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I'm getting bored with the lack of shows to go to, so I've taken up truck spotting and the roundabout near home is a goldmine. Mostly modern stuff but I did catch this old stager today, a 1995 Mercedes 814, probably a horsebox. These are getting rare now.

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And definitely not shite but a special spot nonetheless, an Ailsa Edition in the wild. This was a limited edition of 50 top of the range trucks built to celebrate 50 years of Volvo Trucks in the UK, and this one is the full-fat 16-litre 750bhp version.

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I'll put this here rather than in for sale because it's likely to be of interest only to those who who are into trucks.

I have sitting here a small box filled with negatives. They were rescued from a skip by someone who just happened to be passing when York Trailers place at Northallerton was being demolished quite some time ago (I'm guessing now but I think it was about 2008 or so) . Most of the negatives are of the "here's a trailer what we done builted" variety but there seems to be a fair few wagons photographed as a result. I've only had a quick rummage through and it seems to be mostly wagons and trailers with only the odd "Here's Ted Sprodgit being presented with his 95 year long service gold wheelnut" one thrown in for good measure so there is probably plenty to keep the truck wonk interested for a few evenings. The era I would reckon is mid 70s to mid 80s but that is just based on what few I've looked at.

I'm no camera buff but most of the negatives are colour on something like 120x95 film. There is a sprinkling of smaller ones and B&Ws. As far as I can see there is no 35mm stuff but I haven't looked that closely. Just guessing the total quantity in the box runs to a few hundred negatives. Although they were pulled from a skip they are all in good nick and most are in their paper sleeves.

They were pulled from a skip and we have no interest in pictures of things made by York trailers so they are worthless to us. If anyone is excited by that sort of thing and can promise them a good home then drop me a line.

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Not many trucks around this morning but taking this photo set off an interesting chain of events,

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A couple of minutes later it came back the other way, having been all the way around the next roundabout. It's a local firm so surely he wasn't lost, thought I. Then he stopped, beckoned me over and said he was going to park up at the lorry park round the corner and I should go and talk to him. Thinking I might have upset him by taking his photo and was about to get an ear-bashing, I made my way nervously round the corner. I couldn't be more wrong: turns out he is a fellow truck enthusiast who I had been following on Flickr for years but never met, so we had a good chat and showed each other photos of some of the nice things we'd seen. Basically he'd diverted off his route, parked up and taken time out of his day just to talk to me. What a top bloke!

And yes, that is a Porsche 911 on the back, a 1974 model he picked up from France yesterday.

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