The Jolly Boys Road Run

Posted by Chris Graham on 18th April 2023

We report on last autumn’s Jolly Boys Road Run, which saw a fantastic variety of historic commercials let loose in beautiful Derbyshire!

Jolly Boys Road Run

1979 Leyland Reiver 6×4 is now in the livery of Maurice Fearn.

The annual Jolly Boys Road Run took to the roads of Derbyshire in early October with Bakewell again being the starting and finishing point. The route was different though, with some of the steeper climbs being avoided due to road closures and works, but that didn’t detract from the run itself, with some spectacular scenery still to be enjoyed.

Once again Carl Mellon and Natalie Liddle were the organising force behind the event, with Natalie also being the administrator of the run’s Facebook page, which is worth a look at in itself. 

Jolly Boys Road Run

1985 Ford Cargo was with Dracott Transport and used to carry empty barrels out of the breweries at Burton on Trent to Scotland. It was later with Peter Riley before being stored, passing to Lee Coxon of Nottingham in 2015.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1979 ERF B Series was with showmen T Connell & Son and bought by Mick Simpson in 1999, only to be sold in 2002. Re-acquired by Mick in 2015, a two-year restoration followed. It is now in the livery of Ashfield Hauliers.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1988 Foden S104 was new to Kidman Haulage of Huntingdon. It later returned to Fodens to have a Cummins engine fitted in place of a ‘troublesomne’ Caterpillar unit. Now owned by J Birchenough of Chapel-en-le-Frith.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1989 Leyland Constructor was new to fuel supplier Total Butler with a tanker body. It was bought by J Bateman of South Normanton from the Bristol area in 2002, where the tanker was replaced by a tipper. It carried aggregates from Derbyshire quarries until it retired in 2015, and was parked up for several years before being restored.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1976 Leyland Reiver was new to Giblin Brothers of Manchester but not registered until 1979, and wasn’t used until 1987 when it was bought by John Devine of Manchester. After nine years it passed to a farmer near Oldham and then to A Garlick of Buxton. From here it went to Ian and Sean Marshall of Bakewell in February 2014, but was bought by Glen Garlick a few years later and restored.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1956 Leyland Comet. Originating from the Norfolk area as an LWB flat, it was converted to a short wheel-based tipper by the late Brian Thomas who acquired the vehicle in 2006.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1976 AEC Mercury was new to a farmer in Lincolnshire and was used on sugar beet haulage. It then went to Kevin Dennis, and was bought by BJ Waters of Darley Dale.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1994 ERF EC10 It was new in Liverpool as a demonstrator, with no real history known after that. It passed to Andrew Dyson in 2019 and painted in his father’s colours. Past CVC cover feature.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1951 AEC Mammoth Major 6 was new to the Air Ministry. It later passed to a firm of civil engineering contractors from whom Richard Cresswell bought it in 1976.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1968 Foden FE4 Mk 6 was new to Shipstones Brewery of Nottingham, later passing to Fox of Blackburn. It was bought from D Hubruick of Hexham and restored, passing later to Reg Day.


Jolly Boys Road Run

1971 ERF LV originally worked from the docks at Kings Lynn, before being bought by Hibberts of Aston-Under-Lyme. It passed to Charlie Bowyer, and then to Andrew Turner, and was restored under the guidance of David Jones. Now in Suttons of St Helens livery.


1968 AEC Mercury started life as a fire appliance with Hampshire and Wiltshire Fire Brigade. Bought by Neil James around 2007 it ended up with K Strawbridge, being bought back by Neil in 2017. It later passed to Kevin Casseldine.


1969 BMC Mastiff was new to Brooke Dyeing of Holmfirth as a 16 ton platform lorry and used for carrying bales of wool. It was sold in the 1990s to British Bacon, and converted to a recovery vehicle at some point before being bought by John Murphy of Huddersfield.


1988 Foden 4300 was new to Chris Moon of Stockport and operated by him for 24 years until retirement. It was restored by Dave Keyworth.


1968 AEC Mammoth Minor TG6RF was new to Courtaulds Acetate before being converted into a recovery vehicle. It has since been restored to a tractor unit.


1988 Foden Fleetmaster S10 Mk1 was with dealer Bristol & Avon Trucks, and was later converted into a recovery vehicle with a Holmes 750 crane and used on PSV recovery at West Midlands Cleveland Road Garage in Wolverhampton. Registered in 1988, it was bought by R&S Recovery of Maidenhead before being advertised as a chassis cab. It was then bought by Sean Smith of Buxton.


1973 Atkinson Borderer had just one owner from new, namely Barnes & Nelson of Selside in Cumbria. It was bought by Fred Astbury of Chesterfield around 2012 and been fitted with new brakes, all new fuel pipes, a new fuel tank and a radiator. Fred also painted it in William Nuttall livery, a firm he used to work for.


1973 AEC Marshal 2TGM6RS was new to Gladys May Mills of Gornal Wood, Dudley. In 1984 it was bought by Mitchell Hickman of Stourbridge and was dry-stored before being used as a beavertail to transport his army vehicles. It passed to Paul and Susan Sheldon of Bakewell in March 2000, where the chassis extended for the reinstatement of the flat body. It passed to Robert Wildgoose of Ambergate in 2017.


2000 ERF EC11 was, as the yellow livery might suggest, one of JCB’s iconic refurbished EC11 fleet used on inter-factory and demonstrator transport before before being sold at auction in September 2021. Now owned by AK Taylor & Sons of Mow Cop, Staffordshire.


1975 Ford D1314 was new to United Carriers, later passing to an unknown owner who fitted a tipper body. Bought in 1981 by Peter Riley who ran it until 1996 after which it did a few jobs around the farm before being mothballed. It was restored between 2013 and 2016.


1973 Bedford TK dropside was new to The Roofing Bolt & Nut Company of Cradley Heath, and remained in constant use until April 2005 when it passed to David Jones of Kingswinford. Preserved in working condition rather than restored.


Early history of this 1971 Foden S39 is unclear, but it is thought to have worked on fairground at some time. It was bought after an auction at Donington in 2007 by Ian Tomlinson of Buxton, and the name Ryders of Rushton was found on the door.


1974 AEC Mercury was possibly with BRS, but little history is known until it was bought from H Fox & Sons of March, Cambridgeshire around 2006 by Steve Barber of Buxton. It was then parked up for two years before being restored over eight years. A regular rally attendee and usually, as here, with a York Neville Dumptrailer in tow.

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