The Bedford Enthusiasts Club
"The New club for Owners and Enthusiasts of Bedford's.....
and other historic commercial vehicles with GM/Bedford company connections"
Grew up in family coach business. Historically the fleet were all Bedfords and we still have an old reliable workhorse, a Bedford YNT, which is still used on regular services.
Growing up with Bedfords is where my passion and enthusiams for all things Bedford originated from.
At 17 I started an apprentiship with local commercial motor engineers Ben Goulden and Sons Ltd who were Bedford specialists and parts stockists and one time Perkins sign holders.
I Completed an Engineering Technicians course via day release and evening classes, culminating with the IRTE part C course and became a full member of the IRTE at aged 29.
I now run the family coach business with the third generation, my two sons Danny and Max who are gradually taking over and I am now working on taking a back seat.
I have a collection of historic Bedfords from wartime QL and OY to KM TM and TL plus Diamond T wartime wrecker fitted with a Bedford 500 Turbo engine.
I have been married for over 30 years, to Lyn, who has endured and supported my Bedford Addiction
Married to a tanker driver, 2 Children, 5 Grandchildren. Passion for lorries from an early age.
Aquired Motorcycle and LGV class 1 25 Years ago and bought first vintage vehicle in 1982.
An enthusiast of all the transport movements up to the present day.
Has been involved for many Years with the Griffin Trust.
A founder member of the Bedford Enthusiasts Club.
A history in Bedfords going back to the age of 11 when I learned to drive in an O type Bedford
around the transport yard owned then by my late Father and Uncle.
Ran a Tipper Haulage business which included most types of Bedford's for many Years.
Now Semi - Retired and owning a restored 1950 K Type Bedford,
With a TK in course of restoration.
Married for over 40 Years to Pam who helps me with Merchandising and the Club Shop.
I have spent most of my working life repairing vehicles plant and mostly fork lift trucks During the early 1990s i got involved with horses and very soon horseboxes
This led me into commercial horse transport and horsebox building and repair Since Bedfords were very popular in this role i quickly gained experience particularly the
non HGV model TK and TL types I ran a TK 570 then a TL 750 then a TK 860 which i still have.
After the business folded in 2001 it was back to the FLTs but in the much better setting of Cumbria rather than my home town of Warrington
James wasn’t born in a Bedford but you wouldn’t be surprised if he had been. His passion for them is obvious as soon as you walk into the conference room at his offices in Northampton as he has some amazing photographs with various details of Bedford vehicles picked out in gold. If you falsely claim to know something about Bedfords, James can very quickly catch you out, but if you do - then you have a friend for life!
James has been involved with vehicles, transport and recovery all his working life. After qualifying with an HNC in Building Construction from Northampton Technical College (now a University), he started work with a Specialist Plant Hire company which had Bedfords in its’ fleet and where James learnt to drive in a Bedford. He moved into the family business of Autohome Assistance in 1984 and has been the Managing Director there since 2009. In their recovery fleet, Autohome Assistance runs two MJ Bedfords, one with a crane and one a flat bed vehicle with a HiAb. James also makes these vehicles available to the Heavy Rescue Partnership Charity when the need arises. He also has 2 Bedford preservation vehicles, a J Type Fire Appliance and an S Type with hydraulic platform.
James says “Bedfords have been in my life as long as I can remember, in the early days we used to keep them in my mother’s garden – well she wasn’t much of a gardener anyway!”
Richard is a self confessed Bedford Addict who has owned TL, Chevanne and currently restoring a CF minibus.
Richard is our Southern Area Co-Ordinator and joint organiser of several club events.
Married to Emma who Tolerates his Bedford cravings.
MD Jon Beech Recovery.
MD Longton Avia UK Ltd
Charity Trustee at Heavy Rescue Partnership.
Responsible for the day to day running and operations of the charity.
Working with the Fire Rescue services and British Red Cross
Technical Advisor Freight Transport APPG Westminster
Operates Bedford's for recovery work.
Time served at Vauxhall Motors 1979 - 83 as an apprentice mechanic.
Time served 1883 - 1990 on TM, Cummins,Eaton etc
Planning Engineer 1990. Then to Production Control.
Plant Fitter and Facilities Manager.
Present Day Senior Engineer Facilities Manager.
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Page updated 23-02-2014.