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Knowles' Bedford S type by Mike Jeffries

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Knowles can trace their origins in transport back to 1932 when 17 year old Gerald scraped together £75 to buy a second-hand Ford model T. A year later he traded it in for his first Bedford, a make which were to stay a firm favourite for the next 40 years.

The S type introduced in 1950 as the “Big Bedford”, despite its cramped cab by modern standards, was a most successful range of models and was in production for ten years and this tractor unit of Knowles Transport loaded with a good ten tons or more of flake maize is typical of the firms 1950s road haulage fleet.

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Ex footplateman, soldier, lorry driver, bus driver who lives in the past.

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Excellent again Mike. I’ve carted flaked maize and wheat products too, a dusty job. The army had a 4×4 version of this type too. – Ted

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    Stunning realism and details, Mike .Even the bricks must have taken painstaking time and labour. How long did this amazing painting take you?

  • Mike Jeffries
    Mike Jeffriesover 5 years ago

    Hi Colin and thanks for your comments but I try not to be painstaking in my work if possible, if you look carefully not every brick is delineated or painted in, it just appears that way and is was painted quite quickly. Difficult to say how long as I always have several paintings on the go at once, but the 12 paintings I produce for a calendar every year normally take about 3 to 4 months.

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    One a week! Amazing. The skill of implied detail, painted really fast, is a real talent.
    Thanks for the info, Mike. I am just starting, so getting lots of inspiration from different areas.

  • thenonblondetru
    thenonblondetruover 4 years ago

    hi mike Jim davidson here just signed up at 4.30 Sunday morn. this painting gave me the colours for my first painting of the TK bedford you did for me. Still one of my favourites. I’ve had a few light refreshments this evening and lost a few quid at poker but my head is still spinning after speaking with you this week look forward to doing buisness with you again, sorry for rambling.

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