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Abels Bedford MLD attends Wayland Agricultural Show 2017

The Wayland Agricultural Show was held on the 6th August 2017 and again gave the opportunity to display our Bedford MLD removal vehicle at the show. Abels also their Historic Horse Drawn Pantechnicon c1896 also on display.

This year the show was held at its usual site, west of Watton, just off the B1108 Brandon Road in Watton in Norfolk.

The Wayland Agricultural Show has a history that goes right back to around 1460, where Watton is recorded as having four annual fayres. It was not until the 19th century when the Wayland Association gave prices at its exhibition of livestock.

This years show had both livestock and vehicles on display. The 2017 show included a stunt team called the IMPS Motor Cycle Display Team. Also attending this year’s show was a display from the Bob Hogg sheep dog display, the Mid Norfolk Gun Dogs, and the Hounds of West Norfolk Hunt.

The show also included a number of marquees covering aspects such as The Taste of Norfolk, Health and Wellbeing, Shopping Village Marquee Fur and Feather Marquee, Horticultural Marquee and a Home Crafts Baking Marquee. There were also a series of trade display stands covering many aspects with an agricultural theme.

As usual the Abels Bedford MLD had strong interest from the public, and also was awarded this year’s winner of the Graham Griffiths Memorial Trophy. The Graham Griffiths Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Best Classic Vehicle at the Wayland Agricultural Show.

In this post you can see a number of photographs of the Bedford MLD on display at the Wayland Agricultural Show.

Details of the Abels 1941 Bedford MLD Commercial Vehicle DWP 40

It has a 6 cylinder 27.34 hp petrol engine, 4 speed crash gearbox with single dry plate clutch delivering power to a floating rear axle with spiral bevel final drive. Brakes were Lockheed hydraulic type and servo assisted operating on all four wheels.

The M series is a commercial vehicle chassis, the first variants of which were made by Bedford in 1939 mainly to support the war effort and production ran though to 1953. There were two wheelbase lengths offered; MS (short) 10’0” or ML (long) 11’11”. Abels Bedford is an MLD and the D meaning dropside.

Following the war, it was bodied in 1951 as a removal van with a 750cuft cubic foot box and drop tail. In 1983 restoration commenced lasting over a 7 year period till 1990. In 2015 further restoration included a full repaint.

Further Pictures of Abels Display at Wayland Agricultural Show 2017

Other Pictures from the Wayland Agricultural Show 2017

Copy of the cover of the Wayland Agricultural Show 2017 Programme