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News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE MISTER SOFTEE ICE CREAM VAN?

The arrival of an ice cream van was once as much a part of a summer evening as a schedule of television programmes that you would generally avoid.

News: Six Of The Finest Ice Cream Vans

Decent weather is final upon us (at least it was when I wrote those words!) and, as the cinema adverts used to claim back in the 1960s, now is the time for ice cream. Highly decorated and still a part of the motoring landscape, the ice cream van is a very welcome sight at the end of a long summer’s day so here are six classic examples.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE STANDARD VANGUARD LUXURY SIX?

In the 1970s I would occasionally encounter a well-polished blue & cream Vanguard Luxury Six.

News: Meet the owner - Liam Dover and his Austin A105 Vanden Plas

‘A lot don’t know what it is. Or have never heard of an A105 Vanden Plas and are shocked. But everyone loves them - young and old’.

News: MEET THE OWNER - JERRAMY TOPPING AND HIS 1950 FORDSON E83W

In the 1950s, no line of traffic would have been complete without an example of the E83W range en route to delivering coal, laundry, milk or, in summer, ice cream cornets. Their rate of progress could never be described as ‘rapid’ – there appears to be no instance of an E83W getaway vehicle in a British B-film – but they were almost guaranteed to reach their destination.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER - THE MORRIS MARINA AND ITAL VAN?

There are certain sights and sounds that can immediately recapture the past – Nigel Planer singing Hole in My Shoe, the opening to The Comic Strip Presents... – and the sight of a well-preserved Marina or Ital Van. It would not be a typical month in 1980s suburbia without seeing a BT Morris attending to yet another malfunctioning telephone box.

News: HOW MANY SURVIVE? - THE MORRIS “ITAL” 575 VAN

Michael Carpenter is a young man with a mission and his most recent challenge was the restoration of a vehicle now so rare as to make the Jaguar XK120 appear positively common and one that is sure to draws crowds wherever it goes. It is, of course, a 1984 Morris “Ital” 575 Van.

News: NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK – PROMOTING THE GOODS

In addition to presenting the events of the day to patrons of ABC or Odeon cinemas before the ice creams went on sale, newsreel companies often specialised in producing short corporate promotional features.

News: Top Five Vanishing Family Cars

"There comes a moment in the life-cycle of many previously popular cars when they almost vanish overnight and looking at the ‘How Many Left’ website is almost as depressing as watching Take the High Road. Then you start to think when you last saw a Rover 600, a Vauxhall Cavalier Mk.2 or a Citroen BX?" - Written by Andy Roberts

News: Vanden Plas Prototype gets First Outing at the NEC

The name of Vanden Plas is one of the oldest in motoring history and the Owners’ Club is delighted to be showcasing five of its key models at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery - including one of British Leyland’s rarest prototypes.

News: 60 YEARS OF THE MINI VAN

The British Motor Corporation unveiled the Austin and Morris Mini Van in 1960, and when production ceased twenty-two years later, they were as much part of everyday life as ageing punks mooching around the local Wimpy Bar.

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