Tro­jan club marks BL’s half-cen­tury

Brook­lands event marks Ley­land Trucks’ car-build­ing en­deav­ours

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Nick Larkin brook­landsmu­ tro­janown­er­

Mem­bers of the Tro­jan Own­ers’ Club turned out in record num­bers at Brook­lands Mu­seum on 21 Oc­to­ber in recog­ni­tion of Ley­land’s car build­ing legacy.

Trans­portFest, tra­di­tion­ally re­garded as a com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle event, paid trib­ute to Ley­land Trucks’ lit­tle-known car-build­ing en­ter­prise, thanks to the Tro­jan Own­ers’ Club. The gath­er­ing was timed to co­in­cide with 50 years of British Ley­land – into which the pre-and post-war Ley­land Trucks di­vi­sion was ab­sorbed.

Tro­jan Own­ers’ Club chair­man, John Wilton, said: ‘Ley­land built Tro­jans at its Kingston upon Thames fac­tory in the 1920s.’

Six Tro­jans owned by club mem­bers and other en­thu­si­asts were present at Trans­portFest.

John Wilton brought along his 1925 Util­ity, which pre­vi­ously lived in Zim­babwe, while fel­low club mem­ber, Jim Stone, brought the 1924 Util­ity he has owned for 15 years.

Event host, The Lon­don Bus Mu­seum, was com­mem­o­rat­ing 50 years of the last Ley­land-built RT bus op­er­at­ing in the cap­i­tal, these be­ing the Lan­cashire man­u­fac­turer’s ver­sion of the RT class bus, pre­de­ces­sor to the Routemas­ter.

‘The event went very well – and we’re very grate­ful to Tro­jan Own­ers’ Club mem­bers and oth­ers who brought their cars along,’ said the Lon­don Bus Mu­seum’s events and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Deryck Fill.

The Tro­jan Own­ers’ Club com­mem­o­rated five decades of British Ley­land dur­ing Trans­portFest.

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