JCB Customer’s Joy as Vintage Machine Restored to Former Glory




One of JCB’s longest-standing customers has unwrapped a unique present – a vintage backhoe loader restored to its former glory to mark the equipment manufacturer’s 75th anniversary.

Lincolnshire-based Eric Carnaby & Son has been a customer since 1959 and over the following 6 decades has bought more than 150 JCB machines. Now JCB has said thank you to the firm for its loyalty by restoring the Carnaby family’s cherished 1964 JCB 1 backhoe.

The project was kept a closely guarded secret until George Bamford – grandson of JCB Founder Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE – sprung the restoration surprise during a visit to the company’s base in Immingham, near Grimsby, to collect the machine. Now, the backhoe has been handed back to the company after a team at JCB’s headquarters spent hundreds of hours lovingly restoring it.

“My family and I are over the moon with the restoration. Our JCB 1 is precious to us and we’ve been meaning to restore it for some time, but you know how it is – a business to run, and all that!,” said Roland Carnaby Junior, Eric Carnaby & Son director.

Founded by Eric Carnaby in 1946, the plant hire and road haulage firm is now run by father-and-son team Roland Carnaby Senior and Roland Carnaby Junior. The company’s first JCB purchase was a JCB 4 backhoe in 1959 and it formed the backbone of the fleet for many years to come – with up to 12 in operation during the 1970s and 1980s. The company’s most recent purchase was the latest X Series excavator. The 2 family businesses have been strongly intertwined through the years.

Source: JCB North America

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