The HCVS was the first commercial vehicle club to be formed in the 1958 and it certainly led the way. The Society has continued through the years as the largest organisation for historic van, lorries, buses, military and steam vehicles and this will continue under the trustees.
The society represents the movement as a whole regarding historic commercial vehicles of all types whether their owners are members or not when it comes to legislation.
Members of the HCVS will be kept in touch with any developments affecting their hobby, both internally and externally, through the Historic Commercial News which is will continue to be published 8 times a year.Whatever your interest in historic commercial transport, you'll find the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society will cater for your needs. Why not join us by sending in the application form.
The trustees are far from being a band of Armchair Administrators and it is true to say that the skills of the spanner are well represented by the trustees. Many are vehicle owners and restorers in their own right.
Fraser Clayton own a Leyland Cheetah, AEC Mammoth Major, Matador and RTW bus.
I joined the Historic Commercial Vehicle Club, as it was then, in the 1970’s when I purchased my first historic commercial vehicle. Around 2000 I thought I would offer my help to the Society and became a Trustee. Work wise, I started as an Apprentice Mechanic with Post Office Telephones (later British Telecom) and worked my way through various ranks and ended up managing one of their workshops in Merstham, Surrey, which ran approximately 200 vehicles of all sizes. In the 1990’s BT garages were being closed down so I left and became self-employed mainly working on vintage vehicles and Land Rovers.
Clive MacDonald owns a Atkinson Borderer and Bedford Mountain Fire Engine.
I first joined the HCVS in the 1980’s enjoying taking our young family to see the vehicles parked on Maderia Drive. This was especially enjoyed by me as I started my working life as an apprentice diesel fitter for Atkinson Vehicles London Ltd. After which I served in the R.E.M.E for 9 years as a recovery mechanic. Followed by a 26 year career with Superdrug Stores working as an artic driver out of the Croydon RDC. I started my first restoration in 1996 a 1972 Atkinson Borderer. 18 months of my life and a 2nd in class at Brighton. I still have the pleasure of its ownership. Next along came an S&D T Type another 18months restoration and a 1st in class at Brighton and many other accolades. During this time I took on the position of London & South East areas Chairman. Twelve years ago I was approached to become one of the judges for the London to Brighton run which I considered to be a great honor. I am still a judge for this prestigious run. The following year I was approached by one of the Trustees to see if I would like a position as a Society Trustee. As a Trustee I am very approachable.
Geoff Heels owns a Guy GS bus and Bedford SB Coach and brings his knowledge of buses.
Has been a member of the HCVS, formally the Historic Commercial Vehicle Club, since 1974 and a trustee since 2010. His main interest has been buses but has also owned several light commercials. His daily run around is a Morris Minor Van. He regularly attends the London and South East Area meetings and is the liaison officer for the South West Area. He is also on the London to Brighton Run organising committee and deals with the 36 trophies awarded each year, and many other menial tasks.
Dave Heasman has a reputation for sound organisation skills where rallies are concerned.
Although I have never owned a Historic vehicle my early memories of working after school and Saturdays for the local Paraffin man (Pink) and the sound of the Austin Loadstar when we dropped a gear will never leave me. After leaving school I started working for myself delivering Paraffin, commencing with an old Post Office Morris Commercial then a Thames Trader so by the time I met our old Chairman Ron Miller old vehicles were well and truly in my blood. I joined the HCVS and in the fullness of time was elected on to the Trustees where I have remained for bleep bleep years. I was Treasurer for a short spell also assisted Bob Gale judging at Brighton then continued Judging on my own at Brighton and many other rallies. My hope for the HCVS in the future is that we continue to increase in numbers and work back to the position of strength we always enjoyed.
I have been a member since my teens when an older friend bought a 1948 Leyland PD2 in blue and cream livery. Cliff Richard had nothing on us as we slept, cooked and travelled slowly in the bus to the likes of London, Kent, Yorkshire and Blackpool. My career started as a trainee accountant. I jumped ship into the world of computers in my mid twenties. I subsequently became a director of a company that supplied business computer systems. I personally specialised in business software design. One of the niche markets our firm supplied was the funeral business. In 1994 I bought a Colman Milne Ford Dorchester 6 funeral limousine which still comes out on sunny days.
Since retiring I was persuaded to offer my service to the committee and wish to help the silent majority of members who keep our club ticking over.
I have a history in haulage, my grandfather started tipper haulage with a couple of Ex Army Bedfords and the company grew to be one of the largest tipper operators in the Harrogate area. Now semi-retired I have restored a 1950 K type Bedford and I am active in the preservation and showing of Historic commercials being on the committee of the Bedford Enthusiasts Club as well as a HCVS Trustee and Webmaster for the society.
John is an enthusiastic AEC owner and Treasurer of the AEC Society owning an AEC Mandator and a 1927 Vulcan.
John now has joined the ranks of HCVS Trustees and will be a valuable addition to the Society.
Michael has been involved in running transport for over 50years operating tippers, general haulage, crane assisted vehicles, also storage and pallet distribution, now relaxing he owns a number of old lorries and is very active in the society hoping to add to the progression and continuation of HCVS now and in the future.
The newest recruit, left school at 15, worked on cars and lorries for a company, started my own business in 1973, doing vehicle repairs and recovery which I ran successfully for 40 years. Bought my first Historic commercial vehicle in 2003 which was when I joined the society, my first historic vehicle was a Morris commercial LC3 G.P.O. Utility Van (was a basket case) also owns various other historical vehicles and in the process of total restoration of a Seddon 25 G.P.O. Van. Have been an active member of the society for many years as an area committee member and a Judge at Brighton.
An important part of the trustees duties is to a keep close watch on any new legislation from the UK or Europe which affects historic vehicles. Legislation is reviewed with the close co-operation of the Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC). The HCVS has attended meetings with various authorities on a variety of subjects representing the lorry and bus movement and there are no restrictions or legislation which prevents the free use of our vehicles. Indeed with the FBHVC we often consider legislation before it reaches the consultation stage, the current MOT exemption proposals being a good example.