Lucky I had my camera with me as I found these three beauties. I've had many a love affair with an ERF. I remember driving one just like this, for British Road Services on the Crompton Cable contract. It was a beast, twin splitter gear box, couldn't find the gears, like stirring a rice pudding, I played some lovely tunes on it. Brings back memories.
I was positively drooling when a guy who was hitching up his trailer came over to speak to me. Well, I'm in my element when I find someone who talks trucks. I was rabbiting on about all the jobs I had done with ERF's, Leicester Heavy Haulage being my favourite. Lo and behold, he comes from Leicester. I mentioned that I had recently reached retirement age, and I was beginning to miss the life on the road. How I would love to get back into a cab again.
A broad smile crept across his face, 'We need some drivers', he said. I couldn't believe my ears, I said, 'What, really.' The next thing, I was sitting in his posh living trailer, with his wife making us a cup of tea, and talking about what the job entailed. He explained that I wouldn't have to do any of the heavy manual work of erecting and dismantling the rides, but I would have to work on the rides when the fair was open. Taking money in the pay booths, or collecting money from the punters when they are already sitting in their seats.
He said I would have to have a trial on the Waltzers to see how my balance was on a moving platform, as it could be a bit tricky to start with. They usually find lots of coins underneath the ride after it has been taken down due to the attendant stumbling and missing his pocket. They even had one guy knocked off his feet by one of the cars because he wasn't paying attention. I told him I have a very good sense of balance because I am a very good ice skater, he seemed to like that.
Anyway, I have got to go back tonight for a trial run. The man, Jim, said come at 7 o clock, then we can see how you cope in the dark as well, and you can meet the rest of the gang. He said if you are happy with it you can come for six months. It seems a tight schedule, with a fair few miles between the bookings.
Wow, this is all a bit quick, I'd better get onto Sue to take my cats for me. Then I'll have to get some steel toecap boots. Not sure where I am going to live, he did say they had a small trailer for me. I'll let you know how I get on at the trial ;0)