Atkinson eight-wheeler and drag.

Mike Jeffries

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

THIS PAINTING IN OILS ON A 20″×30″ CANVAS BOARD IS FOR SALE AT £950. E_MAILmike@transportartist.co.uk FOR DETAILS.
This very British Atkinson is seen here coupled to a four-wheeled trailer which when fully loaded would give the whole outfit a gross weight of 32 tons. As such the law at the time required a trailer mate whose main function besides helping the driver with loading and un-loading was to operate the trailer brake from his side of the cab via a huge mechanically operated hand-brake, the idea being to anticipate the driver braking by applying the trailer brake a spilt second before to prevent a jack-knife.
It all sounds a little hit and miss by today’s standards but it worked when road-speeds rarely exceeded 40 mph unless the driver used “Aberdeen overdrive” on downgrades!
This painting on a 20”x30” canvas has been re-worked to sharpen up areas and is currently for sale at £1250. Please ring 07884462140 or e-mail mike@transportartist.co.uk for details.
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