The Bedford Enthusiasts Club

"The New club for Owners and Enthusiasts of Bedford's.....

and other historic commercial vehicles with GM/Bedford company connections"




Meet your Committee



Patron - Rob Flello

a Bedford Enthusiast.







Andy Mc Carthy Chairman - PSV Advisor.

Grew up in family coach business. Historically the fleet were all Bedfords and we still have an old reliable workhorse, a Bedford YNT, which is still used on regular services.
Growing up with Bedfords is where my passion and enthusiams for all things Bedford originated from.
At  17 I started an apprentiship with local commercial motor engineers Ben Goulden and Sons Ltd who were Bedford specialists and parts stockists and one time Perkins sign holders.
I Completed an Engineering Technicians course via day release and evening classes, culminating with the IRTE part C course and became a full member of the IRTE at aged 29.
I now run the family coach business with the third generation, my two sons Danny and Max who are gradually taking over and I am now working on taking a back seat.
I have a collection of historic Bedfords from wartime QL and OY to KM TM and TL plus Diamond T wartime wrecker fitted with a Bedford 500 Turbo engine.
I have been married for over 30 years, to Lyn, who has endured and supported my Bedford Addiction






Christine Thomas - Secretary & Membership, Archive / Events.

Married to a tanker driver, 2 Children, 5 Grandchildren. Passion for lorries from an early age.
Aquired Motorcycle and LGV class 1 25 Years ago and bought first vintage vehicle in 1982.
An enthusiast of all the transport movements up to the present day.
Has been involved for many Years with the Griffin Trust.
A founder member of the Bedford Enthusiasts Club.

Carl Lemon - Treasurer & Eastern Area co - Ordinator

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A self confessed Bedford Enthusiast, owner of an AWD TL and a Classic Taxi enthusiast.

Carl also mans the Club Stand at the East Anglia area shows


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John Hammond, Bedford Legend Editor.


John is originally from Bedfordshire and has had a life long interest in most types of road transport. He says 'as long as it has at least 3 wheels and an engine, then I'm normally interested in it'. 

He has worked in transport since 2001 for bus operators and more recently in road haulage. 
John co-owns several preserved vehicles including a 1974 Bedford YRT bus, two old Bristol made buses and a Seddon Atkinson 401. When time finally allows, he also has a Ford Fiesta XR2 to renovate.





Ian Glover - TK, Spares, Manuals & Horsebox Adviser

I have spent most of my working life repairing vehicles plant and mostly fork lift trucks During the early 1990s i got involved with horses and very soon horseboxes
This led me into commercial horse transport and horsebox building and repair Since Bedfords were very popular in this role i quickly gained experience particularly the
non HGV model TK and TL types I ran a TK 570 then a TL 750 then a TK 860 which i still have.
After the business folded in 2001 it was back to the FLTs but in the much better setting of Cumbria rather than my home town of Warrington





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James Robinson - Recovery Assistance , Spares Co-Ordinator & Events.

James Robinson

James wasn’t born in a Bedford but you wouldn’t be surprised if he had been.  His passion for them is obvious as soon as you walk into the conference room at his offices in Northampton as he has some amazing photographs with various details of Bedford vehicles picked out in gold. If you falsely claim to know something about Bedfords, James can very quickly catch you out, but if you do - then you have a friend for life!

James has been involved with vehicles, transport and recovery all his working life.  After qualifying with an HNC in Building Construction from Northampton Technical College (now a University), he started work with a Specialist Plant Hire company which had Bedfords in its’ fleet and where James learnt to drive in a Bedford. He moved into the family business of Autohome Assistance in 1984 and has been the Managing Director there since 2009.  In their recovery fleet, Autohome Assistance runs two MJ Bedfords, one with a crane and one a flat bed vehicle with a HiAb.  James also makes these vehicles available to the Heavy Rescue Partnership Charity when the need arises.  He also has 2 Bedford preservation vehicles, a J Type Fire Appliance and an S Type with hydraulic platform.

James says “Bedfords have been in my life as long as I can remember, in the early days we used to keep them in my mother’s garden – well she wasn’t much of a gardener anyway!”




Richard Harlow - Southern Area Co-Ordinator & Events.


Richard is a self confessed Bedford Addict who has owned TL, Chevanne and currently restoring a CF minibus.

Richard is our Southern Area Co-Ordinator and joint organiser of several club events.

Married to Emma who Tolerates his Bedford cravings.









Ken Rodham - North East Co - Ordinator

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Ken is our North East Co - Ordinator and the latest recruit to the BEC Fold.

One time Coach operator Ken has owned virtually every model of Bedford Coach including TWO OB's

After Retiring Ken has restored an in his own words 'A sorry looking OWS Breakdown Truck'

Which won an award on its first outing.




Graham Bourne

The newest Recruit to the Committee, Graham is a Local Government officer by day and a Bedford Enthusiast.

Most Weekends Graham can be seen with his ex Cheshire CC living van at a show someware

In the North of England.





Advisers to the Committee



Jon Beech - Recovery and Military Vehicles.

MD Jon Beech Recovery.
MD Longton Avia UK Ltd
Charity Trustee at Heavy Rescue Partnership.
Responsible for the day to day running and operations of the charity.
Working with the Fire Rescue services and British Red Cross

Technical Advisor Freight Transport APPG Westminster
Operates Bedford's for recovery work.




David Beckett - The Griffin Trust & Bedford Legend Exhibition Vehicle.




Richie Mellor - TM model, Detroit / Cummins and Eaton Gearboxes,

Time served at Vauxhall Motors 1979 - 83 as an apprentice mechanic.
Time served 1883 - 1990 on TM, Cummins,Eaton etc
Planning Engineer 1990. Then to Production Control.
Plant Fitter and Facilities Manager.
Present Day Senior Engineer Facilities Manager.




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Page updated 29-09-2019.