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I suppose I’m a bit f a nostalgia buff. In my early teens my father  acquired a rather down at heel Bradford van for ten pounds. The man up the road had a similar -ish Badford Utility, for which we were told he had paid  a handsome 85 quid.  Father’s plan was classic in its simplicity - buy it, do it up, flog it - it was to be hoped for something in the region of a glittering £85. We worked on the old wreck. he enthusiastically, me with sullen reluctance, it seemed like forever. Suffice to say the project turned out badly but when I saw a somewhat nicer example, this time  the lorry version many , many years later , being a nostalgia hound, I had to have her. Much sweat and effort later she is now one of the country’s finer examples.

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I have no excuse for owning a Reliant  Girder Fork, not even nostalgia can be claimed as a reason.  It’s quirky and different and, rather like the Bradford, is a product of post war austerity Britain. Nobody had much money and the idea, born in the thirties, of marrying a motorcycle with a van  and offering trades people  cheap transport  appealed  to large numbers of traders, mostly small but some large. Brooke-Bond, for instance, ran a fleet of Girder Forks.

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