The British Army search a bread van for hidden items

The British Army search a bread van for hidden items

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Monday, 28 May 2012

The latest news.

The recent JB ice cream van on e-bay, although sold for £10,300 is back on the e-bay again, why? purchaser failed to pay? or maybe it was a hoax bid? Will we ever know?
Seems it has lost its original registration and does indeed have an age related number issued. I hope somebody will buy this and save it, but it won't be me, I've never been keen on ice cream vans of any make.
JB's JB blog has been updated as he went with his van to a local Australian rally in

Yarra Glyn 20.05.12.

Do check out his blog, to see some of the other interesting vehicles there.
The official news about pre-1960 vehicle MOT's,
"Classic and historic vehicles are to be exempted from yearly MoT tests, the government has announced.
Vehicles manufactured before 1960 will no longer have to have to pass an MoT from 18 November, Roads Minister Mike Penning said.
The vehicles make up about 0.6% of the total number of licensed vehicles in Britain but are involved in just 0.03% of road casualties and accidents.
It follows a campaign by the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group.
Mr Penning said the government was committed to cutting out red tape which cost motorists money "without providing significant overall benefits".
"Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well - they don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork," he said.
"Owners of classic vehicles will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition to be on the road but scrapping the MoT test for these vehicles will save motorists money."
Interesting news about pre-1960 vehicle MOT's, full details to follow but the plan is all pre 1960 vehicles won't need an MOT, I worry about this for various reasons.I wonder how many people will now buy a cheap pre 60's car, no need an MOT, free Tax and cheap club insurance, use it and drive it into the ground as a very cheap form of commuting to and from work. That would reflect badly on proper old vehicle enthusiasts.
Or the "con men" out there, spotting an old car in a field, getting the details from it, applying for a V5c(log book), getting the V5c and then getting the cheapest insurance, this vehicles number plate could now be sold. Maybe they could even spot your project vehicle when you have your garage doors open and do the same to you.
You never know what these "con" men are up too. 
Back to the MOT situation, I think I know a bit about vehicles but I think a fresh pair of eyes looking at your pride and joy may well spot something you have missed, I'm always happy to take a vehicle for the test, I want to know if something is wrong with it. 
My JB van is on hire this week, promoting our local Diamond Jubilee event, live bands, picnics, hot food and a HOG roast, plenty of things for the kids to do. Running from noon  till 10pm. The van is currently bedecked in flags and posters for the event and is being driven around our village and is also parked in various prominent locations to promote this event. I must get the camera fixed and and take a couple of snaps.

A list of chassis number and registration dates.

J/R 010 10/1949--J/R 649 1949--J/R 755 1/1950--J/R 1061 12/1949--J/R 1102 12/1949--J/L 1518 1950--J/R 1612 03/1950--J/L 2935 1951--J/R 4491 11/1950--J/R 6050 12/1950--J/R 6187 1/1951--J/R 10916 12/1951--J/R 10972 1/1952--J/R 14776 12/1952--J/R 145931/1953--J/R 15455 1/1953--J/R 16261 03/1953--J/R 18124 1952--J/R 19902 12/1953--J/R 20658 02/1954--J/R 21720 12/1953--J/R 23555 1954--J/R 24274 1954--J/R 25618 12/1954--J/R 25079 1/1955--J/R 25741 05/1955--J/R 29869 11/1955--J/R 30963 11/1955--J/R 3183110/1955--J/R 32465 11/1955--J/R 33340 1/1956--J/R 35466 1/1957--J/R 35671 12/1956--JB/MR 37200 06/1957--JB/MR 39547 12/1957--JB/MR 39012 1/1958--JB/MR 39648 1/1958--JB/MR 42533 1/1959--JB/MR 42677 12/1958--JB/MR 43367 1959--JB/MR 45648 1/1960--JB/MR 45693 12/1959--JB/MR 46009 02/1960--JB/MR 47648 12/1960--JB/MR 47907 12/1960--JB/MR 48069 01/1961--JB/MR 48219 01/1961
Approximate Production data for each year.
1949 750 vehicles -1950 5347 -1951 5051 -19524098 -1953 5027 -1954 6000 -1955 6894 -19563169 -1957 3284 -1958 3131 -1959 2965 -19602516 -1961 362
Total produced 48620

Ardingly Vehicle Show 12/7/09. Picture taken by Clive Barker.