RYS 893 is a restored AEC Matador truck fitted with a timber winch & jib. This truck was at the Woolpit Steam rally in 2009. The truck was listed in the catalogue (commercial vehicle section) exhibit No 6 (but displays 5 in the window). The truck is owned by D. Fleet in whose livery it is painted.

Vehicle historyEdit

  • Supplied new in 1944 as a medium artillery tractor.
  • 1944- ? in military service. Vehicle ref no. 06-YZ-15 and was overhauled in 1963. (plate on chassis)
  • 1978 was bought by a Mr. Pagan of Oxford.
  • 1983 Station Road sawmills in Farringdon, Oxfordshire as a Timber tractor. Then transferred to Barnes of Reading (at unknown date ?)
  • 1996 bought by Ray Collington of Crowthorne and part restored.
  • 2001 Bought by D. Fleet (current owner) & restored with new Timber crane Jib fitted in place of Artillery body.

The truck is exhibited at various shows around Norfolk & Suffolk.

AEC Matador RYS 893 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1449

RYS 893 a AEC Matador of 1944 vintage at Woolpit Steam rally 2009

AEC Matador RYS 893 timber crane at woolpit 09 - IMG 1448

The rear showing the timber crane (stowed for transport) and the winch cable guides and sprag legs

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