We saw the footage of the truck coming to your yard, but would you tell the story of how and where you found the truck? We like stories of search and rescue.
It started about 5 years ago, as you probably know we recreate a WWII Red Ball Express depot display at military shows around the UK, we always knew that we needed a crane to finish off the depot look (GMC Trucks being loaded and unloaded with ammo and supplies). Well the owner of one of the largest shows (War & Peace) has a large yard that is full of WWII equipment in various states but mostly scrap condition; he told us of the Brockway crane that he had bought in 1980 from a museum in Cherbourg, France that had closed down, he said how the crane had been used at the docks of Cherbourg for unloading supplies during the D-Day landings. One of our members went to look at it but considered it to far gone for the £7000 the owner wanted (that was 5 years ago).
Anyway the owner contacted me again a few years ago and told me he had dropped the price to our group as he really wanted to see the crane back out on the military circuit, and had dropped the price down to £5000. Well I decided that the old girl needed somebody to get her out of his yard before she was to far gone, the rest of the story you know.
This is a photo of the Brockway when he bought it in 1980.