The London to Brighton Commercial Vehicle Run is a celebrated event and a key date in the calendar for any keen enthusiasts of vintage commercial vehicles.
Organised by the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society and now in its 56th year, it is a prestigious event that honours the heritage of these classic vehicles and puts them to the test with a 54-mile journey from Crystal Palace Park, South London to Madeira Drive, Brighton with a mid-point stop at Crawley town centre.
This year, Abels Moving Services entered their 1941 Bedford MLD into the event. With the meticulous duty to restore it to all its former glory, Senior Storeman Mitch Bowen worked for multiple days leading to the event to ensure it was showcased in only its most pristine and best condition.
Alongside the driver for the journey, Abels Operation Manager, David Potter, they were proud to see their 1941 Bedford MLD rewarded with two distinguished awards at the event. It won the following awards -
Following its success and to celebrate it beautiful restoration, The Abels 1941 Bedford MLD is due to be exhibited for the public at selected East Anglian events in the summer.
With its chartered and fascinating history, it is sure to attract visitors. The first variants of the vehicle were built by Bedford and the M series production ran from 1939 to 1953. Abels’ 1941 Bedford MLD started life initially as a flat-bed truck during the allied war effort and was owned by the Worcestershire War Agricultural Committee. With a 750 cubic foot box and drop tail and designed to carry loads of 2 to 3 tons, it was not until 1951 when it was purchased and used as a removal van, which it serviced as until 1967. It remained dormant for over 15 years, till 1983 when a renovation project was initiated and aside from the hinged bonnet and box panels, all the original parts were kept. Further restoration also took place in 2015 with a repaint.
Bedford’s M series had 2 wheelbase lengths, MS (short) 10’ 0” and ML (long) 11’ 11”. Abels has the ML wheelbase. Additional features of the vehicle include a 6 cylinder 27.34 hp petrol engine, Lockheed hydraulic brakes and a 4 speed crash gearbox that has a single dry plate clutch that provides power to the floating rear axle with spiral bevel final drive.
Returning to the present day, Abels Moving Services Ltd and its fleet of modern removal vehicles, provide a trusted relocations service for those moving in the UK, Europe and the Rest of the World. Abels have facilities in London, Potters Bar, Daventry, Cambridge, Thetford. www.abels.co.uk 0800 626769 firstname.lastname@example.org