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Bonnie Scottish Trucks: A Celebration of Scottish Style - Bill Reid

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I thoroughly enjoyed the book Review by Neil Cross
This hard back book with 122 pages is a celebration of Scottish road haulage liveries. The book contains colour photographs of road transport contractors, both present and past. ERF’s are well represented with well known names such as Craig’s of Denny, Gibbs of Fraserburgh, Billy Walker of Turriff, Harry Lawson of Broughty Ferry and REV’s member Willie Nichol with a nice EC14 wagon n drag. An ECX from Ian Wright Transport of Lockerbie is also included.
The book represents most makes of lorry with some great classic liveries which our friends from north of the border are renown for.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and felt it was good value for money - REVS News (Feb 2017) (Posted on 17/05/2017)
A great book carrying some memorable pictures Review by Classic Truck
Bill Reid is a name many will be familiar with in the classic truck scene and he has just produced a book.
Available through Old Pond Publishing, Bonnie Scottish Trucks is a celebration of Scottish trucking style and concentrates on some of the more interesting and traditional liveries adopted by Scottish truck operators.
In the introduction Bill, who has enjoyed an 'indirect' connection with haulage states: 'What indirect connection saw me amassing a vast number of photographs of working lorries, and of vintage and classic exhibits at events across the country.
'My photo collection of good looking vehicles, which in the main were traditionally painted with a pleasing livery and were well lettered, inspired this book.
'Plain white or self-coloured lorries do not come into my scope. Similarly, those with vinyl lettering pulled off do not work for me.' Most people probably consider liveries to be the more traditional versions, with coach-lining and hand-written nameplates.
The book contains many of these, but also liveries of the more conventionally turned out fleets, such as that of Scottish Oils, WH McWIlliam, Drummond Distribution, or Burnthill Demolition.
It's nice to see the tartan banding on the Robert Addison Volvo FL10 with flatbed trailer, two different liveries of well-known Cots fleet P&C Hamilton (one of which never took off), and the stunning, yet simple livery on two Davidson Brothers Animal Feeds trucks - an MAN and Volvo FL (both eight-wheelers). A Hayton Coulthard Mercedes-Benz Actros shows off another well-known Scottish truck operator who has been in the business for a long time.
A great book carrying some memorable pictures (Posted on 17/05/2017)
review Review by Dougie
Liked the book but would have liked more history with the photos, too expensive for me (Posted on 17/05/2017)
A very nice addition to any enthusiasts library Review by Hugh Turner
I enjoyed looking through this book showing a lot of photos of old liveries which I was familiar with and the wee bit of history with them was a bonus.
All in all a very nice addition to any enthusiasts library. I had already bought it before I was asked to review it,
(Posted on 17/05/2017)
Bonnie Scottish Trucks now available Review by Klassiska Lastbilar
Truck books are always interesting and now Bonnie Scottish Trucks is available. Bill Reid has on 128 pages, compiled 231 images of good looking vehicles from several trucking companies, both current and old owners and of various sizes in Scotland (translated from the review in Swedish magazine, Klassiska Lastbilar) (Posted on 17/05/2017)
Miles of Style Review by Transport News
Completely biased as I am, it's a well known fact that Scottish operators have always used the finest painted truck liveries when compared to any other part of the UK or Europe, writes John Henderson. Thankfully there are many folk north of the border with the same opinion and a new book by Bill Reid, titled 'Bonnie Scottish Trucks: A Celebration of Scottish Style' has been published by Old Pond Publishing.
The 122 page hardback work is printed in A4 landscape style, with each of the 231 photographs being accompanied by a short, but informative caption.
Bonnie Scottish Trucks brings together images of trucks operated by past and present Scottish companies, small firms and owner drivers, who have used their vehicles as a means of attracting the eye of potential customers and as a matter of pride in the presentation of their business. It is a recommended read! (Posted on 12/05/2017)
A very nice picture book for lorry enthusiasts Review by Vintage Roadscene
This is another very nice picture book for lorry enthusiasts. There are two pictures on each of the 122 pages, showing lorries of different types and ages, in the various colourful and attractive liveries Scottish transport companies have become known for. There are lots of tartan bands and decorative signwriting, though not quite as 'over the top' as the Volvo on the cover. Many of the vehicles shown are what we'd call 'modern classics', from the 1970s onwards, plus a few older lorries. The author, organiser of the Ayrshire Road Run, is a lifelong enthusiast and calls his book a celebration of traditional Scottish road haulage liveries, which it certainly is. A lot of these well-known colours have lived on into this age of vinyl stickers on white cabs, for which we should be thankful, as well as for this book which illustrates so many of them. (Posted on 16/12/2016)
A marvellous array of some 230 commercial vehicles Review by The Leyland Society
I first thought it would be full of Albion's and Volvo's but was delighted to find a marvellous array of some 230 commercial vehicles of every description from the ingeniously modified Bedford 4X4 belonging to Howie of Dunlop to an ex-military MAN 8X8 Specialist Tanker belonging to Northern Hydroseeding.
A very impressive pair of Leyland's belonging to James McKinnon Jnr from Kilmarnock and West of Scotland Heavy Haulage DAF with a Terex dumper are rightly included in this quality hardback publication where the author has diligently provided the reader with some in depth historic details of the operators from all over the Highlands and Islands.
A useful addition to the commercial transport enthusiast's library. (Posted on 14/11/2016)

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