The AA's 'Del Boy' Challenge

AA patrols restore a Reliant Supervan at Beaulieu Autojumble

16 September 2008

Reliant Supervan three-wheeler before the AA patrols started the restoration

A team of AA patrols was in three-wheel heaven last weekend (13-14 September) as they challenged themselves to restore Peckham's finest, a Reliant Supervan three-wheeler, from a wreck to a pristine full livery AA patrol vehicle.

The crack team had only two days at the Beaulieu International Autojumble to strip and repaint the bodywork, apply period AA livery, repair the chassis and suspension and then get it running.

In 1965, the AA had a Reliant van on trial to see if it was suitable for the breakdown service In 1965, the AA had a Reliant van on trial to see if it was suitable for the breakdown service, but it was never adopted. Nevertheless, since the vehicle was out on operational duty, it was fully liveried and carried all the normal patrol equipment and a two-way radio.

Uncle Albert, otherwise known as AA patrol Andy McMorran, says: "We had to work round the clock to get it finished but we're always game for a challenge. It's one of those iconic British vehicles that makes everyone smile, so it will make a great addition to our historical fleet – just so long as members don't start demanding we bring it back as an operational patrol van!"

The AA bought the vehicle for the challenge for £500, and after its restoration, it will go on loan to a museum in Dover. As well as the Reliant, the patrols were also displaying several of the AA's 30-strong fleet of historical patrol vehicles – representing the breakdown service over the decades – and are collecting donations for BEN, the motor and allied trades benevolent fund.

Cushty.

For information on the Beaulieu International Autojumble, please visit:
http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events-internationalautojumble.cfm

The finished vehicle

The restored supervan takes its place alongside other vehicles in the AA's heritage fleetthe AA team after a very long weekend at Beaulieu

retoration work in progress during the weekendback view of the Reliant Supervan after completion of the restoration

front view of the Reliant Supervan after the restorationAA patrols restoring the Reliant Supervan at Beaulieu International Autojumble

 

16 September 2008