Each year we have a featured vehicle as the flagship for the event. This time around it’s a Scammell Explorer owner by Kevin Royan. These are his words to describe his treasured vehicle.
My Scammell Explorer USJ 948 was part of a batch of 125 vehicles built for the British army in 1955 at a cost of £6200.00 each.
It’s designation is a Tractor GS Recovery Heavy 6×6 Scammell, Powered originally by a Meadows 10.35 litre 6 cylinder petrol engine delivering 175 bhp through a 6 speed gearbox.
The explorer was built for general recovery with great off road capabilities due to its 6 wheel drive and excellent axle articulation.The explorer is fitted with a 15 ton straight pull vertical winch, also fitted with a top jib capable of lifting 4.5 tons.
The vertical winch has 450 foot of wire rope.The Meadows petrol engine was replaced with a Gardner 6LXB 10 litre diesel engine producing 180 bhp by the previous owner purely for economic reasons as the petrol unit only delivered 3 mpg.
The Explorer was demobbed from the army in 1973 and sold at Ruddington sales and was purchased by Central Garage Kyle, and driven by road from the sales to Kyle a distance of around 480 miles at 3mpg and a top speed of about 30mph quite a feat. No military history can be traced for the Explorer.
I was doing a recovery in the Kyle area and I spotted it parked up on the pier. I purchased it from Central Garage in 1999 as a non runner and did it up over the next few years.
Come along and see it, and me at this years Grantown Motormania.