Hub van Doorne and his brother Wim set up a transport engineering company at Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 1928. The official name was to become Van Doorne's Aanhangwagenfabriek, which translated as `Van Doorne's trailer factory', and the company was subsequently known as DAF.
In 1948, DAF's first prototype lorries were produced and the company maintained the reputation for quality products established by their earlier trailers. A few DAF lorries were exported to the UK in the early 1960s and, within a few years, driven by the newfound legality of sleeper cabs and the production of their own 2600 cab, DAF was a major player in the industry. Constant innovation in cabs and engines eventually led DAF to become the top-selling heavyweight truck brand in the UK. With its exceptionally diverse range, DAF enjoys an enduring popularity among truck and lorry enthusiasts. This book explores the company's history with a lavish collection of images and detailed captions.
Bill Reid is a lifelong lorry enthusiast, having been brought up among working lorries in south-west Scotland. He did not pursue a career in transport, but his working life was never far from lorries. He is the co-organiser of the well known annual Ayrshire Road Run for vintage and classic vehicles.