Historic commercials on display at the Laughton Autumn Show

Posted by Chris Graham on 3rd January 2024

We report on the historic commercial vehicles to be seen at the 27th Laughton Autumn Show, which took place a few months ago.

Laughton Autumn Show

Laughton Autumn Show: The star of the event for us was Emma, a 1963 Scammell Scarab tricycle light recovery vehicle.

The East Sussex village of Laughton welcomed thousands of visitors to the final show of the season at Laughton Showground over the weekend of September 9th-10th. The 27th Laughton Autumn Show was blessed with gloriously hot September weather that showed-off the wide variety of vehicles assembled at the event to their very best.

Laughton Autumn Show

Scammell Explorer.

The number of commercial vehicles to be seen was slightly down on the total that attended during the summer show back in June, 2023. However, one of the most interesting vehicles we saw on display this time was Emma, a Scammell tricycle Scarab light recovery vehicle that was manufactured in September 1963. This vehicle was one of only four built; two were shipped to Hong Kong and the other pair went to work at the Dartford Tunnel in Kent/Essex.

Laughton Autumn Show

1949 Morris Commercial LC3 Utility Post Office Telephones.

Emma was presented in her original colour scheme, as delivered to the Joint Dartford Tunnel Company in the early 1960s. Interestingly, despite this vehicle’s diminutive size, she was perfectly capable of towing an artic truck out of difficulty in the tunnel with the Harvey Frost heavy crane and winch fitted.  

Laughton Autumn Show

A pair of Thames Traders.


Laughton Autumn Show

A very tidy Ford Cargo.


A line-up of Royal Mail vehicles, including a Morris Minor 1000, an Austin Morris van and a Land Rover.


1971 Scammell Trunker.


Mercedes Unimog looks ready for a day’s work.


AEC Matador.


A nice old Bedford.

This event report comes from a recent issue of Heritage Commercials, and you can get a money-saving subscription to this magazine simply by clicking HERE


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