I'm Jerry Coulson
I was born in Leeds in 1965 and I still live there. As a child I spent all my school holidays traveling with my father in lorries delivering goods all over Northern England, This is probably where my love for commercial vehicles started.
I think in the 1970's Sheffield was my favorite place on Earth, all the heavy industry created some fantastic transport scenario's,The rolling mill's, The forge's, Sid Harrison's wonderful Scammell's, R J Norman's Mack's, British Steel, NCB, Literally 100's of 8 wheelers trundling up and down the M1 transporting coal, The Pit's, The marshaling yards, Almost all now sadly gone. Then in 1977 I stumbled across a BBC World about us documentary called, Destination Doha, I was then completely hooked.
I left school in 1981 and became a motor mechanic, after a few years of this i left and got a driving job, Bedford TK's and Ford D 0710's, I was away, and in heaven..... I moved on to more modern Bedford TL's and Ford Cargo's, all 71/2 toner's , then I decided to go for my Class 1, after a few Sunday lessons I was put in for my test and passed.
The company i was working for at the time had no HGV's, but as soon as i passed my test they started hiring vehicles in for me, Class 3 vehicles, but this was a nice gradual step up for me, I then got a DAF 1900, with full sleeper, I was in my element, but started getting impatient, wanting to put my class 1 to use.
My next job was driving for Bibby Distribution, I started there as a 4 wheeler driver but was horrified when on my first day the gaffer said to me, " you've got a class 1 haven't you ? ", so and so isn't coming in, so you can take this to Kwik save at Tipton, I got my keys and the paperwork, and was told to phone the office when I'd tipped !
A nearly new Seddon Atki Strato 6x2 awaited me, 14litre cummin's and an Eaton twin splitter, coupled to a tri axle tautliner with 22 tonnes of pop on board, lets not forget, i took my test in a Bedford tk artic coupled to a 30 ft flat............
Well, I got to Tipton and back, but probably lost about 2 stone along the way, whilst waiting to tip i found and read the Eaton instruction manual, but it never mentioned the 12 neutrals, .......... after a few day's i loved the Gearbox, but the regular driver returned, so i was put onto all manner of Leyland Roadtrains for the next few years, by today's standards they were pretty grim, but in there day they weren't a bad motor, especially the 2032 with the big Cummins.
I left this job in the early 90's, looking for local work, as i now had a family, I started working for the local authority in 1993, and I'm still there now, Still driving, but I'm never home later than mid-afternoon.
According to my art teacher back at school, I should have knuckled down and passed enough exam's to get me into art college, this didn't happen, i was more interested in music, fags, drink, and girl's....... needless to say I was shown the door at school, and never passed 1 exam !
I didn't draw or paint anything for about 25 yrs, until i was bought a painting set as a birthday present, then one day whilst i was on a week's holiday i came across the paints and decided to have a dabble, sketching trucks in liveries from my memory, then painting them with water colours, about post card sized, over the week I did several of these, and thoroughly enjoyed it, these were published in an old copy of Truck and Driver. I carried on painting trucks from memory for another year or so, but these were on a larger scale.
Over the last few years i have attended transport gathering's when time has permitted, showing some of my work, at various states of completion, and have been busy working on private commissions, When I'm not working on commissions i have a passion for painting Middle East scene's from the 70's.
Below are some example's of my work,The contrast quality isn't brilliant as the paintings were just photographed in my front room, and uploaded. The first 2 collage's are made up from pieces of my earliest pieces of work, The last picture is of, work in progress. I will add more to the sight soon,
All prints are £14.00 + P&P, A3 or A4 sizes available
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CURRENTLY ON WITH PAINTING OF WHJ194S, ASTRAN SCANIA 111, DRIVEN BY FRANK HOOK. NOW COMPLETE
ASTRAN SCANIA LB76 , UHM26F , RON BELL, STUCK IN MUD, EASTERN TURKEY
ASTRAN AEC, DRK798D, GORDON PEARCE AND BOB PAUL, IRANIAN BORDER, CHRISTMAS DAY 1966.
ROGER HAYWOOD'S VOLVO F12 PWM116T , PARKED ALONG SIDE MARK STEWARTS SCANIA 141 LONGLINE PFU377S IN DOHA.
WOODMAN AND PAUL, STUCK IN TURKEY ON THE FIRST TRIP, GUY 10RMY
A SCENE FROM DESTINATION DOHA, FEATURING ALL THREE TRUCKS
Atkinson, Seddon Atkinson, ERF & Foden All gone, but not forgotten.
Four Brit's at the Harem
Painted for Ashley Coghill's fantastic book, The Longhaul Pioneers
Lunch on the Tapline
WHJ194S, parked at Addington, Bob Paul's office in the background
KJN671P, about to cross H4, driven by Charlie Norton
Middle East Men, Roger Haywood and Pat Seals having a breather, Doha bound ....
A painting I did many years ago which I've just refreshed, and fitted super singles on the steering axle, This is how Chris Hooper ran the truck later in its life , both versions of this painting are available as prints