Grundon supports 53rd London to Brighton, Historic Commercial Vehicle Society Run

Grundon Waste Management is proud to be sponsoring the 53rd London to Brighton, Historic Commercial Vehicle Society Run, which is taking place on Sunday 4 May 2014.

The annual event always attracts an appreciative crowd, who gather along the sea front at Madeira Drive in Brighton to admire the vehicles and support the participants, who have made the 48 mile drive which starts in Crystal Palace, London.

Grundon’s 1916 Pierce Arrow Model R Lorry

The origins of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society date back to 1958 when it was formed by a small group of enthusiasts who between them owned less than a dozen preserved commercial vehicles. Today the Society has nearly 2,000 members who own 4,500 vehicles; such has been the growth of interest in the preservation of commercial road vehicles. These vehicles portray a living history of the commercial vehicle transport scene and show developments which have taken place since the 1900s.

Grundon are delighted this year to be entering our 1916 Pierce Arrow Model R Lorry into the Special Vehicles Class, which features vehicles from the Great War era up to 1920. The Special Class also features other vehicles from the era, which is very poignant given this year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, with the entries into this Class being in commemoration to those who lost their lives.

The Pierce Arrow was one of 16,500 of this type built in Buffalo, New York, between 1911 and 1919. It was new to the French Government and was retained until the late 1920s when it was sold for a quieter life in the South of France. It was brought back to the UK in 1991 and has been fully restored. The vehicle, which can be identified by its registration number SV 4680, is being entered into the Special Class by Norman Grundon, Chairman of Grundon Waste Management Limited.

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