Britain’s Lorries in the 1980s



This volume, the fourth in a series covering the history of haulage vehicles in the post World War Two years by Peter Davies – undoubtedly the UK’s leading writer, historian and photographer on the country’s road haulage industry – focuses on an era when Britain’s once thriving lorry manufacturers were facing increasing pressure from foreign imports. One by one, many famous British marques were either taken into foreign ownership or were forced to close completely. The likes of Atkinson, Albion, Bedford, Commer, Ford and even the mighty Leyland had succumbed by the end of the decade.
Through the medium of photography, the author has chronicled the changing face of British haulage during what was a turbulent decade that witnessed anti-lorry campaigns, the introduction of tachographs and sweeping technological advances in truck design. It is also a window on a time gone by when the names and colourful liveries of a diverse range of hauliers and operators were very much in evidence on our roads and highways, names such as Longsons, Hansons, J&H Hinchliffe, Brian Harris, J Cadwallader, Amos Meer, J G Stamper, Gibb’s of Fraserburgh, Pollock Scotrans, Robsons of Carlisle, W&J Riding, Spillers Milling- these and the vehicles of many others from that period in time feature in this colourful book. Along with the liveries, all the leading makes of the period – both British and imported – are represented including AWD, Bedford, DAF, Dennis, Dodge, ERF, FIAT, Foden, Ford, Hino, Iveco, Kenworth, Leyland, Magirus, Mack, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Multidrive, Renault, Scammell, Scania, Seddon Atkinson, Steyr, Volvo, White. With over 275 colour photographs of working lorries, all taken by the author, this book serves as an important record of a memorable period in transport history.  128 pages, over 275 colour photographs. hardback with dust cover and shrink wrapped. A Roundoak book from Nynehead. Now in Stock