Champion Centurion #14

#14 - Scania 143 450 Derek Champion

The search for Scania Centurions and information on Centurions goes on and on. A few weeks back I was sent some photos of the 3 Langdons sub-contractors Centurions by Langdons commercial director Patrick Griffiths. At the time I couldn’t find any photos of #14, which was a 4×2 143 450 brand new to Derek Champion. So how do you find a link to the photo collection of a Langdons subbie you ask? Well it just so happens you ask the South West of England’s font of all knowledge, Tim Rigby. The oracle told me that Derek’s son Nigel is currently the general manager at Scania in Bridgwater. Rather than pester him I decided to send Nigel an email and with in a few days the email conversation started and I’m happy to say that Nigel has now sent some awesome photos of what someone claim’s to be the best looking of the 3 Centurions that pulled for Langdons! I couldn’t possibly comment.

#14 - Scania 143 450 Derek Champion

Information on J981BYA. – Centurion Edition 14.

· Delivery date – 21.10.1991
· Chassis Number – 1178664
· Engine – DSC 14 03 / 450 hp
· Gearbox – R770
· Ratio – 3.27

Nigel said that he personally did the first trip out in the truck when it was new. A full load of juice from Bridgwater to Sainsburys in Hackney, London. Nigel also said; “Great memories of a great Truck. The best truck I ever drove!” The photo above was taken on 21st September 1993 as the great V8 came off the ferry in Portsmouth. The photos below were taken at the Truckline ferry in Poole Harbour.

#14 - Scania 143 450 Derek Champion
#14 - Scania 143 450 Derek Champion

Luckily for all of us this truck is still about. I have gained the following information about #14, if this is true, false or any different then please email or comment below.

Known Reg Numbers: J981 BYA. J500 SCA.
Known Owners: Derek Champion. Peter Orr, Plymouth. Sid Evans, Bridgend. West Kingsdown, Kent. Neil Johnston, Wales.
Current Owner: Shropshire Forestry Contractors

I have emailed Shropshire Forestry in the hope they can confirm that they are the current owners of number 14. As and when I hear from them I will let you all know. For those who are going to the Gathering of The Griffin truck show at Ipswich at the end of September, Richard Payne and myself are planning on having a good old Centurion session so we can combine all our info. You are all welcome to join in or contribute. Just make contact with myself or turn up at the show and we should be able to get a lot of info together.

PLEASE RESPECT THE COPYRIGHT ON THESE PHOTOS. THEY BELONG TO THE CHAMPION FAMILY AND THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE THEY ARE VISABLE, SO IF THEY APPEAR SOME WHERE ELSE YOU ALL KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE COME FROM.

#14 - Scania 143 450 Derek Champion

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4 thoughts on “Champion Centurion #14

  1. They are the photos I mentioned to you before Ben. Nigel gave copies to my dad Jim [it was him that owned the truck not me] when buying parts at Bridgwater Scania.
    Great pictures.

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    • is that the one which has been in ireland? I,m sure it ran out of NSD steel in scunthorpe from 2002 onwards, cant remember the company name but im sure it that one.

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      • Yes I bought it from Donegal, the restoration is well underway I’m hoping to get it back on the road in a few months

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