Originally Posted by codprawn
No it would be much nicer to see a British engine in use to provide quality jobs in the UK to benefit us all............
That would be nice, however, about 15 years ago I was travelling along the M4 from Cardiff to Bristol when I caught up with an HGV with a flat trailer carrying rolled steel for the automotive industry.
As I got closer I saw the trailer had a panel across the back with the Union (Jack) flag painted on it and the slogan....."Jones/Evans/Llewellyn/Roberts (delete where applicable) proud to be hauling British Steel." As I gained on it I wondered what the tractor unit would be. Would it be a Seddon Atkinson from Oldham? Or an ERF or Foden from Sandbach? Perhaps a Leyland from Lancashire? Would it have a Cummins made in Darlington or maybe a Gardner made in Eccles?
No; wrong! The noisy bit at the front was a Mercedes Benz. There was a company whose livelihood depends on the success of the British motor industry and they couldn't even be bothered to buy a product made out of the commodity they were carrying. I'm sure the residents of Port Talbot and similar areas were extremely grateful.