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Remember when going scotch (if from the south), or going down to the smoke (if from the north), was long distance?
When Middle East work was readily available?.
When driving a 111 or F89 meant you were truly the king of the road?
Recall those companies long gone, where every day was an adventure?

What ever happened to those drivers you spent hours with.. where did they go? and recollect on those characters in the industry sadly no longer with us.
This forum is for us all to indulge in a little nostalgia and remember with rose coloured glasses how much better it was in the olden days

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Flares and Cowboy Boots - Rock n Roll and Trucking

To a frustrated 12-year-old, the world of trucking always seemed to be so much more exsciting in the 70's. Just looking at some of the old pics, especially the long distance driving ones, you had drivers in cuban heels and denim jackets with magnificent mullet hairstyles - not a hi-viz or a pair of rigger boots in sight!
But the most rock'n'roll of all the outfits in those days, familiar to readers of Truck magazine but also to those who devoured Rolling Stone or Sounds, was Edwin Shirley Trucking.
These guys always seemed to me to be the bad boys of the trucking world; their fleet of F88's and DAF 2800's in that unmistakeable purple/yellow livery, the drivers in Led Zeppellin t-shirts, pulling the stage shows for the biggest touring bands in the world - including the banks of Marshall amps that went up to 11!!!
The trucks were made for centre spreads - and I always remember a topless 'bird' would be either hanging on to the grille or sitting on the rood while the drivers looked on as if it was no big deal. They had probably seen it all while on the road with Genesis or Pink Floyd....I mean, look at this one (copyright !
http://www.est-uk.com/jukebox/large_images/wall003.jpg
Their website has a classic set of pics as well as a great history section. Check it out at:
http://www.est-uk.com
If you click on the 'Jukebox' link, then on 'Wall of Infamy' on the pop-up, you'll get the full set of classic pics from those far-off glory days when men were men and a pair of spandex trousers was ok in the workshop.....
It's great to see that an old school firm like this is still going strong.

chorcheela SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 570 Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:40 pm

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Wow some of those pics bring back memories

You can tell a Yorkshireman something but not much.
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The Biker SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 1015 Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2003 10:51 pm Location: Ripon, N Yorkshire

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Im seriously considering ringing Trans-Am Trucking up for a job, as they arent far from me. A friend of a friend started for them this week, never been abroad, apparently his first gig id The Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Barcelona, think i2ll wait a couple of weeks and find out what the craic is, if its good, im going to go for it, (but without the spandex and the big hair!!!!! :wink:) User avatar
kindle530 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 6339 Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2004 3:48 pm Location: Norfolk

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kindle530 I dont think you have to know much when you start . I may be wrong but you are taken on as second driver for the double manning jobs because running bent is finished. So an experienced driver will be sitting next to you plotting the route & handling the customs papers.. Its usually just for the Summer months...Ends late September.. As I say,I could be wrong.. Nice way to spend the Summer..

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harry SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 6746 Joined: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:48 pm Location: Boceguillas

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chorhceela :-
mate of mine used to drive a band bus for Trathens from Devon in the late 70's / early 80's. He had some cracking pics of different tours he'd done with a lot of EST & TransAm Trucking kit - loads of crocodile skin cuban heels too
EST had 2 band bus's as well, 1 was custom built by Lambourn, the horse box people, on a Volvo coach chassis.
Trathens are still at it, although they did go bust spectacularly in the mid 80's. Think they're owned by Parks Motor Group now.
Another one was Len Wright Travel, London.
Maybe I should start an Old Time Coach Driver Forum somewhere

vernonbish777 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 233 Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm Location: Mojacar

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Thanks all.
Another company who do a lot of this work is Stardes, who I think are based in Sheffield. I was looking to see if I could dig up any old 'bands on tour' type photos, and there is a good page on their website:
http://www.stardes.co.uk/WinterWonderlandTour/WinterTour.html
For all you other East Anglians, this page is all about the Darkness on tour!

chorcheela SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 570 Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:40 pm

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vernonbish777 wrote:chorhceela :-

mate of mine used to drive a band bus for Trathens from Devon in the late 70's / early 80's. He had some cracking pics of different tours he'd done with a lot of EST & TransAm Trucking kit - loads of crocodile skin cuban heels too

EST had 2 band bus's as well, 1 was custom built by Lambourn, the horse box people, on a Volvo coach chassis.

Trathens are still at it, although they did go bust spectacularly in the mid 80's. Think they're owned by Parks Motor Group now.

Another one was Len Wright Travel, London.

