Dragon and Gladiator Paignton 2000
(photo by Arthur Dyke click on his name to visit his carnival web site)
Anderton & Rowlands purchased no less than four of these vehicles over the years between 1946 - 1948. It is said that George DeVey parked one of the new showtracs in Edwards yard at Swindon, and overnight and the Edwards family spent the night measuring and detailing all the fittings and produced their own self built showtrac examples themselves.
Today of the four A&R showtracs all four still survive, three are still owned by the firm and one still works the gaffs today.
GLADIATOR : In August 1946 A&R took posession of their first showtrac. It is fitting that as the first, and therefore oldest A&R showtrac that it still works the grounds in Devon and Cornwall with George DeVeys No.2 section. Gladiator was showtrac number 11 from the Scammell fleet, and has a registration plate number of DCO212 and an A&R fleet number of 4.
she worked with the Autodrome and moved onto the number two section
later on. Probably one of the most famous showmens haulage
is of Gladiator pulling the two trucks that carried the cars and other
parts of the No.2 dodgem.
In 1981 the No.2 dodgem loads moved onto a purpose built 8 wheeler and the original car truck. The ERF 8 wheeler "Arkroyal" was bulit in the yard at Bristol by John Allen and I can say I was part of that creation as I lived in the yard that winter and helped John when he needed a "goffa".
Later when the Skyrider was pulled by an ERF arctic unit the showtrac would be seen pulling Simon DeVEy's living wagon with Kelvin James trailer on the back. It was this load that had a runaway on the way to Braunton (i think) and the load decended a hill very fast when the the brakes failed.
the scammell and gave it a complete overhaul however she has retired
can be seen at Dingles Steam Museum.
: Later in August 1946 the sister to Gladiator arrived. Dragon
the No.1 section and began work with Nelson DeVey on the Orton and
Ark. She was number 12 of the 18 showtracs and had a registration
plate number of DCO265 and fleet number of 5.
she was a full spec showtrac with winch and generator. She worked
with the Ark loads for many years until the Ark was put onto an 8
Atkinson around 1974 and the centre was put on an extended 4 wheel
the years she appeared in many colours
Dragon became a familiar site pulling the plant truck followed by Nelson DeVey's wagon and the juvenile train on the back. In the winter of 1979/80 the showtrac had its body work refurbished and travelled the 1980 season with no paintwork on her. In the winter of 80/81 she was decorated in the classic deep maroon and lettered in gold leaf .
The advent of Colin DeVey marrying Vicky Symonds in the winter of 81/82 meant that Colin had to tow two living wagons and the showtrac was retired to be replaced by the 6 wheel ERF tractor "Lord Nelson". I never drove the scammell on but I did drive "Lord Nelson" many times with one and two wagons on the back. It was a lovely lorry to drive, the gears would just fall into place.
BULL : In September 1947 A&R
deliver of their third showtrac which went to work with the No.1
dodgems of Ernie DeVey. John Bull was the 16th showtrac built by
Scammell and had a registration plate number of JYA962 and a fleet
John Bull did not have a winch but did have the generator in the back. She worked until the mid 80's with the number one section dodgems. As she has never been refitted she is probably the most original in terms of original body work.
John Bull at Dingles 2007
SHOWMAN : In July 1948 A&R took
deliver of their fourth showtrac it was the 17th showtrac built with a
registration number of JFJ367 and fleet number 7. The showman was
sold to Deakins and later into presevation. She is fully
and back in full A&R colours.
LION : Although not a true showtrac
I thought I would include some pictures of Scammell JHA736. This
Scammell was given to Colin DeVey for his 21st Birthday present.
with the disco ark until the mid 70's when the Ark was moved onto an
Wheeler and enlarged centre truck. The Scammell was sold to Bob
who at that time travelled an Octopus. Bob did a complete rebuild
of the Scammell during his ownership.
of cheap ERF's in the mid 80's the Scammell went into preservation and
can still be seen at rallies and shows. In 1990 the Scammell
to the regattas for a celebration pull on to Paignton Green.
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