The Historic Transport Club was formed in the Autumn of 1974 by members of the H.C.V.C (Historic Commercial Vehicle Club) who felt that there was a need for a local club in the South West of England catering for those people interested in the preservation of Commercial Vehicles. The Club has since broadened its horizons and now embraces all those with a general interest in the preservation of all types of vehicle.
It is the only Club in the area to cater for both cars and commercial vehicles, many of our members own historic commercials and classic cars. It is not, of course, a criterion that a member own anything at all, and some of our flock just have a keen interest in the preservation movement - we welcome all - membership costs just £10.00 per year.
The Club meets on the third Tuesday of the Month during the Winter at the Ley Arms at Kenn, on the outskirts of Exeter from around 8.30 p.m. Various guest speakers attend to entertain those present, past talks and slide shows have varied from Airships, The Stover Canal, Highway Furniture, Field Catering for the Forces, Speedway and much more.
During the Summer months we meet at various venues, often on Dartmoor. The main event and highlight of the club year is the annual Coastal Run which takes in over some 70 miles of Glorious Devon Roads ending with a Rally in a glorious setting at Bovey Tracey. 2015 saw the 37th event taking place on Sunday 19th July with some 210 vehicles taking part from the smallest Motor Cycle to Heavy Commercials. We were very pleased to see an increase in the number of commercials entered, especially surprising considering the current cost of fuel for this type of transport. In August members enjoyed the usual Club Bar-B-Q for which the Club has to thank one of our members for kindly allowing the use of his home.
The Club is always delighted to welcome new members owning anything from the smallest car to the largest heavy commercial or indeed just having an interest in the historic transport scene.
The HTC Ltd is a member of the "Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs"
Here is The Historic Transport Club's Leyland Octopus 1949 Tanker at Powderham Castle during the Crash Box Car Club meeting. https://crashboxclub.co.uk
Pictured from Left to Right: John Corah (Rally Secretary), Edwin Goodwin, Sally Tye (Nee Corah), Vic McCarthy (Membership Secretary) and Phil Day.
Other Committee Members; Mike Higgins (Chairman), Jonathan Bye (Secretary) and Julian Parlett (Treasurer).