Hi my name is Jake and I am 5 years old. I was asked to write a blog for Classic Motor history by my great auntie Dawn. My favourite thing to do is spot Eddie Stobart trucks where ever I go! So this is all about Eddie Stobart’s, my mum has helped me write this so thanks mum!!
Stobart Group Ltd is a large multi-modal logistics company which is a haulage firm that operates in the U.K, Ireland and Belgium. Its head offices are based in Cumbria,Carlisle and Warrington.
Started by “steady” Eddie Stobart in the 1950’s as a agricultural business in Cumbria,it was then turned into Eddie Stobart Ltd in November 1970 as a haulage firm,then was passed to his son Edward Stobart.
Edward Stobart stepped down from the firm in 2003 now represented by William Stobart,Edward’s brother. William then went into partnership with his brother in law Andrew Tinkler and is part of the Irlam family.
Eddie Stobart has had a long tradition of giving its trucks female names.The first four trucks owned by Eddie Stobart were named after model “Twiggy” and singers “Tammy” Wynette “Dolly” Parton and “Suzi” Quatro, who I have no idea who they are!!!
Names are now chosen with connection to the drivers and long standing employee’s,this has also been expanded to their sponsored sports cars and Stobart Rail trains “Eddie the Engine”.
In celebration of 20 years of Transformers Stobart named a MAN tractor “Optimus Prime” and a Volvo FH12 was christened “Valentino” after Valentino Rossi. Members of Stobart Members Club can also request a name providing it is not already in use,but there is a 3 year waiting list.
Other parts of the Stobart Group are Biomass which was formed in 2010 when Stobart Group brought 50% of A.W Jenkinson Biomass Ltd.
Stobart Members Club was formed which sells model lorries,Stobart branded clothes,toys and even bedding sets.
Stobart Air is based at Carlisle Lake District Airport and London Southend Airport.
Stobart Rail carries out railway works for Network Rail,and Stobart Rail Freight partnered to D.B Schenker Rail, a service operated by D.R.S started in November 2008 from Inverness southwards carrying containers for Tesco,all the containers carry the “Stobart Rail” or “Tesco” branding.
I became interested in Eddie Stobart trucks when in 2010 Channel 5 aired the show “Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers covering all the elements of the business and some of the drivers that have appeared on the show have become small time celebrities, my favourite is Mark Dixon who I was lucky enough to meet and get his autograph at Peterborough Truckfest in May this year.
I hope you all enjoy reading my blog, Thankyou
Jake Aged 5