Those were the Days… British lorries of the 1960s
OK, we know that this is Classic Car Weekly, but goods vehicles are as big a part of the historic British motoring scene as cars. And who here hasn’t had their head turned by a Leyland Beaver at some time or another?
This fresh reprint of one of Veloce’s 2009 Those were the Days… entries focuses on the splendid homegrown load-luggers. It’s a lightweight book – more pictures with extended captions than a comprehensive read – and the design is a little dated and simplistic, but the mixture of colour and monochrome images, both period and more modern, gives a fascinating insight into the occasionally weird and wonderful trucks of the 1960s.
Photo quality is variable, with the illustrations dating from when the trucks were new being the most interesting. Oh, and there’s such hyperbole, like the ‘touch of genius’ author Malcolm Bobbitt suggests is in all Rootes products!
But there’s lots to learn about Fodens, Thames, Albions, Karriers, Commers, ERFs, Scammells and Atkinsons, all once common names. For example, did you know that Michelotti had a hand in Leyland’s cab designs? All-in-all, this is a genuinely interesting general overview of a longvanished past. RG