Published: 31 Jul 2014
Over its 50 or so year history the humble Ford Transit van has been involved in a few tales that have to be seen to be believed.
Jennings Motor Group takes a look at some that have caught our attention!
1 Transport an Elephant
When London Zoo had to move two baby elephants their handlers turned to the Ford Transit to get the job done.
2 Enter a boat race competition
A floating Transit once took part in the Maldon raft race – sadly the Ford engineers did not build a winning entry.
3 Run a celebrity business
To run their fruit business, Henry Cooper and family used a trusted Ford Transit to help with deliveries.
4 Transport a huge dinosaur
When looking to move their 49ft model Cetiosaurus from Kent to Edinburgh, model makers simply strapped it to their flatbed Ford Transit!
5 Transport a top flight football team
Back in the 1960s Jimmy Greaves and fellow Tottenham players used a Transit Minibus to get about – we wonder what transport the current Tottenham first team uses?
6 Used as a royal car
Whilst living on Anglesey when stationed in the RAF Wills and Kate apparently used a white Ford Transit to go about the island unnoticed. (Note this is not the actual van!)
7 Pimp you Ride
Measuring 7.4m long and speced out with TV screens for movies on the go, this custom XXL version allows you to travel in style
8 Rock around the clock
Many bands did the long miles in a Ford Transit – Status Quo, Coldplay and The Tremoloes!
9 Go on a Car chase!
In the Fourth Protocol film Michael Caine did – made a difference to a Mini!
10 Do Donuts!
Spinning looks easy for V8 drift bus here in Poland! - click image below to view video.
11 Enter the Guinness Book of Records
In 1965 48 students crammed themselves into a Transit minibus. The students from Barking College won themselves a place in the record book.
12 Go down under
Covering 10,000 miles and taking 10 weeks, Hughes Overland ran a service from London to Australia using the trusted Ford Transit Minibus!
13 Tow a caravan a different way
Travelling quicker than legal on the road, a transit towed a caravan on the track at a staggering 170mph in 1985.
14 Race across the desert
Battling over 7,500 miles, a Transit raced across the dunes of North Africa.
15 Be a stunt driver
Only removing the windows and taping the doors and bonnet shut, Steve Matthews leapt over a total of 15 cars in his Transit van.
16 Commit crime
Describe by UK police as the best getaway vehicle of the 1970s, the Ford Transit had superb handling and capability – not that Jennings Motor Group condone this activity!
17 Chase bad guys
The good guys now catch the bad guys in a Transit Van.
18 Deliver a baby
On the way to the hospital in 2013, David and Jess did not quite make it to the hospital in their Transit. Instead little Alfie Kerr was born on route in the van!
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