The Scammell Showtrac was a type of ballast tractor built by Scammell of watford to meet the rwquirements of traveling Showman who after World War 1 had started to move from steam powered Showman's road locomotives to Internal combustion engined vehicles. A number of ex military vehicles had been used by some prior to World War II and modified by fitting dynamos to power the rides. Scammell developed the idea with a specially designed tractor.
The Showtrac was a short-wheelbase 4x2 ballast tractor, one of the few vehicles ever designed specifically for fairground use. It could be supplied with a rear body (with half-height roller shutter access doors), winch, and dynamo with the ballast block underneath. Eighteen were built, to varying specifications (not all had the body fitted, for example), between December 1945 and September 1948. Seventeen have survived and been preserved. There are many look-alike Scammell tractors, but genuine Showtracs had a special "Showtrac" badge on the radiator, and a full-width cab.
|No||Registration||Name||Chassis No.||Original owner||Built||Notes|
|1||DWN 766||HIS MAJESTY||6032||Henry Studt & Sons, Swansea||December 1945||
Preserved by the Late Roger Austin, Raunds, Northamptonshire, then his family.
|2||HAU 964||-||6109||Henry Armstrong, Nottingham||April 1946||Preserved by Russell Cook.|
|3||EDL 111||KING||6074||Arnold Brothers, Isle of Wight||May 1946||Sold to the Tommy Benson Fun Fair Outfit in 1953, still owned by the family.|
|4||ACF 38||6108||Cyril English, West Suffolk||May 1946||Preserved by Joe Corbett.|
|5||CU 4667||UNIQUE||6111||John Powell, South Shields||May 1946||The Powell family auctioned this Showtrac on Friday, 25th September, 2009, sold for £46000 to a Fairground Vehicle Enthusiast in Devon.|
|6||HTO 221||PROGRESS-LEGEND||6114||Hibble & Mellors, Nottingham||June 1946||Operated by E.L. Morley's Super Plesure Fairs, Salford, from 1964, preserved by Neil B.Padgett from 1973 to 1982, then by Tom Nicholson up to around 1997, then bought by present owners, Neil & Freda Corner, Leyburn, County Durham.|
|7||HRL 121||KING CARNIVAL|
CITY OF BRISTOL
|6115||J. Rowland & Sons, Cornwall||June 1946||Restored. Still owned by the Rowland family, St.Blazey, Nr. St. Austell. Cornwall.|
|8||DDT 181||WEST RIDING||6173||Frank Harniess, Doncaster||June 1946||Sold to showman Harry Wigfield in 1969, eventually preserved by Roger Austin. Still owned by his family|
|9||DDT 180||MELRAY||6188||Tom Harniess, Doncaster||July 1946||Sold to showman Gordon Eddy in 1967. Named after his two sons, Melvin and Raymond. Scrapped in 1969 at Selby.|
|10||GUR 148||-||6189||John Flanagan, Watford||July 1946||Went to the Alice Webb Fun Fair Outfit, then bought by Roger Austin in 1989 and restored. Still owned by his family.|
|11||DCO 212||GLADIATOR||6190||Anderton & Rowland, Plymouth||August 1946||Still owned by Anderton & Rowland.|
|12||DCO 265||DRAGON||6209||Anderton & Rowland, Plymouth||August 1946||Several owners since preservation, currently Colin DeVey of the Anderton & Rowland Fun Fair Outfit.|
|13||KDH 141||THE LEADER||6210||Demonstrator for Showtrac Dealer, Harrison's, from new||September 1946 to 1949||on Trade Plates, then sold to Pat Collins, Walsall. Went out of service in 1966, bought by showman Pepper Biddall in 1989. It was restored and is now owned by John & Alf Biddall.|
|14||EWN 437||GEORGE V||6357||John Studt & Sons, Swansea||June 1947||Was bought by showman E.T. Studt later on, preserved by a Doctor Williams from 1974, passed on to Micky Harris, but the current owner is Pete Sanders of Barnstaple, Devon.|
|15||LDH 253||THE MAJOR||6358||Clara Collins, Walsall||June 1947||Worked until 1976, went to the Barry Island Amusement Park, was restored to some extent and attended the Much Marcle Rally in 1980 and the 1981 Nottingham Goose Fair. Now preserved by Russell Cook.|
|16||JYA 962||JOHN BULL||6317||Anderton & Rowland, Plymouth||September 1947||The DeVey family, who manage the Anderton & Rowland Fun Fair Outfit.|
|17||JFJ 367||THE SHOWMAN||6656||Anderton & Rowland, Plymouth||July 1948||Anderton & Rowland only had this fairground lorry for a short while, it went back to Harrison's, the Scammell Showtrac Dealers, who sold it to the travelling fun fair outfit of Mrs. A Deakin. Neil Corner bought it in 1974 for restoration and preservation, then sold it to B. Herbert of North Humberside. Now currently owned by Malcolm Holder.|
|18||JFJ 457||CITY OF EXETER||6595||T. Whitelegg & Sons, Plymouth||September 1948||Preserved by Peter Startup, but has been restored and is now preserved by fairground vehicle enthusiast, Robbie Richards of Redruth, Cornwall. He bought this Showtrac in 2005. Now Sold to a new owner|
Two of the Showtracs are on display in the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre in Devon. Others appear occasionally at some of the many steam rallies and fairs around the country.
- Showman's road locomotive
- Fairground rides
- List of Named Vehicles
- List of Vehicles by registration number
- Fairground Heritage Trust - have information on a number of the vehicles used by showmen in there archive.
- The Scammell Register - owners club for all Scammell trucks
References / sourcesEdit
- The Showmans Guild archive at Sheffield University (link required)
- The Scammell Register
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