Pollock's Atkinson "Cannonball". by Mike Jeffries

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William Pollock started as an owner-driver in the haulage business in 1935 and, despite the hiccup of Nationalisation in 1949, the fleet had grown to 23 vehicles by 1960. The colour scheme of torquoise,blue and red became a regular sight on the Great North Road as the backbone of Pollock’s work was the night trunk from their Musselbburgh depot at Edinburgh to London.

The credit for naming individual vehicles goes to one of William’s sons,Ian,who joined the business in 1963, and this Atkinson artic of 1964 was named after the American series shown on British television in the early sixties and is fighting its way along the old A1 with a load of paper for London. The fleet grew during the sixties to 60 plus and the names included “Day Tripper”,“Thunderbird”,“Early Bird”, Grand Slam" and “French Connection”.

This painting, originally done for a transport calendar was purchased for the company boardroom of Pollocks where it now hangs.

A painting like this of your favourite vehicle, British or American, in oils on canvas or board would cost about £1500.

E-mail mike@transportartist .co.uk or ring 07884462140 to commission your own unique work of art by one of Britain’s leading transport artists.

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  • SimplyScene
    SimplySceneabout 5 years ago

    Lovely image Mike.

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 5 years ago

    Another great commercial painting Mike. – Ted

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 5 years ago

    Another wonderful image Mike. I’m so impressed with you attention to detail.

  • Stephen Morris
    Stephen Morrisover 4 years ago

    Very hard pressed to pick a single favourite, but after a good long gawp I settled on this lovely old ‘Atki’. Great stuff!


  • Many thanks Stephen, these truly were a wonderful sight!


    – Mike Jeffries

  • Joe Hupp
    Joe Huppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice, Mike – Pollock Scotrans still uses this scheme today!

  • Joe Hupp
    Joe Huppalmost 3 years ago

    A little video of the fleet – three classics (2 Atkinsons and a Scania) and a modern truck (Peterbilt):

  • TheResin
    TheResinalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely amazing! So realistic.
    Fantastic work :)

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