2018-07-06

The Love for a Classic Scania lives on

With Scania fans all over the world crazy for classic trucks, we wanted to find out what it really is that makes them so lovable.

Each year the UK hosts a variety of shows and events throughout the summer, and vintage trucks are a staple at all of them; some even get more attention than a next generation Scania – hard to believe we know!

With roots that go back to 1938, family run H.E Payne have been restoring vintage trucks since 1974. Their current fleet is 70 strong and 3 of these are vintage trucks used purely for showing , however, these are now newer than those they originally showed from the 40s and 50s. Unfortunately, as times move on, so do the roads, and it became unsafe to transport trucks with a maximum speed of 30mph  

“I take great pride in the standard they are kept, but mostly I love driving them. I have made lots of new friends whom we meet up with on a regular basis, it’s like a community”

For Director Richard Payne, the pleasure of showing the vehicles comes from the fact they are vehicles he has grown up with, “I take great pride in the standard they are kept, but mostly I love driving them” he exclaims. But it’s not just the trophies he is interested in winning, “I have made lots of new friends whom we meet up with on a regular basis, it’s like a community” he says.

The story for Paul Boyle, director of Freedom Recycling, is a little different when it comes to his vintage Scania 143M; although used at shows it was more about the restoration. He says “It is a truck I always wanted, I drove it 20 years ago when I was younger and it really is my dream truck.” Paul bought the truck four years ago and restored it himself, now he takes it to shows throughout the summer.

Freedom Recycling
“It is a truck I always wanted, I drove it 20 years ago when I was younger and it really is my dream truck.”

There is something these two directors have in common; they agree that the experience of driving a Scania, no matter the age, has always been fantastic. They both love driving their classic Scania trucks, “There’s a real art to driving them and it feels like an achievement, we always get stopped for photos” says Paul. “It’s a pleasure to drive a truck with a gearstick, these vehicles really put a smile on your face when you drive them” explains Richard, “Drivers will always stop and talk or wave, the older vehicles make people stop and think how trucking was done in the past” he continues.

Fuel consumption accounts for a significant proportion of running costs for all truck operators, which is why both companies use their trucks purely for showing and have them in storage throughout the winter. Tests conducted by Scania have shown that in the 24 years between the production of the 3-series and the new generation, fuel consumption has fallen by about 25 percent. 

Recently restored by our Stowmarket bodyshop, the iconic 2-series made its debut at the Norfolk Show this June.

If you have any classic trucks that are part of your fleet or used for shows and you’d like to share them, please get in touch via our social media or email truckeast.marketing@scania.com. We’d love to hear your story.