Maybe I should start an Old Time Coach Driver Forum somewhere


Your mate may know my uncle from Plymouth he worked for Trathens in the 70`s/80`s Bob Hilton,
he too had the standard long perm :oops:& flares with the rest of the bling that went with the job :lol::lol:.
From what my dad says it was one hell of a job with no time for stopping
and after 12 months the coaches were on there last legs from none stop running.
A couple of euro change overs in Orange with the Italy buses & 5 Plymouth to London National Express runs,
all in a weeks work :shock::shock::shock::shock:
My dad went to the Trathens yard once and says he remembers seeing an all black coach there kitted out for the tours,
don`t know if this could be the one that you mention, ill try and find out a bit more info for you if i can.
I found these pic`s on the net http://nationalexpress.fotopic.net/c816371.html
:twisted::twisted::twisted:8)

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nianiamh SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 1109 Joined: Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:26 pm Location: North Wales now Canada

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.......Of course if you really had style (and money) in the 70's then you didn't need to bother with trucks and coaches at all......bit tricky to back up to the stage door though!
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:P:P chorcheela SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 570 Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:40 pm

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nianiamh :-
i worked for a firm from brum - "Flights" and we started doing south of france / italy shuttles late 70's with 2 drivers non stop from bham. used to use trathens oasis at orange as changeover point when things became more legal.
trathens were always at the forefront of the job, always trying something a bit exotic in their fleet and were the first to run quite a few different "continental" makes. I remember they had a girl driving for them who we always used to give a big wave and flash of the lights to when she would pass us at mach 4 (the rest of Trathens only seemed to reach Mach3.5). I've got a few sheets of A4 which is a copy of the draft of "The Trathens Story" which tells their history up to going bust in '85 with a full fleet list (sad I know!!) - the black one might be a Volvo / Van Hool they bought in about 84 - The Star rider - said to have been the most expensive coach on the road at the time - cost 250k when all the fitting out had been done - remember seeing it on i think a UB40 tour at Birmingham Odeon.
Was a good old crack doing the shuttle runs, mad dash of brits out of calais on a friday afternoon heading south. When we got onboard toilets fitted (ie - go faster for longer) our favourite hobby was "krauting" - get in front of a german car, preferably one pulling a caravan, flash the interior lights, and the rear gunner in the toilet would pull the plunger and dump the contents of the waste tank on the poor german holidaymakers. Shame.
If you want a copy of the Trathens stuff let me know and i send it to you.
cheers[/quote]

vernonbish777 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 233 Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm Location: Mojacar

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Prospective rock and rollers should also check out Stagetruck and Redburns
in West and North London respectively. Google for their websites.

TK Dave SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 91 Joined: Mon Nov 03, 2003 11:57 am Location: London

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TK Dave wrote:Prospective rock and rollers should also check out Stagetruck and Redburns
in West and North London respectively. Google for their websites.


If anybody is interested redburns are looking for a Cat C / class 3 driver at the moment.
http://www.redburn.co.uk/
click the vacancies tab at the bottom, goodluck,
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For info on Stagetruck try this link http://www.stagetruck.demon.co.uk/Concert.html

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Trathens. There's a name I'd forgotten.
When they started in the 70's a few boys that I had worked with before at Thompsons of Moretonhampstead went to work for Trathens. One of them, Paul something, was there for quite some years.
A couple of stories I remember about them - one funny the other not.
In the old days when drivers hours were but a joke they used to do the old 'phantom Frenchman' routine at Orange and carry right on down to Tossa del Mar or whichever Tossa they were bound for. One trip there was a couple in the right hand front pair of seats who had been having the craic with the driver on the way down. When he continued after Orange - now some good way from the ferry - they were asking seemingly innocent questions about how that worked which the driver was answering in a full and frank kind of way. Only a fortnight later when he got back from his holidays did it emerge that the husband of the couple was a ministry man! Whoops.
The other was avery bad accident that one of theirs was involved in. The bus , with one driver and a stewardess, had come back from a ski-trip, dropped off in Sheffield and was going back to Plymouth. He must have fallen asleep because just south of the Avonmouth bridge he rear-ended a broken-down sheep lorry on the hard shoulder still going mach 3.5. The poor Firemen who had to clean-up the mess, which included all the sheep in the truck, had no idea that there was a stewardess on board till they found a shoe that did not seem to fit any of the sheep. Oh dear.

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David Miller SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 820 Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2006 3:38 pm Location: Baddesley Eyore, Warwickshire

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Trathens are still at it !http://www.trathensstarriders.com/
along with a few others including the one that I work for www.phoenix-bussing.co.uk

timthebus SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 45 Joined: Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:41 am

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Tim - aren't Phoenix connected with Buddens in someway ? Any ideas what happened to Len Wright, I know he split with Buddens in the early 80's and went on to buy up some ex National Bus businesses and then went bust but seems to have disappeared since

vernonbish777 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 233 Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm Location: Mojacar

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Phoenix are connected with the Budden family, the company is owned by Simon Budden and two ex Len Wright drivers. When Len Wright folded the name and some assetts were brought by Clob Cantabrica from Watford, they still run a couple of sleeper busses under the name Len Wright band services.
Len himself Brought London busways when the government deregulated the industry in the early 90s, he then sold it to one of the major players in the market,not sure if its stagecoach or Firstbus, he then brought Limebourne a coach company from Battersea,that venture went bust around 1999. What he is doing now I am not sure.

timthebus SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 45 Joined: Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:41 am

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thanks for that tim
so which exotic tour are you off on next ? any pics ??

vernonbish777 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 233 Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm Location: Mojacar

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Stuck in the office these days, off on a heath & safety course for a two weeks, rock & roll aint what it used to be!

