Wallasey, 1968

A lovely shot found by Register member Eddie Doig. Great to see a J still in use in the late ’60s and near to the camera, rather than being hidden by other vehicles.


65th Anniversary Rally…

65th Anniversary of the J-type: Sunday

A panoramic view of Saturday's line-up of J-vans. Photo by Annette Pijpstra

A panoramic view of Saturday’s line-up of J-vans. Photo by Annette Pijpstra


The 65th Anniversary Rally is over, and there are already those who are talking about the 70th!

A really impressive display of vans was achieved. A mixture of J-types, J/Bs and an Austin 101. We had a GPO Planning van or three, a Royal Mail van, an ex-Australian van, an ex-New Zealand van, a coachbuilt pick-up, a van driven over from Sweden, a van attending a rally for the first time in probably 30 years, and more.

It was also a chance for owners to meet and greet. And marvellous to see the signs of another generation of J-enthusiasts coming through. Ken Cookes’s daughter Debbie’s enthusiasm for the van shows that she’s a ‘chip off the old block’. MYH 238 would perhaps not have made it to the Rally were it not for the help that Will Southard gave his father Graham over the months leading up to the event, and Abi Pitcher created the J-type cake for the occasion, and insists that 5003 NX will be hers one day!

It was wonderful to see J-owners Andrew and Susan Trollope and John Brooksmith and partner Annette, all four over from Melbourne Australia and able to attend the event.

Our thanks to the BaMMOT museum staff who helped make the Rally as enjoyable as it was, and who went out of their way to make sure everything ran smoothly.

More photos can be seen at

65th Anniversary – day two!



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