Vintage commercials enjoy a run to the seaside!

Posted by Chris Graham on 11th January 2023

Hugh Dougherty reports on a wonderful event last summer, when a selection of vintage commercials took a trip to the Scottish seaside.

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To the seaside! A fine selection of vintage lorries parked on Portpatrick Harbour pier overnight, following their run to the seaside from Cumnock, in Ayrshire. (Pic: Hugh Dougherty)

Portpatrick Harbour welcomed the sights and sounds of vintage commercials to the seaside on July 9th last year, when historic lorries and buses made their way to the Galloway village from Cumnock in Ayrshire.

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Along for the ride atop a trailer is Hayton Coulthard’s 1971 Cummins-engined ERF tractor unit, TMJ 795K. (Pic: Hugh Dougherty)

Locals and tourists turned out along the route to cheer-on the vehicles, which overnighted in the port – both at the harbour and at Galloway Point Holiday Park – before setting off for a visit to the Lockerbie Truck Stop the following morning.

An attraction in its own right; Richardson’s of Stranraer brought along the company’s Ford 4000 tractor, carried to the coast on one of its trailers. (Pic: Hugh Dougherty)

Highlights included a superbly-restored Bedford TK330, owned by James and Ian Smith, Borgue-based fencing contractor. New in 1965, the Bedford appeared in the company’s livery, while haulage contractor Hayton Coulthard, from nearby Tynholm, exhibited his 1971 Cummins-engined ERF tractor unit, TMJ 795K.

James Smith’s 1965 Bedford TK330 was out from its nearby Borgue base for the run. (Pic: Hugh Dougherty)

Not to be outdone, Richardson’s of Stranraer brought along its 1975-built and superbly-restored Ford 4000 tractor, transported on the run on top of one of its lorry trailers.

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


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