Spielberg film is a Big hit with truck firm

Leyland has been spotted playing a cameo role in film-making legend Steven Spielberg's latest offering.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 9:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 11:09 am
A Leyland Truck in the new BFG film
A Leyland Truck in the new BFG film

Bosses down at Leyland Trucks have admitted to being a little taken aback by the surprise appearance of the vehicle, a Leyland Bison, admitting they knew nothing about it.

But they are delighted to be featured in the film of the story by Roald Dahl.

Cinema-goers were also shocked, but thrilled, that the town’s name is emblazoned on the big screen.

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Chatting on social media, Alison McCullough, of Leyland Memories, said: “Went to watch the new BFG film with my little girl and what do I see on the screen a Leyland truck”

Replies came from: Nicky Robertson, who said: “Hurray! and Angela Williams, who declared the news: “Excellent!”

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Michael Swarbrick “Great!”

The film tells the tale about ten-year-old Sophie, who has the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realises the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming.

As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants.

After travelling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

The film stars Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, and Penelope Wilton

Leyland Trucks Managing Director Bryan Sitko, said: “Everyone at Leyland Trucks is absolutely thrilled to see one of our historic Leyland trucks make an appearance in Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The BFG.

“The researchers did their job well in identifying a vehicle of the time as this model, a Leyland Bison was in production up until the time of writing the original book.

“It’s especially pleasing to see trucks from our history being recognised and brought to life at this time, as the company celebrates 120 years of truck making in the town of Leyland this year.”

The Leyland Bison model – with its 22 ton GVW haulage and tipper chassis – was introduced in 1968 as part of a range of vehicles using the fixed head 500 series diesel engine.

It was coupled to a six speed constant mesh gearbox.

There were two gearbox options, both based on AEC designs and manufactured at the Thornycroft Works in Basingstoke. In common with most of the heavy goods range, this model was fitted with the “Ergomatic” tilt cab. The Bison was of 3 axle 6 x 4 layout.