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So was War and Peace Revival a success? The answer’s an emphatic yes, but there are a few changes planned for 2015…
With various weather conditions to contend with from scorching hot to tropical rainstorms, the War and Peace team again pulled off another fabulous event this July 16-20 at Folkestone Racecourse.
Said event organiser Rex Cadman: “Feedback on the whole has been fantastic – even better than last year. Our visitors and exhibitors were more comfortable with the new site – after all, last year was a bit out of everyone’s comfort zone when they had to find their way around and discover where everyone was based.”
Pat Ware looks at the development of the Scammell Pioneer heavy gun tractor, a truck of impressively-plodding dependability that saw more than two decades of service with the British Army
There is no doubt that by any measure, the Scammell Pioneer is a fine piece of work. The walking-beam rear axle gives a degree of off-road performance that belies the lack of front-wheel drive, and that splendid Gardner six-cylinder engine has an unstoppable quality that suggests a run from Watford to Berlin would be all in a day’s work. However, on the down side, the top speed is restricted to just 24mph (39km/h), no matter how hard you press the accelerator pedal into the floor, while the lack of front-wheel brakes harks back to the truck’s origins in the twenties. Nevertheless, the British Army took delivery of more than 3500 Scammell Pioneers between 1935 and 1945, equipping them as tank transporters, heavy recovery vehicles, and heavy artillery tractors, with trucks designed for the latter role comprising around one third of the total.
Although the name didn’t come until later, work on what we know as the Pioneer started in 1925, when, assisted by Percy G Hugh, Scammell’s talented designer, Oliver Danson North, had come up with the idea of producing a heavy 6x4 commercial truck that would incorporate the walking-beam rear axle that the company had patented in the early twenties.