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THIS PAINTING IN OILS ON A 20″×30″ CANVAS BOARD IS FOR SALE AT £999. E-MAILmike@transportartist.co.uk FOR DETAILS.

Fighting it’s way up Telegraph hill on the old A38 this ERF eight-wheeled tipper of Exeter based haulier Frank Tucker sports the first type of LV Jennings cab while in the background a Castrol tanker starts it’s gingerly descent. Even today with the gradient eased by a new road layout the hill is still fearsome but to the lorry drivers of forty years ago taking a 24 ton gross lorry down that hill was to say the least quite daunting.

For many years on the adjacent Haldon hill there lived an old tramp in a makeshift tent in the lay-by halfway up where many a lorry would stop to cool off a boiling radiator and he lived on the generosity of the drivers for food and fags as he sat by his campfire winter and summer. One day in the 1970s a busybody from the local council made it his business to have old “Smokey Joe”, as we called him, carted off to Exeter hospital for a check-up………..Joe died in there within the week, some say of a broken heart at the loss of his freedom.

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transportart, original painting for sale, eight wheeler, erf, exeter, haldon hill, lorry, telegraph hill, old lorry, classic lorry, vintage lorry, commission a painting

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  • Joseph Colella
    Joseph Colellaalmost 5 years ago

    I love your style Mike. Not many people can use oils to portray vehicles like this. Your corresponding stories are a bonus.

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 5 years ago

    Excellent Image and dialogue Mike. – Ted

  • Edzie
    Edziealmost 5 years ago

    Great story mate. Terrific work. Well done.

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalalmost 5 years ago

    Very much enjoyed browsing through your work Mike. Excellent to see pictures featuring some of these Great British trucks – marques like AEC, ERF, Albion, Scammell, Leyland, Bedford, Thames and Bristol. Takes me back a few years when my uncle (who was a haulage contractor) used to take me down the depot to see his latest acquisition (ERFs were always a favourite of his) and my favourite book was the Observers book of Commercial Vehicles!

  • Thank you, my friend, I live just down the road from you, come round and I’ll buy you a pint.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 5 years ago

    Wow.
    What an excellent gallery you have Mike.
    Superb work each and every one.

  • Thank you very much, Richard, a Wow is always appreciated!

    – Mike Jeffries

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAalmost 5 years ago

    and a tragic story of smokie Joe. I once worked with a man in the avionics industry who was passed retirement; well into his mid-70s. He used to come in to the workshop each day for the morning to repair headsets for the aircrew. He smoked like a chimney and drank a fair bit as well. But he was thin and wirey and had a ready humour towards us apprentices. He was known by all as ‘Old Bert’. Then his wife became ill and he had to retire properly. He never returened and was dead within the year.

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    1950s, 1960s, and 1970s or newer cars, trucks, and motorcycles
    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in 5-6-7 Autos, Trucks and Motorcycles group.

    Please stop by the Caught in the Act – Features Jun 9, 2010 message to see comments!

  • TREVOR34
    TREVOR34over 3 years ago

    Brilliant stuff…. Love the story sad as it is too….

  • Rob Colvin
    Rob Colvinover 3 years ago

    Excellent work!

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