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Classic TNT motors from John H. Enjoy a real trip down memory lane to Atherstone.

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John Hodges is clearly a man after my own heart..” I’m on hols today,and thought I would do something useful!” And naturally he’s sent Biglorryblog some great photos. “The TNT pictures are for Graham Bellman to smile at!” And me too John as I remember plenty of these cracking TNT motors…
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John continues: “Graham (keep it simple) Bellman i am sure would have liked one of these Scania 112s (pictured at the top) instead of his Marathon,The simple and reliable parcel truck,or  a 19.332 wide cab MAN—these were the start of the very quiet and very easy trucks to drive.” John I remember a long time ago travelling up to Atherstone and driving an MAN like this with a ‘rare as hen’s teeth’ Eaton AMT (note NOT an SAMT based on the Twin Spiltter but a US-derived full auto two pedall box). I drove it up and down the A5 to the M1 and had a whale of a time too. And is that a VW LT45 in the back?.
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An ERF! Now you’re cooking with gas John “….or this E14. These were a lot of the drivers’ choices at the time and were probably quicker than most diesel cars!”
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“If you had enough cash you could have had one of these,” says John, “A BAE 146 ‘quiet trader’.Ha.Ha,” That line-up at Atherstone brings back fond memories of CM Economy runs when you were one of the ‘scrutineering team’ John. Seems like centuries ago when there were no e-mails and no mobile phones! Now click through here for a real oldie…
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“This is for AtkiPete,” says John adding, “This is the sister lorry (as there was no such thing as ‘trucks’ then)of which my late father drove. I believe it had a 120 Gardner in it,as the 150 wasn’t born then.” And it provides me with a great opportunity for pie quiz too…so what’s the year and the model?
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“And one for you Brian—a diploma from ROSPA,awarded to my father for safe driving of a mechanically-propelled vehicle in 1943. I believe the vehicle to be a Maudslay Meritor.(this is a scanned copy of the original) I have some more up until 1948.I hope these are some use to you,” John, they’re great and  I love the line-up of classic 80s and early 90s TNT artics!

Posted by on February 10, 2009.

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