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This pic is of what was originally Len Wright Travel's first purpose built band bus - WHO 947V, a Volvo B58 (with the THD100 engine) carrying Plaxton bodywork. I remember them getting it late 1979, it was painted up as Nightliner 1. In use as a stock car bus in this pic, wonder if its still about ?
http://coaches-aplenty.fotopic.net/p32504884.html

vernonbish777 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 233 Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm Location: Mojacar

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good film on think it was BBC3 last night as part of the Stiff Records series - Son of Stiff (On Tour) made in 1980
Some good shots of a Trathens motor on there but didnt see much of the road crew or truck

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not the best picture in the world, but another company on the rock and roll curcuit is jumbocruiser.com User avatar
euromat SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 3856 Joined: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:19 pm Location: suffolk (ish)

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euromat SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 3856 Joined: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:19 pm Location: suffolk (ish)

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trathens pah. i was on dereck randall from acton. victoria cs to loret d mar. 1 hit. 5 hours kip + back again. then a shuttle to chamonix. in 1 week. god them scanias where well knackered when they got snatched back. the black coach i think was tsv 800 a plaxton 3500 x len wrights. that was my motor when new. its still working as a stock car transporter. see it often at foxhall stadium.

Is it just me, or would you kill people for the kind of download speed that girl from the piracy ad's getting?

r slicker SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 1174 Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2003 2:22 am Location: cerano (townof the living dead) italy.and now starring in panto in ipswich

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r slicker wrote:trathens pah. i was on dereck randall from acton. victoria cs to loret d mar. 1 hit. 5 hours kip + back again. then a shuttle to chamonix. in 1 week. god them scanias where well knackered when they got snatched back. the black coach i think was tsv 800 a plaxton 3500 x len wrights. that was my motor when new. its still working as a stock car transporter. see it often at foxhall stadium.


well tratyens have updated their fleet now luckily (unlike born to be wild it seems who had a coaches wheels fall off last week :shock:)
not done much with len wright, the bees knees of the business is beat the street (austria) User avatar
euromat SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 3856 Joined: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:19 pm Location: suffolk (ish)

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trathens pah. i was on dereck randall from acton. victoria cs to loret d mar. 1 hit. 5 hours kip + back again. then a shuttle to chamonix. in 1 week. god them scanias where well knackered when they got snatched back. the black coach i think was tsv 800 a plaxton 3500 x len wrights. that was my motor when new. its still working as a stock car transporter. see it often at foxhall stadium.


haha, another blast from the past
derek randall - u forgot the "european enterprises" bit - wasn't he australian - i remember before the daf and scania days they were doing italy and south of france in AEC Reliances one hit vernonbish777 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 233 Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm Location: Mojacar

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yep. i had sur 868p. a 760 reliance 80 mph plus. non stop to loret and all the other places. good memories. he was half australian half south african. a right bugger to work for but your money was always there. even if you got back early hours your wages where hidden in a prearranged place. good old days.

Is it just me, or would you kill people for the kind of download speed that girl from the piracy ad's getting?

r slicker SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 1174 Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2003 2:22 am Location: cerano (townof the living dead) italy.and now starring in panto in ipswich

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readers wives sprang to mind first off, hadnt randalls used to do a lot of the touring for "womans world" mags and the like - readers holiday trips

vernonbish777 SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 233 Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm Location: Mojacar

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yeah we used to do all the tv mags readers specials etc etc. could be fun aswell always got your legover aswell :wink:. it seemed at the time everyone was doing shuttles. i went to ferris airways after randalls then top deck for 2 years. great fun

Is it just me, or would you kill people for the kind of download speed that girl from the piracy ad's getting?

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few more corcheela who were at the download festival as well as a few other i was at over the last few weeks
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and a chuffin long old bus!!
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euromat SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 3856 Joined: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:19 pm Location: suffolk (ish)

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Good pics Euromat.
I recently read an interview with Motorhead who said that they have always used TransAm for their trucking. Have you ever hauled the Bomber lighting rig?
PS I notice the Roy Humphrey Magnum pulling a Transam trailer in one of the pics....somebody got lucky!! :D chorcheela SENIOR MEMBER   Posts: 570 Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:40 pm

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