Knowles' Ford 7V on sugar beet. by Mike Jeffries

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Now that I live in Cottenham I am aware of the extent of the sugar beet industry, for about three months a twenty ton load of beet passed my door every half hour on its way to the processing plants and still huge heaps of it awaits its turn. Here one of Knowles Ford 7V tippers takes out a load, it is probably overloaded but fifty years ago so was practically every lorry on the road especially on short haul journeys such as this.

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 3 years ago

    I remember these Mike. Didn’t they have a V8 engine? Nicely painted. Bedford in the background? – Ted

  • Yep, its supposed to be a Bedford and they were petrol engined with the same V8 that powered the old Ford Pilot saloon.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupalmost 3 years ago

    Another good piece Mike, love the windscreen wipers – so typical of the day. 1st ones I used were hand operated :)

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely stuff Mike . . .
    It’s that time of the year in Isaan (NE Thailand). The sugar (cane) trucks are passing by every hour or so 24/7, all of them heavily overloaded and usually in low gear. Trucks range from the modern to Korean War era trucks with no front doors and wooden bench seats . . .
    Often see one turned over on the side of the road . . .

  • Mike Jeffries
    Mike Jeffriesalmost 3 years ago

    Thanks all, the reproduction is terrible but I’m searching for a better image, the original painting is long gone.

  • James J. Ravenel, III
    James J. Raven...almost 3 years ago

    Wonderful painting, Mike.

  • Thank you James, when I was a kid you saw these little gems everywhere but by about the mid fifties they just seemed to disappear.

    – Mike Jeffries

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