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Bedford CF Ambulance at RAF Boulmer in 1988.
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No: 2639   Contributor: Chris Hall Teesside UK   Year: 1988   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: England
Bedford CF Ambulance at RAF Boulmer in 1988.

This was seen at RAF Boulmer (in Northumberland) back in 1988/9. It reminded me of those seen in London in the 70's.
Picture added on 07 February 2011 at 10:26
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London did use Bedford CFs, but with different bodywork.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 07 February 2011.
I think London used Martin Walter, Mountain Range, Wadham and Hanlon bodies at various times. Apart from some early vehicles they were all on the long wheelbase chassis like this vehicle. This followed problems in Scotland and Durham with wheel stud failure on the 25 cwt SWB chassis. In London no spare wheel was carried and I believe mechanics had to come out to torque the wheel nuts correctly in the case of a puncture!
Does anyone know the body manufacturer of this RAF vehicle?

Added by Mike Spiller on 07 March 2011.
Lobdon had mainly Dormobile bodies on early CFs

Added by Roger Greenaway on 08 March 2011.
Roger (or anyone else!)- perhaps you can help on this. I think Dormobile was a trade name for Martin Walter but was Mountain Range the successor to Dormobile/M.W.? To the best of my recollection the bodies were similar. Also could the RAF vehicle have been built by Lomas?
Thanks in advance !!

Added by Mike Spiller on 09 March 2011.
Dormobile was part of the Charringtons Group, and traded as Dormobile Ltd from Folkestone in Kent.
I started on ambulances in the 1980s, so missed out on early brochures. Mountain (formerly Mountain-Range) came from further north (Cheshire, I think). The RAF vehicle could be a Lomas, difficult to tell with GRP bodies. The only real answer is to "open the tin", ie take a look at the makers plates or MoD contract documents.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 10 March 2011.
Mike

I had a look at some computer printouts that I haven't filed yet, and you are right. Dormobile descended from Martin Walter (est 1773), harness makers to the gentry. They began with bespoke coachwork at the dawning of the motor age.Dormobile went into liquidation in 1994, so weren't taken over by Mountain (cumbria and not Cheshire as I thought) Mountain also went bust, and the design for their newly developed body, the LAZER, was bought and built by Customline, later UVG. Hope that helps!

Added by Roger Greenaway on 10 March 2011.
Roger, many thanks, I didn't realise the LAZER body had started with Mountain. The last of them seem to have disappeared from London in recent months!!

Added by Mike Spiller on 11 March 2011.
The body I believe is a Herbert Lomas from Hanforth, my friends father painted many of them in the 1980's. They built many Landrover 109 and 128 Military Ambulances.

Added by Paul Crichton on 26 March 2011.
i used to drive these ambulances back in 1987.

Added by Jason on 24 April 2011.
Hi I was one of the men that went down to Mountain
Range in Crewe from Customline in Dewsbury and
look the new Lazer Body that was on a Ford Transit to Customline in Dewsbury West Yorkshire.

Added by Derrick still on 26 April 2011.
I own one exactly like this one. Only the stering wheel is on the left side. It was built for a RAF base in Germany in 1978.
Is is stil in use as a campervan.

Added by Seth on 11 July 2018.
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