry driver I will gladly proof read Mr Bobbits next offering for a small consideration and avoid mistakes like, for instance, of calling BRS a "firm"!


Introduction and acknowledgements
Carrying the load
Pulling power
The export scene
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Malcolm Bobbitt is the author of more than thirty marque histories and general automotive books, a number of which have been published as foreign language editions. As a regular contributor to several periodicals and newspapers, his work and photography have appeared worldwide. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Society of Automotive Historians and Society of Authors, Malcolm is acclaimed for his books on Rolls-Royce and Bentley, which include a companion volume on the Silver Spirit and Bentley Mulsanne as well as an Essential Buyer's Guide to the Silver Shadow and T-Series Bentley, both of which are published by Veloce. Other Rolls-Royce and Bentley related titles include histories of the Crewe and Derby factories and a biography of W.O. Bentley.

Married to Jean and living on the northern edge of England's Lake District, Malcolm has an interest in all forms of transport. He also enjoys activities as diverse as public speaking, fell walking, classical music, collecting motoring ephemera and getting behind the wheel of his early British-built Citroen DS.

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