We’ve all been there. You’re careening down the M1 and you begin overtaking an Eddie Stobart lorry on your left hand side. As you pass the huge haulage lorry, which is probably undertaking some arduous return loads or freight forwarding work, you chance a look at its fabled name plate. Just as you begin deciphering the contrived, tiny combination of girls’ names – I highly doubt anyone out there’s actually called ‘Mary-Lou Vanessa Jessica Anne’ – you realise that you’re swerving wildly and irrationally between the lanes, and finally, as common sense prevails, you decide to stop endangering your life like some kind of foolhardy stunt driver.
Eddie Stobart spotters
If anyone says, ‘What, by gum, is an Eddie Stobart lorry?’ then they obviously have never been on a motorway in the UK; because Eddie Stobart lorries are, night and day, constantly chugging along undertaking road haulage and return loads work to various parts of the British Isles. And, because of their distinctive green, red and yellow livery and the tradition of naming the lorries with girls’ names, they have become popular with the public who often collect sightings of the different lorries and their monikers. What’s more, there is now even an official Eddie Stobart fan club, where you can buy an annual membership and receive a log book to tick off the names of the various lorries you have seen. The club also arranges tours of depots and provides Eddie Stobart collectable toys and models.
Eddie Stobart In popular culture
As well as presenting a chance to alleviate the boredom of a motorway journey for passengers, the ever-growing fleet of ES drivers have captured the imagination of singers and writers up and down the land. The British Scumpy and Western band the Wurzels wrote a song called ‘I want to be an ES Driver, which romanticises such things as back and return loads and other haulage work, as well as advocating the contentious notion that ‘Eddie Stobart rules the motorway’. In addition, Sheffield’s own electronic-based music group, I Monster, have written a song about the popular haulage company called Stobart’s Blues.
Other famous haulage companies
ES lorries are not the only lorries to capture the devotion of enthusiasts across the UK. The Shore Potters Society, thought to be the oldest removals and haulage company in Britain, is a popular target for lorry spotters. They originated in 1498 using horse and carriages, and their liveried vehicles today are extremely rare. Also popular with UK lorry spotters are the Prestons and Norbert Dentressangle lorries, which, like the ES vehicles, can also be found on the UK’s various motorways undertaking freight and return loads work.