August ‘Thursday Run’ – W.H. Malcolm Heritage Centre

The day started as usual with a number of us meeting up at Dobbies and enjoying some coffee in the usual relaxed fashion.

After a good chin wag we set off in a loose convoy via Beith to ‘The Coast‘ restaurant, Langbank for lunch. Personally, I had never been there before, but we were shown into a very light modern open room with picture windows overlooking the Clyde river and Dunbarton Rock. I was impressed. Food was produced very quickly and was of an excellent standard. Definitely a place to go back to.

We then made our way to the W. H. Malcolm Heritage Centre , which was a significant building on the site. After entering via impressive glass doors we were greeted by a number of lorry’s of varying vintage stretching from the 1940’s to the present day, all in immaculate condition. Drip trays stopped them dripping oil on to the fully carpeted floor.

We were welcomed to the centre and shown a video of the history of the company, who are celebrating their 100th year, by the current MD, Andrew Malcolm.
Originating on a farm locally, they started with a horse and cart and are currently the largest independent haulage company in Europe. The quality of the trucks on display was outstanding most where arctic units as opposed to flatbed. Some where driven by the current MD as a young man and are now cherished vehicles.
Also on display where some stunning show vehicles, all airbrushed. Nowadays they also boast a rail division, quarries, warehousing and full logistics. Their haulage depots are spread across the country but notable are all within the 4hrs 30mins a driver is allowed to do before taking a 40min break.
All trucks carrying valuable loads must park up at one of the companies depots overnight.
In summary , we found the day to be particularly interesting with an excellent lunch and good company thrown in, as usual.
There is a short video below to give you a taste of the day!
Brian Wood & John Jefford

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