DORSET-BASED BUGLER TRANSPORT HAS LONG BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOVING OF ALL TYPES OF MARINE CRAFT THROUGHOUT THE UK AND EUROPE, BUT AS WINNER OF THE HEAVIES 2016 CAT2 JOB OF THE YEAR DEMONSTRATED, THEY ALSO MOVE ULTRA-LONG WIND TURBINE BLADES. BOB BEECH CAUGHT UP WITH COMPANY HEAD CHRIS BUGLER, TO HEAR ABOUT THE COMPANY HISTORY, THE CURRENT OPERATION AND CAST AN EYE OVER THE LATEST IN A VERY LONG LINE OF WELL PRESENTED DAF TRACTOR UNITS TO ENTER THE FLEET.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG ECCLESTON
It all began in 1968 with Reg Bugler, Chris’s father, delivering engineering parts daily to London in an old egg van bought for £15.00. The company was originally called R A Bugler and its first new truck, a Leyland Laird flat-bed rigid, took to the road in 1969, carrying bricks, machinery and other cargoes for local companies. Bugler senior, who was originally in partnership with his brother Francis, soon moved up the weight range into artics.
An opportunity to transport a boat came along and Reg decided to give it a try. Inevitably someone else wanted a boat shifted and before long it was a major part of the workload. His brother decided to concentrate on brick haulage and went his own way as F V Bugler Transport, painting his vehicles red, as opposed to the blue livery of R A Bugler.