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Commer racing car transporter (1950)
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D4B



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming from a motor trade background, Forte to me is fuel treatment etc as per:

http://www.forteuk.co.uk/

Probably completely unrelated but thought I best mention it Wink
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Rick
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing stroke of luck today, a photo of the Commer when it was brand new has been found. I'll get it added to the site shortly.

RJ
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find searching out the history of the vehicle one of the highlights of ownership.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More ! More ! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiggyTopes wrote:
More ! More ! Smile


Smile here goes: http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/commer-fortes.htm

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kevin2306



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fantastic bit of info to get hold of..so are you now considering returning it to its Forte's livery including the superb sign writing?

Kev
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kevin2306 wrote:
What a fantastic bit of info to get hold of..so are you now considering returning it to its Forte's livery including the superb sign writing?

Kev


It was really neat to find that piece of its history, but the long-term plan is to stick with its later use Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As found by Peter S, a photo of a Morris 10cwt ice cream van belonging to Forte's.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really nice, the Tice story.
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
kevin2306 wrote:
What a fantastic bit of info to get hold of..so are you now considering returning it to its Forte's livery including the superb sign writing?

Kev


It was really neat to find that piece of its history, but the long-term plan is to stick with its later use Smile

RJ


How about painting one side as Ice Cream Van, and other as Race Car Transporter. Laughing
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic finding that history Smile

Now you just need a race car to put in one of these transporters Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
Fantastic finding that history Smile

Now you just need a race car to put in one of these transporters Wink

Dave


I was tempted by a time-worn Midget 3/4 racer from the USA recently, relatively cheap (for a racing car of the 1930s anyway) and with some good pre-war history. Perhaps fortunately, the ebay listing was ended early, so that put paid to that half-baked idea Smile

RJ

PS one of the Forte family mailed me this evening, thinking that somewhere they too may have a photo of the van - fingers are crossed at OCC towers right now.
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bob2



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find Rick and pretty quick that was too!!!
I really like it in its first guise!!!
Would be nice if they find a colour photo!!
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PAUL BEAUMONT



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick, if you can get it tidied in a couple of weeks I have a Jowett I need recovering from the Midlands!! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perusing ebay I spotted this model of a Commer Superpoise. Squint a bit and it's not a bad match for mine.




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