Motorclassica, the Bendigo Bash and The NEC!

The Aussies have had a great time organising the Motorclassica and Bendigo 70th Anniversary events.

Six vans were on show at Motorclassica in Melbourne, whilst an impressive thirteen turned out for the Bendigo event. A fourteenth van turned up for the Sunday afternoon at the Morris Minor Garage.

Motorclassica (click on any photo to enlarge)


Bendigo (click on any photo to enlarge)


Morris Minor Garage, Harcourt (click on any photo to enlarge)

Meanwhile, back in the UK, the Classic Motor Show is on at the NEC, Birmingham. We have four vans on display. More photos to follow.

Gaydon and other matters

First, some sad news from Peter Bateman in Australia:

“Sadly we have to report the passing of Lloyd Harrington. Over the years Lloyd owned about 70 J vans, many ex-Melbourne Gas & Fuel and a fleet of 55 Js delivered bread from the bakery at 499 Canterbury Road, Vermont.
We pass our thoughts to his family. One day a Harrington’s Bread van will be restored in his memory.”


Gaydon came and went yesterday, 6th August. We managed 5 J-types at it, although one of the vans was on display in the Post Office vehicle line-up!

Many nice light commercials and lots of good conversations. It is turning into a great show.


Another first…

We think that this is the only example of a J-type immortalised in a tattoo, send a photo if you know otherwise!

Thanks to Peter Bateman for the photo!


CARnivale 2017, Sydney Australia

Australia Day 2017 and the annual CARnivale at Parramatta Park in Sydney’s west was the hub to showcase some of Australia’s interesting motor vehicles. Five of Sydney’s J van fleet were on display and as usual provided many smiles and a popular ‘selfie’ backdrop. Stories were told of J vans delivering milk in Canberra back in the fifties. We met an ex-Lucas employee who recalled as an apprentice, “bouncing around” in the back of a Lucas J van in the UK.  He now lives in Oz and travels in greater comfort.
Vans on display:
J/R 4875 Yellow Express – J/R 18124 NRMA – J/R 18853 Sydney Packaging – J/B 41717 Mr C and J/B 46746 Winning Appliances, ex Old Middleton Grain Store J/B.

News in from Australia!

Entrant 084, the Winning Appliances J van won Outstanding Car at Australia’s greatest car event – SummerNats30 in Canberra. Congratulations!  Andrew Slender now has another trophy for this van. The next display is in Sydney on Australia Day, January 26 at CARnivale, Parramatta Park.

Peter Bateman, Canberra
Andrew with trophy Winning-trophy

SummerNats30 – Australia’s biggest Horsepower Party!

Summernats-2017 Summernats-2017'2 Summernats-2017'3Over 2400 entrants with the coolest rides in the country are in Canberra for their annual weekend of FUN!
There are two Morris J vans here this year and the Winning Appliances van driven by Andrew Slender was invited to take part in the Super Cruise through the centre of Canberra. What fun! And there is more to come too.


Review 43 is on its way!

Members can expect the latest issue of the J-type Review to drop through their letterboxes over the next couple of days.

It’s another fab issue with lots of interesting content, from both sides of the globe.


Pipe Perfection!

JB/MR 43570, the Pipe Perfection Plumbing JB has been seen around Sydney’s inner west recently. Peter Bateman sends this image taken of Singapore Airlines A380 Airbus – 9V-SKD on final approach to Sydney airport.

For more Australian J news –

MotorClassica, Melbourne 2016


Mid-May update!

A pot-pourri of items that have surfaced over the last few weeks.