Incobulk Bulk Plastic Transportation was formed in Eastleigh Hampshire by Brian Cairns.
Brian approached W & J Riding and asked them if they would haul his containers from Southampton docks to various destinations throughout the UK but mainly the North of England.
The contract began in the late 1970's with Riding's own liveried vehicles, but later Incobulk's own liverey was applied to a number of Riding's Seddon Atkinson's assigned to the contract.
After a number of years Brian decided to sell out to Verbrugge Internationale Wegtransporten of the Netherlands who wanted a foothold in the UK market.
Atkinson Borderer 4X2 tractor unit Reg No TTC 490L Fleet No 19 'Spirited'was driven from new by the late Jimmy Holden.
Registered new on the 6th of October 1972 it was powered by the legendary Gardner 180 6LXB engine in line with David Brown box and Kirkstall axles.
It is pictured here while discharging an early Incobulk load at James Hallstead's factory at Whitefield near Manchester.
Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GCK 870S Fleet 92 'Cock o' the North' was registered new on the 1st of March 1978 and was powered by the reliable Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine.
Volvo F7 4X2 tractor unit Reg No WCK 26V Fleet No 69 'Hotspur' is coupled up to a tandem axle trailer with another early Incobulk container discharging it's load of powder at Wrexham.
Tom Riding continues below...
"The driver at the time was Tony Lee who is seen on crutches at the rear of the vehicle after hurting hurt his leg.
I brought the outfit back home and Tony drove back in my car, he later set up his own haulage business which lasted a few years".
Seddon Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit Reg No FGK 582X Fleet No 31 'Flamboyant' was powered by a Cummins E 290 engine and was painted up in the Incobulk brown and yellow livery.
Driven by jimmy McColl it is pictured here tipping PVC paste at Nairns of Kirkcaldy in the contract livery of Incobulk of Southampton.
This was one of five Seddon Atkinson tractor unit's that Tom Riding bought which were originally owned by Watney Mann of London and had been used for trunking beer.
Tom Riding recalls below...
"Having bought the five tractor units for £40 000 they had originally been fitted with Allison 5 speed automatic gearboxes.
We converted them to Fuller 9509 manual direct top gearboxes and coupled to their original 3.7 : 1 final drive ratio they were all superb machines.
They had been previously maintained by Watney's to a high standard and were very successful for us".
Registered new on the 1st of August 1983, at a cost of £22,209.47p + vat, Seddon Atkinson 301 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No A130 HCK Fleet No 77 'Sir Tristram' was at first assigned to the Incobulk contract.
Riding's ran a small number of these lightweight cabbed 301's which were actually designed and launched as a 38-tonner.
Driven from new by Mick Mckay A130 HCK came with a Cummins L10 250 engine but Riding's later rebuilt the engine into a more powerful Cummins L10 290.
After spending a couple of years on the Incobulk contract A130 HCK was repainted into Riding's standard livery and transferred over to the general haulage fleet.
Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E40 GFR Fleet No 55 Rising Star, powered by a Gardner 290 LXDT engine, was assigned to the Incobulk contract when brand new.
Jim McColl was allocated this tractor unit when Riding's took Seddon Atkinson 401 Reg No FGK 582X off the Incobulk job and down graded it to general haulage.