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GRAHAM BOOTH

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HeavyTorque Issue Three: Graham Booth

GRAHAM BOOTH

MAN ON A MISSION TO SAVE HAULAGE HISTORY

ONE OF THE MOST FAMILIAR FACES ON THE VINTAGE VEHICLE SCENE IS GRAHAM BOOTH, WHO HAS RESTORED OVER 100 HEAVY TRUCKS IN OVER 30 YEARS. MARGO COLE FINDS MORE OUT ABOUT THE MAN BEHIND THE MACHINES.

Many of us have childhood memories of the travelling fair arriving in town; the excitement of the rides, the loud noises and music, and the vibrant colours and spectacle of the rides. There was a romance attached to the magical way in which it appeared overnight and then disappeared as if it had never been there, as well as the people who came and went with it. But while most of us are left with nothing but a warm glow of nostalgia when the fair comes to town now, for Graham Booth the legacy of a childhood love of fairgrounds is far more profound, shaping the pattern of much of his subsequent life.

Booth is, perhaps, best known for collecting and meticulously restoring classic heavy haulage and military vehicles. He is a regular exhibitor at steam fairs and truck festivals, and is renowned for faultlessly restoring the vehicles to their original state. Alongside his skills in repairing bodywork and rebuilding mechanical parts, Booth is also an extremely accomplished signwriter, capable of perfectly recreating vintage truck liveries, as well as painting signs for pubs, shops and commercial vehicles. He is also, incidentally, pretty handy with a snooker cue and a bass guitar.

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It is with regret, that the HeavyTorque team have decided to take a stand based on an industry-wide ‘blind eye’ to the waste in the magazine and periodicals business.

HeavyTorque (#15, July 2018) was the final issue to grace the shop shelves, both on the High Street and across the travel network. As part of our onward strategy to adapt, HeavyTorque will now be distributed exclusively through controlled circulation and available through printed subscription.

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