Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wellington, Quick Trip.

Did a quick trip to Wellington and back today, to take Alice back to her flat, after her weekend at "home".
Saw this big Scania 730 on the wharf all loaded up to go somewhere.
On the way home I looked in the window of Motomart in Lower Hutt to dream over what I might buy if I won Lotto.
As a a current BMW owner I guess an R1200RT is the obvious choice, but it's a big bike with 125hp (compared with my present 50) and with prices in the mid 30s it isn't what one would call cheap.
Honda's ST1300 is also a big bike, but it's more than $10,000 less.
I somehow think with the riding I do these days the F800GT would probably do the trick. Much lighter , but with 90hp I'm sure it would have enough power for my uses. I do prefer shaft drive (which the other two do have) but at least its rubber belt doesn't need lubrication. I think the price is just over $20,00.
But I would miss the beat of my boxer twin.
Maybe if I won Lotto I would just keep the old one and pay for repairs as needed.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Heavies

Here are a couple of great photos I have recently accessed which are not mine, but definitely worth sharing. In both cases they are moving forestry gear.
Max Youle managed to snap this PTS Freightliner Coronado on No.1 Line in Palmerston North.
Excuse the slight blur, but Max's wife alerted him to its approach and Max had to grab his camera and race out to his deck  and grab this before it was gone.
This great pic is from Alec Birch, who managed to snap Satherley's Kenworth T904, from Masterton's municipal buildings, as it negotiated the Lincoln Road, Chapel Street roundabout. 


Here are some of the commercial vehicle and coach body-building advertising from my 1950 British vehicle industry book, and I think all companies here, are no longer in existence,

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Old Commercials in Colour

Here are some coloured photos from the old book I discovered on the British motor industry.
Atkinson 8-wheeler with Gardner diesel power.
Metropolitan-Cammell-Weymann body on a bus of the Midland Motor Omnibus Company, but unfortunately it doesn't tell us what the chassis is..
Guy Arab single decker.
Scammell 8 wheeler. Note the big balloon singles on the back axles.
32 seater Foden with body by Wadham Brothers Limited.
A Sentinel diesel with the engine mounted between the chassis rails under the deck.
This must have been good for space in the cab and cab temperature, but perhaps not always as easy for the mechanic, though some of the engines mounted in the cab were fairly tricky to get at too.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Old British.

I recently purchased an old book on the British motor industry, from a second hand book shop.Some of the car photos I have posted on the Old British Cars facebook page, but here I am showing some of the commercial vehicles.
This 1928 Sentinel steam truck was a large truck in its day and must have been an uncomfortable ride on its solid tyres, but at least it had a semi-closed cab.
This earlier Foden has much more of a locomotive look, with a roof, but no windscreen..
This 1907 Sentinel has an open deck and an open cab.
Although this Sentinel, of 1933, has pneumatic tyres, a closed cab and a much more conventional appearance, it is still powered by steam.
A Foden of the 1940s is diesel powered.
Daimler buses of the late 1930s were typical of  British buses of this time, with their driver in a separate compartment.
A design referred to as half-cab.
The Commer Avenger of 1929/30 was also of similar design.
Later Avengers from the 1960s on, were powered by the powerful, but noisy TS3 two-stroke diesel.
Diesels were becoming the power plant of choice in  buses of the 30s, but many operators still preferred petrol powered units, like this Dennis Lancet
Late 1930 Leyland has the passenger area extended further forward than was normal for its time.
This was partly due to the fact that the engine was under the floor.
Earlier buses, or chars-a-banc as they were called, had folding tops, similar to cars of the time.
This one is a 1911 Karrier.
This 1912 model is also a Karrier, but has a solid roof, but no sides and forward control.
The 1905 Dennis, shown here, has a solid roof and folding side curtains.
Double deckers were an early British idea, as can be seen by this steam powered Thornycroft of 1902.
Early double deckers usually had an open top deck, but this one has a canopy, mainly to prevent the passengers being covered in soot.
One of Scammels solid tyred articulated rigs of 1923, only a year after the company began.
By 1926 Scammel were already building tanker trailers which were frameless.
The Dennis A type was used throughout the First World War.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wairarapa Archive

The Wairarapa Archive is a great source of photos of anything to do with the Wairarapa as well as tracking your ancestry in the area. As well as donated photos and those from other sources, they also stock all the negatives taken by the local newspaper (The Wairarapa Times Age) up until about 2000, from memory. If you know the date of something appearing in the paper (either exactly or approximate) they can provide you with, not only a copy of this photo, but also any other photo taken at the same time, even if not published. Here are some recent finds.
10th February, 1968, this photo of a proud Ian Maxwell standing by his new Bedford bus was published...
...but the rest of these photos were also taken, but not published.
No 11, was probably the first bus to appear in Masterton, without opening side windows. Ventilation was provided individually to each passenger by an overhead, adjustable vent.
The large one piece side windows, windscreen and rear window were very modern for the time.
The front and rear caps, I assume were molded fibre glass and appeared to be a copy of the British Duple bodies.
The chassis was a Bedford VAM, petrol powered, with a four speed gearbox and two speed differential.
VAMs were front engined.
In June, 1966, this picture of Transport Wairarapa's AEC Mammoth Major loaded with 303 sacks of peas appeared in the Times Age, with Doug Grey alighting from the cab.
Unpublished was this photo of Doug, sorting his ropes.
24th, June, 1970 this photo of my granddad, Norman Jones passing his driving test, at age 83, was featured...............

.... but it's great to see these previously unseen photos of him standing by his Vauxhall, while the MOT officer does the paper work on the bonnet.
Now he has noticed the camera...
...and although he was small in stature,  he was big on sense of humour and appears to have cracked a joke here, with the officer.

All photos on this page are from the Wairarapa Archive, Times Age collection.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Foden Photos.

Jim from Alexandra used to drive this Foden for Gore Services. He was hoping to find a clearer picture of it to use on his website...
He would particularly like to find one of it towing the trailer which it did quite often.
If anyone has anything, contact me or contact Jim directly at

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Catching Up.

I've been letting this blog slip a bit lately, partly due to spending more time on facebook, but mostly due to having a fault with my compact camera. This is the one I carry to work and anywhere else that the size of my good camera is an inconvenience.The fault in the camera is fixable, but it is a fiddly job and I've just got to make time to do it. The fact that my small Proxxon drill has also decided to stop working doesn't make it any easier.
Anyway, here's a few pics I've dug up lately.
At Queen's Birthday Weekend we did a trip, up through Pongaroa and then on to Porangahau, in the car. At Pongaroa a local Holden Club had gathered at the hotel. Here are some of the cars there.

At Porangahau the river was glassy smooth.
We get a variety of cars to service at my workplace, like this early Ford Mustang.
Mini and V6 Capri, were in on the same day.
I always liked Chrysler Australia's styling for the Valiants.
Here are some pics I found on some old transparencies.
This one was a workmate's pride and joy, a Suzuki GS450, back in the 80s
My friend Hans, bought this brand new BMW K100RT in 1985.