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Historic Commercial Vehicle Society: 2006 Run

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1915 Fiat model 2B Country Bus
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The London to Brighton Run of the Historical Commercial Vehicle Society is one of the best - perhaps, the best - of the year's events along the Drive. Around 200 vehicles are entered, covering a wide range of both historic periods and commercial functions. While the Pioneer Motorcycle Run stipulates a pre-1915 build for participants in its event, membership in the HCVS is available for any commercial vehicle more than 20 years old. This is much to the good, as it means that each succeeding generation of motor vehicles "qualifies" for preservation as soon as its commercially useful life expires.

The Society, which was formed in 1958, currently has around 3,000 members who between them have more than 7,500 vehicles. There are 15 classes of vehicles, encompassing various grades of lorries, vans, buses, coaches, fire engines, taxis, tractor units, steam wagons and tractors.

A look through the official programme provides a list of names of famous motor manufacturers, some of whom are still with us, but many which are not: Bedford, Ford, Leyland, Dennis, Guy, Morris, Austin, Commer, Bristol, AEC, and Foden.

Held each year on the first Sunday in May, the HCVS Run has a fair chance of having good weather. If it's sunny and warm, then the day is very pleasent and you can stroll around at your leisure. By comparison, the Veteran Car Run takes place in November, and so even if it's dry, it will be cold.

1930 Morris
Commercial Van
in foreground
1947 Fordson Van
in background

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for a larger version

The HCVS Run starts from Crystal Palace Park in Bromley, South London. Entrants set off between 7-00 and 9-00 am. There is a half-way halt at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, and vehicles arrive in Brighton from 10-30 am onwards.

The day in Brighton is about getting there, showing off one's vehicle, and waiting for the judges' inspection. Because, yes, there are lots of prizes, trophies, and cups to be competed for each year. There are 15 class winners to be decided and 20 odd special awards to be made, such as the Best Leyland on the Run, and The Best Vehicle from the County of Sussex.

I was interested to see that there is an award for The Best Restoration by a Society member of limited means. Restoring a commercial vehicle must be a pretty expensive business - or hobby, if you know what I mean. Some vehicles are individually owned, others belong to preservation societies, others to museums and businesses. Even the fuel costs to run a full-size oil tanker back and forth must cost a bit - even if the tank is empty!

Each year there is an overall winner for what is modestly known as the Concours d'Elegance, and this year it was the widely-tipped K148 (the vehicle's membership number). K148 is a 1913 Leyand bus, an early motor bus, whose success in its day signalled the end of the tramway network in Barnsley. For more on the winner, click here.


1953 Guy Special Bus, operational from 1954 to 1971

Native Indian and Head Dress,
the emblem of Guy Motors Ltd.

Cups and Trophies presented to winners in their class each year
Around 36 cups and trophies are presenetd each year to the winners in the various classes of historic commercial vehicles.


For more on the HCVS Run, click below
K148, the overall winner in 2006
J144, a 1915 bus
L163, a 1911 double deck bus
Fire Appliances
The Outspan Orange Car
J134, 1909 Commer car
Southdown bus, reg UF1517
Steam wagons


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