• The striking yellow and black Boddington brewery delivery lorries
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excited partially sighted 11-year-old Andrew Whitehead so much that he insisted on waiting for them to roar by his home before leaving for school.
Andrew's mother wrote to Boddingtons asking for a special delivery to be made to the house; the company phoned its contractors, TNT, and a truck duly arrived to take the Whiteheads on a VIP tour of Strangeways brewery.
"It was fantastic," says Andrew. "The bit I liked the best was when he parked the trailer. I also liked seeing how the beer was made."
The Hawk trusts that in a few years' time Andrew gets equal pleasure from tasting the heady brew. • After 25 years in service and more than 15 million kilometres on the clock, Mac Arrowsmith's Perkins-engined Dodge D308 10-tonner cattle truck is still going strong.
The Dodge is part of a fleet of 10 run by All Arrowsmith and Son: in its long life it has carried everything from livestock, to fertiliser, to strawberries. Mac Arrowsmith was recently approached by an enthusiast who wanted to buy the vehicle and turn it out to grass as a vintage showpiece, but he refused, convinced that the Dodge has a long and reliable working life ahead of it.
• The Sheffield bus museum trust is among the first winners of the Scania transport trust award scheme. It receives 2250 and the chance to win a further 25,000 at the awards finals next year. If Sheffield scoops the jackpot, a visit to the Scania museum and restoration workshops is also in the offing.
The museum was set up in January 1987 to co-ordinate the preservation of buses in the Sheffield area and to establish a permanent home for the buses in the city.
• TNT and White Arrow are helping some of Britain's athletes along the road to success in the Seoul Olympics.
TNT sponsors Tideway Scullers rowing club, three of whom will compete in the women's coxed fours; and White Arrow has given boxing team captain John Lyon the use of a Ford Escort estate to get to training sessions. • Racing driver Gary Ward of the RGS team is being sponsored by Wilcox Trailers, Clarks Transport of Wellingborough and CT Autoparts of Rushden in Northamptonshire.
Ward began his drive for the top at the tender age of 13 in 100cc junior karts, becoming all-England champion in the 100cc international class in 1981. He switched to cars in 1983 and got the chequered flag for the first time in 1984 by winning the Derek Daly trophy at Silverstone.
He was headhunted by the Reynard team the following year but was beset by technical problems. Real success in Formula 3 B-class came last year, with two wins, six seconds and two lap records, despite a limited budget.
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In this case the world's fastest Hiab-Jonsered hydraulic timber crane, according to strung a 1988 campaign in class A, but the new sponsorship deal will allow Ward to contest the final six B-class races of this season with the aim of launching an A-class campaign next year. STOP PRESS: Last weeklend Gary earned a second place at Brands Hatch — well done!
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