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

This 1960 AEC Mk.V Mandator of Henry Long Ltd. of Manningham, Yorkshire battles though the snow on the old A45 trunk road in the mid-sixties. In those relatively traffic free days snow tended to persist even on main roads and the skill of drivers was severely tested driving on the frozen surfaces, especially if driving an artic where the hazard of a jack-knife where the unit’s brakes coming on a fraction before the trailer’s meant that the trailer would tend to overtake the tractor unit was ever present.

The AA telephone box was once a common site on British roads before the advent of the mobile phone made such things redundant, and were for the use of AA members to ring for assistance in case of breakdown, non-members just had to take their chances!

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Comments

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful realism, Mike. I admire your work so much. Look at that beautiful cab! I didn’t know about the AA boxes. Isn’t that an amazing bit of history.

  • Mike Jeffries
    Mike Jeffriesalmost 4 years ago

    Many thanks Fran for your kind comments, the Mandator was a rather elegant machine.

    The Automobile Association which had membership counted in millions by the 1960s main service to motorists was its mobile breakdown patrols manned by smartly uniformed mechanics originally mounted on motorcyle and sidecar combinations but by the mid-sixties promoted to small vans usually a Mini.

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanalmost 4 years ago

    OF course the was always the RAC which offered a similar service in blue!

  • Yes but they were a bit posh for the likes of us lot.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 4 years ago

    What a grim reminder of the winter for lorry drivers Mike. Remember the diesel freezing up and having to light a fire underneath to unfreeze the pipes? Had a key to the AA box too. Excellent painting Mike. – Ted

  • I remember it well Ted, in the winter of 62/63 I along with many other drivers spent a night in the back of a furniture van with our wagons hopelessly stuck in a jam on Penistone moor.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Kostas Koutsoukanidis
    Kostas Koutsou...almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic piece. I like the bright colors and the whole composition.

  • Sinisa Saratlic
    Sinisa Saratlicalmost 4 years ago
    beautifully done !
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