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Lorries of Arabia 2 : ERF NGC - Robert Hackford

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Lorries of Arabia is thoroughly recommended Review by Transport News
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The 100 full captioned pictures within Part 2 are excellent and illustrate ERF's leviathan NGC against many different backdrops. I particularly liked Peter J Davies' image of Holytown based, Thomas Greer & Sons NGC tractor unit and box van, engaged on international computer transport. Another highlight was the series of pictures taken by Eric Vick driver, Chris Till en route to the Middle East. ERF NGC Lorries of Arabia Part 2 is thoroughly recommended. (Posted on 19/10/2016)
Middle East transport fans are in for a treat Review by Transport News Magazine
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They say time and tide wait for no man and that phrase is generally true in publishing. As soon as the ink is dry in books or magazines, they become history. The former volumes are particularly susceptible to ageing, as often someone will usually appear with additional, unknown information just after printing is completed. That scenario is exactly what happened to author Robert Hackford after his recent publication, ERF NCG Lorries of Arabia.
The subsequent reams of facts and pictures that have come to light, has seen a companion, Part 2 book published by Old Pond. The tome continues to explore the fortunes of this legendary ERF truck, looking at a preserved NGC and additional European run models. Middle East transport fans are in for a treat with a raft of images and text focusing on two notable long distance operators of the 1970s, Richard Read and Eric Vick.
The 100 fully captioned pictures within Part 2 are excellent and illustrate ERF's leviathan NGC against many different backdrops. I particularly liked Peter J Davies' image of Holytown based, Thomas Greer & Sons NGC tractor unit and box van, engaged on international computer transport. Another highlight was the series of pictures taken by Eric Vick driver, Chris Till en route to the Middle East. ERF NGC Lorries of Arabia Part 2 is thoroughly recommended.
(Posted on 18/07/2016)
Insightful, rich in detail and capture the character of a truck Review by Heritage Commercials Magazine
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One of the most unsung and in many respects pioneering British trucks of the 1970s era is the ERF NGC 420 ‘European’. Even in its day it was a rarity. Records suggest that less than 80 examples were ever built, though this in no way diminishes the type’s significance. When it comes to ERF, Robert Hackford is suitably qualified. Early in his career he had working familiarity with the B-Series. Together with his Middle East long-haul experience, this has helped him put into proper perspective a model that in the dying days of traditional British ‘gaffer’s trucks’ stood out as being driver focused. The first of his two books devoted to the ERF NGC was published last year and Part 2 this year. Together, they are products of a writer who has really had the bit between his teeth.
There may only be one NGC 420 remaining, but between them, the two Lorries of Arabia volumes are the next best thing. They are insightful, rich in detail and capture the character of a truck that would have been certain to win acclaim as the ERF flagship of its generation – outranking the B-Series – had more of them been seen and sold in Britain.
(Posted on 04/07/2016)
A brilliant read Review by Classic Truck Magazine
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This was put together a little while after the publication of the first book called Lorries of Arabia. Robert said after its publication, more pictures and information on this rare but legendary ERF NGC came to light, much of it coming from collections held by ex-drivers of the Middle East run, operators, transport historians and enthusiasts. It is a stunning collection of mainly captioned photographs with a lot of explanatory text to accompany them. Many of the names of the photographers will be familiar to transport enthusiasts - Peter Davies, Wobbe Reitsma, Neils Jansen, Phil Read and Alan Rickett are all among them.

As well as the many fabulous photographs included in this latest tome which have been unearthed, there are other interesting pieces in th book, including newspaper clippings, ads, facts and figures, diagrams and a letter from ERF boss Peter Foden to a now defunct road transport magazine regarding the outcome of a road test it had carried out with the ERF NGC and what the situation with the European market was. Also contained in the pages at the end of the book, there is a revised ERF NCG register which lists all 70-odd versions which were built. A brilliant read. (Posted on 30/06/2016)
A fine companion piece and is pretty much required reading for those who enjoyed the first edition Review by TRUCKING Magazine
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Coming hot on the heels of 2015's first instalment, Robert Hackford's second serving of Lorries of Arabia works as a fine companion piece and is pretty much required reading for those who enjoyed the first edition. Looking in some detail into the role ERF's celebrated long-hauler played in the movement of goods from the UK to the Middle East during the 1970s-80s, it presents 100 additional pictures - each fully captioned - and a wealth of additional information pertaining to the heyday of the Middle Eastern run. Needless to say, the book is an essential purchase if you enjoyed Part 1, and offers plenty of additional information. (Posted on 30/06/2016)
A meticulously researched follow-up Review by Truck and Driver Magazine June 2016
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Plenty of interesting pictures are included of these short-lived but fascinating trucks at work in Europe, on the Middle East runs and on internal jobs in the Gulf. (Posted on 29/04/2016)
Essential Reading For Fans Of Part 1 Review by Transport News April 2016
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Robert Hackford's second serving of Lorries of Arabia works as a fine companion piece to the first edition. Looking in some detail into the role of ERF's celebrated long-hauler played in the movement of goods from the UK to the Middle East in the 1970s-80s it presents 100 additional pictures - each full captioned and a wealth of additional ingratiation pertaining to the hey-day of the middle eastern run. (Posted on 22/04/2016)
A must for all ERF fans Review by Vintage Roadscene
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We reviewed Part 1 of the story of ERF's legendary export model of the 1970s in the middle of last year. Since then, the interest shown and the additional pictures and information which have come to light have led Robert to put together this follow-up.

A must for all ERF fans and those interested in the operations to and around the Middle East 30-40 years ago. (Posted on 04/04/2016)

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