Seasons Greetings from the J-type Register

It’s Classic Motor Show time!

Only three days to go ’til we’re setting up our stand at the Classic Motor Show. The Register is in Hall 3, Stand 240,  near to the Morris-Commercial and Morris Minor van stands. If you are visiting, do come and find us.

We’re having 5003 NX on display (always useful as an office and storage) plus Gary Sumner’s Royal Mail van, and Mike Herritt’s is bringing the pick-up. Should make for a nice display…

See you there!

Ray Kings 1932~2017

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that long-time Register member Ray Kings passed away on the 8th October after a long illness.

In 949 BYY, Ray attended many Register get-togethers, all the way back to the heydays of Tatton Park. He is one of only a handful of owners to have attended all three Anniversary Rallies at Wythall in the same vehicle. BYY also graced our stands at the NEC more than once!

Ray always entertained with his stories of early days doing National Service, of working at Marsh and Baxter’s and later exploits whilst self-employed in his grp moulding business.

He will be sorely missed on the Rally scene.

Ray’s Funeral was on Thursday 19th October, at Stourbridge Crematorium.

70th Anniversary UK celebrations, June 16/17 2018

A date for every J-type owner and enthusiast’s diary! We can confirm that the 2018 – 70th Anniversary of the introduction of the J-type van at the 1948 Commercial Motor Show – main get-together for the UK and Europe J-type owners and enthusiasts will be at The Transport Museum, Wythall near Birmingham, on the weekend of Father’s Day. This will be June 16th and 17th, 2018.

We will hope to follow this up with a good showing at the Gaydon Classic Van and Pick-up Show, date yet to be confirmed but usually in early August.

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.


J van grille chrome

The Register has organised the manufacture of a small batch of the chrome hoops for the grille panel of a J-type. We have not so far managed to organise the remanufacture of the centre strip, but enquiries are ongoing. The hoops are made from chrome-plated brass to the correct section. Having such a limited market, it is unlikely we will be having more made once these have been sold. The cost for the left-hand and right-hand hoops is £80 for the pair, plus post/packing which is yet to be established.

They are difficult items to package, so it would be preferred if members/purchasers might pay and reserve a set and collect them at the Classic Van and Pick-up Show at Gaydon (Sunday August 6th) or at the NEC show (10th-12th November) where we will have a stand in Hall 3. Otherwise, by prior arrangement they could be picked up from Register HQ in Moseley, Birmingham.

The Classic Van and Pick-up Show will be only the second outing for 5003 NX with its new paint finish. We are hoping to change the wheel colour to silver, but so many other things are getting in the way at the moment!

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!


A restored van in Brazil

Thanks to an email from its owner, Edson Eduardo Neuwald, we have updated info on this van in Brazil. The van was for sale in Uruguay a few years ago, looking a little shabby but certainly restorable.

It has now gone from being probably the only surviving J-type van in South America, to being almost certainly the only J-type ice cream van in South America! Either way, it’s still the 8th oldest surviving van.

In our archives there is a photo of a fleet of J-types and PVs which were in the service of the Columbian Post Office, so we do know that Js were exported to South America, but in what quantities we will never know.

Edson has sent the Register a little of the recent history of the van along with some photographs, which will provide a welcome article for the next issue of the Review, No. 44.


An early J-type that surfaced in Uruguay recently

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.

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.