Trojan club marks BL’s half-century
Brooklands event marks Leyland Trucks’ car-building endeavours
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.