JUL 18th 2014

Tesco transforms 1955 Albion van for Goodwood Revival

The Goodwood Revival will welcome a very special delivery this year in the shape of a restored Albion van from the 1950s.

It involved a huge amount of work to turn the van – formerly the cab for a bus rescued from the scrap yard – into a replica of what Tesco would have used all those years ago, but the attention to detail from the restorers makes it a real spectacle. The gallery below shows some key stages of the transformation.

You will be able to see the finished vehicle Over the Road and there will be a free photo opportunity for visitors to have a special Revival picture taken in front of the van.

When asked about his highlights from the process, Andrew Grigor, engineering development manager at Tesco Distribution, said: “I remember unwrapping the tape on the steering wheel to reveal the original wheel in great condition. The other was finding the two seats that look authentic and bring the cab alive.”

Tesco worked alongside YAXLEY Coachworks and Sopp & Sopp to to complete the restoration work, while Gray & Adams provided the expertise for rebuilding the body. The project saw everything from the doors and windows to the engine and wheels either restored or replaced, plus an entire frame was created to go on the back of the Albion cab.

Peter Gray, managing director at Gray & Adams, pointed out that the work was not completed via CNC drawings, instead “everything was done from their memory as they had been with Gray & Adams for over 50 years”.

Head across to Over the Road to see the van at the Revival.

Restoration - as it happened

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