SAVING THE AMAZON
By Steve Woodward
(clicking on each photo will enlarge it)
I am a self confessed Volvo fanatic. Why? Because I’ve come to admire, through my using them at work everyday, their robust build quality, incredible reliability, eight hours-a-day-in-the-saddle comfort and their admirable reputation for safety, which yes, I have experienced at first hand!
I became interested in the historical side of Police vehicles during the 1984/5 national miners’ strike when many of us were sent north to the coalfields of Nottingham, Wales and Yorkshire. Whilst there I became fascinated by the huge number of different types of Police cars and vans used by each force. And I became acutely aware that Hampshire was looked upon with envious eyes as we were using Volvos and BMWs as a matter of routine, when others were still using clapped out Austins, Vauxhalls and Fords. I began photographing the cars and then started to seek out photos from various sources of older cars, long since retired from active service.