Letter of the week
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Let's not forget about the FG
In his interesting feature Step up to the marque (CM 3 October), Brian Weatherley could also have made a reference to the middleweight FG range from the 1960s,
badged variously Austin, Morris, BMC or Leyland. The FG had unique 45-degree angled doors across the rear corners of the cab, hinged from the rear wall. They opened without protruding beyond the width of the truck. The
design had two plus points: when parked at the kerbside in a congested street, it was less hazardous for the driver getting in and out; and, where a fleet's overnight depot yard space was at a premium, more FGs could be parked alongside one another. However, the cab configuration had its drawbacks as, I recall, CM road tester Tony Wilding found. On a warm summer's day with the windows down, he was putting an FG with
a low drop-sided body, loaded to its plated GVW with loose sand — but unsheeted — through its paces. The time came to carry out the statutory 'stamp on the pedal' emergency stop, which resulted in Mr Wilding being heavily sandblasted from the rear. Alan Bunting Harpenden, Hertfordshire