Archive scenes…

Gray Southard sent in this wonderful shot of a J-type found on the internet.

Blagg Bros. Tarporley

Blagg Bros. Tarporley


Mike Greenwood passed on this beauty for the Register archives!

UJF 294

UJF 294

Thanks to both of you!

CARnivale 2014- Sydney Australia

Six J type vans drove to the Australia Day CARnivale display in Sydney on Sunday. I have to thank Andrew Trollope and Susan for coming all the way from Melbourne to drive a van to the event. Their help was great. All of the vans from 2013 attended and this year we had an addition of the old Norge Village Dry Cleaners van (featured on the cover of the J type book by D Allison and H Pitcher) in its new livery of the Sydney Packaging Company. This van has been nicely prepared and is now in daily use. It still has the Holden red motor it had when in Tasmania although the brakes and undercarriage have been improved.

I continue to be amazed at the positive sentiments the public has towards the J type. Many were only too happy to stop and tell their personal J type yarn and others just wanted to get into the drivers seat for a photo. I was told of a J which was deck cargo on a coastal steamer going around the Pacific Islands. When in port it was hoisted off onto dry land and provided transport for the crew whilst waiting for the cargo to be unloaded.

Also I was given a photo of Kelvin Mowtell and his company vehicle. It was J type in Ramset (NZ) livery. Kelvin still has great memories of that van. As a young surfer the J was a perfect company ‘car’ as on week-ends he simply popped his surf board and mates into the back and headed to the best breaks.


The 2015 CARnivale will see more J type vans. Let us aim for….

Peter Bateman Sydney January 2014

NEC set-up day tomorrow!

Tomorrow we’ll be setting up the Register’s stand for Friday’s first day of the 2013 Classic Motor Show. Hopefully we’ll be able to post a photo tomorrow evening.

Gray Southard sends in these street scenes to add to the archives. Thanks Gray, see you at the NEC.

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Ice Cream van photos

We’ve recently added some photos to the History section of the website (see History button on top bar, or click this link showing surviving genuine ice cream vans.

We’ve also photos from our archives of vans that are believed not to survive, click

There is an historical significance in being able to compare the various styles of the different coachbuilders around in the ’50s and ’60s which is our reason for creating the galleries.

Whitby Engineering’s modern-day recreations are not included in either of these galleries, but do appear in galleries under the Morris and Morris~Commercial buttons.

Heres’s a taste of what’s to be found…

Blog: Mac Fisheries J-type photos!

A couple of photos of Mac Fisheries J-types in Birmingham. We have photos of vans in the fleet working in other cities, it’s just a coincidence that these two came to light at the same time.

Two Mac Fisheries J-types are known to survive, VOR 390 and 7148 WJ. Both are in the J/B gallery under the MORRIS badge.

Mac Fisheries J-type van in Broad Street Birmingham in 1957

Mac Fisheries J-type van in Broad Street Birmingham in 1957

Mac Fisheries J-type van in Birmingham in 1958

Mac Fisheries J-type van in Birmingham in 1958

Oxford Diecast’s new 00-gauge j-type

Oxford Diecast’s range of OO gauge models has been increased by the addition of this lovely model of the Facchino’s J-type Ice Cream van, YHT 511,  in Whitby Engineering’s collection of preserved vehicles.

At approximately 2 inches long, this is a little model with some amazingly accurate detail – for instance, the word MORRIS can be read on the tiny grille badge! It has also been correctly modelled with only the passenger side door, a modification made by previous owner Gary Sutton when he rebuilt this ex-Verrechia’s of Bristol ice cream van.

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.


LVR 340, Levaggi’s J-type ice cream van

This photo was for sale on ebay recently. It shows a Kenning’s-built J-type ice cream van, registration number LVR 340, in Levaggi’s fleet. Hand-written on the back of the photograph is the date July 10th 1954, which means that these two bridesmaids will be in their mid- to late sixties! Tempus fugit.

Seen on tv!

A great archive shot seen on BBC 2’s programme ‘Britain’s Best Drives’ – where Richard Wilson is seen driving an old Austin car in the Wye Valley.

Please note:  Photographs on this website have been watermarked, not to imply ownership in any way but to indicate this website as the source.

Christchurch NZ in 1960

Iain Booth (ex owner of the Doyles van featured in the previous post) sends this image of the Bridge of Remembrance in Christchurch, taken in 1960. Despite every effort of the recent earthquakes, the Bridge survives. The Bridge’s foundation stone states “Laid 25th April 1923 by His Excellency Viscount Jellicoe Governor General of the Dominion”. Originally built in grateful remembrance of Canterbury’s Sacrifice in World War 1, the monument now pays tribute to those who served in more recent military activities too.