A classic Royal Mail van…

It’s great to see Classic Van and Pick-up flying the flag for our wonderful vans.

The March 2017 issue, in all good newsagents now, has a 6-page article on SLO 234, owned by Register-members Gary and Heather Sumner. Six pages and the main front-cover photo. Not bad eh!


Welcome to 2017!

May the new year bring health and happiness to owners and enthusiasts worldwide!


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.

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Classic Van & Pick-up Show, Gaydon 2016

J-types from THREE continents were on display on the Register stand at Gaydon. From left to right in the photo: Gary Sumner’s Royal Mail van, the Pitchers’ ex Bobby and Co. of Leamington Spa J/B, the 1951 van imported from Kenya and the J/B that went from New Zealand to Australia and now has found its way back to the UK.

J-van owners in the main photo are, from left to right: Gary Sumner, Bill McMahon, Gray Southard, Harvey Pitcher, Ed Morgan, Steve Parkes and sons, and Valerie and Duncan McKay. Other J-owners in attendance but not around for the ‘photoshoot’ included Ken Bennett, Iain McKenzie and Dr Qu Li.


Early-July Update!

A few photos to show what has been happening J-typewise!

Kenyan J-type

This J-type was mentioned on Roland’s blog a couple of months ago, as being for sale in Kenya of all places. It has now arrived in the UK, and is a little gem. It is very complete and has no major rust issues, and also has a steel floor, common on exported vans but which was only fitted to very few early UK deliveries. Everything points to this being a 1951 van, but we don’t yet know whether it spent time in the UK before being exported to Nairobi. We only know of four older vans in the UK, three of which are ice cream vans and the other is a minibus.

Steve, its new owner does need 3 16″ wheels, as the van is sitting on one correct rim and three rims that look like 3-stud Citroen ones that have been drilled to take 5 studs. Might be ok on Kenyan roads… If you can help Steve in his search, contact him on 07973 405 119.

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Seen at the NEC Commercial Vehicle Show

In amongst all the Transits, Ivecos, new Citroen Dispatch (very nice…) – brand new vans and trucks of all sizes – was this beautiful Morris J/B owned by Hall’s Electrical. Absolutely made my day!

Morris J/B at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC

Morris J/B at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC

Review 41 is on its way!


January update!

It has been a very busy time, so there hasn’t been a chance to load anything up on to the site, or this blog. By way of a catch-up, here are a few things that have turned up this month, plus a few photos of vans seen during our recent visit to New Zealand. We saw 15 in total, so we’ll load three batches of five each over the coming few days.

First, a photo of of the gathering together of J-types for the Carnivale Display in Sydney, Australia.


Jan 26th: Peter Bateman writes: “Eight!  Only Eight beautiful J type vans attended this years Australia Day CARnivale being held for the first time at Parramatta Park, 25 Kms west of Sydney.

In previous years we had a very desirable Australia Day plot on Macquarie Street which is close to the Sydney Opera House and the centre of our Australia Day celebrations.
Parramatta Park is a long way from the original landing site of Capt. Arthur Phillip in 1788 which was near the present day Opera House but it does have historical significance. It’s in the grounds of Old Government House which is on the World Heritage List and has lots of shady trees to shelter from the sun…and occasional rain drop.  It was also our first experience of parking our vans on grass.The crowds were impressive and as usual the J type vans were a surprise to many.
Our vans were parked next to a Formula 2 Brabham on one side and Midget Speedway cars on the other.  Every so often the engine of the Brabham was started and we closed our eyes and dreamed! Later, Laurie Bellette started the Bad Billy’s V8 J type Rat Rod. Aah, REAL Heaven. We were the first convoy to leave the event and there were eight J vans being serenaded by the wonderful sound of the V8 burbling under that J type Rattie. Pure bliss. We will be there in 2017 why don’t you visit?”


Bill Richardson’s Transport World Museum-Invercargill, New Zealand

The J-type Register has been given a preview of the new Bill Richardson Transport World museum in Invercargill, New Zealand. The museum’s gala opening is to be on Friday 20th November.

Register member Geoff Fishwick had suggested we visit the Richardson collection when he heard that we would be touring round the South Island. A search on the internet told us that the museum is only available to view by appointment, ahead of the imminent opening of the new building. We were able to make one, and on hearing that we were ‘all the way from the UK’ we were virtually given a guided tour!

The collection is a remarkable one, and it now seems that it will have a spectacular home that will show it off to its finest.

The Register offers its best wishes for a great opening and a successful future.

We left hoping that we would be able to visit again someday.

Whilst in Invercargill we also visited the E Hayes collection, but we’ll save that for the next post.Invercargill-museum-1 Invercargill-museum-2 Invercargill-museum-3 Invercargill-museum-4 Invercargill-museum-5