Sprat & Winkle Run 2023

Posted by Chris Graham on 13th December 2023

Patrick Boniface reports on this year’s Sprat & Winkle Run, as the vintage and commercial vehicles arrive in sunny Hastings for the finish.

Photography: Patrick Boniface

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Sprat & Winkle: A 1951 Bedford SB coach.

Hastings basked under autumnal clear blue skies on Sunday October 15th, to welcome the participants in the annual Sprat & Winkle run for vintage and commercial vehicles organised by the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society. Around 70 vehicles of all ages and types firstly assembled at Sevenoaks, in Kent, to make the journey down the A21 all the way to the seaside resort town of Hastings, in East Sussex, and the finish line at The Stade, right on the seafront.

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Bedford TK.

The event has, over the years, earned a good reputation among enthusiasts who brought along a wide variety of commercial vehicles all trying to cram into the fairly restricted space offered by the car park facilities at The Stade. The Sprat & Winkle run is timed to coincide with Hastings Week; a week that commemorates the famous battle that took place on October 14th, 1066, and was staged a few miles inland at modern day Battle, on Senlac Hill. 

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1971 ERF 6.4G.


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1936 Bedford WLG three-ton lorry.


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Volvo F89 tractor unit.


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1964 AEC Militant Mk.1.


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1950 AEC Regent III Merryweather fire engine.


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Bedford HA van.




A 1960 Commer QX.


A 1929 Ford Model AA recovery lorry.


AEC Mercury tanker.


1955 Foden OG 4/6 lorry.


1966 Atkinson tractor unit.


1985 Volvo F10.


Two Scammell Highwayman, XMT 111 is a 1952 model while CYK 601C dates from 1965.


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




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