Scammell Showtrac

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The Scammell Showtrac was a type of ballast tractor built by Scammell of Watford to meet the requirements of traveling Showman who after World War 1 had started to move from steam powered Showman's road locomotives to Internal combustion engined vehicles. A number of ex-military vehicles had been used by some prior to World War II and modified by fitting dynamos to power the rides. Scammell developed the idea with a specially designed tractor.

The Showtrac was a short-wheelbase 4x2 ballast tractor, one of the few vehicles ever designed specifically for fairground use. It could be supplied with a rear body (with half-height roller shutter access doors), winch, and dynamo with the ballast block underneath. Less than twenty were built, to varying specifications (not all had the body fitted, for example), between December 1945 and September 1948. Seventeen have survived and been preserved. There are many look-alike Scammell tractors, but genuine Showtracs had a special "Showtrac" badge on the radiator, and a full-width cab.

The Scammell Showtrac was a type of ballast tractor built by Scammell of Watford to meet the requirements of traveling Showman who after World War 1 had started to move from steam powered Showman's road locomotives to Internal combustion engined vehicles. A number of ex-military vehicles had been used by some prior to World War II and modified by fitting dynamos to power the rides. Scammell developed the idea with a specially designed tractor.

The Showtrac was a short-wheelbase 4x2 ballast tractor, one of the few vehicles ever designed specifically for fairground use. It could be supplied with a rear body (with half-height roller shutter access doors), winch, and dynamo with the ballast block underneath. Less than twenty were built, to varying specifications (not all had the body fitted, for example), between December 1945 and September 1948. Seventeen have survived and been preserved. There are many look-alike Scammell tractors, but genuine Showtracs had a special "Showtrac" badge on the radiator, and a full-width cab.

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