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BONZO BEAR

GHM GROUP

HeavyTorque Issue Twelve: Bonzo Bear (GHM Group)

BONZO BEAR COMES HOME

BOLTON-BASED HEAVY PLANT AND EQUIPMENT DEALER GHM GROUP HAS TRACKED DOWN ONE OF THE MOST TRAVELLED HEAVY-DUTY TRACTORS IN THE WORLD AND IS PLANNING A GROUND-UP REBUILD AND RESTORATION. BOB BEECH REPORTS.

The naming of heavy haulage tractors is part of a long tradition that no doubt started when horses were used for virtually all transport tasks, giving your charge a human name gave the horse an identity and strengthened the bond between man and beast. Taking good care of your horse was the mark of a conscientious worker, giving it an individual name made it personal and both worked as a team.

This trend continued with traction engines, when they took over from horses as the principle means of moving heavy loads by road, virtually every steam engine was given a name that it invariably retained for all of its working life and into retirement if possible. As the internal combustion engine was introduced, more powerful vehicles replaced the lumbering steam engines and allowed heavy hauliers to cover the ground more quickly and venture further afield. Some operators continued to give heavy tractors names, but it was less common than in previous times.

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