Mick Waite chronicles, by marque, the evolution of the recovery vehicle in the UK over the last 40 years. Retired road haulage vehicles, ex heavy haulage tractors and ex military trucks – such as the legendary Diamond T – often equipped with the ubiquitous Holmes or Harvey Frost fulfilled the major part of the industry’s heavier needs up to the 1980s and are well featured. Light & medium weight units on chassis such as Bedford & Ford are also represented as are the American chassis manufacturers Autocar, Kenworth, Mack, Oshkosh & Peterbilt. In the 1980s the underlift gained ground & attractive bodywork and liveries based on modern chassis really began to feature and the book parallels that fact. As for the units of today – based on chassis such as the Scania Series 4, Volvo FH and the Foden Improved Mobility unit – these also have not been overlooked. Also includes illustrated features on recovery techniques & incidents, concluding with a colour section of the classic trucks of the industry – past and present. 168 pages. 280 b/w and 24 colour illustrations. hardback.