What’s wrong with our vans?

A first trip into London with the VW van. Caron the driver, Gerwyn the navigator and Yumpi doing in-car Physio. 

A trip to the south bank, home of art galleries, concert halls and street entertainment. Also the home of street food, a great thing. However, and this is a serious, why do the owners of these food trucks feel the need to go to France and buy a Citroën?  


What’s wrong with vans made in Great Britain? 

Have the owners of these food establishments undertaken an analysis to compare their revenue and profit from the use of a non-UK van versus a UK one? This was the question which concerned Gerwyn, a PhD mathematician. Quite right too.

As you can see from the pictures below, many marvellous vans were manufactured in the UK in the 70s and 80s, including Bedfords and Commers. 

 Then, a moment of joy and relief. One, possibly wise, food retailer had purchased a Vauxhall van, saving the arduous trip to France. 

 Unfortunately, this problem is not just limited to dilapidated French vans. Catering providers also believe that their sales will be increased by the usage of American caravans. 

 Again, what is wrong with our own caravans? We have both older and new caravans in the UK. 

Do you seriously believe that a traiteur in Lyons would use a Ford Transit made in Dagenham to sell his delightful food and beverage selection? The UK has always been a cultural melting pot, but there needs to be a limit on the number of these foreign vans. 

Why do pubs and restaurants insist on serving meals on pieces of slate, and chips in small metal wheelbarrows? I hope, for everybody’s sake, that this phenomenon is only restricted to our islands. Did our forefathers fight for our freedom so that we could eat French fries from a wire wheelbarrow or buy some fancy patisserie from a van produced by the highly subsidised French car industry?

The very positive news is that the greasy spoons situated in laybys on Britain’s highways are still housed in a static caravans and relics of Britain’s state owned motor industry.

Author: Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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