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Rowe Hillmaster?

It is indeed a Rowe Hillmaster, one of the 120 or there abouts built by the Cornish company between 1954-62. The particular example in my avatar (126 CAF) is 1 of 15 that are apparently known to survive though I’ve not seen this particular lorry myself as it’s under restoration, I have seen a fair few of the other survivors as most are owned by Westcountry based enthusiasts and appear at local shows.

Another example (37 AOD) has just been restored by its original owners, the Gregory transport company and the lorry is now proudly on display in a heritage reception area of the companies Cullompton base.

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The fair is in Milton Keynes at the moment. Amongst all the modern stuff I found this pair of classic Fodens still going strong with Hatwells Leisure's Electric Dreams Waltzer, and very nice they are too.

 

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GCE 479W - Perry Hatwell by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

 

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E465 MHW - Perry Hatwell by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

 

That puddle was really quite large BTW but those Fodens were worth getting wet feet for

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On reflection... by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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The last few times the fairs came by they were empty, I doubt they were even covering wages for the casuals let alone making any money. I wouldn't want to be a traveling ride owner/ operator these days :(

The days of getting £10 an hour cash for putting up/ pulling down then taking tickets/ eyeing up women at the smaller shows are gone.

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Dad used to drive for these and those old A series were rebuilt overnight sometimes.

 

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Used to go to Gordon’s farm on a Saturday morning and get paid about £20 to wash wagons. Best part was reversing them into impossible gaps because you could. Weird how I ended up in IT really.

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Had a trip up to the Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, because why not.

 

It's a good start when this is in their carpark...

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Drinking and Driving is bad, mkay, but apparently you needed a stiff drink after piloting this

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Anyone remember the Scampi Fries advert with the Roadrunner driving out of the sea? This is the scale model they used

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TEH FEWTURE

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Had a trip up to the Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, because why not.

 

It's a good start when this is in their carpark...

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Drinking and Driving is bad, mkay, but apparently you needed a stiff drink after piloting this

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Anyone remember the Scampi Fries advert with the Roadrunner driving out of the sea? This is the scale model they used

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TEH FEWTURE

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The future looks like an old Citroen

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It was the mid 90s take on the future, so it's sort of our futuristic past.

 

That said.... Well their idea of what the future entailed was:

 

* Aluminium chassis bonded with glue rather than welded.

* Computer controlled engine (fuel injection etc)

* Satnav (well, the speedo had "miles until next turn")

* A TV screen for unknown purposes

* Aerodynamic aids

 

I don't reckon that's a bad stab. Apparently it was on Tomorrow's World.

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Cheers for the photos, Pillock, I'm glad the museum's still going. I went there in 1994 when I went on a mini-break to a hotel in Preston, with my parents (halcyon days....). I don't remember seeing the Scampi Fries Roadrunner at the time, which is strange, as I love Scampi Fries and I can't think where else it may have been at the time. I think if I'd been the model maker and spent all that time detailing that model, I'd be a bit miffed to see how little of it was actually seen in the final advert - I reckon the box body on a home made wooden go-cart chassis would've sufficed!

 

I also remember seeing the Transit Supervan II in its original mk2 body and livery, before the body was butchered into the smiley face Supervan 3 that Ford demonstrated a couple of years later.

 

 

I also brought this back as a souvenir of my visit:

 

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Quite why I bought a souvenir ash tray aged 13 (when no-one in our house smoked), I'll never know. Equally strange is why I chose to bring it to NZ with me...

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That LAD sleeper cab looks great, though it looks a bit of a struggle to get up on the bunk! Normally those cabs had 2 headlamps, and the sun visor is an extra, maybe it was destined for overseas

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^^^^ Where are those side windows in the boudoir from? First thoughts was a Reliant Regal mk111 but it doesn't look quite right...

 

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I've definitely seen something like them somewhere and it's bugging me.

 

The hair mattress certainly sounds inviting though.

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Their is a 56 plate ( I think it's a modern one) Scania near me which sounds fucking awesome, you can hear it miles away yet it looks like any other fleet truck.  Is that just the pipe or a custom engine?

Must be one of the V8s, available with 580 or an absurd 730bhp. They sound utterly glorious, especially with upright pipes.

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The new Foden Marvin.

 

Didn't anyone at the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation  Boalloy look at this and think 'this is the most depressing looking lorry in the world'? And then decide to put a more cheerful face on it?

 

Foden

 

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Marvin the Paranoid Android

 

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I went to Aylesbury yesterday. Normally that would be cause for a grump but the circus is in town and they're tooled up with a fine collection of classic British lorries including several beefy ex army 4x4s with big winches. The P-reg Fodens are their newest trucks, no modern rubbish here!

They've got Fodens...

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P15 THL - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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P819 PGJ - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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M870 BNO - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

ERFs...

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F51 CNY - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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M210 RKN - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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L857 RFL - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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B334 JJH - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

4x4 Renaults...

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K314 VUE - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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N811 UOA - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

4x4 Bedfords, including one Puddlethumper might like - his van is E734 WOL and this is E735 WOL

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E735 WOL - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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A119 OFX - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Just for Cavcraft, one of his favourite Ivecos...

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And to make up for that aberration, the crowning glory is a 40-year old Scammell Crusader...

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UEY 446T - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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UEY 446T - Circus Fantasia by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

All in all a good day and the chap I spoke to at the circus really liked the Maxi as he used to have one.

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