85 years and still flying high
Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are pleased to announce the release of a 1:50 scale Scania S650 V8 Highline (6x2) with 3 axle, curtain trailer, customised in the anniversary livery of Scottish haulier D & J Sibbald.
Commissioned not only to mark the 85th year of business, but also to celebrate the winning of the Transport News “Scottish Haulage Company of the Year 2018” award, the models have been produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles as a certificated Limited Edition (175 pieces).
Based in the West Lothian town of Bathgate, this family run haulier was established in 1933 by brothers, David & John Sibbald. As farmers, the initial involvement with transport was focused on the movement of livestock to and from local markets but opportunities were soon spotted in the general haulage market, leading to the creation of what, in due course, would become a dedicated haulage business.
Over the ensuing years, the scope of the business was broadened and as more trucks were purchased, they were used for transporting agricultural supplies and locally manufactured goods, rather than livestock - so sealing the move into general haulage.
Nowadays, some 85 years on, the Company is run by brothers, Russell and Ralph Sibbald, sons of founding partner, John. Russell Snr, the son of David Sibbald, was also a partner in the business until he retired in 2001. With the Head Office at the old Hardhill Garage, Bathgate and a satellite depot in Nottingham, D & J Sibbald has grown into a UK wide haulage operation, providing transport services not only to well-known national businesses and smaller local companies, but also to global organisations such as St Gobain and Terex Trucks.
With a modern fleet comprising exclusively Scania trucks and mix of curtainsided, flat and extendible trailers, D&J Sibbald purchased a flagship Scania S 650 V8 Highline to celebrate the recent successes and achievements in 2018. In keeping with the tradition of naming their trucks after birds of prey, the latest addition to the fleet has been christened “Hardhill Caracara” (look it up!) and the fleet number, aptly, is 85. At the same time, a new curtainside trailer was added to the fleet which, in a departure from the norm of leaving the curtains plain, has been proudly liveried with the Company name, an 85 years anniversary motif and, of course, the Scottish Haulage Company of the Year 2018 logo.
Models, available now from Search Impex, are priced at £146 each (including UK delivery & VAT).
For details of availability of this and other models, collectors can visit the Search Impex website at www.search-impex.co.uk or call on 01332 873555.